This week marks the one-year anniversary of when the bulk of Plastics News' staff began working from home. (A few had been 100 percent remote for years prior to this.) It's also the week I'm personally scheduled for my first vaccine shot. (Yay!)
So on one hand, it's easy for me to begin to look at how things may be returning to some level of normal soon.
On the other, vaccine rollout has been mixed, with a lot of people unable to schedule a shot yet. And now much of Italy is reentering a lockdown because of surging cases and a slow vaccine distribution there.
And on top of that, before things could start to feel normal in the U.S., the cold snap in Texas and other regions forced petrochemical plants to halt or slow production. That has added to shortages in resin and higher prices for what was available, which is making the recovery more difficult.
It would be nice to think that a year later, we can finally begin to put this very long year of our personal and business lives behind us soon. But realistically, we're probably still in transition. Those of us lucky enough to have a vaccine scheduled know we have to remain vigilant because there are days and weeks ahead when things could still go wrong.