The COVID Pandemic Is Getting Worse

   Cold weather is arriving in the Northern Hemisphere, and with it is a rising tide of COVID cases, especially in the United States. To anyone paying attention to what has been going on, this should come as no surprise.
   Other viruses such as the common cold and flu often seem worse in terms of numbers during colder weather as compared to warmer weather. There are a variety of possible causes for this phenomenon that we won’t delve into here.
   Now, consider how the United States as a whole has done a terrible job in trying to deal with the COVID pandemic. The Trump Administration has grossly mishandled the crisis with confusion, incompetence, false information, and a lack of coordination coming from the White House. States have in many ways been left to their own devices in battling the pandemic far more than they should have been. Their tactics have varied with some being more effective than others. The result has been a kind of ad hoc, patchwork approach instead of a coordinated national strategy. On top of this is the fact many Americans (including Donald Trump) are not taking this pandemic seriously and frequently disregard social distancing and mask wearing guidelines.
   As a result of this confused quagmire of a response, it is no surprise that we are now seeing record numbers of cases throughout the country, and tragically, it will get worse. Many more people are going to die.
   Since Trump is president until Biden’s inauguration on January 20th, we cannot expect much, or any, new help from the federal government for the next couple of months. It will primarily be up to local and state governments to do what they can in addition to every day people.
   Each and every one of us has a responsibility to do our part in combating COVID.
   Practice social distancing and mask wearing whenever you are in public. Educate yourself in what you need to do in fighting the pandemic. Avoid big crowds, especially when indoors. Don’t have big holiday gatherings with people coming from all around because doing so would spread the virus.
   Remember since people can carry the virus without even knowing it, this is more than keeping yourself safe. It’s about keeping everyone you come in contact with safe as well.
   By working together, we can get through this.
   It’s up to all of us!

Continue Practicing Social Distancing And Wearing Masks!

   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…
   Like it or not, we are all in this together!

Educate Yourself But Also Relax And Keep Your Chin Up! We Will Get Through This!

   Hey there everybody!
   I know times are stressful with COVID 19 and people being home so much with social distancing and all.
   Strange times indeed. Kind of feels like an episode from the Twilight Zone.
   Remember to keep up to date with what is going on with COVID 19 using multiple, reputable, varied sources but don’t get obsessed with worry either. Won’t do any good. Educate yourself on what you need to do and try to relax.  
   Now, for some with families, significant others, and roommates, there will be too much togetherness. People getting on each other’s nerves! For we all need some me time now and then.
   For others like me, being alone and feeling lonely could get worse.
   Whatever your situation, be strong, hang in there, and don’t give up! We will get through this.
   Try to relax and do some things you enjoy at home. Read a good book, watch some movies and TV shows, play games (board or video), do a puzzle. Get creative. Write in a journal or create a story. Draw or paint. Get online and expand your mind. Many museums have parts of their collections available for viewing online. Research something out of pure curiosity, like learning about Amelia Earhart or checking out NASA images from its space probes and rovers. Use technology to keep in touch and socialize from a distance. Texting, phone calls, video chats, social media messaging, and so on are all great options for keeping in touch while staying physically isolated from each other.
   Hang in there! Keep your chin up!
   We will get through this!