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One of the 100 million arms vaccinated in America

UPDATE: A day after my piece on the vaccine numbers rising, I myself got the first dose of Pfizer thanks to NYC Health and Hospitals!

Thanks be to God for shaping the scientists that continually create these treatments !!!

Let’s start showing the rising vaccinated numbers on our TV screens!

100 Million Vaccines, Now What America?

You wouldn’t know there were 100 million vaccines have been administered in America. Yet, President Biden said just that yesterday , but the urgency to open this country certainly is lacking .

In fact, the incredible insanity is the discussion of another lockdown ! What? Aren’t these vaccinations around to prevent another lockdown? To build an immune American again?

We see America reaching 100 million vaccines yet still being compared to places like Italy where cases are climbing again? What is the point of celebrating 100 million vaccines then? Just to say it?

As I said on my recent podcast, people will start asking why we still are at under 100% capacity if 100 million are now immune a year later? Where is the sense in that?

Our small businesses don’t have time to waste President Biden and NY Gov. Cuomo/ CA Gov. Newsom! They don’t! Americans cannot afford to wait for your decision of when to let us out from under your thumb . By waiting until June or July to ramp up to 100%, you effectively continue the death of America as we know it while celebrating 100 million vaccines given to Americans.

The CDC is continually shifting its guidelines, but the most I’ve seen is social distanced school openings and people who are vaccinated can congregate without wearing a mask. I haven’t seen anything else major they have done to move this country forward. I used to celebrate when the CDC relaxed guidelines, but now I say big whoop!

For nearly a year, I’ve also heard how much the science is telling us these measures have been necessary every step of the way, even the gradual reopenings. Vaccinations are the most progress made in this battle against COVID thanks to scientists working with Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca to develop these vaccines in rapid speed. Of course, the rapid speed is thanks to Operation Warpspeed, an initiative of former President Trump.

Yet, with all this progress , it appears we will continue to sit on our hands as a country and as a state even as the numbers of vaccinated rise. Should that pattern continue, I’ll really start asking ‘Now What, America?’

Blood Doesn’t Lie

Today’s blog is partial transcript of my podcast on vaccines AND anti-body tests. You can listen to the full episode here (https://www.spreaker.com/episode/42422404)

Transcript from 12/10/20:

We are talking an awful lot about COVID testing every day. You know what we could also be talking about? Getting your antibody test. If we found out people have had it more than we know, then you can open places it up. Say, “Yeah, they’ve had it. This restaurant’s servers, employees didn’t know it, but they had it so we can open up and we can make it safe.”

No one’s pushing really to get the antibodies test. No one’s even really giving stats about that. Why? Because if we know who has antibodies and who doesn’t and the percentages, I think we can gauge that possibly more so than the test itself. You know why? They take a blood test for that antibody test, and do you know, blood does not lie? Blood is what’s in here. It’s science. That is a science, what’s in our veins.

I read a couple of days ago, the Kansas City Chiefs had “Seven false positives.” So in essence, what is the testing doing? Is it accurate or not? So why don’t we switch from mandating vaccines, switch from stressing the COVID test itself, and start encouraging people to give that little blood to find out if you have an antibody. Because there are 50% of Americans comfortable taking this vaccine, while 50% do not want to take it.

If you say, “Hey, we’ve done all these blood samples, okay, and we know who has the antibodies and who doesn’t.” And if they don’t, just keep them safe, but if they do, of course, give a warning, “Hey, you can get it again.” But don’t be too alarmed if you’ve already had the antibodies.

At one point in Connecticut, 5% of the population had antibodies at one point. You take a whole swath, the 167,000 people, which was what they did, and you say, “Hey, look, these people, this group has antibodies.” I really believe in getting the anti-body test, because if I had it, I would want to know. Wouldn’t you? If you had it and you didn’t know, but you were asymptomatic? Go out and get your antibody test.

I’m just thinking we are banking too much on the glory of these vaccines. As great as it is that we’ve got treatments that should be utilized, should not be talked down, let’s also think of the alternatives for the 50% that don’t want. And the 50% that don’t want it, take your antibody tests now then. Let’s see if you have COVID. Look, if 50% of America has antibodies, we can reopen up a lot faster than slower, and that’s Just a fact. And as I said, these swabs, I don’t know, may not be accurate enough. But you talk about science, Governor Cuomo, you’re talking about science, Mayor de Blasio, you talk about data.

I want to know what’s in the bloodstream now. I am very curious. Because if we inject something into our bloodstream that makes us tired, lethargic, if you have allergies, you’re going to get it worse, apparently, the side effects. Then let’s see what’s in the bloodstream first before injecting this in our bloodstream. I know I’ve been clapping a lot last couple days, but I’m just very passionate about this because I do not want to see our country continue to close down simply on one set of stats anymore.

It shouldn’t be, especially when we can have data that says, “Hey, you know what? This vaccine is working, but you know what else? People have naturally gotten over this and we see that in the antibody test.” Why aren’t you promoting that more, medical community? Why is the COVID test the answer for everything? When we’re seeing negatives one day, positives another and then whatever. It seems the most reliable thing to do is just check our actual blood so that we can save the blood, sweat, and tears that go into every business and every person’s life in America. By tapping into our bloodstream either with a safe vaccine or anti-body test, we can save the life blood of America. So let’s do it.

Make America Attentive Again

Firstly, to be attentive in today’s world is an achievement. According to studies, the attention span is eight seconds as of 2018. According to Microsoft, that is a DROP from 12 seconds in 2000. (https://www.cision.com/us/2018/01/declining-attention-killing-content-marketing-strategy/) So here we are , less attentive in 2020. I thought as we grow and the years go on we are supposed to be sharper. What do I know?

This decline of attention is tied to many factors, but the biggest one certainly is the cell phone. In my new podcast series, ‘Adapting With Alex’, I’m trying to help get people adapting to new habits and ideas that can prolong their productivity, and yes life. By adapting to putting the phone away more, we can rebuild our attention span! We can talk about Vice President Biden’s cognizance all day long, but why can’t we also address the fact that texting and driving has killed ? NHTSA noted that in 2018 alone, 2,841 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. (https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/distracted-driving#:~:text=Using%20a%20cell%20phone%20while,vehicle%20crashes%20involving%20distracted%20drivers.) The NHTSA does include texting and talking on the phone as a distraction. That number is ALARMING! If you must text while driving, further research shows that the NYS DMV has developed ‘Texting Zone’ locations! (https://data.ny.gov/Transportation/Texting-Zone-Locations-Map/ib24-wmv8)

Lack of attention doesn’t stop there. Drivers do sometimes get all the blame, when really texting while walking is also problematic. According to a 2017 report by Reader’s Digest, walking and texting has caused over 11,000 injuries! From the article, ‘in fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, pedestrian deaths numbered 5,376 — and were the only group of road users whose fatality numbers increased.’ The more worrying stat is only 29% owned up to texting and walking! (https://www.rd.com/article/texting-and-walking-injuries)/ Adapting is also meaning to own up to being distracted, because once the issue is recognized, an adaptation to behavior can be made!

My point in this piece today for both walkers and drivers is STOP BURYING YOUR HEAD IN YOUR PHONE. It does drive me a bit crazy when in NYC, home to so many iconic places, I see someone’s phone take precedent over the environment around them. Being that I’m on crutches and need to balance and see the road ahead, I have a need to look up at all times . Yet, seeing the Empire State Building, seeing busy-ness while scooting on my one rollerblade makes me psychologically and physically happy to be a New Yorker. I would implore others to explore and experience that happiness too just by looking up and taking eyes off the phone!

Cognizance and communication do go hand in hand. Are you scrolling aimlessly or scrolling your phone with a purpose to find stories to help you be productive? Are you simply writing on a timeline happy birthday to a friend, or are you making the conscious effort to stay connected through voice either by voice note or phone call? I ask these questions because I feel that aimless scroll syndrome hit me a lot and it does get me frustrated. So I adapt by doing crosswords or other things that involve handwriting to keep my mind sharp and not on scroll auto-pilot. When I am on the phone, I’m working on finding meaningful conversation to have OR valuable research to make the podcasting and the blogging content soar.

Talking to people and not just texting can also keep us sharp and interpersonal skills honed, a vital trait to keep us sane and connected past Election Day 2020. It also can keep the friendship going because the other person will see the efforts made to stay connected beyond just a text!

Technology is important, and needed. Yet, I say let the phone die if need be or put it away at intervals and explore the world around you like the old days. I say utilize the phone to stay cognizant, not let it make you lose your attention and sharpness!

Here Is A New Award Category

How many times do we want to throw a dart at the employee of the month plaque because it was not us?

How many times have we all been on edge wondering who would take home the coveted Best Picture or Best Album Award?

In school, those award ceremonies always had a sentimental and accomplished feeling to it, and now they like the rest of the planet should add a new category!

‘And the winner for most COVID-negative tests go to….’