This post is sponsored by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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