What’s Going On?
The Quickest Numbers Game Yet
Regarding COVID-19, things are looking better by the day still. Nationally we are seeing less than 100,000 new cases per week, and less than 2000 deaths due to COVID-19. A few months ago, these numbers would have been met by lunchtime every day of the week.
Locally, we have seen less than 35 cases per day in Suffolk County. The positivity rate is under 0.4%. Less than 50 hospitalized. Best yet…..only two deaths in the last two weeks!!!!!
How’s that for brief and all good news?!
What Was The Special Sauce That Permitted This?
It wasn’t masks. It wasn’t some cocktail including vitamin C, zinc, echinacea, elderberry, or any other supplement du jour. It wasn’t just the fact that it is summer. It was those lovely vaccines that 60% of American adults have already gotten at least one dose of. Among our high-risk folks, specifically those older than 65 years of age, 93% have received a COVID vaccine!
What Does That Mean For The Summer And Quite Possibly Beyond?
That means you get to enjoy each other’s magnetic personalities without masks, and wherever you want should you so choose. And, as a quick reminder, there are no magnets in the vaccine. There are still a few small caveats, such as mask wearing in doctor’s offices, but given time, I will not be surprised that even these locations can start to relax a bit too.
What Else Can We Do To Put This Issue To Rest For Good?
This one is really easy to answer…..get the rest of the currently eligible population to take the vaccine. There have been over 2 billion given already. Only rare side effects would be expected to be identified at this point. Let them continue to run the trials in the younger population, but if those currently eligible comply, there will be little to no reason to mass vaccinate the youngest in the near term.