Thank You, Science!

So, it has been a while since I’ve posted here.

Life, as we all know, has been a lot this past year and a half.

With eLearning and work and household stuff, there literally hasn’t been time for much else. For more than a year I missed feeling alive, just plodding through each day in what Chris and I call “donkey mode.” Loaded up with daily mile-long to-do lists and no end in sight.

This summer we’ve tasted life again thanks to the miracle of vaccines. Chris, Evie and I are fully vaccinated, and all of our close friends and family are, too. Chicago shook off so many restrictions that made city-living almost unbearable. We now travel around town freely, knowing we’ve done our part to keep ourselves and our neighbors safe. It has been glorious…

…until the anti-vaxxers ruined it for everyone. Hard to imagine that months after the vaccines have been widely available to every adult and adolescent American we are still dealing with so many daily cases and deaths. While anti-vaxxers each have their own reason for ignoring science and logic, I think this paragraph from The Week magazine sums it up nicely:

I don’t want to hear that the vaccine was rushed (it wasn’t) or that Bill Gates is implanting a microchip (he isn’t, and even if he was you’re just not that interesting) or that your own immune system will protect you (take a time machine back a bit and ask the 99% of humanity that lived when lifespans were under 40 years old what they think). The bottom line is that vaccines are, quite literally, the only solution human beings have for getting out of this mess. Suggesting – and acting – otherwise is selfish and completely unpatriotic.

Vaccination is a simple way we can all do our part. But, there are other things we can do. Today I participated in a study at Northwestern University. I submitted samples from my nose and mouth that I will be sent to labs for use on future Covid tests that will make the testing process quicker, easier and cheaper. My involvement took exactly 20 minutes, and I left feeling like I did something small to help make life a little better for all of us.

Before I left I thanked the infectious disease doctor working on the study. But, he reminded me that vaccination is the best way to say “thank you” to the healthcare workers and scientists.

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