Prior to this past year, if someone had asked me what I thought our country would do if confronted with a pandemic, I would say we would rally together as Americans, take care of our own, and sacrifice to keep people safe.

Naively I assumed that people during WWII were the “greatest generation” because they were at the right place at the right time to show their true colors — how wrong I was.

Over the last year, I have “followed the science.” We need 70–80 percent for herd immunity. That is our goal so that our children and those unable to get vaccinated would be safe. I saw the goal and put my family on a path towards achieving that goal. When the schools were first brought back before the teachers could receive their vaccines, I balked, opting for virtual school. After all, we should protect our teachers. I’ve attempted to use this year to teach my children to care about others. Meanwhile, the mixed messaging from the top is dizzying.

On May 12, our governor said Maryland needs to achieve a 70 percent vaccination rate from the first shot in order to rescind the mask mandate. Two days later, he rescinded it, following the CDC guidance stating that vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks. The vaccination rate in the Maryland county where I work with children is currently 31.4 percent.

In parenting books, no matter the philosophy or method being pushed, one thing is always the same. You must be consistent. This consistency, experts say, is key to having children follow your rules and understand consequences, thus creating more harmonious families. Consistency is sorely missing in our nation’s fight against this pandemic.

It’s not just the new mask recommendations, but more importantly how the recommendations were dumped into our lap without any warning. It’s also the complete inability to acknowledge that there is a whole population of children under 12 and immunocompromised people that we should care about.

I am so sorry for immunocompromised people. I am sorry we don’t care enough to work on the problem as a team. I am sorry for the parents of children who are fighting a good fight. I am sorry that we as Americans are making parenting harder, not easier. I am sorry that we are so self-absorbed. It is apparent that history books will never classify us in the same category as the “greatest generation.”

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“After all, we should protect our teachers.” Thank you.


If you follow the science you will see that children are seldom affected by Covid, almost never seriously. Immunocompromised people have always had to take special care, as a cold or flu could have disastrous consequences. We have no cold vaccine and never reach herd immunity for flu.

I, too, am shocked that people proudly make foolish choices, such as not following guidelines and getting vaccinated. How many hundreds of thousands of people might be alive today if only those people had acted responsibly while we waited for the vaccine?

What frustrates me is that employers - especially medical facilities and nursing homes - are not requiring the vaccine as a condition of employment. Why is that ? No vaccine, no job. Simple.


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[thumbup]7. I am sorry that certain people regarded initial estimates as set in stone. 70-80% vaccination to achieve herd immunity was a guess. The vaccines turned out to be far better than we guessed. What we have learned about the spreading of the virus has also changed. We still have to worry about breakthrough mutants that are more contagious, that might develop vaccine resistance or greater virulence, or might infect children. One thing not spoken much about that has an enormous effect on herd immunity is animal reservoirs. So far we don't know much about that. Gabe previously suggested that farmed minks might be a reservoir, and it appears the virus evolved from a bad virus, so bats could be a reservoir, as they appear to be for Ebola in Africa.




Sorry, "bat" not "bad".

PurplePickles aka L&M

Well it's their body and their choice..plain and simple that's why employers cannot make that a condition of employment.

I finally went to get a haircut the other day (I have my vaccine) and I asked the stylist when they thought the company would stop requiring masks, she seemed to think it would be never for the employees because of liability issues, because they are so close to people when they cut hair. But they may say customers don't have to? But why wouldn't you want a mask on when you have someone that close to you?

She also told be that she is waiting to have her vaccine because she is concerned about fertility issues. So she's waiting, but she is fine with masks. I understand her concerns about the vaccine and I'm not about to tell anyone else what they should or should not do with their bodies, but because there are still people out there who have legitimate concerns about the vaccines, I can't see myself not wearing a mask when I'm in a public space for a very long time.

I also went to Walmart where they lifted the mask requirement and I saw way more people with masks than without...all the employees still had their masks on, But that may change too.

PurplePickles aka L&M

Also You have to make vaccines be a personal choice not a mandated choice, people are more likely to make the right choice when it's their choice. If people feel they are being forced to choose...they will never make the right choice.


Such as when Pelosi is mandating that masks be worn on the House floor, but then she goes to a close up hug and kiss event at the White House without a mask.

PurplePickles aka L&M

How to talk to someone that's hesitant about getting a Covid vaccine.


[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] seven! Some employers are requiring vaccination as a condition for returning to work. Many colleges and universities are too. To those unwilling to comply with the request that they get vaccinated, there are many others that are willing to take your job. But then, it's your choice.

PurplePickles aka L&M

Some are...we will see how that goes...down the line. There will be no doubt many future court cases when the employees sue their employers for forcing the vaccine on's a liability issue also...can an employer assure their employees the vaccine won't harm them? NO they can't so...The first person that is forced to get a vaccine and gets one and either dies because of a reaction or is harmed from the vaccine the company will be liable for yeah force your choice on me. I will have no choice but to sue you.



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