Still Counting

On December 1, NBC News anchor Lester Holt announced on the air that one person would die of Covid-19 every minute during his newscast. The U.S. is recording record numbers of new cases and deaths during the pandemic, Holt reported. As of today, December 5, 2020, more than 277,000 Americans have died because of Covid-19.

Robert Redfield, head of the Centers for Disease Control, also warned this week that the situation would get much worse. “The reality is, December, January, and February are going to be rough times,” Redfield said at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce foundation event. “I actually believe they’re going to be the most difficult time in the public health history of this nation.”

While federal and state health officials counted bodies, President Trump continued to demand that votes in the recent presidential election be counted and recounted. As a result of the recounts, Trump lost many of the same states twice.

Checking another score card, we find even more goose eggs. Since the election, Trump’s award-winning legal team has racked up an impressive number of losses. According to the Associated Press, the courts have rejected or ruled against thirty lawsuits filed by Trump’s legal eagles who demanded a closer look at the rigged election (s) throughout our nation.

One more count of importance is on the horizon. For those of us looking ahead, the 12 Days of Christmas are not far off. Are Santa and his elves online at the North Pole? Will they be able to deliver Christmas cheer on Christmas Eve? Are masks available in reindeer sizes? What about Rudolph? Can he use his red nose to guide Santa’s sleigh if he is wearing a mask?  Are the halls going to be decked with boughs of holly or masks?

Probably masks. We are being advised by the CDC to wear them indoors except at home. But wear them at home if you need to, the experts advised and stay at home as much as possible to relieve the burden on the health care system.

To make matters even scarier, I learned recently that the Governor of New Mexico, where I live, will be forced to allow our hospitals to move to “crisis standards.” The move will free the hospitals to ration care depending on a patient’s likelihood of surviving. Practicing medicine or playing god? No choice unfortunately. Our hospitals are full and getting fuller.

Even veterinarians are being forced to make changes. You drive into the parking lot; a tech fetches your pet. While you wait and worry, your pup is treated. Afterwards, your pet is brought back to your car. Works just like an old-fashioned fast-food joint.

Take a deep breath, I told myself with fingers crossed as I sat in the parking lot of my vet’s while my pup was treated. Santa will come. There will be Peace on Earth, maybe not a silent night, not with the “Sore Loser” still around. But this dark period in our history will end. Vaccines are coming. That beats ashes and switches and definitely shrouds.

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