There has been plenty of debate across the country this week regarding eliminating mask mandates as COVID-19 cases continue to decline and vaccinations increase, but
nothing has changed for me after receiving my vaccine and my masks and neck gaiter have now become favorite fashion accessories.
On a more serious note, the continued use of masks is also for the added protection of family members and please keep in mind that those with compromised immune systems should “be aware of the potential for reduced immune responses to the vaccine” and a recent study from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center found that “people with cancer that affects the blood, bone marrow or lymph nodes are at an elevated risk of COVID-19 vaccine failure, particularly those with chronic lymphocytic leukemia.” There are many loved ones, even after vaccination, that will need to continue to take preventative measures, follow public health guidelines and continue to wear masks going forward. I’ve included a link to a story a family hopes raises awareness after the loss of their father.
I’ve discovered that the COVID-19 vaccine has offered a peace of mind as I go about my daily life, but
it has not made me want to change my current lifestyle choices and I find myself more content each day to stay home, cook and eat plenty of vegetables. I think my magical Ninja Foodie Air Fry Oven and special Baby Yoda masks have cast a strange spell on me.
It also helps to have a book you cannot put down and this week it was Finding Freedom: A Cook’s Story; Remaking A Life From Scratch by Erin French that I highly recommend.