Category Archives: health issues

Forget about mom this Thanksgiving?

Traveling in about a month for Thanksgiving?

Better rethink that plan.

The Boston Globe has the details.

“The advice I’ve given my patients is that this is the year to be thinking hard about visiting your family,” said Julita Mir, an internist and infectious disease specialist at the nonprofit Community Care Cooperative. “Put it into perspective. Weigh the value against the potential consequences. Even with the best of intentions, traveling to see mom or grandma could be the worst thing you could do. Maybe the best thing you could do is to come up with an alternative celebration.”

Here comes round two

I have little faith enough Americans will do what it takes to fight off round two of coronavirus.

With news that all but two states saw an uptick in coronavirus cases last week and knowing that flu season is approaching, Americans ought to be hyper vigilant about where they go and what they do.

Instead, we see crowds at sporting events and political rallies, as Americans try to soak up a few final days of temperate fall weather.

Such a mistake, especially when participating in those activities includes not wearing a mask and ignoring safe social distancing.

Yes, we’re tired of restrictions, and, yes, we want our lives to feel normal. But alea iacta est, and it was in the spring when President Trump refused to listen to science as he screamed about the “Chinese virus.” We’ll never know how many coronavirus-related deaths and illnesses might have been prevented in the U.S. had he cared more about a crisis and less about rhetoric.

One need to look only to the United Kingdom — another country where poor leadership fueled the initial coronavirus outbreak — to see renewed warning signs. In Manchester, hospitals are running out of beds because people are again being hospitalized at high numbers because of the vicious virus.

That story soon will be told in the U.S.

A vaccine, whenever it is available, remains our best chance to slow down coronavirus. Nevertheless, common sense and practical decision making will be critical as the weather turns colder and we shift to more indoor activity. Will we surrender some of our individuality for the greater good?

I think you and I know the answer to that question.

He has built walls

Photo: Anthony Moretti 20Jan2017

If the current political polls are anywhere close to accurate, then Donald Trump will not be re-elected as president of the United States.

That news ought to echo loudly and positively around the world. Suffice to say, the quicker a real leader and a man who respects the office in which Trump currently holds is in place, the better.

One of Trump’s signature promises during the 2016 presidential election was to build a wall that, Trump promised, would prevent Mexicans and people from Central or South America from entering the U.S.

That idea was folly. However, Trump’s four years in the White House will be remembered for the walls he did build.

These walls don’t exist in the physical sense; however, if you look around the world, you’ll see evidence of the Trump Walls.

The U.S. has more coronavirus cases and more deaths from the vicious virus than any nation on earth. As a result, few nations want their people to enter the country, and those same nations have significantly restricted entry of U.S. citizens.

Trump has walled off America from its European allies because of how he’s mishandled the coronavirus fight but also because of his incessant doubt that NATO has any value to the United States.

Trump has regularly blasted China, suggesting that Beijing rips off Washington at every opportunity. Opting for tariffs over meaningful talks, Trump has sealed off necessary talks between the world’s two leading economies and doing more damage to the U.S. than to China.

And, yes, there is a Trump Wall at home. When Judge Amy Coney Barrett joins the Supreme Court in the coming weeks, she will become the third conservative justice to join that august body. Mind you, there’s nothing wrong with conservative justices and conservative values, but these are justices who seem to have already determined that America’s social mores need to be shifted further to the right.

No, there is no physical Trump Wall anywhere around the world, but his small-minded thinking has created dangerous barriers to U.S. safety at home and abroad.

Let’s hope those current polls build a different wall: one that will keep Trump out of the White House after Jan. 20, 2021.