While the Covid-19 cases may still be on the rise in the United States and many vaccines to be administered yet, it seems wise for Americans to consider wearing masks and continue social distancing for a while longer. A national disease expert says that we should prepare to remain under these conditions throughout the end of 2021 and in to 2022. “We are going to need to have some degree of public health safety measures in place,” says Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases.
The Covid virus is by no means compariable to diseases such as measles, mumps, or polio, where you get a vaccine shot, and you’re done, and all is well. Not so! Therefore, public health measures may linger on for some months to come. So we need not get comfortable with not wearing our masks or getting lax about using hand sanitizers as often as we should. In addition, handwashing is and always has been an absolute must in preventing the spread of any type of disease and germs. When we are not protected, we become susceptible to a host of infections.
Many Americans have already received the Covid vaccination, while others still decline for personal and rightful reasons. I trust science and believe that some vaccinations/medications are for the common good of the people. It is not unlikely for people to fear things they do not understand. While the vaccines do not prevent one from getting the virus, it does provide antibodies to your system to help fight off the disease if one should happen to get infected and gives some relief during the healing process. Public health/preventative measures are most important now as the virus tends to surge.
Let’s look at the upside of the situation; instead of growing tired of wearing masks, why not have some fun with them while waiting for the virus to pass. Try things like matching them nicely with your favorite outfit or work uniforms. I’ve observed people with matching caps, eyeglasses, headbands, and even shoes with their face masks. Let’s enjoy wearing our masks while keeping safe all at the same time.
Here are a few safety tips: Spray the inside of your home with Lysol disinfectant spray at least twice a week or more if you desire. Use Clorox wipes to clean surfaces that are touched often: such as light switches, doorknobs, door handles, water faucets, etc. Perhaps even your car steering wheel. Even simple things like pumping gas can cause infectious diseases to get transferred to your steering wheel. Lastly, wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water.
We are all in this together, and in order for us to remain together, we must work together to stay safe. I hope to see each of you in the near future.