Keep being safe during COVID-19

Despite the positive news that more than 35 percent of Ohio’s population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, there is a worrying development. Though we’ve been waiting for a magic low number of new cases that would signal the easing of many restrictions, the numbers are going in the opposite direction.

“The U.K. variant is more widespread than it was before and we’re certainly seeing that up in Michigan right now and we’re seeing that as well in our own data,” Dr. Robyn Strosaker told another Ohio media outlet. “People have been at this for a long time and I think they may be letting their guard down just a little bit when it comes to mask wearing, social distancing.”

Many people are behaving as though “normal” is just around the corner … and therefore it is safe to behave as we did two springs ago. But the number of active cases of this virus is much higher now than it was when we first went into various stages of lockdown across the country. We cannot let familiarity breed apathy.

Yes, we’re stir crazy. Yes, we know there is hope. But we cannot snatch defeat from the jaws of victory and cripple our chances of defeating this plague. Keep following the guidelines, folks. Be smart; protect yourself and the people around you. And when it is your turn, get your vaccine.

To behave otherwise, when so much hangs in the balance, is foolish.


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