We are all very tired of hearing and worrying about COVID-19 and are ready to have our lives return to normal as soon as possible. Unfortunately, we cannot wish this virus away. No one can predict the future, however physicians and scientists expect this virus to be around until an effective vaccine is developed. It clearly is not a “flu” virus as noted by the already 100,000+ deaths from this virus.
The death rate is dropping, which is good. Medical doctors are getting better at treating this virus. The infection rate is variable, obviously helped by the social distancing we all are doing. However, the basic facts persist. This virus is still active throughout the USA and remains more deadly to older people and those with multiple health issues but may be lethal for anyone, regardless of age and health.
Choosing lower risk activities when those options are available is the best choice for everyone. This will be especially important this winter when we all congregate indoors again. No one expects the virus to disappear this winter. Voting absentee (Voting By Mail) is clearly a safer, lower risk, option for everyone. We are fortunate to have this option in our state. Please use it.
Dr. John Warren