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Don's World - 200607 - Waiting on a Vaccine

Updated on June 8, 2020
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DON's World - 200607 - Waiting on a Vaccine

Don's World 200607 - Waiting On A Vaccine!
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All We Can Do Is Wait!

OK, Yes, we all have confidence in our scientists and others who are working so hard on a vaccine that will protect the world against this deadly CoVid-19 disease.

But, we have a new reality that is most likely not going away for many months, when a functional vaccine has been given to everyone in Yes, that’s right, everyone in the world.

Diseases Have No Borders

I have found that there are far too many people who do not realize or accept this simple premise.

Comunicable Diseases Have No Borders!

Everyone needs to understand it, but really people, we live a world that, for financial reasons alone, have torn down the walls of our national borders. Today; any nation that wants to survive financially, had to tear down its economic borders and have their business people constantly traveling and working with other nations when it was necessary to survive in our new world economy.

This immediacy of communication and business management was one of the reasons this CoVid-19 disease spread so quickly around the world. It’s a rare nation that truly believes it’s physical borders were adequate to block the spread of a disease so contagious as this CoVid-19 proved to be.

Sure, we know this now! But too many politicians sat on their hands as they worried over what they could do that didn't affect their nations economy as their priority.

We Need a Real Vaccine

Now, after the proverbial barndoors were left open, all of the world's nations are looking at ways to develop a vaccine. From what I understand, the good thing for the world population is that every nation in the world that has the technical capability is working on a version of a vaccine.

The "old reality" has been that the development of such a vaccine typically takes as long as three or more years.

The great thing now is that this disease is so deadly that nations are actually cooperating with each other and they are giving us a new hope that with their streamlining of the development process and are now projecting the end of this year as a possible timeframe for a useable vaccine that will protect people.

Wonderful right? Well, don't hold your breath, folks. I’m an Engineer, and I spent most of my career working on new research projects and I understand something in these projections that all of you need to realize.

These types of timeline projections are usually very optimistic and we need to keep reminding ourselves that there is a chance that there will very possibly be setbacks in this optimistic research that will delay such a vaccine release date.

Do I think we will eventually a viable vaccine? Of course I do. I honestly have confidence in our scientists and I don’t gamble but I will bet that we will have a vaccine as quickly as GOD and our scientists can develop one.

Do I think it will happen by the end of this year, or even before? Like I said, I do know research projects, and i know that setbacks are a part of almost all hugh-tech development projects. And because of these possible setbacks, I personally think this end date is optimistic I hope I'm Wrong, but weeeeeeeelllllll!

Keep Using Those Masks, people!

So, as we are being drug through the different phases of our national protection plans, my wife and I are continuing to use our masks and on occasion our gloves.

What kills me is (no pun intended) that we all know that we should be using our masks as we are out and about, but I see more and more people who have already abandoned their use weekly.

What have these people done when they took their masks off?

Simply put, the people stop wearing a mask have placed not just their protection, but mine and my wife’s protection into my hands and they are now counting on my mask. Here is where I mention my previous article on STUPID PEOPLE! You still Cannot Fix Stupid!

Anyway, my wife and i do not wear our masks; when we are isolated in our home, when we are in our car traveling, and when we are in a restaurant eating. But we still keep our masks on when we enter a business, or are shopping in a store, and we even put our masks back on when we trapped in a growing group of people.

These people who have abandoned the use of a mask are trusting me and the rest of the population who wear their mask to already be safe, or of course, not be someone who has tested positive and just like them, just said "to Hell with CoVid-19, I don't have to Wear No Stinkin Mask!".

Is such Misplaced Trust Enough?

I don’t like it, but this is the point where I believe we people that believe in using COmmon Sense are the becoming most vulnerable.

When will trusting the systems of; wearing masks, business cleaning directives, food handling companies and their new cleanliness standards start to be bypassed for financial reasons and this disease spread once again

The reality is that when we eat out at a restaurant, we are trusting a number of people we don’t know, from the table and floor cleaner, to the waiter, to the bartender, to the chef and his cooks.

So, Time Will Tell if we have done the smart thing even by just going out to eat.

I Believe the Timeline of the end of this year may be too late for many of us just due to the arrogance of a generation of our population who don't have the patience to control themselves and their lifestyle until a Working Vaccine is available.

‘Nuff Said!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Don Bobbitt

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    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      11 months ago from Ruskin Florida

      Yes, Right now there is a lot of public pressure to drive forward and get this critical job done. Let's hope the Vaccine shows up soon.

      DON

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      Fawzan Studio 

      11 months ago from Sweet Home

      Hopefully we will Mr Don by God's grace and mercy .

    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      11 months ago from Ruskin Florida

      I have seen several organizations that considered them to be effective for normal daily usage. As to Doctors and Nurses, they said, No, you need both, mostly because of potentially high level of exposure.

      I purchased one of those face masks that you cn wear around your nect and pull up pver your face when needed, She has the same breathing problem. A lot of people like them.

      DON

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      Linda Courtney 

      11 months ago from Bloomsburg, PA

      Don--I saw those plastic shields but was wondering if they were considered enough. Most of the time I saw pictures of them worn with masks too. I might look further into that as it does look like it might work better for me.

    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      11 months ago from Ruskin Florida

      Genna East - I like your attitude! Read my other article from last week; You Can't Fix Stupid!

      I wrote it just for those people you mention.

      Have a GreaT Day,

      DON

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      Genna East 

      11 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Excellent article Don...one that should be read by everyone. I become impatient when I hear someone complain that by wearing a mask to protect and respect our fellow man infringes on their freedom. The only analogy I can some us with this: Feel free to drink as much alcohol as you wish, then feel free get in your car and speed down the highway at 80+ miles per hour. It's a free country -- right? Have an enjoyable Sunday. :-)

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      Don Bobbitt 

      11 months ago from Ruskin Florida

      Linda - I understand your problems with face masks. M Wife is the same way.

      And like you said, you do the best you can when you are around others , and you rip the darn thing off when you are away from others.

      One thing you might try though is one of the new plastic "face Shields" that are now on the market. They work perfectly, and you can still breathe good.

      Have a Great day,

      DON

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      Linda Courtney 

      11 months ago from Bloomsburg, PA

      Masks are a requirement here in PA fo now. I am one that can't wear a mask for more the 5-10 minutes as my nose gets so stuffed I can't breathe and then I have panic attacks and have to tear it off. So I hate masks more than most, but I understand the need for them out in public. So I just live with it and only make short trips to stores and won't go anywhere that will require a longer trip. I wouldn't want someone putting my life in jeopardy, so I certainly am not going to put someone else's life in jeopardy either. Mutual respect for everyone.

      As for the vaccine, I'm hopeful for one sooner rather than later, but it is what it is. We just deal the best we can with what we have.

    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      11 months ago from Ruskin Florida

      John - We all know these masks are a nuisance, and we know the public service sector around the world is suffering from a smaller clientele. But Damn, I hate funerals, especially if it's going to be mine!

      Have a Good Day,

      DON

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      Don Bobbitt 

      11 months ago from Ruskin Florida

      Liz - Being a person with a suppressed immune system, the growing number of people who are just not wearing a mask is a constant danger to me as well as each other. And I dont believe most of them appreciate the constant danger they placing themselves and their families. They are essentially going out into the public and acting as petri disshes for this still prosent danger.

      Oh Well, I guess this is the "new Normal". Have a Gret day,

      DON

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      Eric Dierker 

      11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I don't know about everywhere but here it is like the old "no shoes, no shirt no service". No mask - don't enter. And it is enforced. Our homeless are a tough nut to crack. But compliance is more the rule than the exception. I am not of a worrying ilk but count me all in on precautions and civil obedience.

      I don't know your experience but this deal with grant and gov. funding changes this from standard free enterprise. Delay for more funding is more the rule than the exception.

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      John Hansen 

      11 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Well said, Don. While the easing of restrictions is welcomed by many it is also a worry that it will invite another spike in virus cases due to the exact points you mentioned...people no longer wearing masks or social distancing. I have witnessed this myself...my wife and I seem the only ones in the supermarket wearing masks now.

      I am grateful we are now able to visit our children and grandkids for the first time in months, but we won’t be going out anywhere while we are in the city that is for sure. Until there is a vaccine the threat will always be there.

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      Liz Westwood 

      11 months ago from UK

      You make some very valid points. Masks have just been made mandatory on public transport in the UK. The WHO now recommends the use of masks where it's hard to maintain social distancing.

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