The masks are no longer being worn (Unless you go into a hospital or doctor's office [I think they are trying to tell you something]). People are not "social distancing any more. Everybody is in a party hardy mood. Let's get together and schmooze.
And yet, the CDC is still pushing booster shots. Why if it's all but gone?
Let's take a look at the United Kingdom. I know that's all we've been looking at since the Queen died, but behind the scenes, that Covid bug has been lurking and spreading (because of the crowds?) and the numbers are climbing.
As of two days ago, the UK has had 104,436 cases and 81 people have died in the last 28 days. Seems it's far from gone there.
As we pass from Summer into Fall, the CDC keeps talking about two variants of Covid that are still out there. BA.4 & BA.5 Omicron subvariants.
What are they? They’re the most transmissible and immune-evasive strains of the COVID-19 virus to date. Today, they’re causing around 80% of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and yes, ladies and gentlemen it is still around.
Which brings me to the title of this post. Flu season is knocking at your door.
I was born in 1946 and I've experienced all the childhood diseases and had all the immunization shots. I was even part of the first Polio Vaccine distribution where they put a drop of vaccine into a sugar cube and gave it to you. I had Mumps, Measles, Chicken Pox (which I proudly say I gave to the whole Cub Scout Troop). I don't have any mental problems from the shots although my previous three wives might disagree and for the last 25 years or so I've had a yearly flu shot with the exception of one year. I'm not happy to say that year I got the flu and it wasn't pretty.
So today Katherine and I went to CVS Pharmacy and got both the yearly flu shot (left arm) and the new Covid BA.4/BA.5 Booster (right arm). You'll be pleased to know that neither arm is usable tonight. Just kidding. Just a little muscle sore where the needle went in. No other side effects, no tracking implants, no tinfoil hats.
Lastly, in the US 1,059,288 people have died from Covid (YTD) with 12,000 in just the last 28 days.
Please get boosted.
I don't think Covid will ever leave entirely. Just become so small it will not be worse than the common cold. Boost would help if everyone did it but there's no mandatory enforcement. It's sad to say but people care more about what effects them personally than others. Nothing showed that more than how people behaved during the pandemic.ReplyDelete
After getting the first three shots, I am calling it good. Enough is enough. I now believe that I am better off without an extra booster. I've had the covid and hopefully, will be immune enough to stay away from it in the future. Oh, and don't worry about me... I have been MIA from the blog, but I will be back soon. =)ReplyDelete
Cathey and I will not be getting this last shot, we've had four shots already and feel four is enough----now if they develop a yearly shot then we will probably get that one---we got our flu shots scheduled for next week.
I'm not sure any of us knows what is "right" anymore when it comes to COVID. Glad you got your shots. I'd probably get a booster if given the opportunity. Also thanks for the reminder... I definitely need to get a flu shot, 'tis the season.ReplyDelete