Following weeks of holiday shopping at numerous stores, I'm convinced that there is a large segment of the population that straight up doesn't give a %$#& about keeping their germs to themselves. Coughing and sneezing into my shoulder or arm is something my mom taught me when I was a young boy, but the more time I spend out in public, the more I'm convinced there are an abundance of my fellow human beings that were raised like wild animals.

In case people aren't aware, not only has Covid-19 reared its ugly head again, but there are like three other virus strains that are ravaging the United States at the moment. The Idaho Department of Health has reported more than 500,000 cases of Coronavirus in the past couple of months, which have resulted in over 5,000 deaths. Influenza A and B are wreaking havoc on America again, along with a whole bunch of other crud.

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Public service announcements about keeping your snot and saliva to yourselves as a way to prevent the spread of illness have been on television since the forties. I'd like to go see Avatar this weekend, but I'm concerned about these people that have no regard for the health of others. I feel like I'm wearing a shirt that says, "Please cough on me."

I had a recent experience at the Twin Falls Walmart with a parent that pushed a child in a shopping cart throughout the store that was coughing so hard I'm surprised an ambulance wasn't called. The youngster was probably eight-years-old or so, and as this child was aimed down aisle after aisle the majority of shoppers were stunned at how sick this kid appeared to be; the parent was totally oblivious.

It's not just kids. Adults are opening blowing snot and coughing particles of crud all over me every time I go out. It's become a running joke with my wife. Please do others a favor during this time of rampant sickness and cover your orifices when out in public in Idaho and beyond.

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Vaccinations for COVID-19 began being administered in the U.S. on Dec. 14, 2020. The quick rollout came a little more than a year after the virus was first identified in November 2019. The impressive speed with which vaccines were developed has also left a lot of people with a lot of questions. The questions range from the practical—how will I get vaccinated?—to the scientific—how do these vaccines even work?

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