Birthday Present: A Covid Vaccine 💉

Turning 12 has taken on added significance this summer, as teens line up for shots allowing them to see friends and play sports again. At least 52 percent of children ages 12 through 17 in the United States have received at least one dose of a vaccine, and about 40 percent are fully vaccinated, according to early September data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Thinking in all the changes we have passed through in this pandemic, it is relevant to point that Catholic Church is also changing. Reforms are necessary with the pass of time, as we adapt to modernity. Nobody knows what will happen next. The one thing I see is that we will save the heart of the gospel, if we get to think correctly. We will be a better society and of course, a society that integrates religion, since it is of top relevance when being human.

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The Best Birthday Present in 2021? A Covid Vaccine.
Turning 12 has taken on added significance this summer, as tweens line up for shots allowing them to see friends and play sports again.
By EMMA GOLDBERG, Sept. 5, 2021

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I cry on Tuesdays and Fridays 😭

Michelle Pasos, 46, describes herself as someone who has “always been extremely healthy.” That is until the pandemic (😷😷 this sounds familiar). She ended up in the emergency room because she had a bad reaction to a drug prescribed to bring down her elevated blood pressure. And being there decided she was better than doing housekeeping. So when the hospital gave her the option of going home and monitoring herself, or staying an extra night, she chose to stay. It was the first time she had felt calm in a year.

Raising kids can be exhausting. They run from one place to the other, when toddlers, followed by an adult, for safeness. Later on, when kids, they have to be kept entertained with fun activities to do, or at least an educational TV show to watch. BTW, I made this apparel for children, out of my painting “3 moons”, acrylic on canvas:


Kids bring great joy to families. They contribute with new things and happy moments. Husbands feel grateful to be part of a lucky group, the family. Actually this is the center of the church’s pastoral. Pastoral is built on them starting with the sacred family, the simplest group of 3 members (Jesus, Mary and Joseph). Not only in the Church, families are important in many cultures too, like in Latino’s. The role of the grand parent, for example, is important for most children in these cultures.

Families had resisted these times’ shakes. The pandemic may be tough, but good moments can still be found. It is actually a bless that Michelle used to cry on Tuesdays and Fridays (as explained) and not everyday like in Yemen. I wish Covid vaccines were also provided to kids in all countries, (they are not jet legal in my place). We will eventually find a cure, or solve it somehow 😙

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I Cry on Tuesdays and Fridays
Moms are still primal screaming their hearts out
By Jessica Grose, The NYT Parenting Newsletter, March 24, 2021.

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CoVid = Relax 🏝

Because there are less working days (or not at all 🛌🏻), life can be easier in this pandemic.

Transportation also got reduced. Instead of moving oneself throughout the city, we can simplify it with a phone call, videoconference or email. Look at the case of Ireland, whose politicians will take advantage of Coronavirus by helping small towns and villages to narrow their ever-widening gap with urban centers.

This image is an example of how Coronavirus altered my tradition of keeping-stuff. I drew it in those ordered and predictable days were I only stored what was useful. I now keep non-purpose things, just for the pleasure of “storing things”. That is the case with these “Guajes” (look at the drawing to see what is a “guaje”). It is okay to do non-sense actions if they affect no-one. It is okay to adjust and adapt to circumstances, specially in this pandemic. I recommend to master how to play one’s cards, like in poker♠, in order to get the best slice of the cake.

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Covid vaccines not leveraged 🩺

It came this post about American and European officials who gave up leverage that could have guaranteed access for billions of people, in the New York Times. This risks prolonging the pandemic. In short, a new special patent will finally be issued (a five-year-old invention), controlled by the United States.
The question is whether the government will try to spread it to other infected countries. The question is whether does anyone (as institutions and as individuals 🧔🏻) will do anything at all.
Nobody is obligued to do so, nobody argues that. The United States is completely free in this matter, like the freedom we have in Pocker. Isn’t it the stars and bars’ liberty country 🗽?

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The 3 COVID vaccines 💉

In the United States, there are 3 vacines now (march 2021):

  • Pfizer
  • Moderna
  • Johnson & Johnson

People are saying that Johnson & Johnsons’, having an effectivenes of 72% (compared to 94%-95% of the other two)
may not be as effective as the others. However the most important measure, whether the vaccine prevents serious illness, shows the 3 vaccines work for nearly 100% of the cases.
“The number we should care is what are the chances that I am going to die. There is essentially no chance that I am going to die with any vaccine, all of them are 100%”, said David Leonhardt from New York Times. This is breathtaking🤞.
My opinion is to analyze facts more than chances (unrelated post about unpredictability). Let us trust what medicals are saying, ultimately, they are the ones in white uniforms (unrelated article about wearing white in Wimbledon).
“If your turn comes and you are offered the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, accept what is it a right for you”, said Leonhardt.

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