Our way of living has changed forever. Why? The ignorant ass president and his ignorant ass followers. It is real and it’s just not going to disappear! Covid cases are on the rise again as we approach flu season, which equals a deadly disaster. How reckless people are just shows us how selfish and spoiled the American people are. Everyone is tired of this pandemic but people aren’t willing to do what needs to be done in order for us to get back to normal.
The New York Times reports this past week alone over 60,000 new cases and that is a 32% increase from the average just over 2 weeks ago. New covid cases on on the rise by 70%, since hitting a record low in September. Covid related deaths have now exceeded 223,000. Covid is now the third leading cause of death, just behind heart disease and cancer! Experts estimate that deaths could exceed 390,000 by February 2021. There are no states reporting declining cases.
What states are reporting the highest cases?
Rhode Island has the largest increase in new confirmed covid cases. It recorded 1,397 new positive tests this past week, and that’s a 67% increase from the week before.
Washington is next with a 63 % increase which was 5,166 new positive test. Connecticut had a 60% increase, Illinois, Ohio, and Indiana all had a 30% increase in positive cases. North Dakota, Minnesota, and Nebraska had an increase of 20%. Texas leads the way in numbers, with new covid cases.
Texas reported 35,734 new cases, and that is an 18% increase. California was third with 20,596 new cases, a decrease of 9%. Florida was 4th with 20,529 new cases, a 14% increase. Recent Trump rallies are playing a big part in the rise of positive covid cases. Covid hospitalizations are on the rise and have reached record highs. Smaller more intimate gatherings among family, friends and neighbors are playing a big role in transmission.
Just Mask Up!
Face masks and other preventive measures, such as frequent hand-washing and social distancing, help slow the spread of the virus.
So why weren’t face masks recommended at the start of the pandemic? At that time, experts didn’t know the extent to which people with COVID-19 could spread the virus before symptoms appeared. Nor was it known that some people have COVID-19 but don’t have any symptoms. Both groups can unknowingly spread the virus to others.
These discoveries led public health groups to do an about-face on face masks. The World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now include face masks in their recommendations for slowing the spread of the virus. The CDC recommends cloth face masks for the public and not the surgical and N95 masks needed by health care providers.
The CDC recommends that you wear a cloth face mask when you’re around people who don’t live with you and in public settings when social distancing is difficult.
Here are a few pointers for putting on and taking off a cloth mask:
- Wash or sanitize your hands before and after putting on and taking off your mask.
- Place your mask over your mouth and nose.
- Tie it behind your head or use ear loops and make sure it’s snug.
- Don’t touch your mask while wearing it.
- If you accidentally touch your mask, wash or sanitize your hands.
- If your mask becomes wet or dirty, switch to a clean one. Put the used mask in a sealable bag until you can wash it.
- Remove the mask by untying it or lifting off the ear loops without touching the front of the mask or your face.
- Wash your hands immediately after removing your mask.
- Regularly wash your mask with soap and water by hand or in the washing machine. It’s fine to launder it with other clothes.
And, here are a few face mask precautions:
- Don’t put masks on anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious or otherwise unable to remove the mask without help.
- Don’t put masks on children under 2 years of age.
- Don’t use face masks as a substitute for social distancing.
Tips for adjusting to a face mask
It can be challenging to get used to wearing a face mask. Here are some tips for making the transition:
- Start slow. Wear your mask at home for a short time, such as while watching television. Then wear it during a short walk. Slowly increase the time until you feel more comfortable.
- Find your fit. If your mask isn’t comfortable or is too difficult to breathe through, consider other options. Masks come in a variety of styles and sizes.