Saturday, January 29, 2022

The Journal of Steffanie Rivers: The Good and Bad of Coronavirus

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*Is it just me or has anyone else noticed women who depend on their pretty faces to get attention no longer have the advantage because everybody has their faces covered by masks? They no longer can insinuate anything sexually suggestive with tongue maneuvers. Their surgically enhanced lips and veneered teeth are covered.

Their eyes no longer have that spell-binding allure, because the lash extension salon has been deemed non-essential. And those bothersome ear loops on the masks keep interfering with their blingy earrings. Now they’re forced into non-superficial behavior, such as engaging in interesting conversations to keep someone’s attention.

Except now most people don’t even want to touch strangers, let alone get close enough to talk to one. Even the ones with big booties and breasts. I’ve caught a few fellas looking at ample physiques from afar. But if she even so much as has chest convulsions – as if she’s trying to hold in a sneeze or cough – it’s a wrap! The threat of Coronavirus exposure is weighing heavy on a lot of people.

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If only some of us behaved more responsibly, made better choices in every aspect of their lives and washed our hands more often we might not find ourselves in this current, preventable predicament.

Yet most of us practice risky behavior that potentially could kill us any day of the year. Almost half of American adults are considered overweight. Being overweight and obesity leads to other health concerns such as high blood pressure, diabetes and organ malfunction.

Every year 480,000 people die from preventable diseases caused by cigarette smoking. The Center For Disease Control says that’s one person for every five Americans.

According to 2018 CDC statistics, the highest population of Americans living with HIV/AIDS is gay/bisexual Black men. Black women make up the highest population of heterosexual people who contracted the virus through sexual contact. These statistics – reasons for us to make changes – always have been there, but not enough of us did.

Whether it’s mandated or voluntary I’m glad many of us are becoming more selective about with whom and how we spend our time. The question is will we be as thoughtful about our behavior post-quarantine?

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Steffanie Rivers

Steffanie Rivers is a freelance journalist living in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex. Email her at [email protected] with your comments, questions or speaking inquiries.

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