“COVID-19 is once again soaring in Florida,” reported the Tampa Bay Times:
“There were 29,568 new cases identified from Dec 10-16, according to the weekly report the state released late Friday. There were 13,530 cases reported in the previous seven-day period. That’s a jump of 118 percent in one week....
“The daily average went from 1,933 cases per day last week to 4,224 cases per day this week.”
The claim that COVID is over or even under control is absolutely false, and it’s not just in Florida.
“The US is now averaging 118,717 new Covid-19 cases each day -- 40% higher than a month ago - according to data from Johns Hopkins University, and 1,326 Covid-19 deaths are being reported each day on average. That's a 12% increase compared to a month prior. Coronavirus hospitalizations also continue to climb, having now trended upward for more than two months as hospitals across the country face staffing shortages. According to US Health and Human Services, 67,306 are hospitalized with Covid-19, 40% higher than a month ago. Beds in intensive care units are 78% full, and one in five of those patients are Covid-19 patients.”
No, these are not “alternative facts.” This is the reality of what is actually happening in our country right now. As I have said before, “alternative facts” do not exist. There is only one factual truth. Yes, we can have different opinions, but we do not have different facts. People who claim that they have “alternative facts” are simply spreading misinformation. It is true that we can perceive and interpret facts differently, but different interpretations do not change the facts. Different interpretations and distortions of the actual facts are a form of misinformation. If you are actually reporting facts, they will be the same as what others report. If you are reporting opinions or perceptions, each person’s opinions and perceptions are different, but the facts do not change, just because we have different opinions or interpretations of the facts.
We need the truth—the facts.
When you distort or interpret facts incorrectly, that’s misinformation. Instead of continuing to read or spread misinformation, we need to change.
This Christmas, we need to stop fighting and arguing about whether we should or should not get vaccinated or wear masks. The answers are obvious.
We need for everyone to be vaccinated.
Yes, the COVID vaccine is safe, and it saves lives.
Researchers from Yale University and the Commonwealth Fund found that the vaccine saved approximately “… 279,000 additional deaths due to Covid-19 -- about 46% more than there were -- and as many as 1.25 million additional hospitalizations if there were no vaccinations.”
So, yes everyone needs to get vaccinated. It’s not about “freedom,” “personal choice,” or “control.” Every single person who isn’t vaccinated is potentially exposing every other person in their community, neighborhood, family, or group because unvaccinated people are allowing COVID to continue to grow, spread, and change into new variants. When people refuse to get vaccinated, they are actually supporting COVID-19 because they allow the pandemic to continue. Yes, when you are unvaccinated, you are encouraging COVID to spread. Don’t take my word for it. Read the report.
U.S. Public Health Director Annette Rodriguez gave a very timely warning this last week in our area reminding everyone to put their masks back on. It’s a warning that everyone should listen to:
"I've seen a lot of people around the community who have stopped wearing a mask, you really need to put those masks back on because Omicron is probably already here, we just haven't identified it…."
Give the gift of life, this Christmas: get vaccinated. Make sure you get your booster as well. You are not fully protected unless you have received your booster. Also, don’t forget your mask.