Thumbs up to nursing homes in Connecticut receiving initial doses of a coronavirus vaccine, allowing staff and residents to be among the first to get the protection. This is fitting as during the early months of the pandemic a majority of deaths came from nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Hospitalizations overall have begun to decline slightly in Connecticut, which is a positive direction, but by no means a license to let down our vigilance during the holidays. Wear a mask in public, observe social distancing, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently, and avoid gatherings of more than 10 people.
Thumbs up to a milder flu season — so far — this winter. Health experts had been worried about a “twin-demic” of the coronavirus on top an active seasonal flu. But so far the number of cases are lower than normal. By Dec. 12 only 19 people in Connecticut tested positive to the flu, compared with last year when 69 residents had been hospitalized in early December. By the end of 2019, the state had seen 1,613 people test positive. Part of the reason may be that social distancing, wearing masks and washing hands happen to be wise habits for avoidance of the flu.