the pandemic is still with us, we’re just used to it now

As a species we will normalize any catastrophe until it moves to the back of our minds and our day-to-day existence. Case in point is the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19. My blog posting of screen captures of the COVID-19 dashboard go back to at least March of 2020, and I created a series of them until sometime around October, when I gave up. I was numb watching the infection and death numbers rising steadily. It was a real-life horror movie in slow motion.

When I fired up Vivaldi yesterday to add Instagram as a web panel, I noticed I still had a tab opened to the COVID-19 dashboard, so I looked at it. It looks pretty much the same, only worse, than the last time I looked. And then I noticed there’s a couple of graphics devoted to vaccination levels. That large green number at the top is over two billion doses administered. That’s not a one-to-one person reference, as many of the vaccines require two doses (I took the Moderna two-dose vaccine back in January and February 2021). It helps to counter a bit seeing the United States still number one with cases and deaths.

This screen capture highlights another Vivaldi capability: at the bottom of the browser window are additional controls, one of which takes a screen shot of the web page you’re viewing. This web page screen capture was made that way. I much prefer having Vivaldi do it because all the extraneous outer chrome and tabs is trimmed away, leaving just the page itself. And all at the click of a button.