Winter is coming, so keep wearing the masks

Winter is coming, so keep wearing the masks

There is no shortage of people who have pandemic fatigue, but this is not the time to get complacent. We are not even finished the first wave, and a second wave is sure to be on it’s way. Things are probably going to get worse before they get better, so we must do everything we can to stop the spread of Covid-19.

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Actually, an earmuff mask combo might be a good idea.

Dr Fauci claims that he cannot predict the future, but he has observed that infections seem to spike whenever restrictions are relaxed. While Fauci is optimistic that a vaccine will be developed by early 2021, he has reminded us that we need to “hunker down” to get through this coming Winter season.

Fauci is right, but it is going to be hard. The most dedicated Covid-19 dodgers have been isolating, physical distancing, and wearing masks since March. Going the distance is getting difficult as more and more people are refusing to participate in the pandemic safety measures, or they simply can’t take it anymore.

We need to all keep going, though, because Summer was the easy part. Fall and the return to school often brings colds and flu. It is easy to get a chill in the colder weather, and that sometimes is associated with lower immunity. More than ever, people need to heed Grandma’s advice and wear warm socks and a sweater to keep warm.


The only thing we have to prevent infection is to keep away from other people, frequent hand washing, and to wear masks. It is lonely and inconvenient, but we have to do it. If we don’t do it, more and more people will get sick. The more people that get sick at the same time, the worse everything is.

Just look at what happened after the Sturgis motorcycle rally. There is some debate over the numbers of infections that arose from the Sturgis event, but what we do know is that Covid-19 cases are now surging in both North and South Dakota.

Coronavirus infections in the Dakotas are growing faster than anywhere else in the nation, fueling impassioned debates over masks and personal freedom after months in which the two states avoided the worst of the pandemic.


No one knows the future, but some computer models are predicting that there could be many more deaths over the Winter months. One model is suggesting the U.S. Covid-19 death toll could reach 415,000 by January. Another model is predicting as many as 600,000 deaths.

Even a single additional death is too many, so hopefully, people will be willing to do their part.

The daily infection rate seems to be going down, but then again, so is testing.

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