A number of people have expressed worries about waning COVID vaccine effectiveness. I have reassured them that the vaccines were never meant to stop COVID infection, but rather keep the infection from causing more than mild illness. They are remarkably effective at that and that effectiveness shows no significant waning.
The following article from the Atlantic does an excellent job of explaining this.
Waning Immunity is Not a Crisis Right Now
I thought this article expressed a much-needed perspective that can help keep us sane when faced with ignorance, even apparently willful ignorance.
Cruelty Won’t End This COVID Groundhog Day
This short video (~2 min) came from a newsletter I get about fire and safety issues. In the middle it shows a 3-D animation of how the antibodies created by the COVID vaccine protect the cell. I thought the animation was pretty neat.
Angry Driver: What did you pull me over for?
Police Officer: You were going 50 mph.
Angry Driver: So …
Police Officer: You were in a school zone. The speed limit is 20 mph.
Angry Driver: Its my constitutional right to drive as fast as I want. You have no right to restrict my freedom.
Police Officer: Driving 50 mph in a school zone is dangerous.
Angry Driver: I was in an SUV! There is no way I was in any danger!
Police Officer: It’s not about you. You were endangering the children who were playing there. You are under arrest for reckless driving.
Mask protect OTHER people. Wear a mask.
Two hair stylists in Missouri saw 139 clients while infectious with COVID-19. The hair stylists and all their clients wore masks, mostly cloth or surgical masks. None of the clients caught the virus.
Why wear a mask?
Several people I have talked to did not understand why it is important for them to wear a mask while out in public. They had the idea that the mask was to protect themselves and since they were not afraid of getting sick, or were unlikely to get sick, they didn’t see any need to wear a mask. Continue reading Masks and COVID-19
Our parasympathetic nervous system helps us recover from stress. When we breathe at a slow pace, generally between 5 and 7 breaths per minute for adults, our physiology shifts into a recovery state in which natural restorative processes become more active. This is associated with activation of the parasympathetic nervous system and it will occur within a few seconds of beginning that breathing pattern.
The link below points to a page with a series of videos that you can use to breathe with. Pick a pace and breathe with it. If a particular pace does not feel soothing then try a different pace. You are looking for a breathing pace that feels effortless and soothing. Your body should settle into it effortlessly. Most people like a pace between 5 and 7 breaths per minute. Continue reading Paced Breathing for Brief Relaxation