A dollar a donut a day: a man’s quest for vaccination
“I don’t know if I changed my mind about the vaccine, but I know that I certainly convinced people to go see Krispy Kreme,” he said. “To have a mission every day, no matter what, I have to go get the donut – I mean, it’s silly, but I feel like I’m doing something positive in this world that probably could. use a little positivity. “
Mr Caramagna, a bearded, bespectacled father of three with an undervaluing sense of humor, originally planned to reach 125 free donuts by December 31. But with four months left on the calendar, he’s already finished over 90 and now wants to see how much he can tidy up.
His Instagram page, where fans of his Marvel and Disney comics frequently tag him, is a collage of kooky donut trinkets. There’s the donut tree ornament, the donut shirts, a donut mug, another donut mug and, of course, dozens of Krispy Kreme donuts.
After seeing Donut # 5 (or 6) lying on the kitchen counter at home, his wife, Amy Caramagna, turned to him and said, “Oh, so that’s what. we do now? The Krispy Kreme employees recognize him now, he said, making him feel “like a VIP” when they hand him his donut online, no questions asked. And his doctor recently told him he’s healthy, giving him food clearance for when the Krispy Kreme app informs him that the donuts are “hot and fresh.”
An original glazed donut at Krispy Kreme is 190 calories. According to Mr. Caramagna’s Apple Watch, he burns 96 calories each way as he walks to retrieve the donut.
“So I’m actually in deficit,” he said. “But I don’t encourage others to do that.”
Since March 22, Krispy Kreme has donated more than two million frozen donuts, said Casandra Williams, a spokesperson for the company. Ms Williams said Krispy Kreme was “all about sharing the joy, and we love when our guests rely on our efforts to give back their way.”
Understanding the state of vaccine and mask mandates in the United States
- Mask rules. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in July recommended that all Americans, regardless of their immunization status, wear masks in indoor public places in areas affected by epidemics, a reversal of guidelines it offered in May. . See where the CDC guidelines would apply and where states have instituted their own mask policies. The battle for masks has become controversial in some states, with some local leaders defying state bans.
- Vaccination rules. . . and bbusiness. Private companies are increasingly demanding coronavirus vaccines for employees, with different approaches. Such mandates are legally authorized and have been confirmed in legal challenges.
- College and universities. More than 400 colleges and universities require students to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Almost all of them are in states that voted for President Biden.
- Schools. On August 11, California announced that it would require teachers and staff in public and private schools to be vaccinated or tested regularly, the first state in the country to do so. A survey released in August found that many American parents of school-aged children are opposed to mandatory vaccines for students, but were more in favor of mask mandates for students, teachers and staff who don’t. don’t have their vaccines.
- Hospitals and medical centers. Many hospitals and large healthcare systems are requiring their employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19, citing an increase in the number of cases fueled by the Delta variant and stubbornly low vaccination rates in their communities, even within their hand -work.
- new York. On August 3, Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York announced that proof of vaccination would be required from workers and customers for indoor meals, gyms, shows and other indoor situations, becoming the first city America to require vaccines for a wide range of activities. . Employees of the city’s hospitals must also get vaccinated or undergo weekly tests. Similar rules are in place for New York State employees.
- At the federal level. The Pentagon has announced that it will seek to make coronavirus vaccination mandatory for the nation’s 1.3 million active-duty soldiers “no later than” mid-September. President Biden announced that all federal civilian employees should be vaccinated against the coronavirus or undergo regular testing, social distancing, mask requirements and restrictions on most travel.
Mindy Bloom, head of development for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Piedmont Triad, said in a statement that “like the Marvel superheroes he writes about,” Mr. Caramagna is a “hero, and we are inspired by his creativity. and his attention. for our families.