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  • Claudette Robb Ross

Back to Normal?

Governor Andrew Cuomo says that New York State can get back to normal with no restrictions. However, this doesn’t mean that you should act as if the pandemic is over. It is far from over. New York has achieved a vaccination rate that allowed the Governor to decide that it was time to end the restrictions and let people get back to their lives. However, not all states have achieved that milestone and with travel restrictions being scaled back as well, there are people who live in states that still have high COVID infection rates traveling to New York.

Even with the high percentage of people who have been vaccinated in New York, there are still many people who have decided against vaccination. The three approved vaccines are also not approved for any child under the age of 12 with only the Pfizer vaccine approved for 12-year-olds and older.

It is still essential to keep your workplaces cleaned and sanitized for your protection and that of those around you. Even with the vaccine, it is possible to get COVID. While vaccinated people who get COVID are only getting a very mild case, they can still spread it to others. The concern is less about those who are otherwise healthy who have been vaccinated, but those who suffer from other conditions that cause a weakened immune system. Diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis are conditions where a person’s immune system can be compromised. People who are fighting cancer are also dealing with a weakened immune system.

Wearing masks has become a hot topic, however, we need to continue to do our part to protect those that need our help, including our children and those who are battling other illnesses.

The COVID restrictions might be behind us for now, but we should continue to look after and protect those around us who need it.

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