COVID Trauma

I was buying makeup and automatically reached for a tube of lipstick. Then I remembered and had a mini-fit right at the makeup counter.

Other people report having a mini-breakdown seeing planners for 2021 at the bookstore or catching a glimpse of an airplane overhead. Some find it unbearable to see “old” photos of family occasions and outings with friends.

10 thoughts on “COVID Trauma”

  1. I sometimes get annoyed at actors in movies who aren’t social distancing etc even when it’s a movie from the 90s.

    Fortunately, no one has complained.


    1. “Fortunately, no one has complained.”

      So far… but coming soon are withdrawals from view while introductory context statements are added (à la Gone with the Wind) along with a 2020s take on film colourisation that would superimpose digital masks on the faces of all actors with indoor speaking parts.


  2. Is it morally wrong to grab the lipstick, assess it and then put it back without buying it? I have to do this with fruit at the grocery store. I refuse to be bullied into not assessing what I am going to consume. I wash all of my fruit and vegetables and am extremely health conscious. I also know that most viruses can be washed off not only my hands but my products. It’s common sense. Something our culture seems to be lacking these days. So again I ask, is there a true moral issue at stake in making an informed decision?


    1. My friend has employees who occasionally forget they’re wearing their masks when they take a sip of coffee. I find this entertaining to watch.


      1. I saw a smoker almost set himself on fire when he distractedly tried to smash a lit cigarette into his mask-covered mouth. Why he can’t just make a small hole in the mask to accommodate the cigarette, I don’t know.

        (The last sentence was a joke.)

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    2. To answer the question about morality, the question is not about whether it is right or wrong to assess the lipstick, but rather whether the assessment can be reasonably expected to unduly risk contaminating the product and hence infecting someone else in the case of the product not being bought. If testing it unduly risks the next person who might assess it, then yes it is wrong. If it the risk is negligible or zero, then it is okay.

      If you ask me, it is the responsibility of the vendor to provide a way for customers to assess the product without unduly risking contaminating it, or, if contaminated, the product ought to be easily decontaminated. For instance, the seller might provide a tester that is correctly sterilised any time it is touched, or provide tiny samples for asessment rather than a whole lipstick etc or whatever.


  3. I get this, but not for COVID. I have a few photographs of myself and my husband taken just before he got sick 5 years ago that I find very difficult to look at.

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