July message:  Let’s Crush the Virus!  Please Get Your Shot. They are readily available.

 

We wish we could wave the magic wand and have 70% of the planet vaccinated. We know this is impossible at this moment, but hopefully, we can make progress through the summer months in the US and avoid another wave due to variants.  As of today, in the US, there have been 33.6 million cases of COVID 19 with 604,000 deaths.

 

And, while we are in an improving situation in the US, we are still very much in a GLOBAL PANDEMIC and a race for time. As we enter July of 2021, the numbers globally are officially at 3.94 million deaths and 182 million cases. According to VOX, the number of deaths may be twice the level reported. There are troubling situations in Australia, Vietnam and other countries where variants are emerging that appear to be rapidly spreading. Many countries that managed to do well initially using lockdowns and other non-pharmaceutical interventions find that more transmissible variants are more difficult to control. For example, Vietnam has fewer than 0.1% of its 103 million residents vaccinated and the rate in Australia is only 5%.

There is good news today regarding the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.  The vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna set off a persistent immune reaction in the body that may protect against the coronavirus for years, scientists reported on Monday.

The findings add to growing evidence that most people immunized with the mRNA vaccines may not need boosters, so long as the virus and its variants do not evolve much beyond their current forms — which is not guaranteed. People who recovered from Covid 19 before being vaccinated may not need boosters even if the virus does make a significant transformation.

If we ever needed a message that we are all in this together, we have it from the progression of this virus. National boundaries do not matter to a virus. And the longer we go with it, the smarter the virus becomes and the more it can mutate and move around our globe. India is now leading the world with the daily case growth, and we extend our sympathies to so many friends and colleagues with families in India and the other countries in dire straits. 

 

This condition continues to be such a tragic health situation. We also extend our deepest sympathies to people who have lost loved ones, to patients, and health care professionals, and other first responders everywhere. We also add teachers—those at schools and in a virtual setting, parents who are working so hard to take good care of their children and have taken on the role of teacher/teacher aide along with their other jobs—to our list of people receiving special thanks.

We extend our tremendous gratitude to those--especially those on the front lines--for their service, courage, and commitment to helping others.  Gratitude means the quality of being thankful--the readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.  We hold all of these fellow citizens in our hearts.

 

We believe it is vital for all of us to continue to sacrifice individual freedoms right now for the common good. With proper action, we can crush this virus!  But it depends on all of us.

 

OUR MESSAGE FOR JULY IS… DO YOUR PART… THINK OF OTHERS & PLEASE GET VACCINATED!

Here are a few global words with the same meaning: The Act of Being RESPONSIBLE

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