Notes on the Grippe

Being an accounting of the recent and continuing pandemic and its various circumstances, from the perspective of an inhabitant of the regions lately called the Lost Quarter. Dates unknown.

Day Two Hundred Fifty One

The spread of the grippe reborn continues unabated in these parts, every day bringing alarming news of his growing forces. Most alarming of all is the complete absence of our elected leaders to deal with the matter. The premier of this Western Dominion hasn’t been seen in ten days, since he had to isolate himself after coming into contact with one of the dread lord’s forces. Through the spring and summer he has always been visible at government announcements, even if only virtually, so his disappearance these last days is notable. It is odd, to say the least, that in this moment of growing crisis he has chosen to absent himself utterly.

It has been obvious for some time that the measures that have been put in place since cases began to rise in the fall were ineffective at countering the dread lord’s incursions, but our leaders have refused to act. Elsewhere in the Greater Dominions it has been much the same story. We were all told that the severe quarantine protocols put in place in the spring were necessary to buy time to plan for what was to come in the fall, when the weather would begin forcing people indoors and the grippe reborn’s ability to move amongst us would increase.

In the southern hemisphere we saw other governments make the same mistakes through their fall and winter, lose control of the situation, and have to return to severe lockdowns. Europe has been a month ahead of us since the beginning of the dread lord’s rise and what has happened there has generally followed here. Most countries there have been forced to return to their spring restrictions to counteract the growing spread.

It has been obvious since the end of September the trajectory we are on, yet little has been done to stem the tide. Even when it became clear that the growth was exponential the government declined to respond. Personal responsibility was the mandate, so that the failure could be pushed upon the afflicted and not upon the government. It was the failure of those who fell to the dread lord, not the failure of those with the power to address the systemic issues leading to the rise in cases.

Now that they have no choice but to act it seems our leaders finally will. What they will do is unclear but it can only be seen as an unmitigated failure to allow us to come to this state, where the dread lord can venture everywhere in the dominion and we cannot even track his comings and goings. If we do not know where he has gone we cannot hope to stop him and it has become clear in the last week that the health system can no longer keep pace.

We have always been a step behind the dread lord, forever reacting to our failures to contain him, acting too late to thwart him entirely. Better late than never though. Still I look longingly at eastern domains where they have managed to stem the tide without resorting to the harsh measures we have here and wonder why we cannot have done the same.  

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