For more than two years the world has been battling the Covid epidemic. It seems like we’ve been chanting a mantra (or several mantras) that go(es) something like this…
In two weeks this will be over.
All we have to do is flatten the curve.
There can’t possibly be another variant.
When can I travel again?
When can I take my mask off?
Will I ever feel safe?
I have my vaccine.
I have both my vaccines.
I have my booster.
This morning it occurred to me that we have missed quite possibly the most effective deterrent to covid. It’s an age old device that’s been around for as long as anyone can remember. It’s simple and accessible to all races, religions, ages, genders…heck it’s universal! It’s accessible to the most remote tribes in the world.
It’s…a cootie catcher!
It’s small, portable, fits in your pocket. It’s cheap and easy to make. You can personalize it to suit your tastes. You can turn it into a fortune teller and develop a sideline business. There are no supply chain issues for the materials. All you need is a piece of paper.
Is it effective? Ask yourself, “Have I ever caught cooties when I had a cootie catcher on me? No! But will it prevent me from getting Covid? A cootie catcher catches all kinds of cooties. Anything you are afraid of or don’t like, a cootie catcher will eliminate those cooties. And there’s no need to dispose of them or sterilize your cootie catcher. Your cootie catcher is the ultimate black hole for catching any kind of cootie.
There are no regulations against carrying a cootie catcher on public transportation, in school, hospitals, or on any of the camino routes.
So stop worrying and get on with your life. Your cootie catcher will keep you safe.
*These last two years have been tough on everyone. Many loved ones are not here today because of Covid. This post is not meant to make light of any of that. I do hope that through this pandemic we have retained our ability to smile and maybe even laugh a little.