COVID-19 Numbers In Central Texas Are Rising, But Does Anyone Care?
The number of COVID-19 cases was lowering.
Businesses that closed during the pandemic opened at half capacity, then 75%, then full capacity.
Then a COVID -19 vaccine was developed.
After the rollout, I saw the mask requirement signs come down from businesses, then the social distancing markers on the floors of stores got removed, live music events being planned, and according to KWTX, The Bell County Health District even paused on giving its daily updates back in May, but had to resume July 9th due to the uptick in cases of COVID.
As far as the vaccine, there are people who got it with no question, and there are some that even lost their job when chose not to take the shot.
I now see signs that people who got the vaccine don't have to wear the mask.
(Well how do they know if someone got vaccinated? It's not like they're asking you to prove it.)
In my opinion, it's all confusing.
What's not confusing is the COVID-19 variant is spreading, and it's more contagious than the original strain, specifically in Central Texas.
In fact, the CDC upgraded the virus from "variant of interest" to "variant of concern."
KWTX reports that the number of active cases of COVID-19 has risen 40%, and Bell County accounts for 60% of cases in the region, with almost 400 new cases from over the past weekend.
Seeing as how the cases are spreading, and in such a quick fashion, here's where we need to be concerned.
As of Monday, July 19th, 2021, there were 499 active cases of COVID in Bell County according to The Bell County Health District.
The question, I ask is:
Do we even care that COVID cases are increasing?
We SHOULD be paying attention to this.
While I am not for another shutdown, I am in favor of bringing back social distancing mandates and mask requirements. (This video does a great job of debunking a lot of the myths about mask effectiveness.)
KVUE talked to two doctors who encouraged people to get the vaccine, stating the shot helps to fight off this new strain of COVID.
I recommend we take these social distancing measures now, so the rest of our year and our indoor and outdoor gatherings are salvaged!
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