All that being said - you can live your life and start planning out your career and profession regardless of COVID. Follow your state guidelines and be mindful of other states if you need to travel to visit a school or potential job. And most importantly stay true to yourself and to others; everyone has their own comfort level and thoughts on the topic of COVID being respectful and understanding of that will also help you to move forward. You can't change other people or their thoughts, you can only change and control how you deal with a situation.
I do not think that there will be a future where we do not have COVID in some form, not soon anyway. You should not wait for it to be over to work on your dreams. You will do best to stay informed about how to keep safe during COVID, but then do what you need to do to get the job that you want.