It looks like a dance: the Pandemic Pivot. Take two steps forward, one step back and repeat.
Omnicom numbers are dropping in our region, which means we can pivot and get out more. But don’t ditch your mask for events or indoor visits just yet. Instead, make a strategic plan to stay safe during the pandemic, which is NOT over. I believe our new behavior now, based on science, should be from PIVOT. Here’s why.
The WHO reports that “Globallyfrom 5:20 p.m. CET, February 18, 2022there have been 418,650,474 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 5,856,224 deaths, reported to WHO. From February 15, 2022a total of 10,279,668,555 doses of vaccine were administered. »
What does it mean? Here’s a basic strategy for pivoting now, staying safe, and not infecting those at risk.
The WHO is made up of global scientists who study and then warn the public about any emerging health threats. Their mission, as a non-profit organization, is to raise awareness about viruses and new health trends that are dangerous for all human beings. The WHO is focused on education and treatment, traveling to third world countries or any place that needs to stem the spread of a virus.
The Pandemic is not over. Fortunately, here in New Jersey and New York, the numbers have come down. But at the same time, the numbers continue to grow elsewhere. Remember: we are not isolated from the rest of the world. Every day people travel to and from our country, which means a virus can easily take hold here, as Omnicron easily did.
The head of the World Health Organization’s European office said on Tuesday he was deeply concerned about soaring COVID-19 infection rates in Eastern Europe, including six countries including Ukraine and the Russia. Over the past two weeks, Covid cases have doubled.
How do we keep safe? What about wearing a mask and going out to eat and mingle with friends and family?
The first thing you need to do is realize that there is no solution to ensuring 100% security during a pandemic. For some people, that’s fine. For my part, I tend to be more careful with my health. People always say to me, “You could be hit by a car, or fall, etc. Go out and stop worrying!
COVID is the leading cause of death in the United States for the second year in a row and has greatly exceeded deaths from heart problems and cancer. I can’t help but notice. But I realized it was time to pivot – for everyone – safely.
Here is what I found for you.
Lilli’s List: Make the Pivot of the Pandemic.
- Everyone will face health threats differently, as we well know. Decide first: what kind of risk person are you?
- Next step: Determine who in your life, such as your parents, anyone who is sick, etc., is vulnerable to COVID and at high risk of death if infected.
- Include anyone who is obese or overweight, as their risk of dying from COVID if infected is 78% (accurate scientific data from the CDC and many other health organizations).
- If you are in close contact with people over 65, around infants, or at risk if they contract COVID, you should mask up in any situation where you are indoors with people and are unsure if they are vaccinated or have COVID. OR take a test right before you visit them. Wear a mask during your visit. It is your only ethical choice.
- If you are outdoors and not in crowds, remove this mask. It’s fine now.
- If you’re adventurous, vaccinated, and have your booster, only you can decide if you can get around. Fair. check your destination’s COVID numbers.
- If you want to eat out, NYC requires proof of vaccination, so it’s much safer than New Jersey, where anyone can dine indoors, close to others, without any proof of vaccination. Of course there is a risk, but it is not so high when the numbers are low.
- If you don’t care about catching COVID, consider this: some of you will get sick and never notice it, and then may infect the elderly or people who are at risk of dying from COVID. And yes, that includes vaccinated people.
- Live with your decisions ethically. If you don’t believe in vaccinations, wear a mask when indoors and in public places. It’s not that hard to do the right thing.
- If you are afraid to leave your home because of the pandemic, you are not alone. Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder. Contact your doctor.
- When the number of cases increases again or a new variant arrives, go back to plan A – always wear a mask, etc. It won’t be easy.
By changing your behavior during the swing of the COVID pendulum, you can once again enjoy a kind of normal lifestyle. Don’t get too comfortable. We haven’t finished yet.
And please: just be a little selfless – wear a mask in public indoor spaces so you don’t infect those who will die if they have COVID.