From the Parish Nurse, Dora Muller

Hang on to your hat.  Hang on to your hope.  And wind the clock, for tomorrow is another day.  E. B. White

Summer is finally over, and we all agree that it has been a summer to remember and mostly for the wrong reasons, i.e. coronavirus (COVID-19), did not go away with the hot weather.  In order to adapt to the presence of the virus, we learned new behaviors:  keep six feet apart, wear a facial mask, wash hands frequently, and practice social distancing, all of which became part of the new norm.  Our lives were disturbed, and the fear of contamination kept us apart.  The community started to feel overwhelmed with the restrictions placed to restrain the spread of the virus.  We all agree, it is time to return to our comfortable zones of relishing the company of friends and family, going out for lunch, and enjoying sports events.  Autumn not only brings the new school year, Friday night football, a bounty of the harvest, and cool nights, but also another flu season.  As a nurse, I fear the coming months.  Influenza on top of COVID-19 could result in havoc in our lives.  My advice is for everyone to continue to practice social distance, wear a mask, wash hands frequently, and avoid close contact with others, especially those from the high-risk groups such as the elderly, the very young, and those with compromised immune systems.  Let’s plan on our annual flu shot to minimize the risk of obtaining influenza.  We don’t want to imagine how COVID-19 and influenza could in the coming months occur like a perfect storm.  The plan for the next months is to be active, adhere to a balanced diet, avoid crowded situations, keep busy, and stay in touch with friends and family.  With a few basic preparations, we have hope that the coming season can be enjoyable and healthy.