It has been a very long two years since the onset of a global pandemic literally caught the world by surprise. For many people, much of that time was spent sheltering in place and at best, masking up and avoiding crowds. Even with the death toll at approximately 1 in 300, there are still those who doubt the veracity of SARS-CoV-2, and of those, many are making it all about politics. For those who understand just how lethal one virus with all its mutations can be, suffice to say we have learned a lot about immunity and being prepared. Here are a few highlights of the past two years.
1. Trust in Science
One of the most important lessons we have learned is to trust in the science. Even though the virus keeps mutating and working its way around some of the progress science has made, the operative word is “progress.” Science has been able to determine how to boost immunity through vaccines and although there is some resistance to various mutations, the mortality rate is declining.
With that said, more vaccines are in the developmental stages and boosters are adding time to those already being used. We can only be thankful for modern biosciences that weren’t around for the Spanish flu. Can you imagine the death toll if science hadn’t advanced to where it is today?
2. Being Prepared Is Vital
As you will probably remember, at the very height of the first round of Covid-19, masks, and PPE were hard to come by. Even hospitals and first responders were unable to keep adequate supplies on hand so now we know to be prepared with at least a bare minimum of what we might need in a month’s time.
The supply chain was impacted and even though online suppliers like MFASCO had adequate stock, getting it delivered was often problematic. We have learned to keep an emergency stock on hand. This virus is still mutating so we cannot predict the future. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
3. Act Responsibly
One of the things that became readily noticeable was the fact that altogether too many people blamed the government for the out-of-control spread of Covid-19. In fact, much of the spread could have been avoided if society had acted responsibly. Instead of doubting medical science and expert epidemiologists, they decided to make their own rules based on the rampant spread of misinformation on social media.
Instead of following mandates like distancing, masking, sheltering in place, and shutting down non-essential services, many people simply made their own rules. This had a devastating effect on the spread of this deadly contagion and thankfully, many of those naysayers are now acting responsibly after losing loved ones, perhaps needlessly.
Sage Advice From the CDC
At the end of the day, perhaps now is the time to follow sage advice from the CDC on staying healthy to bolster immunity. Since we know that immunocompromised people are more likely to become seriously ill, it stands to reason that those with high levels of immunity would fare better. Do what you can to act responsibly, be prepared, and stay as healthy as possible. We’ve won a few battles, but the war is far from over.