Opposing School Mask Wearing Mandates During This Surge Is Grossly Irresponsible

8-26-21
   What is wrong with people? Hmm? I’d really like to know!
   We are still in the COVID Pandemic and are experiencing a serious surge. The Delta Variant, which is now the predominant form of the disease, is multiple times more contagious than earlier variants.  We know this. We also know how mask wearing and social distancing help significantly decrease spread of the virus. It’s also clear that to gain the maximum effect, everyone inside a public space should be wearing a mask. This is because masks decrease the amount of virus that is exhaled into the air by someone (who may have COVID and not realize it) while also providing protection for other people in the room who would be exposed to what virus is able to escape into the room’s atmosphere. Think about it. It makes perfect sense.
   Now consider how schools are trying to return to in-person learning in the middle of a rising surge. It should be abundantly obvious that everyone inside a school should be wearing a mask. Everyone. Kids and staff are going to be inside rooms in close proximity to each other for hours. We’re also seeing how in this current surge, a growing number of young people are getting infected with some going to the hospital due to having severe cases that are potentially life threatening. This is that much more reason why everyone should be wearing a mask inside schools.
   It’s not rocket science folks.
   Yet many people are fighting against mask wearing mandates in schools claiming that not wearing a mask should be their individual right. The problem with their argument is that we are dealing with a pandemic and with public health. This means that wearing a mask inside a school is not just about protecting the well-being of the wearer. It’s also about protecting everyone else in that school.
   It’s about doing what’s right for the greater good.
   This is why when people are vehemently opposing mask wearing mandates in schools, they are being grossly irresponsible and are endangering the lives of not just their own children, but those of other people as well. This sort of selfishness is sickening and abhorrent on so many levels.
   In times of crisis, everyone needs to pull together and do their part for the greater good and let go of some of their selfish desires and demands. This is what happened during World War II when everyone did their part to defeat Nazi Germany, Italy, and Japan. The problem is that right now millions of Americans are refusing to do their part in that they’re not wearing masks and social distancing when they should and many are refusing to get vaccinated despite the fact they are medically able to do so.
   So I ask again: what’s wrong with people? Why are so many being ruthlessly selfish to the point of endangering the lives of not just themselves and their own children, but those of other innocent people as well?
   What happened to doing what’s right?
   What happened to fighting for the greater good?
   I’d really like to know.

This Pandemic Is Not Over Folks!

8-13-21
   Ok, I know: people are sick and tired of the COVID Pandemic.
   I get it. I am too. We want are lives back. Dream about things being normal. Doing things we used to do. I hear you.
   But folks, this thing is not over.
   The Delta Variant of COVID is much more contagious than earlier variants and is now the dominant form in the United States and much of the world. Case numbers are quickly rising so that almost the entire country is now rated by the CDC as having substantial or high rates of transmission. We are seeing increased numbers of younger people getting severe COVID cases that are sending them to the hospital.
   Thing is: there have been too many people refusing to get vaccinated and not wearing masks when they should. Earlier in the summer, too much of the population started acting like the Pandemic was over. They stopped wearing masks and quit social distancing. This allowed the virus to spread faster. The more a virus spreads, the more mutations occur. These mutations lead to new variants. Add in the fact that many people had not been vaccinated, and you have a recipe for disaster.
   Well, the disaster is here.
   So, everyone needs to buckle down and do their part in battling COVID-19. Practice social distancing and wear masks when inside public places or in large crowds. And unless your doctor has legitimate medical reasons not to, get vaccinated! If everyone would do their part, we could get through this much faster, and that would help people get back to more normal lives quicker and safer. But more importantly, it would save lives.
   So please do your part.
   Practice social distancing!
   Wear masks inside public places and in large crowds!
   And unless your doctor has legitimate medical reasons not to, get vaccinated!

Restrict Indoor Holiday Celebrations To Only Those Who Already Live In The Home.

12-20-20
   COVID cases are rising at a dangerous rate here in the United States. As a matter of fact, right now, the leading cause of death in the US is COVID with a person dying of the dangerous virus approximately every 30 seconds.
   Think about that: every 30 seconds, a human being dies of COVID-19 in the United States. Putting it in these terms: when you listen to Bing Crosby’s “A White Christmas,” odds are that 5-6 people just died of COVID in the United States.
   Think about that.
   As of 10am EST on December 20, 2020: 316,209 people have died of COVID in the United States, and with the way things are going, by April 1, there is a very real chance that number will be well over 500,000.
   There are a number of reasons for why the US is getting hammered so badly. One factor is that a number of viruses get worse in terms of spread during cold weather. Flu is an example of that.
   Another reason is due to the fact that the United States has mishandled this pandemic so badly. Leadership from the Federal Government has frequently been severely (or at times totally) lacking and when present, has often been uncoordinated and terribly inadequate. The Trump Administration has botched the job with confused, inconsistent responses and messaging which has often been filled with bad information and even flat out lies. In many ways, states have been left on their own in battling the pandemic (to a far greater extent than they should have been) with some states being more effective and responsible than others. The result has been a kind of disorganized ad hoc, patchwork approach instead of a coordinated national strategy.
   On top of this is the fact that many Americans (including Donald Trump) are still not taking this pandemic seriously and frequently disregard social distancing and mask wearing guidelines. Far too many people ignored the pleas of the medical community and went ahead and traveled for the Thanksgiving holiday to have inappropriately large gatherings. This undoubtedly worsened surge of COVID cases and deaths this country is seeing.
   Enough folks!
   The COVID pandemic is real, serious, and deadly. COVID has a significantly higher mortality rate than flu and can lead to debilitating long term effects in some who survive it.
   Another factor in COVID’s rapid spread is how a number of people who get COVID have mild or no symptoms but can still unknowingly spread it to other people, who in turn may be at high risk of serious disease and potentially even death.
   Hospitals around the country are nearing (or have reached capacity), and ER personnel are beyond exhausted with too many getting sick themselves. Southern California is literally running out of ICU beds as I write this. When hospital systems get overwhelmed, more people die who could have been saved otherwise.
   So, damn it, open your minds and do your part.
   Listen to the scientists and medical experts. Practice social distancing and mask wearing in public. Don’t have big holiday gatherings. Holiday celebrations (particularly indoor ones) should be restricted to only those who already live in the household. Stay home as much as you can. This is not the time for unnecessary travel, big indoor gatherings, and such.
   We are at war with COVID, and everyone should make adjustments in their lives in order to do their part in combating the virus to save lives.
   It’s up to all of us!

https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/

12-7-20: 282,436 People Have Died In The US From COVID 19

12-7-20
   COVID cases are rising at a dangerous rate here in the United States. As a matter of fact, right now, the leading cause of death in the US is COVID with a person dying of the dangerous virus every 30 seconds.
   Think about that: every 30 seconds, a human being dies of COVID-19 in the United States, and it will get worse.
   As of December 7, 2020: 282,436 people have died of COVID in the United States, and with the way things are going, by April 1, there is a very real chance that number will be well over 500,000.
   There are a number of reasons for why the US is getting hammered so badly. One factor is that a number of viruses get worse in terms of spread during cold weather. Flu is an example of that.
   Another reason is due to the fact that the United States has mishandled this pandemic so badly. Leadership from the Federal Government has frequently been severely (or at times totally) lacking and when present, has often been uncoordinated and terribly inadequate. The Trump Administration has botched the job with its confused, inconsistent responses and messaging which has often been filled with bad information and even flat out lies. In many ways, states have been left on their own in battling the pandemic (to a far greater extent than they should have been) with some states being more effective and responsible than others. The result has been a kind of disorganized ad hoc, patchwork approach instead of a coordinated national strategy.
   On top of this is the fact that many Americans (including Donald Trump) are still not taking this pandemic seriously and frequently disregard social distancing and mask wearing guidelines. Far too many people ignored the pleas of the medical community and went ahead and traveled for the Thanksgiving holiday to have inappropriately large gatherings. There will undoubtedly be a worsened surge of COVID cases and deaths because of this.
   Enough folks!
   The COVID pandemic is real, serious, and deadly. COVID has a significantly higher mortality rate than flu and can lead to debilitating long term effects in some of the people who survive it.
   People can also get COVID without symptoms but unknowingly spread it to others.
   Hospitals around the country are nearing (or have reached capacity), and ER personnel are beyond exhausted with too many getting sick themselves. When hospital systems get overwhelmed like this, more people die who could have been saved otherwise.
   So, damn it, open your minds and do your part.
   Listen to the scientists and medical experts. Practice social distancing and mask wearing in public. Don’t have big holiday gatherings. Holiday celebrations (particularly indoor ones) should be restricted to only those who already live in the household. Stay home as much as you can. This is not the time for vacation travel, big indoor gatherings, and such.
   We are at war with COVID, and everyone should make adjustments in their lives to do their part in combating the virus and thus save lives.

https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/

Continue Practicing Social Distancing And Wearing Masks!

6-9-20
   Ok, I realize a lot is going on these days, and people are tired of being cooped up at home so much. Plus there is the George Floyd situation and people’s legitimate desire to be heard.
   But folks, we aren’t even halfway through this pandemic. It will likely be some time next year before an effective vaccine is widely available for everyone.
   So it is vitally important that people don’t get too lax!
   Practice social distancing whenever possible. And when you can’t, wear a mask! It’s not just for your own protection, but to minimize the chances of you spreading the infection to other people, who may be at high risk. Frankly, people, who when in public are ignoring social distancing and aren’t wearing masks, are being disgracefully selfish and are potentially endangering the lives of innocent people!
   So do the right thing…
   PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING WHENEVER POSSIBLE AND WEAR MASKS WHEN YOU CAN’T!
   WHEN IN DOUBT, WEAR A MASK!
   Like it or not, we are all in this together!

https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/06/08/872660425/texas-reports-record-breaking-covid-19-hospitalizations-as-state-reopens

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/06/10/arizona-coronavirus-cases-hospitalizations-increase-after-reopening/5332572002/

Members Of The Far Right Are Trying To Get Dr Fauci Fired

4-13-20
    Members of the far right are calling for Dr Fauci to be fired, and Donald Trump even tweeted about them. Such an idea is dangerously short sighted. Battling a pandemic, this is no time for extremist partisan politics.
    Dr Fauci is an expert in the field of infectious disease and his input as well as honesty are desperately needed in the Trump Administration as well as by the American people.
   During this pandemic, Trump’s behavior has been erratic with him telling exaggerated and false information far too often. He has continued going after individuals (including reporters, governors, and more) with immature and outrageously vicious partisan attacks.
   Dr Fauci’s wisdom, leadership, and forthright honesty are desperately needed during this time of crisis.
   Speak up and make your voices heard that Dr Fauci must stay in his position!
   Use social media and contact your elected officials demanding Dr Fauci be allowed to continue his life saving work!
   Lives are stake, perhaps even your own.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-retweets-call-for-dr-fauci-to-be-fired-over-coronavirus-comments-11586760531

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/04/13/trump-fire-fauci-coronavirus/?utm_campaign=wp_main&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook

While COVID 19 Is Scary, Remember That We Will Get Through This!

   Yes, with the COVID 19 situation, times are scary. Almost seems like some pandemic disaster movie except this is real life.
   But don’t panic!
   Don’t! Won’t do any good. Keep calm and educate yourself on what to do. Practice social distancing, wash your hands more frequently (certainly before touching your face), cough or sneeze into your arm or shoulder, and check out what local, state, and federal authorities are saying. Health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO) are also resources you can explore. If you think you might have COVID 19 (or been exposed to it), call your doctor, ER, etc first before going in so that they can take appropriate measures to protect everyone (including themselves).
   Remember that lots of things can cause coughs and most people who catch COVID 19 recover. If you are in a high risk category, educate yourself on extra precautions you should do.
   Keep your chin up.
   When you go to the grocery store, get what you need for an appropriate amount of time, but don’t overdo it hoarding things because we all need to eat, clean, and have toilet paper. I like having toilet paper lol. Be considerate of others.
   Don’t let yourself get too stressed out, anxious, or depressed. Mental health is also important.
   You can catch up on reading good books as well as watching movies and shows via Netflix and Amazon Prime. Play games (board or video games). Do puzzles.
   People who are not under an actual quarantine, can get outside. Many people are able to walk around neighborhoods or parks while practicing social distancing.
   You can communicate with others via phone, email, text, video chat, and so on. And while it’s natural to talk about COVID 19, discuss other things too! Have some laughs!
   Keep your chin up.
   It’s not the end of the world!
   We will get through this!
  

With COVID 19: Stay Calm, Educate Yourself And Don’t Panic! We Will Get Through This

   The new coronavirus outbreak (COVID 19) is scary I know.
   But keep calm, don’t panic, and educate yourself.
   Use multiple sources for information such as local and state health departments, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), WHO (World Health Organization) as well as good medical sites like Johns Hopkins Medicine.
   Learn about the situation and keep up to date since things are changing.
   But stay calm. Panicking only makes things worse.
   We will get through this.
   It is not the end of the world.
   Take care and try to relax.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/

https://www.who.int/westernpacific/health-topics/coronavirus

Confusion About Where To Obtain Good Information On The New Coronavirus

   Many Americans are confused about where to get good, reliable information about SARS-CoV-2, the new coronavirus.  I don’t blame you. With so many organizations as well as different branches and levels of government involved, it’s hard to know where to turn.
   Another issue complicating the situation is that Donald Trump’s comments and actions with regards to SARS-CoV-2 seem to be all over the place. He has made numerous incorrect statements and has contradicted other government officials on multiple occasions.
   So, where do we turn?
   Well, speaking for myself, I’m looking at multiple sources that include the CDC (Centers For Disease Control and Prevention), WHO (World Health Organization), State Health Departments, reputable medical sites (such as from Johns Hopkins Medicine), plus other state and local sources.
   Remember to stay calm. Educate yourself on the situation and learn about what appropriate measures to take.
   Stay home if you are sick with a potential respiratory infection. Wash your hands thoroughly and more frequently. Cough into your upper arm/shoulder area (not into your hands). If needed, call your doctor or the hospital, especially if you are getting a more severe infection. These are just a few basic things. Take a little time to research the situation yourself (using good sources) for more information.
   And above all, don’t panic!
   We will get through this!

The White House Response To The New Coronavirus Needs To Improve

   3-7-20: The new Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is scary, but people need to stay calm, first and foremost. Panicking only makes things worse.
   The US has made some mistakes. For one thing, there are currently not enough tests available. On top of that, some of the early ones that went out had problems.
   There have also been mixed messages coming from different parts of the federal government with one contradicting the other. Donald Trump has certainly been one of the major parties exacerbating this problem. On top of that, Trump called Washington state’s Governor Jay Inslee “a snake” because Inslee criticized the federal government’s response.
   Well, the federal government has made mistakes, and I can’t blame Inslee from speaking up about it. But Trump’s calling the governor “a snake” during this crisis is shamefully childish and exemplifies the lack of coordination and poor Ieadership coming from the White House.
   During a crisis such as this, a president should be providing clear, accurate, decisive leadership to the entire nation. Calling a governor an immature insult is the opposite of what he should be doing.
   In addition, the federal government needs to get everyone on the same page as much as possible to provide accurate information so that people know what is going on and what they should be doing. As it is, confusion is far too common with many Americans not knowing what to listen to and who to ask when they have questions.
   There are countless people working tireless at the local, state, and federal levels, and I truly appreciate their efforts. But I hope the federal government’s response improves soon, particularly the White House’s. State governments are working hard in responding to SARS-CoV-2. There needs to be effective coordination and cooperation between the local, state, and federal levels  Scientists in this country and around the world are burning the midnight oil as they strive to learn more about the virus and come up with ways to combat it.
   Whatever happens, stay calm. We will get through this.

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/president-trump-calls-inslee-a-snake-after-governor-and-vice-presidents-bipartisan-meeting-on-coronavirus/?amp=1

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/03/06/coronavirus-trump-canceled-cdc-visit-over-suspected-case/4973229002/