There's an article in today's online NYTimes about how people in America don't care sufficiently for those who are more vulnerable than they are to covid-19.
Here is a link to the story, which should get you through the paywall for 14 days, i.e. until Feb. 25, 2023:
Seniors are increasingly left to protect themselves as the rest of the country abandons precautions: “Americans do not agree about the duty to protect others.”
This is a very very interesting comment to the article:
Masks: An Asthmatic's Love Affair After three, solid years of wearing a mask outdoors (2-layer quilter's cotton, with non-permeable mask layer sandwiched between them -- my wife is a sewist), allow me to relay this lived experience: I have reduced my intake of asthma medication by 95%. I was on two kinds of inhalers, and when I caught a cold, the inevitable bronchitis would necessitate antibiotics, oral steroids, etc. That is pretty much all gone now. And, here is the best part: my teenage son who inherited my lungs has experienced the same benefit. Talk about silver-linings. . . When people make a comment on my wife's beautiful masks she's made for me, I gamely reach into my pocket and pull out my inhaler and say, "the masks have helped me stopped using *this*". Then I take a large, audible breath and exhale completely, without a wheeze. The Lord works in mysterious ways, indeed. Stay safe, everyone, as best you can.