Spring break is coming up and you know what that means thousands of college kids are going to head off to Florida and other warm states. Unfortunately, they usually don’t wear masks. They romp around the beaches, gather at bars without giving one thought about the danger they are putting people in. College kids are one thing, they are at the age where they think they’re invisible; we have all gone through that stage.
But what really disturbs me are some of the governors, who their duty is to protect and serve us, are removing the mask mandates, while also allowing establishments to open up.
Of course Florida Governor Greg DeSantis is lifting bans put in place due to covid-19, which of course includes the mask mandate. Florida is the place kids love to flock to during spring break!
Governor Greg Abbott of Texas marked the end of the statewide mask mandate citing, “a decline in daily infections and the availability of vaccines.” The announcement in Texas, where the virus has killed more than 43,000 people, rattled doctors and big city leaders who said they are now bracing for another deadly resurgence. One hospital executive in Houston said he told his staff they would need more personnel and ventilators.
Governor Tate Reeves of Mississippi, Governor Kay Ivey of Alabama, Montana Governor Greg Gianforte and Iowa governor Kim Reynolds are also lifting mask mandates. Governor Mark Gordon of Wyoming announced the state’s bar, restaurants theaters and gyms will be allowed to resume “normal operations” because the most vulnerable residents have access to the vaccine.
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is lifting all restrictions including mask mandates even though South Dakota is currently leading the U.S in covid-19 outbreaks, with a daily positivity rate of 12.2 per cent and hitting a record high of 1,821 new cases on Nov. 12 alone.
Now there is one big misconception out there. People and also governors, assume that if you get the vaccine you don’t have to wear a mask. Not true! The vaccine just gives you an extra layer of protection. Having it may minimize a stay in the hospital, or limit the magnitude of the disease. Also the vaccination doesn’t take effect until 12 days after you receive. This disease is breaking into different variants, so washing hands, getting vaccinated and wearing masks are all essential.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House Health Advisor said, “Currently, we do not have enough data to be able to say with confidence that the vaccines can prevent transmission,... so even if are vaccinated, you may still be able to spread the virus to vulnerable people.”
To all you Trump followers who don’t want to get the vaccine, Trump and Melania got the vaccine. Don’t you think he should have told this to you?
So please warriors, educate your kids and grandkids heading off to spring break, get vaccinated; but above all wear the damn mask!
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