"You can get excited about the future. The past won't mind."
-- Hillary Dipiano
Christmas 2021 was one for the books!!! There was good food, good seasonal music, and we made new memories. It's always fun closing out the year and welcoming a new chapter. Bonfires, countdowns, and NYE parties will be in effect in the next few days. We'll make resolutions and once again spend time with family and friends to finish up the holiday season. Then, many of us will head home to settle back into our everyday routines. Traveling will be at its height and will likely involve crowded facilities. Airports, bus stations, train stations, and things of the sort will be crawling with travelers making way from point A to point B. There's always so much involved with getting where you're going. Missed and delayed trips can make traveling a bit more challenging and will guarantee more people than usual will be in airports or whatever option you choose to travel.
Over the past few weeks, there's been a spike in the number of Omicron infections. The numbers are increasing domestically and internationally per the CDC's latest statements. The Omicron variant seems to spread faster than any other variant of covid. While the severity of the illness is still unknown, it's wise to take precautions against it. Social distancing will prove harder within overpopulated airports, bus stations, etc. Traveling could also pose a problem with lowering the number of covid cases. We must remember to do our part to slow and eventually prevent the spread. Wearing your mask should almost be second nature at this point. Come on, people, WEAR YOUR MASKS!!! If you happen to be in a rush and somehow forget or misplace your mask, kindly ask another traveler or an airport employee if they have one to spare. I've had to do this a few time
s at gas stations and even in retail stores. You'd be surprised at how many people are willing to spare a mask to protect them and yourself.
An acronym I've coined throughout the pandemic is ABC– ALWAYS BE CLEAN!!! I cannot stress enough the importance of frequently washing your hands and sanitizing all surfaces. Continue to use hand sanitizers, disinfectant sprays, and wipes religiously. Be sure to keep all doorknobs and handles clean and disinfected. Use your sleeve to cover any sneeze or cough you feel coming on. Minimize handshakes as well, folks. Do not use handshakes to greet or depart from one another unless necessary. Try your best to use social distancing at any opportunity. Keeping your distance is possibly the best way to ensure you're not in immediate contact with anyone. Lastly, if you're under the weather, PLEASE stay home. Traveling while feeling ill isn't worth the risk to anyone's health.
Continue to keep up these practices, and we may reduce the spread of Omicron and other types of covid. Remember, we are all responsible for one another's safety. So go ahead and enjoy the rest of your holiday season with your loved ones. Have a safe, responsible, and happy new year. Cheers to 2022!!!