For the past month or so, health officials in the state have been warning us about COVID infections and deaths rising again in the state… and now, Chicago’s going on lockdown beginning Monday for the next 30 days, with a statewide shutdown possible soon. That means only going out as necessary for work, school, groceries and medical needs and limiting travel and gatherings to 10 people or less.
A recent study that checked trends here in Chicago and other big cities noted that current spikes in infection rates seem to be connected to dining establishments, gyms, hotels and churches operating at full capacity – the places where we usually gather in larger numbers. The good news is, when you reduce capacity to 30% at these places, the chances of spreading the disease are greatly reduced.
And another recent study found that consistent use of masks also makes you 60% less likely to get the virus, providing protection for yourself against others who may be carrying it.
Officials also want us to be extra careful with visiting each other for Thanksgiving this year… they’re recommending making our visits virtual if we aren’t able to fully quarantine for two weeks before seeing people outside our households. (And two weeks was this past Thursday 11/12/20.)
Stay safe and Protect Chicago!