March 11, 2020

With the tragic and terrifying events unfolding in Ukraine…..the 2 year ‘anniversary’ of the novel coronavirus pandemic last week seemed a little like yesterday’s news.  And that is understandable.

I first started blogging 5/30/20 and the pandemic was the primary motivator.  I had been emailing friends about COVID 19 and decided to turn that into a blog.  For those of you who have been following me, you know I have since covered multiple topics.

But I do want to stop and acknowledge that we have all been in ‘pandemic mode’ for 2 years.  According to this Healthline article, pandemics generally last 2 ½ – 3 ½ years. 

Historically, most pandemics end within 2 to 3 years as the virus mutates into a less virulent pathogen and the population builds up immunity. This is what happened to the influenza strain behind the 1918 flu pandemic, and what many virologists hope will happen with the coronavirus — whether that happens with Omicron, a variant that appears to cause milder infections, or another future variant is unknown.

Dr. Keith Armitage, Professor of Medicine, Case Western University

So, although COVID may have a few more nasty surprises to share, a girl can hope!

On another note, our state’s indoor mask mandate ended on Saturday.  I met my meilleur ami at an upscale indoor mall that same day.  I would say that 40-50% of the customers were still masked, as were most of the staff.  On the other hand, we went out to breakfast on Sunday and nobody was masked.  Interestingly, the county risk level is low where the indoor mall is located and high where the breakfast spot is. So go figure.

The King County Health Officer personally plans on continuing to mask up indoors and my husband and I are on his team for now. And thanks to my obsessive nature, we have a boatload of KN 95 masks on hand 😊!

I’ll be taking a brief blogging break to do a little traveling.  I will be back in a week or so.  Follow me on Instagram #travelswithallene for my photos in the interim.

“Some of your best ideas come when you’re on vacation.”

Gautam Singhania

I hope that is true for me!



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