A Bit of History……..
Thanksgiving Day, annual national holiday in the United States and Canada celebrating the harvest and other blessings of the past year. Americans generally believe that their Thanksgiving is modeled on a 1621 harvest feast shared by the English colonists (Pilgrims) of Plymouth and the Wampanoag people.
The Thanksgiving holiday holds special memories and meanings to everyone. This year the landscape of gatherings, and the social event has changed. We continue following guidelines to maintain our health, ward off acquiring the virus, keeping our children, families, and loved ones safe, as we continue maneuvering our way through these turbulent times caused by the Global COVID-19 virus pandemic.
On February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak. The new name of this disease is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV.” SARS-CoV-2 virus is a beta coronavirus, like MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV. Coronaviruses, named for the crown-like spikes on their surfaces, are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. (1)
Our members reach out to you, your families, your friends, and associates with heart-felt greetings as we social-distance, visit through ZOOM, Facebook Messenger, and every app. available allowing us to virtually spend time with others. The way we connect for education, for business, for doctor visits, and in our families has changed. This Thanksgiving holiday gathering, along with special occasions earlier this year and the ones that are on the horizon, have a different landscape, a different feel to them, a different content. The one thing that has NOT changed? The love that we express through emails, through live online events, for the apps. we are utilizing to see others that mean so much to us. So today, let’s give thanks for the technology that has been created and that is available to us to connect virtually right now, while the scientists and medical science professionals continue working at developing a vaccine that will keep us safe, that will bring us all back together. It is what we do today that will make a significant difference tomorrow.
We share the gratitude for family members, for friends, and for the care teams, for the treatments and clinical trials available today to help resolve and prevent a C. diff. infection, recurrent C. diff. infections, along with the many wellness-draining diagnosis that our bodies endure at one time or another. Thank you, and a shout-out to the Infection Preventionists across the globe joining us during the annual campaign, “November is Raising C. diff. Awareness Month.” Thank you to the many State Governors proclaiming November Is Raising Clostridioides difficile Awareness Month. We are profoundly grateful!
Every day the gratitude pours out to the healthcare professionals devoting their lives to medical science, the research and development teams, the individuals and colleagues who give it their all in order to turn the infections around to improve our health safely, and effectively with products being developed. Through clinical trials, and the organizations enrolling individuals today, C. diff. infection studies for initial infections, recurrent C. diff. infections, and for the prevention of a C. diff. infection — you help them – to help you – to help others. You are NOT out of options!
As the Thanksgiving holiday arrives this year we send our best wishes, with an abundance of gratitude, to you, your family, friends, and to the health care professionals visiting the website, participating in the online events this year, for joining us at the 8th Annual International C. diff. Virtual Conference and Health EXPO, and for reaching out to us by telephone, emails, and for being part of the C Diff Foundation programs worldwide. We are here to help you through this infection, to continue recovering from this infection, to help others learn more about C. diff. infection prevention, treatments, clinical trials, diagnostics, environmental safety, and support around the globe. “Thank You.”
“None of us can do this alone ~ all of us can do this together.”
Sending warm Thanksgiving wishes,
C Diff Foundation Members Worldwide