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Liminal Thresholds and the Trauma of COVID Recovery

The world is focused on COVID vaccination and reopening shops and restaurants, but aside from the physical reopening of our world, have we really understood what will be required for us to mentally reopen?

Not since World War II, have we faced such a national trauma, where an entire population has been affected by illness, death, and restriction of movement.

Hundreds of thousands of people have died and hundreds of thousands of other people reached those liminal thresholds between life and death. How do we process that? How do we handle a world that was nearly taken away from us but has left us scarred and changed; physically, emotionally, and mentally.

Poet Michael Rosen has spoken extensively about his experiences, and his poem, published in The Guardian explains it better than I can. Read more:

www.theguardian.com/books/2021/mar/13/i-am-not-who-i-was-michael-rosen-on-surviving-covid-extract