Staying safe might not be a lot of fun, but it also isn’t rocket science

Is this the dreaded ‘second wave’ of the COVID-19 epidemic? Or – as someone suggested – is it maybe just the second wave of the first wave? Whichever, it is not good and shows that all of our efforts to prevent the spread haven’t been up to scratch.

And when you look around at how people are behaving, it is not really a surprise. Any trip to a large store shows more people not wearing masks than those who are. The stores themselves seem to be taking it seriously – safety procedures are in place that should help. But people there and elsewhere (beaches, for example), and traveling to places they don’t need to be? It’s a second wave waiting to happen.

Now, with regular school set to resume in September, the problem can only get worse. It’s not the kids’ fault, of course. The alternatives are fraught with problems as well. So we might just have to buckle down and prepare to deal with wave after wave of infections. Most people will just get sick and recover; but not all will.

The second wave is not something to take lightly. Apparently the Spanish Flu of 1918-1920 saw more fatalities in the second wave than the first. Millions died. We need take it seriously and do what we can to keep ourselves and others safe.

Slave Lake and surrounding area has been in a sweet spot as far as infections go. That has everything to do with dumb luck rather than good management or individuals behaving responsibly. That luck could change in the blink of an eye. Look what happened in Major League Baseball last week.

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