Monday, January 4, 2021

Covid, Cold, And the time of Year

 It has been a while since I blogged, so I wanted to just discuss the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021.


Covid:

As many of us know there is a Covid-19 vaccine.  There are actually several across the world put out by different companies.  The vaccine is one that I do encourage people to do their research on before getting.  If you are allergic to eggs, shelfish, or have any other significant allergies, it is best to talk with your Doctor before getting the Covid-19 vaccine.  

2020 was a tough year for most of America and the world.  We all want to get the vaccine as it becomes available in our own individual communities, but we need to consider doing it safely.  Running out and just everyone getting it at once may not be the best approach.  As this vaccine was created at an accelerated pace, there are still unknowns.  Even the Flu vaccine when it first came out there were unknowns and many people didn't get it or got it and had bad reactions.  I encourage everyone that can take the vaccine to just talk with their Doctor first before rushing out.  We all want our lives back that this pandemic seems to have taken from us whether we were sick or not.  

2021 is not turning out to be a great year and it has barely begun.  We still have the virus to deal with and we now have the very news worthy mutated strains of the virus.  At least based on current news, the mortality rate of the new strain (B.1.1.7) is not any different that the original Covid-19 strain.  However, it does appear to be as contagious if not more so I suggest, and this is based on my opinion, everyone just continue to wear masks and stay at least 6 to 13 feet away from strangers.  Also, avoid the more trafficked grocery stores if at all possible.

If you can, shop at local grocery stores than the big name ones.  We often depend greatly on stores like Walmart, but the amount of traffic at a big box stores can increase the chance of infection.  If you cannot avoid big box stores like Walmart, consider varying the normal time you might have gone.  These stores often have lull points in the day that decreases the number of active customers.  Let's all try to spread our times out if possible by being aware.  

Cold: 

Stay warm!  Right now it is cold for most Americans in the United States.  If possible, keep your heat at 65 to 68 degrees.  This might seem cold for many, but it will help with your heating bills.  Sweaters and warm clothes can help make up for keeping the thermostat just a little cooler.  If possible, put plastic around your windows.  This will help keep heat from escaping.  Many of us live in older houses and sometimes they can just get a little extra chilly during the colder winter months.  Any extra coverings for the windows, including thicker curtains can help keep the heat in.  

Be kind to your neighbors.  If you are healthy and capable, offer to help older neighbors out when ever possible.  Remember that we may need that help some day for ourselves and the only way that can happen is if we as a community lead by example to help each other out.  This means, if you have an older neighbor, offer to help them shovel their drive after a snow or their side walk.  Such activities will not only be appreciated by your neighbors, but you will get s sense of accomplishment and warm inner feelings for just showing kindness.

Year:

Besides cold, we have ended 2020 and are now in 2021.  Have you made a New Years resolution?  There is still time to set goals.  Even simple goals can often change the world around you.

  • Be kinder.
  • Say Please and Thank You.
  • Be respectful of the places you go and the people that work there.
  • Restaurants still need our help during this pandemic.  Order out if possible.
  • Communicate with people.  Whether it be by phone or video conference, many people are alone during these Pandemic times and could use just a friendly voice.
  • Date if you are single.  Start on video dates, phone, and when comfortable plan to meet in person safely.
  • Other goals might include reading a book, losing weight, or learning something new.  These things you might also find will keep your mind active and make you feel better about yourself.
Who ever you worship in your faith, thank them for bringing you into the new year alive.  It sounds silly, but faith can give us strength.  Whether it be through Christ our Lord, Allah, Budda, or other religious leader, just have faith.  Remember though, there is only one race, the Human race that matters in the greater scheme.  The kindness we show one another is what matters no matter what.  Treat others like you would want to be treated.  The "Golden" rule still matters!






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