A Quick Opinion: Friday the 13ths just aren’t the same with COVID

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A Winters Express op-ed column

By Charley Wallace Another Friday the 13th has come and gone and it just wasn’t the same without a celebration of triskaidekaphobia, for those that fear the number 13. The Wallace family, or maybe just my father, had a Friday the 13th party for as long as I can remember. Before he passed away, he looked forward to hosting the party in our office and talking with old and new friends. He liked to joke that he had paid for his marriage license with a $2 bill on a Friday the 13th and had been celebrating that day ever since. There is at least one Friday the 13th every year, with some years hosting three. The next one is in May, 2022, and 2023 will have two chances for a party. With COVID spreading around the country, we decided not to host a party the last two Friday the 13ths, but I hung around the office last Friday just in case someone showed up. Few did, but those that decided to stay awhile, joined me in raising a glass to our fathers and talk about life. Not a bad way to spend a Friday afternoon. Just when I thought it was safe to start socializing and traveling again, up pops a COVID-19 variant that is highly infectious and doesn’t discriminate because you are young. This delta variant won’t be the last mutation and I’m starting to worry that this pandemic might last for years. I’m also feeling that it is okay to blame the unvaccinated for all of our COVID problems. Listening to the unvaccinated yell about their rights to be stupid isn’t making it anymore. They don’t seem to care about the rights of those that can’t get vaccinated, those under 12 years old or with health problems. I’m also not happy with the Center for Disease Control that won’t give an official okay to the vaccine manufactures to start giving shots to anyone that wants one. We vaccinate new born babies, why not add a COVID shot to the rotation when we start inoculating infants. And what shots do they get, starting at one to two months? Here is a list I found at the Center for Disease Control website: Hepatitis, diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough (DTaP), influenza type b (Hib), polio (IPV), pneumococcal (PCV) and rotavirus (RV). When they turn one they get shots for chickenpox, measles, mumps, rubella and hepatitis A. They get booster shots over their young lives and a HPV vaccine to help them avoid certain cancers. If you follow doctors orders after you turn 60, you will also get a pneumonia and shingles shots. If you want to travel you’ll have to get vaccinated against typhoid and yellow fever, and will be given a handful of pills to keep you from getting malaria in some countries. If you are worried about what is in the vaccines, or the long term effects, don’t eat hot dogs. It is only a matter of time before this pandemic ends, but the sooner the better. The solution is to get vaccinated or put all of the unvaccinated together on a cruise boat. I read where there are two ways to reach herd immunity, where enough of the population has either received a vaccine or caught COVID. Which way do you want to go? If everyone promises to get vaccinated, I’ll promise to find another subject to write about. Have a good week.

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