It is understandable: the desire to embrace an elderly loved one, to shed a mask and smile brightly at the counter clerk, to reunite with a group of friends over a bottle of wine and a gab session. But, this is not the time.
We are covid weary, to be sure. But we must be wary of our natural instincts for face-to-face communion with others.
The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made a tearful public statement last month that she is plagued with a recurring feeling of "impending doom." Dr. Rochelle Walensky said she fears a fourth wave of the coronavirus may be at our doorsteps.
This is not an irrational fear. Germany hovers on another lockdown. Paris hospitals are on the verge of being overwhelmed with patients. New cases are climbing across the U.S.
This is the time to dig deep for the will and the self-discipline to combat covid fatigue.