This photo of a clearly proud and happy woman was bouncing around social media. She looks quite proud, and I hope she is and and remains very healthy. She's holding up her Covid CDC card while chomping on a rather tasty looking donut. Perhaps she took part in the Krispy Kreme promotion. Do they have sprinkle donuts? I have no idea, I live in Dunkin Donuts country. Everywhere I scroll, I see people waving their vax cards like wee American flags.
What I do not see, is any attention to H-E-A-L-T-H.
Our American Covid protection campaign seems not about becoming or staying healthy for one minute. How often do you see workers standing outside their offices, masks around their chins, puffing away on cigarettes? Personal responsibility is limited to masks and vaccinations. I haven't seen any public service announcements offering to help them quit smoking to protect their lungs, have you? I see less than zero attention to strengthening the host - that's you and me - to ward off infection. In fact, there seems to be a complete disconnect between personal health responsibility and the ability to avoid contracting or transmitting Covid. We are told that we're irresponsible if we don't get jabbed or wear a mask, but that's the beginning, middle and end our what's required of us.
The headline I wrote is a throwback to the TV commercials for an off-price clothing chain called Syms. Now long closed, Sy Sym's daughter Marci would say, "An educated consumer is our best customer." Those were the days. Syms is long gone, and so is our health.