Be Careful Not Complacent Covid-19 on the Rise in Otero & New Mexico

It's easy to forget we are still living in the midst of a pandemic. We find ourselves not as consistent with precautions, masks etc. as we were earlier in the pandemic. Yet we all must be careful and ensure that we don't get complacent.

The disease has a symptom that the medical community calls Covid-19 Fatigue, and for many people with COVID-19, fatigue is a fairly common symptom. It can make you feel dull and tired, take away your energy, and eat away at your ability to get things done. Depending on the seriousness of your COVID-19 infection, it may last 2 to 3 weeks. But for some people with a severe infection, the brain fog-like fatigue and pain can linger for weeks or months. It may last even after your COVID-19 infection clears up.

However, for the purposes of this article we define Covid-fatigue differently. We view Covid-fatigue as, "we are done." We are tired of being held hostage to a disease. This author is a strong advocate of public health. Our staff and family is fully vaccinated yet we too are done. We are tired of the masks, tired of the Covid-19 mandates, tired of the overhanging angst and division among friends, family and foes over the preventions and outcomes and long term impacts of this disease. The question remains can we move forward and move on? Can those of differing political beliefs not let this disease divide us any further and we as a community find a way to come around to a common good and grow, learn and mentor together?

We believe we can. First, we still need to be diligent; good hygiene, sanitize and let's be safe. Get vaccinated but let's move on and get back to normalcy and live. We cannot continue to live in fear dread and hatred of the approach one another takes against living with this disease.

Let's focus on those things that can bring us together - art, history, performance art, cultural enrichment, retail therapy and living a fit life. Let's eat healthy, play healthy and again live. Is Alamogordo, Otero County, the State of New Mexico and this nation prepared to put the nightmare of the past 2 years behind us and move us forward.

Today begin anew; hug a friend, spend time with a neighbor, volunteer for a civic group or cause. Go to the theater, shop local, support local arts, crafts and local store owners. Be safe and be smart but let's again live!!!

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