COVID is like having an addict living in your household. When you have an addict living in your household, the addict is the focus of the family. When the addict is the focus of the family, all of the family conversations are about the addict.
One of the family members may have just won a special award, but the addict was just arrested so it goes unnoticed.
One of the family members may have rebelled and gets kicked out of school, but instead of being asked, “Are you okay, what is going on with you?” they are scolded for being selfish because the addict in the family needs our help at this time.
One of the family members is just quiet all of the time because they do not want to be in any conflict or do not want to ‘selfishly’ ask for attention that should be directed towards the addict.
One of the family members will be joking all of the time because, for that family member, it is easier to laugh away the seriousness of what is going on in the family.