So here we are again worrying about numbers going up around COVID. Many states are experiencing numbers like we had back in April. We know what that particular situation looks like and it’s scary.

So what do we do now? We stay vigilant and smart. We wash our hands and keep distant from folks. And maybe most importantly, we wear our masks. I read an article in the Press today that explained just how masks help us. Not only do masks protect others it’s been found that masks protect us. Research has found that masks can diminish the viral load that we may receive if we encounter someone with COVID. People who receive a high viral load tend to get sicker and those who do not get such a high dosage of the virus may actually not have any symptoms at all. So, wear that mask!

So, don’t panic at the increasing cases. NJ is doing a good job right now. Stay smart and don’t get lax. We’ve got this! Until next time, eat healthy, stay happy, wash your hands and WEAR YOUR MASK!!

Elder Lynn

Lynn O’Hara, MS, RD, LPC, Licensed Psychotherapist and Registered Dietitian