The post-holiday surge?

As I write this on the morning of July 5, the air in my St. Paul neighborhood is hazy. My […]

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As I write this on the morning of July 5, the air in my St. Paul neighborhood is hazy. My assumption is that part of the haze is post-fireworks. Not only have we had a few days of noise and PTSD triggers, some of us will have a few days of breathing issues.

Did I mention how much I dislike fireworks? The cats have not enjoyed the holiday. Nor have friends’ dogs.

The bigger concern is what we have come to know as post-holiday surges of COVID-19. Holidays and crowds tend to bring on spikes in the virus rates.

Right now Minnesota is one of only five states without a measurable increase in COVID. But we know that historic trends indicate that there could be an uptick in illnesses. The Fourth of July is one of those holidays that is followed by a rise in illness. Our immunities may be wearing off.

For those of us with disabilities COVID can be serious if not fatal. I’d invite you to go back and read the series of My COVID-19 Stories that we printed earlier this year. Thanks to our community we were able to detail many of the effects of COVID. It is nothing to be dismissive of.

I track COVID very closely as part of my work as editor here. The variants we have seen over the years are nothing short of amazing – and dismaying. We get one vaccine in place and then another variant pops up. It is never-ending.

A friend of mine compared COVID trends to watching a very dangerous magician and I’d have to agree.

Yet too many of us have become complacent. And we should not be. Friends who have become ill recently have reported having difficulty finding test kits and Paxlovid. They have had to travel from pharmacy to pharmacy to find what they need. No one should have to do that.

I sound like a broken record but here’s the drill again: Make sure vaccines are current. Test right away if you feel sick or if you are in close contact with someone who is sick.

If you don’t feel well, don’t visit friends with disabilities or elders who could easily become ill. And for heaven’s sakes, stay out of care centers and nursing homes.

My late father intensively disliked hospitals. Once when my mother was ill I went to see her at a hospital. I drove us and saw him and other family members visiting her through an open window. (It was a good thing her room was on the ground floor.)

I have to wonder if that is the safest way to visit hospitals and nursing homes these days. But not everyone has a ground floor room. Stay safe and take precautions.

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