Done With Coronavirus Magical Thinking

Fear

The final straw came rather suddenly.

I’d just spent an hour navigating one way grocery aisles, doing my best not to get close to others, the wild eyed ones especially, as they can be unpredictable.  “No ma’am, I’m not trying to give you Covid, I merely want some tomatoes and your cart is in the way.”  Of course I can’t communicate this effectively with my stupid,  muzzle mask garbling the words and hiding my kind expression.

As I move up the now routine mile long checkout line I notice the cashier power washing the conveyer belt as if covered in raw sewage.  Wouldn’t it be ironic if conveyer belts soaked with sanitizer chemicals turned out to be more dangerous for us to put grocery items on than the Covid germs they are deployed to destroy?

So there I stood, rather appropriately on my red social distancing marker, while fiddling with my mask when something inside me broke.  I just can’t do this Coronavirus Kabuki Dance any longer.  The ever growing list of nonsensical mandates is to accomplish what, slowing the spread of infection?  Eliminating infections all together?

Has anyone on the planet ever gotten a virus from a contaminated grocery item?  And do people walking past each other really pose any kind of a threat?  Why would it make a difference if they’re going in the same direction or not? And if masks are so effective why bother with distancing at all?

Questions like that hurt my brain hurt, so I switch it off and put on my happy face for the cashier, hidden of course behind my mask.

On my way out, a nice young employee who surely was sporting a wide toothy grin behind his store branded mask gently informed me I was heading out the wrong exit, as this was for incoming patrons only and I needed to go to the other side of the store where the correct outgoing one was located.

Garnering every ounce of my being to stop myself from slapping the man to the ground, I mumbled an apology through gritted teeth as I turned to walk the other way, eyes spinning wildly above my now grossly wet mask.

Really, how long are we going to keep doing this?  Until a vaccine comes out?  Do people understand this might be never? Or, at the very earliest, perhaps January of 2021, plus the several added months needed to force it upon administer it to 300+million people? Quick, raise your hand if you’d like to be first in line to try an unproven vaccine that was rushed to market?

What’s really going on here? We’ve turned life completely upside down for a virus whose survival rate for most people is over 99%.  For those that do get sick, there are good treatments available and hospitals around the country have been reinforced to handle surges of critical cases.  We also know primarily who this virus effects most seriously, but instead of devoting resources and brain power towards protecting them, we get sledgehammer mandates that treat all of us as if we face the same risk.

At the same time we’ve institutionalized fear and suspicion of others with policies that incentivize being scared of your neighbor for bad coronavirus behavior. Surely you’ve noticed people jostling to cross the street as you walk by, their panic palpable at being near someone outside their “circle”; someone, God forbid, who isn’t wearing a mask!  

A smile used to convey friendliness; now it’s considered a threat because if it can be seen that means that person is not wearing a mask, which is very bad coronavirus behavior.  On the flip side, wearing a mask prevents the internal wiring in others from properly determining  danger as someone approaches. A smile signals good will, but since it’s hidden, the brain defaults to high threat alert.

Facial masks are dehumanizing really and condition people to accept as ok a government mandate to hide a central part of their identity. Makes me wonder what else does this open the door for?

We also continually hear how important it is for people to keep their distance from others, which implies that human closeness is wrong and that participating in things where others will be present like church, going out to dinner and family gatherings is irresponsible.  We’ve basically taken away all the essential ingredients needed for healthy, human relationships to thrive.

I’m sorry but none of this is normal and I’m sick of pretending that it will make a difference in stopping the virus from doing what viruses always do, which is infect people until enough become immune and it runs out of viable hosts. Until this happens, whether through natural herd immunity or vaccine induced, we are going to have to learn how to do life with Covid-19.

And not this zombie like existence either, with many businesses still shut down, no concerts or sporting events, limited travel and a decimated performing arts industry.  It’s time to fully open things up and start living as human beings again.

Would this risk an increase Covid cases and deaths?  Yes, without a doubt, but living life devoid of all the things that make it pleasurable is merely existing, which is seriously damaging in ways we haven’t begun to scratch the surface on. 

We can still have some distancing policies in place and mask wearing where it makes sense, but on the whole people need to make their own decisions on how fully they would want to participate based on own their own personal health situations.  Gobs of stimulus money could also be diverted towards virus protection for those that need it.

We will never be allowed to do this though.  You can be sure that as infections  rise and calls to re-lock down the economy grow louder, government officials already drunk with power will do just that.  The fear of getting Covid and the continual drumbeat of panic by the media has created a learned helplessness in people which practically begs a strong government authority to take over.

How can I look at those driving alone with masks on and think otherwise?

Fear, isolation, suspicion of others, dwindling civil liberties, an increasingly strong and powerful state, high unemployment, sky rocketing suicide and addiction levels, unsustainable government debt; The virus I would argue is the least of our worries.

It’s our response to it that keeps me up at night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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66 Responses to Done With Coronavirus Magical Thinking

  1. First of all…you have me laugh out loud!!!!
    not because what you’re saying is actually funny but because I’m just so happy knowing that I am not the only one!

    I was at the grocery store earlier today—running in for about 6 things I needed but… what was once a quick pop in, pop out sort of trip is now as if I am suiting up for a space walk.
    I make certain I leave my sunglasses in the car because if I try to switch out to my regular glasses, I have to move the mask and then readjust it so I don’t totally fog up what limited vision remains from above a mask that is too big for my face and head.
    No, one size does not fit all.

    The sign on the store’s door is clear as day—All patrons must wear masks when entering”—Next the loud speaker had a friendly employee emphasizing that all store guests MUST be wearing a mask—I still saw several without.

    I wanted to go over to them and politely offer them one from my purse or… I could pepper spray them like I’ve seen on the news of folks doing such at dog parks to those not wearing masks…alas I have no pepper spray—instead, I would much rather prefer high fiving them while saying Way to go you rebel…I love you!!!

    I saw my doctor Thursday for my 6 month check up.
    I had to wear a mask.
    I asked the nurse once I was in the exam room could I take it off—she reluctantly told me yes.
    So when my doctor walked in donning her mask, I was maskless.
    I told her I’ve been very reluctant to wear the mask.
    Only just now using it as most places I go now are saying no mask, no service.
    I can see the signs now–No Shirt, No Shoes, No Mask, No Service —eyes rolling!
    She proceeded to read me the riot act.
    She told me she doesn’t understand the reluctance…is it a freedom issue she wondered aloud.
    I do know she is conservative and a Christian—she told me that I wear one because if I were asymptomatic I would be less likely to spread it to the projected 2.5 people, but rather to 1—and that is what would make the difference.
    I told her that she and I both know that a virus can pass readily through the weave of a mask but she stood her ground on me being protective of others…

    But I somehow think that in 1918, there were no masks being worn—just gas masks in the trenches of WWI

    As a retired teacher, I am so thankful to be out!
    I was reading over my former school’s protocol when they start back on Sept 8th—an entire month and then some when they would normally be starting in August.
    I don’t know how they will have the room in the classrooms to spread out the required distances.
    Everyone will wear masks.
    There will be no field trips, no collective gatherings, limited travel in the school building.
    My daughter-in-law, who is also a teacher, is freaking out thinking about it all.

    We have lost our collective minds!!! And I fear that I am now well on my way—when you hear of a woman throwing coconuts in the grocery store at everyone saying enough is enough…that will be me 🙂

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  2. Sue Cass says:

    I totally agree and you said it so much more eloquently than I would have. Gotta’ reblog. This is just too good to not share.

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  3. Doug says:

    We all create our own “jails” and we all make our own best “wardens” of those jails in making sure we conform to our own biases of living within our personal moralities. Sometimes to affirm our own actions or inactions we force ourselves to judge others around us who are meandering through life under their own perceptions and preconceptions… many times within their own “jail bubble” of an existence. It’s neither right nor wrong because that’s our human diversity. Life’s been a bit inconvenient for all of us. I suppose you can mope around lamenting your current lot in life having to conform to the beat of another drummer.. and looking all around and seeing other “conformists”, and passing judgement that falls outside your “bubble” of morality.. or political ideology… as some personal affirmation that you alone are correct and the world is wrong. Sounds like a lonely place to me. But whatever political liberty you have chosen to “surrender” to meet whatever mandates… you cannot prove it has NOT been effective in keeping the bug from getting inside you… percentages be damned because everyone has a number that favors their “cause”. Given that relative unknown, I’ll side with whatever science seems to have a grasp… other than that, yep.. we are all in this together for the duration, whatever that is. Of course we all know this is all far more than just the pandemic itself.

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    • Tricia says:

      You betchya I will continue to stand strong against a false narrative that’s breaking people with fear and changing the way we relate to each other.. I’m sorry you can’t see this, or maybe you don’t care to think about all the negative things that are occurring because of this overreach, or maybe your trust in government authority prevents this. We are not all in this together, not by a long shot.

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      • Bruce Cooper says:

        Hi Tricia, I find it strange how our auto defence mechanisms can kick in and words like “sorry you don’t see” or “sorry you don”t care” come to the forefront of our response when challenged. The “maybe your trust in government authority” also has a distinct ring to it that definitely could be associated with a condescending attitude. Just because we may not agree with someone does not give us the right to demean them. Your response to Doug was hardly a shining example of how we are to treat one another with love and respect. What really bothers me is why am I the only one who noticed this and said something? Hope this gives you food for thought. Blessings.

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        • Tricia says:

          Hi Bruce, thanks for your thoughtful note. I suppose Doug and I could be a little less condescending towards each other in our comments but then I’m not sure we would know how to communicate. 😉

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          • Bruce Cooper says:

            Hi Tricia, I’m pretty sure you could check through my comments and find something to critique me on, it just caught me as a tad harsh. I know it’s difficult. I thank you for your gracious response. Blessings.

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        • Doug says:

          Halifax, Bruce? Been through your picturesque maritime community back in the early 60’s when my folks took us on a road trip through eastern Canada. Took a ferry over to PEI. Wonderful trip. Fast forward to Christmas 1976 I spent 30 days a bit north of you in Goose Bay on temporary duty with USAF. Love Canadians. I didn’t retire from military duty as you did… but a fellow vet is a fellow vet. Maybe when all this political chaos in the States is over we can go back to respecting our friendships with traditional friends and Allies again. I hope you and family have been able to avoid the pandemic there. As you can see… some think it’s all fake. By the way.. you have a “deep state” source for all your political conspiracies up there?

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          • Bruce Cooper says:

            Hi Doug, yes we are pretty fortunate here with the Atlantic right on our door step and clean fresh air all the time. Your are right about a fellow vet being a fellow vet! I served with your Marines a few times and I have been to a few of your states. Actually worked in Pittsburgh City Hall for a few weeks on a sub-contractor job I was on a few years ago. Actually we are doing very well here in the Maritimes with the coronavirus, no new cases here in Nova Scotia for the vast majority of July. Our Canadian curve is a lot lower than yours. Crazy what common sense can accomplish. We’re still taking everything very cautiously but it’s not too bad. I follow American politics more closely than I follow Canadian politics so I am hopeful that some things can return to a resemblance of normal in the near feature. I’ve been moving away from following up on conspiracies as of late, focusing on what is important and thankful for God’s grace. So the answer to your question about a deep state source up here would be no, although we do have some. Nice to meet you, hope to hear from you again! God’s grace, peace and blessings to you and yours.

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          • Doug says:

            There’s politics in Canada? 🙂

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          • Bruce Cooper says:

            Yes, I know, hard to believe! 🙂

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  4. Aldous Huxley says:

    I practice social distancing from bacteria infested infectious disease oxygen deprived slave mask wearers!

    I don’t want to catch the retardation!

    I will not wear a mask!

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  5. Awesome, Tricia! Well done. Well said. I loved this because you’ve captured my feelings about the whole mess so well and it is so good to know I am not alone. It all just makes me so mad! I went hiking in the middle of nowhere hoping to escape the madness for a few hours, but no. I got two alerts on my phone and passed someone all alone, hiking in a blasted mask and gloves. Maybe people don’t realize there is something wrong with them, but there is seriously something wrong with them.

    For some comic relief, I got to watch some young people today, vaping and drinking sodas right through their masks. Cracked me up because it was such a funny demonstration of how foolish we are all being. Those masks did nothing to slow down anything.

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    • Tricia says:

      Thanks IB. I think there are a lot of us out here that feel the same way and I guess in some small way we are doing our part at trying to fight the misinformation and change the narrative. Tough going against such gross government overreach and incompetence but, onward we march.

      That is funny about vaping with masks on! My bother got sternly lectured by an older gentleman for not wearing a mask while we were out walking his dog. The next day I saw that same man smoking a cigarette with his mask on, pulled down far enough to take puffs. I was going to warn him of the dangers of second hand smoke but thought he wouldn’t grasp the irony. Can’t make this stuff up! 😉

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  6. Oh my dear Trishia. You nailed this. It has gone too far and of course born of fear. We know that God doesn’t give us a spirit of fear so that is a clue about where this is coming from.

    Blessings!

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  7. Reblogged this on The Culture Alternative and commented:
    Our friend Trishia nails this. We need to stop acting in fear.

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  8. Here’s what it boils down to: Health experts do not even agree on whether masks are effective at stopping the spread of Covid. Some recommend them, others say they are essentially useless, and some even say that masks do more harm than good. Given that the experts can’t agree, the only sensible policy is to allow people to make their own decisions regarding whether or not to wear a mask. If masks are effective, then a person wearing a mask is in no danger from someone who is not wearing one. If they are in no danger, then they have no business caring whether anyone else is wearing a mask, and they ought to mind their own damn business.

    I’ll bet you a year’s supply of face masks, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper that if 2020 had not been an election year, Covid would have been handled the same way Americans have always handled seasonal viruses — with appropriate caution, tempered by common sense and an acceptance of the fact that it’s impossible to eliminate all risk from life. The economy would not have shut down, people’s livelihoods would not have been destroyed, schools would not have closed, churches would not have closed, people would not be compelled to wear masks whenever they step outside their homes — in short, none of this insanity would be happening.

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    • Doug says:

      Yep.. and 140,000+ deaths (so far, and is just fake news anyway) and even if true.. it’s a small price to pay to keep bars and restaurants and exercise businesses open.
      No… there are very few mainstream scientists and health institutions world-wide that have any doubt at all that masks don’t inhibit an effective percentage of virus leaving your body and entering your body. Obviously it’s political to you.
      Trump formed the Covid task force and those scientists say wear a mask. You’re not doing what your “daddy” said you should do.

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      • Just because you never listen to the health experts who dissent from the party line doesn’t mean they don’t exist. You listen only to the ones who agree with your preferred narrative, and you’re free to do so, but some of us listen to both sides.

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        • Doug says:

          Ok.. let’s go there. No secret I am profoundly anti-Trump (not totally because of his agenda).. and I am card carrying GOP. What does Covi-19 have anything to do with any of that at all? Why does ANY scientist have a party line at all to determine their… science? Again I make the point…. if you know absolutely nothing about the science to get out of this pandemic.. as certainly I don’t… and I have enough reasonable faith in scientists working for the government.. the American government…. and the Prez forms a task force to fight the virus using those ,scientists… and those scientists all agree, across all government health institutions.. that wearing a mask helps contain the spread of the virus… I am going to listen to some alt-scientist without any government connections or equal credentials tell me masks don’t help at all just because wearing the mask is a violation of my Constitutional liberties?? No.. you are not listening to “both sides”, whatever that means… you are listening to you personal bias and political fears.

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          • Your faith in government is touching, but not something I share. I suppose we’ll have to agree to disagree on that.

            The fact remains that we have had epidemics before, and we will have epidemics again — they are just an unfortunate fact of life — but we have never reacted to any of them the way we have reacted to Covid-19, a cold virus with a better than 99.5% survival rate. Why the extreme reaction to this virus, when far deadlier viruses never provoked such a response in the past?

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          • Doug says:

            That’s extraordinarily simple. The speed in which it spreads and the huge effect in exceeding the capacity our health system, the casualties to our health care workers (we have no infinite supply of them). Some 40% of the population affected require extended hospitalization (weeks & months), the subsequent quarantining of those asymptomatic.. huge numbers, by the way, have to be away from work for the two-week period. Then let’s add to all this those people who have to get sick at home requiring family members to stay home with them.. themselves getting quarantined from work. Let’s add to all this the fear of getting this thing because it is so random in its effect on people. Sure.. you can say young people are more “ok” than older people… but as we have seen, the young are passing it around.
            You will notice I have not once here said anything about people dying (which is always the fave stat used to deny the science or minimize it all for the sake of politics or compare with other “flus”), or the long-lasting affects of some form of diminished capacity that affect many after they get over the infection. The “fact remains” (your quote) other diseases were controllable early on.
            Shut downs or not…. this is affecting the economy everywhere… and so far nothing is stopping it. I would say fear of the unknown is the single emotion stifling the economy right now.
            But, hey.. all this will just melt away in a short while… maybe by the weekend.

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          • Tricia says:

            Doug, did you mean 40% of covid positive people require hospitalization or 40% of the population in general? Either way that number is wildly incorrect l.

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          • Doug says:

            Very likely I took a Florida stat.. CDC is suggesting 30% rate. Not sure the lower number lessens the impact by any means overall. Apparently that number continues to rise anyway…. and not from testing but from infections.

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          • Tricia says:

            Doug, it entirely depends on the demographics as most people diagnosed won’t need hospitalization. If you’re talking those with cormobidities that’s a different story but it also depends on how old they are and how many other conditions they have. And, the time period too because at the beginning of the pandemic only the most seriously ill could even get tested and thus a lot of them were hospitalized and many died. Now with so many mild and asymptomatic cases the number is far lower. In San Diego you are looking at around a 12%-`14% hospitalization rate with actual ICU admittance in the 2-3% range out of that 12%-14% number.

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          • Doug says:

            Let’s also keep in mind that the counts that provide these percentages pretty much are barely reliable if at all given there is a huge part of the population waiting it out at home that should be in hospitals but are afraid to go in. Of course the home deaths as well aren’t very well counted. I check the numbers here in Yucca Valley daily.. nothing like the rest of the state…. so far.
            of course there’s demographics.. and if you feel complacent and want to interpret everything as some Left Wing deep state attempt to dump Trump.. well, about it that’s your call.
            I’m in the very high risk demographic. The percentage that I “might” get it any more or less than the younger ages is pretty much irrelevant. I can’t afford the gamble. I wear a mask… and I intentionally try and avoid walking anywhere near an unmasked person…. regardless of race. I’m an equal opportunity Covid avoider. The longer this goes on.. the less faith I have in being able to avoid it. I entertain the thought that if I can live long enough to see Trump vanish… I am ok.

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        • Tricia says:

          That’s exactly right BB. That’s another of many things that have bothered me about this whole saga is people putting a blind authority in to what they are being told by the media and politicians. A large chunk of the American public has lost the ability to think for themselves.

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      • Tricia says:

        Actually Doug there are a lot of health experts who think the shutdowns have been an enormous policy mistake, probably the single worst of our life time. No one is saying the deaths have not occurred, it’s if the lockdowns actually did anything to prevent them. Slow transmittal, yes, but not prevent it as eventually most of us end up getting it. It’s either now or later.

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        • The other question is whether ultimately the lockdown will cause more deaths than it prevented.

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          • Tricia says:

            That will never fully be answered but I do believe it probably already has. It’s the long term negative effects that really worry me. One small example is the starvation happening in areas like India due to loss of income and supply chain interruptions. Some are predicting 10,000 more children a month there will die from hunger.

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          • Doug says:

            I thought Mr. T said all this was just going to vanish soon.

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          • Doug says:

            The suicide theory? Of course.. no question suicides would increase as the emotional toll begins to affect mental health overall… but deaths to exceed those from the virus? Not even remotely. But… they will increase, then flatten and lower over time as society get acclimated to any changes we need to make. My concern when Trump formed the task force is that he has a psychologist or behaviorist on board to provide insight on reactions from the public in general in adapting.. and decide if there were needed some social interventions to slow or counter public behaviors. But I have no idea if anyone like that was on the task force or if anyone even gave a damn. But this so-called BIG death rate from suicides superseding Covid deaths as a reason to re-open the world was just not fact… as usual for him.

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          • Not just suicides, Doug. Suicides are only the tip of the iceberg. But since your mind is not only closed but nailed shut, I’m not going waste any more time explaining it.

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          • Doug says:

            Pretty much there myself.

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        • Doug says:

          I certainly wasn’t privy to any strategic planning but I had the idea that the shutdown was meant to contain what was then a “wildfire” situation and simply to buy some time in order to gauge the spread and begin getting some numbers… and in the meantime the labs could get to work focusing on testing parameters and/or a vaccine. There was no mention that I recall about any sort of “prevention”. The whole thing, in my opinion, was to contain and buy time. I do have an issue in what you said…
          “…there are a lot of health experts who think the shutdowns have been an enormous policy mistake…”
          I rather contend that any actual shutdowns are the purview of the politicians/leaders and not the scientists. Scientists advise and politicians decide…. unless certain municipal and county health departments have legal authority granted to them to do so. Health people thinking a shutdown was a “mistake” should have a health reason for suggesting that… and not just surmising the shutdown was an economic mistake.. which, again, is outside their purview.
          Honestly, the lockdown wasn’t the problem.. it was the re-opening… and I have only an average idea of virus spread and I knew full well the re-opening was way too early. Like I explained above to B.O.B., you don’t have to take in the deaths to see the complete effect of this thing ravaging the economy. This isn’t a simple flu.

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          • Tricia says:

            Doug, a virus doesn’t just go away because economies are shut down and that’s why it sprouted up again when things opened up, as most of us here said it would and were scoffed at! It’s actually good that cases are up as I would much rather be going through this now when the weather is warm than in the fall when we will be competing with flu season and cold weather will drive people indoors. The number of cases is purely irrelevant by the way and while there are still a few hot spots of hospital over capacity concerns, deaths are still trending way down since the peak in April.

            Scroll down below to read Jeff’s excellent comment. Pretty much sums up my feelings. Got to log off now.

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          • Doug says:

            I see “we” are speed reading. I never once mentioned that a virus would just go away if everything closes up. And yes.. I read Jeff’s reply and found it all the usual Conservative political fear mongering of a virus. This herd nonsense… ugh. “Let them all die, let God sort them out. I’m gonna live.” Yeah.. right.

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  9. Rural America is far less uptight about it all. We make reasonable attempts to wear masks in crowded public places. But you don’t see people alone in cars with masks, and you don’t see wild-eyed panic when people see you outside without a mask on. When you and your hubby retire, Trish, there’s an inland rural community that will welcome you with unmasked smiles. You’ve got thousands of pix of La Jolla; print some mural sized ones for the living room and kitchen walls of your house in Utah, Montana, or Idaho.

    – Jeff

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    • Tricia says:

      It’s definitely sounding way more appealing out for way these days Jeff! Our church just up the road has had complaints from the neighborhood because after iservices (outdoors of course) some people walk down the sidewalks without masks. Proud to say me and hubs are part of that group! Oh and yes it was San Diego where a woman maced a couple eating int he park without masks the other day. Insanity.

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      • Trish, here’s a similar sentiment to yours that I wrote to a friend a few days ago:

        The goal of “flattening the curve” wasn’t simply to make it look flat. The goal wasn’t to hunker down in bunkers for possibly years until a proven vaccine exists. The goal was to assure we don’t exceed the capacity of hospitals. America has done VERY well at avoiding overwhelmed hospitals. The closest we came to overwhelming their capacity was in NYC, which was why the medical hospital ship Mercy was sent to New York Harbor early on. But it was soon sent away as not needed. Now I feel the goalposts are being moved when people insist we have to keep the curve flat until there’s a proven vaccine available in mass quantity.

        I’m still wearing a mask in public, and doing so is a requirement at my workplace. So I’m not saying “no more social distancing”. What I am saying is it’s time to accelerate the removal of state- and city-imposed restrictions on businesses opening up. The vast majority of citizens are “adult” enough to be responsible for their own risk management. Opening more businesses doesn’t force customers to go there — it just gives them the choice. Choice = liberty = freedom.

        Reaching the point of herd immunity will take much longer if the herd is held in solitary confinement.

        As for the lauded field of epidemiology, I have lost respect for their expert advice for several reasons.

        1) Dr. Larry Arnn, president of Hillsdale College, recently wrote an excellent essay on the tendency of our society to let so-called experts have WAY too much say in policies that have major side effects outside of their actual area of expertise. I highly recommend it. [See https://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/thoughts-current-crisis/ ]

        2) A recent open letter signed by nearly 1300 epidemiologists endorsed public gatherings of protesters of the George Floyd killing (yes I believe George Floyd was killed by that cop, who should be put in prison), but did not endorse public gatherings to protest overly-restrictive stay-at-home orders by people the epidemiologists called “white supremacists”. [See https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Jyfn4Wd2i6bRi12ePghMHtX3ys1b7K1A/view?fbclid=IwAR0dYS1Hvvd_6v2pMYPo4ic64NiIpDdNGDnxaNHQHJQgtrgI3LLKCHTRfps ]

        3) There are other examples of scientists and CDC experts going out of their way to cut social justice protesters more slack than other types of protesters, taking a political stance that is inconsistent from a purely epidemiological policy standpoint. [See https://hotair.com/archives/karen-townsend/2020/06/08/heres-three-examples-public-trust-scientific-community-waning/?fbclid=IwAR3UV4UeELpDRoRt3ybc8F2yADR0lEm2HCrTu6uNRxY62KqFwxt4146fIQA ]

        4) There are reasonable “medical policy economists” that have shown at least a 2x greater eventual cost of human life caused by the lockdown than by the virus itself, due to: isolation depression leading to suicides, missed mastectomies, missed colonoscopies, other missed medical screenings and treatments during March-May, not to mention the increased physical abuse of spouses and children, and massive financial losses of formerly prosperous small businesses and their millions of employees. [See https://www.hoover.org/research/doctor-scott-atlas-and-efficacy-lockdowns-social-distancing-and-closings?fbclid=IwAR33Mpr-dVirIaTcfAnnmxbpkrqbNtVbMk2MSwxdLgJ6oQ28YtJlZ32OXkk ]

        Again, I’m not saying we should all stop wearing masks and stop trying to stay 6 feet away from strangers whenever possible. What I am saying is it’s time for overbearing state and city politicians to take their knee off the back of individual citizens and businesses, and let them breathe too. It’s not March anymore. We’ve learned since then. Citizens who have any sense of responsibility in the first place certainly now know the risks and know how to protect themselves if they choose. We should keep careful controls in place for nursing homes. But it’s time to ramp down the heavy-handed nanny state control of free-market commerce.

        I say let the individuals in the herd choose for themselves. In the bigger picture, I’ll bet many of them will be choosing to move the hell out of the urban anthills permanently.

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  10. Citizen Tom says:

    Reblogged this on Citizen Tom and commented:
    This is part of a comment from another post.

    It’s still three months away, but for right now most of America wants to know why, if baseball, with all their resources and financial motivation to do so, can’t figure out a way open safely like sports are elsewhere in the world, how are the rest of us ever going to get back to some form of normalcy. The “pretending this isn’t happening” strategy doesn’t even seem to be working any more in the Trump states. I know, I live in one. (from => http://citizentom.com/2020/07/28/mostly-peaceful-protests-for-what/comment-page-1/#comment-94955)

    Read Tricia’s post. Consider Tricia’s anger. Consider all the people we have seen who don’t even bother to wear a face mask properly. When people are so angry and indifferent, are “social” distancing and wear a mask really all that helpful? How many problems are we creating as we supposedly stop the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)? Jobs lost. Loneliness. A sour economy with jobs made more difficult by myriad and often senseless COVID-19 regulations.

    Is persuasion a lost art? Isn’t America about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Then why are we shutting down the country and twisting people’s arms? If preventing the spread of the virus is in everyone’s self interest, what is wrong with voluntary cooperation?

    Are our objectives too unrealistic? Note that we are trying to prevent EVERYONE from getting COVID-19, but it is too contagious, and that was not part of the original objective. The shutdown was just about keeping our hospitals from being overloaded. We moved the goalposts, and a large percentage of the population knows this has more to do with politics than the danger posed by COVID-19.

    The best is the enemy of the good. — Commonly attributed to Voltaire (from => https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perfect_is_the_enemy_of_good)

    The virus is highly contagious, but it is not particularly dangerous unless you are nearing 78 years old. If we let everyone decide for themselves what they want to do about it, COVID-19 would not be a big problem for our government. Those who are unafraid could take their chances, and those who are afraid could self-isolate, wear a mask and a face shield, put on surgical gloves and a hospital gown, tote around their own air supply, move to the moon or the bottom of the sea, ….. Well, the fearful can do whatever they want, but do they have the right to make their fears everyone else’s problem. Why? So they can run Trump out of office?

    We obviously need to protect nursing homes, and we can help those who don’t feel safe self-isolate. The damn virus would then spread among those who don’t fear it. Since we cannot stop COVID-19 from spreading anyway, that is the best alternative.

    Would some people get sick? Yes, and some would even die. Nevertheless, COVID-19 will eventually do what viruses do, fizzle out because there are not enough people left to infect. Then we could reopen the nursing homes a bit, and even paranoid grand parents would feel safe enough to hug their grand children.

    If we let Democrats deliberately turn a virus into an election issue and use it to discredit Trump, we are just dumb.

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  11. jeffw5382 says:

    We should be able to choose depending on our tolerance for risk

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  12. Al says:

    Both of your last two post have been dead on, Tricia. While I was wrapped up in the hysteria at first, I now understand that it is up to me to protect myself and do what I need to as a higher risk. Punishing the whole country absolutely ridiculous. That there is so obviously a political agenda to this now makes me even angrier.

    I was perusing the Babylon Bee today and when I saw this one I immediately thought of you. Enjoy it, if we don’t laugh we’ll go crazy. https://babylonbee.com/news/governor-newsom-enraged-after-hearing-churches-singing-down-in-whoville

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    • Sue Cass says:

      Thanks Al for the link. There’s a song called, “Sing a Little Louder” and I’m so glad they did. lol I JUST HAD to put it on FB.

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    • Tricia says:

      Well thanks Al and don’t beat yourself up as I was caught up in it too in the beginning. Once the shutdowns continued for a month beyond when the curve was pummeled though things didn’t make sense and they haven’t since in our crazy world! So much politics going on and the sad and enraging part is it takes away resources and brain power towards truly protecting vulnerable populations.

      That’s an awesome BB article, thank you!

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  13. boudicabpi says:

    Reblogged this on Boudica BPI Weblog and commented:
    H/T Citizen Tom

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