I haven’t shown any COVID-19 data for a while.
Mostly, this is because nothing has changed for a while in South FL. Happily, hospitalizations in our health system seem to be down somewhat. But cases just continue to chug along around the 3-5K/day rate for the state.
This latest positivity graph bothered me a bit, with the uptick at the end. Are fewer people being tested? Are some of these positives asymptomatic? I know of at least one fully vaccinated person who tested positive recently – zero symptoms.
That said, we are definitely living more freely than we have, thanks to the protection of vaccines + my understanding that the kids are very low risk for serious illness. FL also announced anyone can book a vaccine appointment as of 4/5! MONDAY! Just hoping they continue to have significant effectiveness against variants. I know the data is not looking as rosy everywhere (and this isn’t even entirely rosy).
I also hope that the frenzied spring break activity doesn’t add too much to the case load. But I guess we’ll see.
Examples of things we are not doing yet:
Indoor dining @ restaurants
Indoor group meetings/gatherings
Group indoor workouts (though to be fair . . . we weren’t doing all that much of this before!)
Family air travel (though hoping to be able to do this by fall holidays)
Examples of things we were not doing before, but now feel okay about:
Booking family driving-distance travel
Planning things like camp with confidence (last summer we didn’t send the kids anywhere; this summer they will be at day camp all summer)
Some indoor masked activities (this weekend: ice skating!)
I recognize that when I post things like this, it can incite . . . feelings in others. I (really, we – Josh is included) are basing our decisions off of what we feel are reasonable risk/benefit calculations, including what we currently understand about vaccines.
But I also wanted to share a portrait of #liferightnow since it is quite different than 6 months ago (or even 3 months ago). Just hoping it will continue to go in the right direction.