What you can do now about COVID-19

Hi, friends and families…

I spent some time vaccinating folks for COVID this weekend. People were very enthusiastic and grateful. They were mostly over 75 and a few others in NY State phase 1a and 1b (health care workers, educators, first responders, etc..). It looks like the main bottleneck here is vaccine availability, hopefully there will be more in the pipeline soon.

We have a good chance of beating this thing by summer, but one thing that worries me is the possibility of new strains. Right now, it seems that the known variants aren’t much more deadly (although they may spread more easily), and are probably susceptible to the current vaccines. But that’s now. The problem is that the more the virus reproduces, the more mutant strains develop. And evolution is happening right in front of us. The strains that are the most “successful” (especially any that may be resistant to the current vaccines) are going to be the ones that survive and spread.

So what can YOU do? Now, more than ever, with the end in sight, we HAVE to keep the virus from reproducing in our bodies. Even if someone doesn't get very sick, every person who tests positive is a factory for making more viruses and more mutant strains. You can stop that in two ways.

ONE is the mitigation efforts that we have been urging all year. Wear a mask when you are around others outside of your household. Keep your hands clean. Wear a mask. Social distance. Wear a mask.

TWO is to get your vaccine as soon as you can. You have no control over vaccine production, but you can make the effort to get an appointment as soon as you are eligible. If you are in New York, use these websites:

This is the official city site that lets you search for vaccination facilities by zip code: https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/

This site is a volunteer-run effort that checks vaccination facilities to guide you to locations that may have supplies: https://nycvaccinelist.com/

And this site will let you check if you are currently eligible for the vaccine, if you aren’t sure: https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/Public/prescreener

We can do this.

Wear a mask.,