Life in the United States is coming back. Although COVID-19 continues to be a concern, the vaccines seem to be mitigating many of the issues that closed down the country last year. According to many reports, the United States is doing better than other countries with vaccinations. The result is a decrease in the number of infections and deaths.
COVID-19 will change how we live life, at least for the next few years. Aside from the loss of family members, I am no longer shaking hands. I will fist-bump with someone. Maybe we should learn from the Japanese and bow in respect.
Another change is the reduction in handling items. When I go to a store, I continue to wear nitrile gloves. Even though science has proven that COVID-19 cannot live on surfaces for long times, studies have shown that a dollar bill can have more bacteria than a toilet seat.
The next question is what will happen at coin shows. When we go to shows, people will examine coins, currency, and exonumia before they purchase. Collectors will be digging through junk boxes, those long storage boxes, and flipping pages in notebooks. Collectors will handle slabs and flip through pages of the available books. While this is no different from shows in the past, the COVID-19 pandemic scared everyone. A result of the heightened awareness of viruses was a significant reduction in flu cases.
People traveling to long-distance shows will be required to wear masks in the airport and on airplanes. Show venues will continue to require people to wear masks and social distancing that will reduce dealer participation.
COVID-19 restrictions require the ANA to reduce the number of dealers to maintain social distancing. What we do not know are the other restrictions that the ANA will have to follow. Will there be restrictions on the number of people on the bourse floor? What about attendance restrictions on the peripheral sessions like Money Talks and the auctions? How will the exhibits be handled? What other restrictions will the ANA be required to follow?
It is good that life is resuming, but there are more questions than answers. Get vaccinated and stay safe.
And now the news…
You know what confuses me? Well, a few things. But I cannot wrap my brain around the continuing pessimism. Maybe it’s not in my DNA to see the negative. Maybe it’s because I was administered Last Rites over 12 years ago and I’m still here (or AM I?). At any rate, I’m in the best vaccine country, and I credit THAT to the man who left Washington on 1/20/21, but in the second WORST state within that country. And I KNOW why that is. In my state, the rate of vaccination by BOTH the black population AND the arch-ultra-conservative population are “urination poor”. It’s basically all they agree on, and we have scads of both. I got both jabs, and I am BACK, full bore. I plan to follow AND MOCK any silly rules anybody still enforces.
By the way, at BOTH the 2018 and 2019 ANA conventions, Hand sanitizer bottles were in the dealer “goodie bags”. Let’s see that continue please.