Remember how they were saying that children don't transmit the virus, so it's OK to send your kids to school? Well that appears to have been wrong. Best protect your kids from exposures so that they don't bring it home to you.
Been dorking out about all the vaccines under development? Yeah lots of people are. Not me, so much, I'm just working and waiting. My take on vaccination: we're going to want it, but we also don't want it to hurt us, so it's worth waiting. If you end up getting a vaccine that works really well, great. If you get a vaccine that kinda halfway works, get another one the next time you have a chance. Do what you can to improve your immune response to the vaccine. A future email newsletter will be about this subject.
MOST CONTAGIOUS STRAINS COME TO DOMINATE
Lots of mutations have appeared in COVID-19 the ones that make it more contagious are a big advantage for the virus, meaning that more and more of the cases are the most highly contagious strains. Which means that mask wearing is even more important, and during our current spike staying completely away from others may be of ultimate importance. The study was done in Houston, TX: https://mbio.asm.org/content/11/6/e02707-20.
THE CURRENT SURGE IS WORSE THAN ANYTHING BEFORE
This article is 11 days old already but it documents how fast the case rate accelerated in the first half of November. An increased case rate is inevitably followed by increased hospitalizations and deaths. During this time when so many people have the virus, there is nothing you can do except stay away from people. Even your dearest friends and relatives can give you the virus, or you can give it to them. So take some time to hibernate, meditate, read books, and otherwise entertain yourself at home. Don't even go shopping if you don't have to. This situation could last all winter if lots of people ignore this advice, but you don't have to be the one dying or killing your dearest people. Being a homebody is not the end of the world. It's easier to be free when you are alive.