Looking Back On 2020: Year-End Recap

This is a year that will not be forgotten soon! The card above might be the best Christmas card ever! And, so true. I do not think anyone will be sorry to see 2020 end. We have grand hopes for 2021 beginning a year of recovery and hopefully, a return to some semblance of normal. The time between now and the end of the second quarter will be trying. As tired as we are of this pandemic, we MUST maintain the mediation measures in place until we have control over this virus. While the future is much brighter than recent months, we still have a long way to go before ALL have access to the vaccine if they want one. 

My senior online presence strategist contacted me about our last article of the year and requested that we do a recap of our favorite articles for the year, as well as our reasons why they were our favorites.

Because I truly enjoy the research and collaborations involved with publishing our blog articles, it is hard to pick a favorite for the year. I find it particularly rewarding to interact with our readers.

We have been forced by necessity to cover Covid-19 in many of our articles.  When we published Covid-19: Press The Reset Button!

I had no idea how many changes we were going to have to navigate and manage.  None of us emerge unscathed.

I have personally worked on my communication skills as well as my

communication with my spouse. We have agreed to disagree on several aspects of living in a Covid world. He has completely respected my feelings, but we have had many ongoing conversations about how we both feel about the changes to our lifestyle. We miss so much, but as long as we can protect ourselves and those around us, I would consider us to be very lucky indeed. 

Another favorite of my team was entitled “I Lost A Friend Today”, which was published on June 05, 2020. I think although I was reporting on Covid-19 since January, this was the first time that I personally experienced a terrible loss from Covid-19. 

I have heard many people complaining of the inconveniences of adhering to protection protocols. I believe those people simply had not personally lost a loved one or friend yet as a result of Covid-19. I definitely have seen that attitude change. Just not soon enough to avoid so many unnecessary deaths. 

As of this writing, COVID-19 is now the leading cause of death in the U.S. This is hard to fathom.

I am very concerned about some of the comments I am hearing about the vaccine. Many people I have spoken with believe that the vaccine is going to eradicate the disease immediately, they will not need to wear masks any longer or practice social distancing. That way of thinking is dangerous. This attitude can be attributed to COVID complacency which in turn, causes a rise in numbers as well as deaths. 

Many of our emails received expressed the significant emotional and physical tolls this virus has taken. Hardest hit have been our most important relationships. Whether or not to get the vaccination is a worrisome factor in our relationship. Lack of communication with each other, lack of intimacy, lack of ability to be spontaneous are all continuing issues during this crisis. Financial instability and worry over our children were also continuing concerns. Stress levels are high. For once, you can be assured that many others are experiencing EXACTLY the same worries that you are experiencing.

In previous blog articles, we have explained that until we have adequate data to evaluate, not ALL questions can be answered completely. 

Such is the case with the question of how long will we have to continue wearing masks once the vaccine is being distributed?

The vaccine is not 100% effective. Further, there is not enough data to know whether or not the vaccine prevents transmission to others. 

Most experts state that we will be wearing masks until the majority of people have been vaccinated. Probably until the fall of 2021. 

Also on the time remaining to wear face masks.

In the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention article entitled:

“Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination”, they state:

“Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before making that decision. Other factors, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also affect this decision.”

We previously discussed the concept of herd immunity in our first article that discussed the first case of the coronavirus (this was before it was commonly referred to as COVID-19.) You can view the entire article here.

Science Daily reports that seven in ten of Americans are willing to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

How do you feel? First or last in line for the vaccine? We want to hear from you! Reach out to us on our contact page by clicking here. 

Are you wondering if you will be mandated to receive a vaccine in order to work? Reach out to us on our contact page by clicking here. 

Do you believe in incentives to increase compliance? We want to hear from you! Reach out to us on our contact page by clicking here. 

In their article “Why paying people to get the coronavirus vaccine won’t work”, The Conversation reports that if compliance is low, it will take longer to reach herd immunity. Monetary incentives can cause “unintentional consequences. To read their entire article, click here. 

Vaccine hesitancy is real. It is also reason to conduct your own research. Do your own homework by learning everything you can about the various vaccines, both pros and cons. Keep track of your questions to discuss with experts and your physicians. Some of your questions may be answered between now and when a vaccine is available to you. More information with be available with compilation of results pouring in from vaccine results from all over the world. Safety of the vaccine is of paramount importance and is being studied very closely.

Moving into 2021, make one of your resolutions to be as safe as possible by wearing masks, washing your hands frequently, and continuing physical distance.

Making a plan for the New Year that includes needs as well as wants can help set the attitude and level of determination of you and your loved ones for the coming year. Challenge yourself. Make an effort to be better, kinder and more respectful of our loved ones and neighbors.

We look forward to hearing from you. All input is greatly appreciated. Our readers keep me motivated. It enables me to bring you fresh and interesting content. 

All emails are personally answered. Some of your questions and problems will be appearing in our Snuggle Sunday Q & A series.

One last piece of information for you. 

Medical Xpress is reporting a virus variant that is causing spiralling infection rates in The British Capital. Many new restrictions are having major impacts on what was an ongoing recovery process. You can read the entire article here.

We would like to end by wishing you a safe holiday, and a better 2021.

This is an excerpt from our article, COVID-19:Press The Reset Button:

“Take an honest evaluation of the things that need attention and improvement in your life and make a plan. Every little thing that is positive that you do to improve your circumstances will help all of your positive changes become memorable and permanent.”

Ranking high on the list of favorites were our two part series of water articles.

Here are the titles and links in case you missed them!

Happy Holidays from the staff of Le Snuggle.