The coronavirus pandemic has had an adverse impact on every country on Earth. With this virus having been with all of us for close to a year, it makes sense that people are getting tired of it. On the other hand, the virus is not yet done with us. Cases are on the rise though a vaccine is on the way. Therefore, a lot of people are wondering what this means for the winter. There are a few key points that everyone should keep in mind.
Cases Are On the Rise Again
First, it is important to note that cases are on the rise once again. With the weather starting to get colder and more people spending time indoors, this makes it easier for the virus to spread. Particularly in Israel, new restrictions are starting to be put in place to reduce the spread. There is also concern that a second lockdown could lead to massive economic repercussions; however, it is always more important to protect the lives of those who are vulnerable. With winter coming, cases are likely to continue to rise.
A Vaccine is Expected to Be Approved Soon
On the other hand, there are plenty of people who are pointing out that a vaccine is likely to be approved soon. Indeed, there are reports of multiple companies that have developed vaccines that appear to be extremely effective during clinical trials. On the other hand, making a vaccine and getting vaccinated are not the same things. Now comes the challenge of manufacturing it and distributing it to the entire world. That process might take another few months, lasting into the summer. Therefore, we will stop be dealing with the virus this winter.
The Prospect of Flu and Coronavirus at the Same Time
Of course, with the weather starting to get colder, the flu season is starting to arise as well. Therefore, the medical community is going to be dealing with the flu season and the coronavirus at the same time. As a result, there are some who are rightfully concerned that the healthcare system might be overwhelmed. Many people do not realize that the flu puts young children and elderly individuals in the hospital regularly. With hospitals already overwhelmed dealing with the virus, what might this mean for those who contract the flu? Therefore, with the holidays approaching quickly, it is important for everyone to make sure they do what they can to keep themselves and their families safe.
Stay Safe During the Holidays
Chanukkah is coming up quickly and this is a time that we traditionally spend with family members and friends. Even though it is tempting to resume life and gather in groups with friends, this could end up placing our loved ones at risk. Particularly for older individuals and those with preexisting conditions, this could end being deadly. Therefore, it is a better idea to gather with loved ones via zoom instead. Everyone must continue to remain socially distant, wear a mask, and wash their hands regularly.
Do Not Lower Your Guard
There are plenty of people who are suffering from virus fatigue and simply want their lives to go back to normal. Everyone wants this. At the same time, it is important to remember that lives are at stake and society has to come together to protect those among us who are most vulnerable. Only by sticking together and remembering that we have a duty to protect others will we be able to overcome this virus and resume our normal lives.