On the Air News: Variants In the Air!
While chowing down on my oatmeal this early a.m., my local, NPR affiliate’s on the air newsman served up a most unpalatable second course; told his listeners that, thanks to the tireless efforts of contact tracers, we now know the far more contagious B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant, had been in the air two Sundays ago; at the very store where I’ve been doing my grocery shopping for nearly three decades.
Small consolation, according to my bulletin board calendar / log, on that ill-fated day, I had been home, all day.
Even so, what still makes this story especially disconcerting is:
How close to home this has hit. The only way I can remain philosophical / not freak out is that I’m 100% mask compliant when in public and fully realize that, publicity or not, wherever we roll our shopping carts, we’ve all been plowing thru Corona Clouds for the past twelve months.
While this chain store’s employees and customers are normally fully mask compliant, there is the occasional ill-informed and/or absentminded customer whose mask has drooped beneath nose and/or mouth.
My best guess is that improper masking up is what caused the spread of the B.1.1.7 variant two Sundays ago.
So, now, more than ever, let’s remember to always heed the common sense, science based pandemic protocols. Letting down one’s guard, even once, can spread COVID-19. And the more often that happens the more time coronavirus will have to mutate; perhaps, someday, into a SuperBug that present-day vaccines will no longer be able to recognize / protect against.
If you’ve yet to do so, check out my homepage’s topper blog which features the sobering, worldwide coronavirus stats. To help avoid adding your own name to that sick list and/or death toll, also watch the companion, life saving video, “So What Can You Do To Protect Yourself?”
Stay Publicly / Properly Masked!
Stay Safe at Home!