News of good vaccine possibilities coming soon should make us all feel some sense of relief, but we are also at a point where we need to keep our guard up rather than to let it down …
The recent spike in cases of COVID-19 everywhere is alarming public health officials to such dangerous levels that our coming weeks might again be dire and scary. The new-case count will have an overwhelming ripple effect on hospitalizations, on ICU capacity, and the accompanying death counts could be daunting for us all.
What we all experienced last spring freaked us out at the time, but now that we are living with this rampant virus in our midst, last spring is a fading memory of a much better time – a training run for what we are experiencing now.
I doubt the coming weeks will give us much good news, brilliant treatment breakthroughs, or an earlier than expected vaccine launch. If there is any at all, the good news is that doctors are getting better at understanding and treating the virus. Their treatments are working better, and it seems a smaller percentage of infected people are dying. That’s small and cold comfort …
We were all stunned into changing our behaviors a few months ago when the numbers were small, and we’ve become numbed by a collective comfort level we’ve felt as we resume near-normal activities.
Clearly we’ve become lax, and/or the virus is more easily transmitted than earlier thought.
The life you save might be mine.
… and the sad news, to read of the passing of one of the funniest self-effacing and genuine people I’ve ever known, who always easily trounced me on the tennis court, my friend and former colleague Greg Shave
I certainly agree, Mark! So hard when it is someone you don’t particularly hold in your heart, because after all...’they are......’ But, this week I’m doing what you suggested! It would be cool to hear how you came to this revelation. SF, Lethbridge, AB