The holiday season is here and so are more cases of COVID-19.

Yes, I can already hear some of you saying, "DUH, of course, we will have more cases as the year continues."

I agree, a couple hundred each month is an okay number, but 2,691 cases for CDC Week 46 is pretty alarming.

The frustration of missing holidays during the pandemic last year is something I feel is fueling this excitement for the 2021 holiday season.

Just driving to work, I have noticed a huge difference in 2020 shopping, compared to 2021. We aren't even in December and people are clearing shelves, fighting in parking lots, and I've even seen some people coughing up a storm without a mask in big box stores.

Just in case you thought COVID-19 is gone, it really is not. Just because you got it once, doesn't mean you can't get it again.

Vaccinated or not, El Pasoans need to be careful.

Every year, even before COVID-19, many media outlets warned us about the flu. Which everyone thinks it is fine to just spread the flu around too. It is not. If you are sick please do not go shopping.

Seriously, do it online. Place a pickup order. It is 2021. You don't need to go into a store, if you are feeling sick or if your child is sick and you can't find a babysitter.

Please, El Paso. I beg you. Don't let your guard down. Enjoy the holiday season, but do not let your guard down.

Keep an eye on the numbers, you need to know about them more than the hottest holiday deals.

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