Holiday kissing may kill kin

As families and friends gather to celebrate the holiday season from Thanksgiving to Christmas, health officials fear that Americans will spread the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

There have been more than 250,000 reported deaths from Covid-19 in the US since the pandemic began, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The United States has the worst caseload in the world because the Republican Trump administration has failed to exert leadership and left the country floundering with conflicting instructions as well as a hreat deal of misinformation.

With just under five percent of the global population, America has about a quarter of the world’s coronavirus cases and deaths associated with the disease.

Medical staff across the nation are overwhelmed with record levels of hospitalizations while governors are rushing to issue new restrictions on gatherings.

Those efforts are in response to reports that deaths are the highest in months.

Federal officials have been called criminally negligent for putting their political agenda ahead of public health as the administration countered medical advice and egged on disruptive groups.

A gang of armed terrorists showed up at the Michigan state capital to protest Gov. Whitmer’s coronavirus restrictions and a subset of those dissidents later plotted to kidnap her before authorities arrested them.

With millions of Americans equating common sense steps to prevent transmission of the virus with infringements on their civil liberties, encouraged by President Donald Trump and other conspiracy theorists, holiday gatherings are expected to result in a surge of the deadly pandemic.

Despite the vast impact of the killer virus, many dismiss the hazard as an inconvenience similar to the flu or common cold or they harbor unrealistic expectations about a cure, treatment or vaccine.

Pfizer announced that the company’s coronavirus vaccine is 95% effective, while another drug maker, Moderna, said its vaccine is 94.5% effective.

Tests of those vaccines are ongoing. No vaccine has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a preventative agent for the coronavirus.

The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices.

Political divisions in the country are fueling doubt about institutions like the FDA, which is also contributing to disregard for containment measures.

Since people can transmit coronavirus infections without exhibiting symptoms, and many don’t understand the deadly nature of the pandemic, the holiday season is considered a dangerous time.

Encounters without protection such as masks, especially for warm greetings including hugs and kisses, could send infection rates through the roof.

While some recover from COVID-19 without major consequences, the disease is fatal in an alarming number of cases.

That’s why it is urgently necessary to avoid close contact with potential carriers during the holidays.

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