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It's Up to Us to Protect Ourselves From Covid and End the Pandemic
White House Announces They are Focusing on Therapeutics and Vaccines so Americans Don’t Die From the Virus, Rather Than Taking Measures to Control It
Over the weekend, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said on CNN, "We are not going to control the pandemic. We are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics and other mitigation areas.” minute 1:54 on this video
This has given us a perfect opportunity to compare an industrial response to a situation with a lifely response.
The Industrial Consumer Response to Covid-19
When I heard that the White House plan is to do nothing to control or prevent covid-19 in America but instead make sure that those who become ill have therapeutics and vaccines so they don’t die, my first thought was, “Well, this is a typical industrial response.”
The industrial viewpoint is that individuals should do nothing to take responsibility or care for themselves, but instead wait until things get unbearable and then turn to industrial products to solve the problem. This might be a toxic cleaning product or a visit to the doctor for a drug, or any one of the other industrial consumer solutions.
Now that the White House has announced this is their plan, it’s clear that this has been the plan all along—to create demand for industrial consumer products that will help Americans survive the virus.
This is not a conspiracy theory. This is business as usual for the industrial economic system. Drug companies (and probably our President) will make money while more than a quarter of a million Americans have already died and the economy is in shambles. But industrial manufacturers will make their profit as soon as they develop their products.
Our Lifely Response to Covid-19
But there is another way.
For Larry and me, responding to the covid challenge is about responsibility and self-determination. This pandemic is not going to be solved by the national government. We don’t need a vaccine. We just need everyone to take care of themselves and each other.
We have learned that Life has laws. When you follow the laws you get a result of health and happiness.
The covid laws are:
- intend good health
- do the standard “good health” actions like eating good food, breathing clean air, exercise, sleep, reducing stress and no smoking or drugs
- monitor your own health and the health of those you live with and are in close contact with. Agree with others close to you that you will all take precautions about exposure.
- wear a mask when you are out and about and keep your distance.
- support your immune system
As a spiritual being, my viewpoint is that I create my own reality, regardless of what is happening around me. And so while others are succumbing to the virus, Larry and I and our whole household do not have covid-19. We are not afraid of having it because we keep our distance from others, we wear our masks when we are around people other than our family, and we support our immune systems. Last weekend for the very first time in all these months I met someone who had had covid and recovered. It’s just not in my immediate environment.
That’s it. This is what is working for us and it can work for you too.
Feel free to leave a comment about what you are doing to stay healthy or ask any questions about staying safe from covid.
This is from an email sent to me by The New York Times. I don’t know how to give a link to it.
The power of mask mandates
They’re restrictive, tedious and hotly contested, but since the early days of the pandemic we’ve known masks to be an efficient and cost-effective way to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
And they’re even better, it turns out, when you oblige people to wear them.
Take Kansas, where a real-world experiment in face coverings emerged this summer. In early July, Gov. Laura Kelly, a Democrat, issued a statewide mask order, but was forced to let counties opt out of it under a law limiting her emergency management powers.
Only 20 of the state’s 105 counties enforced the order, which required residents to wear masks in public. Those 20 counties saw half as many new coronavirus infections as the counties that did not have the mandate in place, according to a new study from the University of Kansas.
Cellphone-tracking data from the University of Maryland showed no differences in how often people left home in the counties with or without mask mandates, so it seemed likely that the masks made the difference.
Experts say it’s part of a countrywide trend: Localities that impose mask mandates often see fewer cases, fewer hospitalizations, fewer deaths and lower test-positivity rates than nearby localities that do not.
Other studies have turned up similar results in Alabama, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas. A recently published report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found a 75 percent drop in coronavirus cases in Arizona less than a month after mask-wearing became enforced and bars and gyms were shuttered.
Of course it's up to you to make your own decision about this, but wearing our masks has been working for us.