Recent news in Washington and across the country should have everyone’s ears on high alert. If nothing else, the president’s diagnosis with COVID-19 and subsequent White House outbreak should serve as a reminder that there are REALLY simple, but critical measures we can all be taking on a daily basis that not only protect our own health, but that of others.
We have been writing periodically about this topic since the news about the pandemic began to spread across the country back in January, February and March, offering suggestions about how to give our immune systems a boost, how we can strive for better overall health and wellness, and how we must consider the effects on others of our own choices and actions.
Today, we encourage you to take a moment to reflect on the past week. Coronavirus cases are on the rise in many states and around the world. The president of the United States personally experienced the virus and even had a few scares. Long-term care facilities are experiencing incredible rises in cases, as well as alarming rates of deaths. Colleges are facing an increasing number of positives and some schools are beginning to shut back down.
As Americans, we have a choice to make. And that choice could be life or death. Here are a few things for you to consider as we continue to find our way through this historical pandemic:
Mask up. Really, it’s not a hard thing to do. We must listen to scientists and doctors if we are going to put this pandemic behind us and letting our egos get in the way is not the way to play our role. Certainly, if a medical condition prevents one from wearing a mask, then he or she should explore other options, but putting a mask on is one way we can all be heroes.
Stay home. We understand it can be really, really hard to stay home when we’ve been cooped up for so long. But staying home is one of the safest ways we can keep ourselves healthy and others from taking in the germs that we may be unknowingly sharing. Anyone could be a carrier of COVID-19, so the less we’re on the go, the better.
Stay away from large groups. We get it. We miss human connection, too, but now is not the time to let our guard down. As we begin to see the repercussions of large group gatherings, such as on the campaign trail and on college campuses, we must consider how quickly the coronavirus can spread from person-to-person, ESPECIALLY when attendees are not wearing a mask. Refrain from joining others who are closely gathered.
Get a flu shot. We have no idea how a person will do if he becomes infected with both the flu and COVID-19 at the same time, but is it really worth the risk? Getting vaccinated against influenza means you’ll be protected of another deadly virus for which there is no medication. The more cases of flu there are, the more likely our leaders will be forced to place restrictions and limitations on the American people. If you don’t like this idea, get a flu shot.
And it goes without saying that covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing, staying at least 6 feet from others and washing hands frequently are all additional ways we can stop the spread of any virus.