Even you can be a hero.

Courtesy of Newsweek:

As winter weather merges with many people moving life indoors, global health experts said wearing masks could save 100,000 lives from COVID-19 by January 1.

Several infectious disease expert—including Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Christopher Murray, the director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation—warned of a fall and winter season “surge” of coronavirus cases and deaths. Researchers at the University of Washington’s IHME said outdoor mask usage is just above 50 percent, and between 95,000-100,000 lives could be protected from COVID-19 related deaths if 95 percent of Americans wear masks in the coming cold weather months.

Despite the impending release of several potential vaccines, public health experts say a winter lockdown and coming burst of cases may occur if people become “less careful.”

The IHME director on Friday said COVID-19 forecast models show a “huge surge that we really expect to take off in October and accelerate in November and December.”

Winter projection models released Thursday by the IHME, a research institute founded through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, predict 371,509 deaths by January 1, 2021—a slight decrease from last week’s data. But that death toll projection still foresees 168,000 more deaths on top of the nearly 204,000 deaths already recorded across the United States since the start of the pandemic.

“First, as case counts have come down in some states, we tend to see that people become less careful, they tend to have more contact,” Murray told CNN Friday. “But then the most important effect is the seasonality of the virus, that people go indoors, transmission happens more.”

To offset this increased indoor mingling it is being suggested that we avoid crowds as much as possible and of course, wear our masks at all times while indoors or among crowds of people outdoors. 

Personally, I am preparing for winter like Russia preparing to repel the Nazis during Worl War 2. 

I am staying indoors as much as humanly possible and only going out in the early morning hours for supplies and then rushing back home and barricading my door in case any Mormons see my lights on and consider trying to sell me on their bullshit cult while also filling my doorway with infectious mouth spittle. 

I might let my daughter come over for Thanksgiving but only if she has been tested recently and agrees to disinfect herself at the doorway before stepping one foot inside my disease-free bubble. 

And yes masks will be worn when not shoveling mashed potatoes into our mouths while maintaining six feet of separation at all times. 

It should be a glorious celebration.