Today’s Care Corner comes in the form of a pep talk. Here goes! I read in the paper that the vaccines are proving to be very good at fighting the virus with no symptoms AND no illness AND, most importantly, showing a decrease in transmission rates. What that means is we are almost out of the woods. It means if you are vaccinated you can CAREFULLY gather with a small number of other vaccinated folks with no fear of catching the virus! WOO HOO!!! Now, what that doesn’t mean is that we can forgo masks and other social distancing practices. I certainly would not start hanging out with a bunch of non-vaccinated folks but if you are around people who aren’t vaccinated and aren’t practicing social distancing or mask wearing you are still pretty well protected. What we do need to see happen is more people getting vaccinated. The problem here is that we need a certain percentage of the population to get their shots or the virus will continue to be spread. You may say, “who cares? I’m protected” if you have the shot. But here’s the kicker. If that virus continues to spread it will continue to mutate and if one of those variants gets past the vaccines we are at square one. Want more of the past year? I don’t. So, let’s work for the greater good. Please get vaccinated and please, please do not let your guard down yet. We are so close to ending this nightmare if we would all just hang in there and continue safe practices. July 4th party, anyone? Until next time, wash your hands, wear a mask and get vaccinated!!!

Elder Lynn

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