It makes it really hard to want to interact and talk with new people at cons because of it. I caught covid for the first time when cons started opening up and even with the strict rules this con implemented, and following all said rules and all the other precautions, I still caught covid. I have had a hard time finding inspiration for sewing again after working full time in a warehouse all throughout the pandemic and chain making fabric masks for friends, family and coworkers.
During covid years my face ended up with a horrible rash that I still can’t fully get rid of and I gained a lot of weight. I lost one of my first cosplay friends to covid at the beginning of 2021. I still find myself trying to go to cons to see if being in an environment that would bring me fun and happiness for a brief time would help and while I see the eagerness of people wanting to go to events it just hasn’t felt the same since.