"The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history."
This is a significant week in the continuing procedural steps following our 2020 Presidential election.
January 5, 2021: Georgia runoff election for 2 seats determines U.S. Senate control.
January 6, 2021 at 1 pm: U.S. Electoral College vote finalized, certified in Congressional joint session -- if truth, law and order prevail.
? ? ? Current Lame Duck President exits the White House
January 20, 2021 at noon: President Biden is inaugurated.
The first seasonal snow-covered mountains rising above my city attracted many to travel up the 2-lane road in vehicle lines that took drivers three hours to arrive where sledding was active on Mt. Baldy. Late afternoon was time to return downhill but several hundred people became stranded overnight in their vehicles on the twisting turning mountain road since it was taking so long, unable to safely descend back to the valley after sunset, partly because thawed snow had turned to black ice.
Meanwhile, in Southern California we are experiencing the beginning of significantly increased numbers of people testing positive for the coronavirus. This is attributed primarily to viral spreading as a result of the actions of those who chose to ignore taking safety precautions as recommended by health officials during these recent holidays. Hospital services here in Los Angeles County are on the verge of being impacted, jeopardizing delivery of patient care for all, coupled with possible staff shortages.
Vaccinations are beginning but at a much slower rate than has been expected. Continued need to minimize further viral spread will persist in the weeks and months ahead.
COVID-19 RISK ASSESSMENT
For whatever value it might be, here's a possible tool for COVID-19 risk assessment that was reported to me as being useful at microcovid.org. that I found interesting.
My research revealed Berkley Advanced Media Institute featuring this and some other visual reference tools that can be used for COVID-19 risk assessment. The authors state:
"As coronavirus case numbers continue to rise across the globe, we take a look at how COVID risk is being visualized. Calculate your potential risk, see how coronavirus is spread indoors, and the impact of wearing masks."
"In this tool we state our best estimate based on available evidence, even when that evidence is not conclusive" as noted in their disclaimer.
I did use the calculator method to assess my risk of Covid -19 infection meeting with one workman outdoors, both of us masked. Though I reside in high risk Los Angles County, California, USA, my risk assessment in that situation was low as I had thought it would be. Perhaps results like this determined prior to an indoor or outdoor interaction with an individual(s), groups in various situations could be helpful. This could be a tool along with other common sense considerations, including also using our best judgment about whether or not to meet with others, go to various businesses, a grocery store, a religious gathering, enter into other situations.
Losing track of time almost put a fly in the ointment of my planning for my Christmas dinner. This is nothing new, first occurred to me when my children were young after they started school. Anytime there would be special school days off for various reasons and my children would be home on a weekday the rest of the week often seemed like we had just had a weekend and my recollection of the actual day was thrown off. Some of my friends said they had that experience, too, which we would laugh about, feeling relieved to know we weren't really losing our minds.
A work schedule always kept the days, holidays, well in perspective, too, but once I retired, regularly scheduled activities were altered. There could be consecutive days which sometimes seemed quite alike, one after the other. For whatever the reasons, apparently the week before Christmas I had it in my mind that holiday was on a Wednesday which was quite a different form of mix-up. Having completed my Christmas gift ordering and shipping arrangements, my final preparation was to order delivery of the dinner I had decided to treat myself to having. The order completed, I felt quite pleased with myself, ready for Christmas almost a week ahead of time.
A few days later, I don't recall what occurred, it suddenly dawned on me that Christmas wasn't until Friday as I finally double-checked the calendar which I should have done sooner. I was able to reschedule my dinner delivery date for Thursday afternoon instead of Tuesday to save the day. The moral of this story is that I better reference a calendar more and not depend so much on my memory as I try to do to keep it honed and sharp. I wonder if others get their days mixed up sometimes depending solely on their memories?