Here’s a distant early warning about a dangerous, yet invisible threat—that of illness and death from respiratory infections—now and in the coming winter.
SARS CoV-2 has been doing what viruses are designed to do — adapting to survive. New variants better able to infect people and evade the immune protections from vaccination or previous infection survive, spread, and evolve more variants. COVID remains, as it has always been, a moving target.
Given recently slashed public health funding, Katelyn Jetelina, Ph.D., remarked that “public health is a cycle of panic and neglect.”
Sinus infections, colds, allergies and especially the flu share many symptoms with COVID. This is where common sense comes into play. We need to be conscious of our own responsibility to keep ourselves and others safe.
As announced in March, the United States ended the COVID-19 public health emergency on May 11th. The World Health Organization declared its public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) over on May 5th.
Oh…how I remember the days when layers of masks outweighed layers of clothing. The days I stayed home to protect others…rather, I should say the months I stayed home to protect others. I was in my teens when COVID-19 hit us.