When the pandemic was officially declared on March 13th, we had no clue how the public would react. This is something most people have never experienced in their lifetime. And the fact that anyone who had a challenged immune system could die from Covid 19 scared a good portion of our population. How did we react at the initial realization that Covid 19 was here? People started buying all the toilet paper and paper towels they could find. And this went on for many weeks, until the supply chain finally caught up. What the heck are they doing with all those paper goods anyway. And what was that all about? Now after we have learned more from the virus, and spent almost 3 months at home, we’re no longer advised to Shelter In Place, but encouraged to wear face masks anytime we are out in public where others are present, maintain social distance and wash our hands.

Many businesses are requiring masks. But many of the protesters against the Shelter in Place order refused to wear a mask, and some were very condescending to those who do follow the guidance and wear them. We’re required to wear them here at work when in common areas, only in your office or studio can you take them off. There are those who have said they are not giving up their freedom to keep others from catching the virus, by practicing social distancing and wearing a mask. As the saying has gone since the beginning of this whole nightmare: We’re all in this together. And the better we work together, the more successful we will be at stopping this awful virus. There are also those who say the flu kills sixty to seventy thousand people a year, and Covid 19 is the same thing. Covid 19 as of June 9th has killed over 113,000 people in three months. They are quite different, and we are still learning more about it every day.

Is a second wave of Covid 19 coming? MLive reports:

Epidemiologists, including the director of the CDC, expect an increase in COVID-19 cases in the fall and winter months. Other respiratory viruses like the flu follow a similar seasonal trend, lying dormant until colder months force people into closer proximity indoors, but it’s unclear how the coronavirus will resurface later this year. There’s a lot that remains hazy about how the COVID-19 compares to other viral epidemics caused by a family of diseases called coronavirus. Abram Wagner, a research assistant professor in epidemiology at the University of Michigan, said scientists don’t know how long immunity lasts or how climate impacts COVID-19, for example.

 

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