Since the data seemed to indicate that it was relatively safe to head out, I did a little shopping over the weekend. This was my first real foray into public in more than three months.
I was a bit dismayed at the number of people I saw in the single store I visited who weren't wearing face masks and seemed oblivious to any expectation of social distancing. While I realize the weekend is typically the worst time to go shopping, it nevertheless pointed out that a lot of us are slipping into the complacency that will inevitably lead to future spikes in infection.
Things in Santa Fe are pretty good, especially compared with the rest of the country. But the only way they're going to stay that way is if we all remain diligent and avoid being seduced into complacency.
All it takes is some simple steps. This
talks about the effectiveness of wearing face masks and compares a number of studies on the subject. One meta-analysis that looked at more than 170 studies, found that mask wearing significantly reduced the risk of transmission of COVID-19, SARS and MERS. A recent
concluded that if the majority of a population wore face masks in public, even homemade ones, transmission of the coronavirus could be dramatically reduced.
If you need some guidance on how to best wear a face mask, this article from
may offer some useful information
The experts all seem to agree that it's going to be a while before there's a vaccine to prevent COVID-19. Even with promising initial vaccine development studies occasionally being reported in the news, it'll be a long time before production, distribution and vaccination can occur on a large enough scale that we can begin to breathe a sigh of relief.
That's why diligence remains our best bet.
To keep yourself, your family, your friends, and all of the Kitchen Angels family safe, follow the science. To do otherwise is a huge gamble.
To each Kitchen Angels volunteer, thank you.