“Small indi­vid­ual risks have added up to large soci­etal damage.”

David Leonhardt, excerpt­ed from The New York Times’ “The Morning,” January 19, 2022

Covid-19 is surg­ing in Clark County in a way it nev­er has before. 

Becky Kissick, Director of Public Health at the Clark County Health Department, dis­cuss­es this in the January 17, 2022 issue of The Winchester Sun.

Clark County COVID-19 update, 1/14/2022.

“Our dai­ly aver­age now is over 100 cas­es a day. So for us, that is the first time in the pan­dem­ic that we have run a dai­ly aver­age above 100,” said Kissick said in an inter­view with The Sun last Wednesday. 

The arti­cle goes on to note that “Friday smashed the record for con­firmed cas­es with 146, eclips­ing the pre­vi­ous mark of 76 set on Sept. 10, 2021, dur­ing the height of the delta surge.”

You should read the arti­cle in its entire­ty.

All of this has hit us hard. Truth has a way of doing that.

There is a big dif­fer­ence between opin­ion and fact. In a free soci­ety such as ours, we all have a right to our opin­ions. But con­sid­er this: if your per­son­al opin­ion dif­fers from expert con­sen­sus on a top­ic in which you have no train­ing, please con­sid­er that your opin­ion is prob­a­bly wrong. 

Despite what you might hear from the mouths of some politi­cians and oth­er “lead­ers,” the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic — and espe­cial­ly the lat­est surge — is not some­thing to be tak­en lightly.

Variants require hosts to devel­op. Infected peo­ple, even those who don’t know it, are hosts. As the num­ber of infec­tions ris­es, so do the oppor­tu­ni­ties for the virus to mutate into yet anoth­er vari­ant. And any one of us could be that unfor­tu­nate host in which the next vari­ant emerges, set­ting off yet anoth­er wave of infection.

Look, we get it. You’re weary of all this. It’s been two years now. We’re weary too. We’re ful­ly vac­ci­nat­ed and boost­ed. We wear masks when we go out, which isn’t all that often. 

We’re all ready to get back to “nor­mal” — what­ev­er that means, post-pandemic. 

But let’s get back to the facts. Read that quote at the top of the page again. 

If I go out to Kroger unmasked and become infect­ed with­out know­ing it, I could bring it home to my fam­i­ly. One or more of them could get infect­ed and spread it to oth­ers. Maybe most of those folks are vac­ci­nat­ed and will “only” have a rough few days of flu-like symptoms. 

Maybe one or two will not be so lucky. Perhaps some­one will die a lone­ly death on a ven­ti­la­tor in a hos­pi­tal bed. 

So you see, it’s not just about you. 

Please, let’s start focus­ing on the big­ger pic­ture and take care of one anoth­er. It’s the kind thing to do, and we all play an impor­tant role in what hap­pens next.

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    Adra Fisher grew up in Winchester, moved away in her ear­ly 20s and returned a quar­ter of a cen­tu­ry lat­er. She enjoys all types of art and encour­ag­ing oth­ers to live creatively.