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Let’s Keep Michigan Open 

Just about everyone I know has had their life upended one way or another because of COVID-19. The one thing I can say with certainty is that COVID-19 is not a hoax, and it is definitely not the flu. I have known so many people personally affected by the virus, many with long-term health consequences. And I know countless others who have had a close family member or friend die of the illness. And for those who haven’t had the virus, their lives have been upended by stay at home orders and the economic suffering that results. Many have lost jobs and kids haven’t been able to return to school. COVID-19 has robbed us of memories, opportunities and most of all, our time. It has been a relief to see Michigan finally reopening again and we all need to do everything possible to keep it open. What can we do to keep Michigan open? It starts with personal responsibility, and the understanding that you do not live in a bubble. What you do can affect everyone around you, often with a ripple effect that can span hundreds of people. That is why it is so important to wear a mask in public places and adhere to social distancing guidelines. These are simple things you can do, but when everyone does this it has a huge impact on our economy and our daily lives. 

 

 
Petite Fashion Blog | Spread Hope not COVID-19 | Why you should wear a mask

Petite Fashion Blog | Spread Hope not COVID-19 | Why you should wear a mask

It is refreshing to see everyone around you wearing a mask, as it makes you feel like people care about others and that everyone wants to make our communities a better place. So why is masking up so important?

Petite Fashion Blog | Spread Hope not COVID-19 | Why you should wear a mask

COVID-19 Is a Novel Virus

Why is COVID-19 so deadly? Because it is a new virus our immune system doesn’t know how to fight. It can have detrimental effects on a wide variety of organ systems in the body. Scientists are learning more and more every day about how it affects us and how to treat it. The one thing we do know is that it can spread like wildfire. This is worsened by the fact that 40% of people who have COVID-19 may be asymptomatic. People can spread it without even knowing they have it. A mild illness for one person could be life-threatening for someone else. We pin our hopes on a vaccine, but in the meantime wearing a mask and avoiding crowds is the best thing you can do to prevent spread of the virus. While masks alone may not always prevent the spread of the disease, scientists and doctors agree that masks and face coverings can help to reduce the spread by about 70%. Which is amazing!

Petite Fashion Blog | Spread Hope not COVID-19 | Why you should wear a mask

Things You Can Do Besides Wearing a Mask

Wearing a mask is not the only thing you can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you have a cough or nasal congestion, make sure you cough or sneeze into a tissue or your upper sleeve. This is important because sneezes and coughs release droplets and these droplets can travel up to 6 feet for a cough and 27 feet for a sneeze! Also make sure to wash or sanitize your hands regularly. I carry a bottle of sanitizer with me and I use it several times a day – every time I touch someone or something that isn’t in my house. And don’t forget to avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

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We Cannot Afford Another Shutdown

With the winter months approaching, everyone is concerned about a second wave of infections. People participate in indoor activities more often and that can easily increase the spread of the virus. We cannot let our guard down. A second wave of COVID-19 that occurs simultaneously with another illness, such as the flu, would result in economic strain. Not to mention our hospitals, doctors, nurses and the state’s entire public health system would become very overwhelmed. Everyone needs to do their part to prevent a second wave from occurring. 

Petite Fashion Blog | Spread Hope not COVID-19 | Why you should wear a mask

Spread Hope Not COVID-19

We all have a common goal when it comes to halting the spread of COVID-19. When we work together, everyone benefits and everyone can feel good about their community. Hope is the one thing that cannot be taken from us and we definitely need more of it. So be considerate, wear your mask, and don’t go into large crowds. I myself will be forever grateful for those who help prevent the spread and so will countless others. To learn more about how you can prevent the spread of COVID-19, please visit the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services website here.

I hope you have found today’s post helpful! And please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.

Thanks for stopping by!

xo | April 

 

 

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  1. Yes! Masks are so important. We always wear them when we go out. My daughter starts in person school Monday and she’ll have a mask on there too!

  2. Thank you! You are the first person who has vocalized how I feel when I go out and see other people wearing masks. My family always wears ours when we’re out and when I see others doing the same, I feel proud that we’re doing what we can to protect ourselves and others until a vaccine is found. I simply don’t understand why anyone would not wear a mask. It’s so simple.

  3. Covid-19 has been awful. I wish here in the UK more people would care more and wear their masks properly. I understand it is great to see people trying to protect eachother though 🙂

  4. hi dr. April i just saw your post and am glad you and your famly are doing well -this for sure is scary,for it has hit so many people i am close to -i know im on your site a lot but assure you im not stocking you LOL , i like to see when you post things about the eyes you might rember me telling you i only have 5% central vision in my left eye and 2% light perseption in my right eye so im all ways trying to get all the information i can and you be an eye doctor i check your site alot (hope its ok)-one more thing omg have your kids grown and so good looking.,thank you for posting

    1. Margie – So nice to hear from you! And I’m gad you are OK. And I am so sorry to hear this about your eyes. I work with patients like you all the time, and I am always amazed at what people can do with the vision they do have.

  5. Really? You’ve known personally ‘countless’ numbers of people who have died from this situation? So many you can’t count them???? I really find that hard to believe as I know of NO ONE who has even been more than supposedly mildly ill – much less ill than the ‘regular’ flu. I cannot believe your claim unless every single person to whom you are referring was very old and very sick already.

    1. Beth – then you lead a VERY sheltered life. I work in healthcare and have lots of patients who have been deathly ill and hospitalized with it. And I have LOTS of patients with parents/grandparents and that is who died. I don’t lie or make things up and I am telling the GOD’s HONEST TRUTH. You need to stop watching the wrong news, because it is truly brainwashing you. Stop living in your little world and pretending like the world around you doesn’t exist because that is NOT how it is. I prey that you can change your ways.

  6. Thank you for the timely post. Now that the cooler weather is here, I’m adding to my mask collection. It’s good to have several types (cute masks, gym/workout etc.) in rotation. Off the topic, but where are the jeans you are wearing in the post from?