And just like that, 2021 is over.
It seems like yesterday that we were all breathing a sigh of relief, into our facemasks, that 2020 was coming to a conclusion.
And here we are at the end of 2021, facing another variant of the COVID-19 virus, while living under another mask mandate.
If there’s one thing the first few waves showed us it’s that this will pass at some point in the next couple of months.
Case numbers will dwindle, seemingly on their own, and hospitalizations will drop as well. Until the next variant.
We probably will never see the end of COVID-19 as a virus, but the good news from the Omicron variant is that the virus does seem to be mutating toward the benign.
Omicron is highly contagious, but for the most part, it does not carry the severe symptoms of its predecessors.
That likely comes from a combination of vaccinations and the infection rate during Delta reaching a tipping point that allowed the virus to mutate into something less deadly.
That being said, states that have relatively flat vaccination rates, like Mississippi, will likely bear the brunt of Omicron’s wrath.
That is why it’s still important to consider the COVID vaccine to help protect against the virus.
If more people are vaccinated, while at the same time we see a higher infection rate, the next inevitable variant could be even weaker than Omicron.
Even former President Donald Trump has continued to tout the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine.
As for resolutions, I’m hoping to fight against COVID, and other unrelated illnesses, by becoming more healthy.
I say “hoping” because I haven’t been very successful at that over the last few years.
In fact, I’ve gained more weight in the last 12 months than in the last five years combined.
Being overweight can lead to a lot of complications, and having a negative reaction to COVID-19 is one of them.
I also want to keep my heart, liver and other vital organs healthy as well.
So, I’m going to resolve to be more healthy, to lose weight and get into better shape.
It sounds cliché, but my current condition calls for cliché, unfortunately.
I hope you, the reader, won’t have to make such drastic resolutions in 2022.
Have a great New Year, and we look forward to serving you for another 12 months.