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Let's Give Thanks to Science

Written by Monica Savaglia
Posted November 23, 2021

Thanksgiving is only two days away. 

I hope that you have everything ready for the holiday. I know no matter how prepared I think I am, there’s always one last-minute thing I need to take care of. This holiday has always been about families and friends coming together to share a meal. There’s a lot of preparation for the day for a meal that can be over in less than 30 minutes.

Of course, that’s not the whole point of this holiday — it’s about coming together and spending time with the people that you usually are unable to spend time with. The majority of my family lives in Wisconsin, so we haven’t been able to spend a Thanksgiving together in quite some time (we pick Christmas as the holiday to come together). However, one of my older brothers lives nearby, so we’ll be spending Thanksgiving together.

I don’t have to travel far this year for Thanksgiving, but that isn’t the case for millions of people who plan on traveling this week — 53 million people are expected to travel for the holiday, whether that be by plane or driving. A lot of people didn’t travel last year because of COVID and the surging cases. Not to mention that this time last year COVID vaccines weren’t available to most of the population. 

Most people didn’t want to risk it. I was one of those people. I had a plane ticket to go to my dad’s for Christmas, but as Christmas got closer I realized it might not be such a good idea to be on a plane or traveling, just for the health of my dad and stepmom.

This year is a little different. More people are vaccinated and are now more familiar with pandemic precautions. What’s not different is that there are reports of COVID cases increasing… again in parts of the U.S. We’ve all heard it before and some of us knew it was going to happen again. 

It was only a month ago where new coronavirus cases in the U.S. were steadily declining and the delta variant surge was finally winding down. That feeling of optimism has slowly dwindled, and we can expect cases to increase in the next few months as the weather gets colder and people begin to come together for the holidays.

FDA Approves COVID-19 Boosters for All Adults

On Friday, COVID-19 boosters received FDA approval for anyone over the age of 18. This means that people who received both shots of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least six months ago are now eligible for further protection through a booster shot. This comes as new virus cases are rising in the upper Midwest and Northeast. 

New England has high vaccination rates, but Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire are dealing with major outbreaks of the virus. If you got vaccinated six months ago, you might need to get that booster to feel a little more reassured, especially during this holiday season. 

Are Vaccines the Only Answer?

Then you have some experts like Ira M. Longini Jr., a vaccine expert of biostatistics at the University of Florida, saying:

The evidence isn’t there that a large rollout of boosters is really going to have that much impact on the epidemic.

While I understand that it’s important to protect yourself and your loved ones and that it's ultimately up to you to do what is best for you, if you feel like a booster shot this holiday season will give you the reassurance and protection that you need, that's all that matters.

However, it appears that we'll be living with this virus for some time in some way or another. And for some of us, getting a shot every six months isn't the ideal way to fight it. That’s why other treatments to manage coronavirus are going to be key. And those treatments are already here.

Two antiviral pills are intended to reduce the risk of hospitalization and death, which brings some optimism back into the situation. These pills aren’t going to be what gets rid of COVID for good, but they can be added to the arsenal of ways to fight it along with vaccines, booster shots, and antiviral pills.

A COVID-Killing Nasal Spray

And now, a nasal spray could be soon added to that list. This nasal spray could have the ability to stop COVID-19 symptoms in seven days. It would be nice to have something like a nasal spray, since it could be more accessible to the public. 

Forbes recently said this about the spray:

This nasal spray may be the breakthrough we’ve been waiting for to end the pandemic... Both the public and private sector... should put their full weight behind testing [a] nasal spray in humans as quickly and forcefully as they are with vaccines.

My colleague Keith Kohl over at Energy and Capital found out about this nasal spray and the company behind it, and I was so intrigued by what this company has to offer that I had to share it with Wealth Daily readers. This spray for the  coronavirus could be mailed directly to people's homes, and within a week a person could be symptom-free. 

As I mentioned earlier, this virus isn't going to be eradicated anytime soon, and that’s why having a variety of treatments to fight off COVID variants is what will help us win this battle.

These types of groundbreaking treatments will be great news for early investors in companies like the one that's developing this COVID-killing nasal spray.

That's why I knew I had to bring this to your attention today. I knew you wouldn't want to miss out on learning more about this nasal spray and the company that's focused on bringing it to consumers. You don't want to regret not taking the time today to check out Keith's report.

Whether you're traveling or staying home, I hope you have a safe holiday.

Until next time,

Monica Savaglia Signature Park Avenue Digest

Monica Savaglia

Monica Savaglia is Wealth Daily’s IPO specialist. With passion and knowledge, she wants to open up the world of IPOs and their long-term potential to everyday investors. She does this through her newsletter IPO Authority, a one-stop resource for everything IPO. She also contributes regularly to the Wealth Daily e-letter. To learn more about Monica, click here.

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