2022 A Year in Review

2022 A Year in Review: A Look Back in Preparation for New Year

Worldwide Pandemic Hits in 2020

As we look back at ‘Our Pandemic Year’ we can get a sense of both its enormity and impact on our world, more specifically how it changed each one of us. The timeline below is from an article in Yale Medicine, Family Health, published back in March of 2021. At that point in time, it provided an interesting perspective of the impact the SARS-CoV-2 was having worldwide.

For example, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11, 2020. The announcement was reinforced on every media outline increasing a ‘rising sense of alarm’ in the months to follow about this new, potentially lethal virus swiftly spreading around the globe.

Our Pandemic Year

One year later more than 100 million people around the world were infected by COVID-19 and more than 2.5 million people died from the virus. According to the WHO the number of people who died from COVID-19 in 2021 rose to 3.5 million-which is a higher death toll compared to HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis combined deaths in 2020. To put this into perspective, around 50,000 people were dying from COVID-19 every week worldwide.

2022-The Year of Uncertainty

As we moved into our current year many of the restrictions were lifted; we were no longer experiencing ‘lockdowns’, masked mandates were also being removed and many ‘in-person gatherings’ were coming back. However, with some of these positive changes many still felt an overwhelming ‘uncertainty’ about the future. Even as we have moved into the second full year of the worldwide pandemic our world continues to struggle in all aspects of human existence; including physical, emotional, psychological, financial as well as relational.

The reasons for these continued struggles become clearer when we step back and understand the enormity of the pandemic. According to WHO as of December 15, 2022, there have been 646,740,524 confirmed worldwide cases of COVID-19, including 6,637,512 deaths, even though a total of 13,008,560,983 vaccine doses have been administered. It is no wonder that rates of anxiety and depression increased globally by 25% in 2020, which was so significant that at the end of 2021 the US Surgeon General declared that there was a “devastating” national mental health crisis.

Planning for Hope & Prosperity in 2023

In the spirit of hope and achieving prosperity in the upcoming new year it is important for all of us to look inward and reflect on three questions, “What do I want to accomplish? What do I need to be happy? How am I feeling (mind & body)? For this to be effective you must answer each of these questions honestly and authentically weekly, monthly, not just at the end of the year.

Remember that self-care is not being selfish and being selfless is seeing yourself as less. This lesson is extremely important to those who are professional helpers-like child welfare workers, mental health workers, teachers, and medical personnel just to name a few. We should begin by recognizing the importance of taking care of ourselves. You can’t effectively help others if your cup is empty, so it crucial to take care of yourself first. We need to do just that with our emotional needs, our stress management and mental wellness care.

The Hope for 2023 would be work toward fixing what is broken in our collective humanity, especially within our human service systems. At Opeeka our foundational goal is for improvement in all areas relating to human services. Our mission is to promote well-being for all and our Person-Centered Intelligence Solution (P-CIS, /pieces/) allows organizations to achieve efficient care with optimal outcomes at lower costs. P-CIS is designed to address three challenges of care: 1) To allow flexible adjustment of questionnaires; 2) To monitor outcomes of people and populations in real-time; and (3) To judiciously exchange information about co-served people in care across disconnected electronic systems.

Opeeka wishes everyone a Joyful Holiday Season & Prosperous New Year!