By Anne L. Holmes, NABBW’s Boomer in Chief
How are you feeling?
We need to talk about the current coronavirus situation, as the numbers of infected people have been climbing since this past December.
I haven’t discussed it much here earlier, because mask-wearing has been such a politically charged situation. But since the numbers here in the US just keep going up, I’m going to say I hope everyone in your family has been vaccinated, had their boosters — and is wearing masks when you’re out of the house.
(Personally, I have also recently switched to wearing the KN95 masks, instead of cloth masks, because the research shows the cloth masks just don’t fit us well enough to protect against Omicron.  If you hadn’t heard about this, here’s a link to an article by Anna Kaplan, which I found at Forbes.com, which explains why medical experts are advising us to upgrade to KN95 pr N95 masks, if we’d formerly been wearing cloth masks: https://apple.news/AaT3incsgSSunXvrh3n2WKQ
Yesterday, I spoke to a family member who relayed that the reason I hadn’t heard from him since just before Christmas was that he and everyone in his family – except his high school-aged daughter — had been busy recovering from the Omicron variant of the Coronavirus.
I’m no doctor, but I’m wondering if it’s possible the reason his daughter was saved from her own Omicron experience because she’d recently had wisdom teeth extracted, and thus was on prophylactic antibiotics. (But I do know the wisdom teeth extraction situation was why we weren’t able to see them at Christmas. (Apparently, air travel is not recommended immediately after oral surgery. I hadn’t been aware of this, but I’m delighted to learn I – and the rest of our family – escaped the opportunity to become exposed to Omicron!)
The REALLY scary thing for me, was that I know my brother had already experienced the original version of Covid just over a year ago. So apparently that means getting it once DOES NOT prevent you from getting it again. Sort of like the flu, I guess.
 
Anyway, here’s what Medicare says we all need to do three things to know help keep ourselves safe from Coronavirus. They’re listed below, and I hope you’ll take a look: https://www.medicare.gov/medicare-coronavirus
As "Boomer in Chief" of the National Association of Baby Boomer Women, Anne is passionate about educating, empowering and enriching the lives of Baby Boomer Women, as we now begin to age beyond our middle years and enthusiastically launch ourselves into life’s next stage – which most people call old age. We Boomers know aging doesn’t have to diminish us. We still have a lot to offer the world, and we continue to be ready and willing to enthusiastically participate. Actively involved with a number of Boomer-focused organizations and committees, Anne keeps a steady finger on the pulse of this still-spirited generation, with the goal of helping us all to enjoy life, stay healthy and continue to live lives that are rich in every sense of the word. Beyond that, Anne is dedicated to helping facilitate the positive interaction between Baby Boomers and the hard-working younger generations who are readying themselves to “take the world’s reins” and continue our efforts to move society in a positive direction.