The Corona Virus and the Election

Last night, Iwas walking to my mother. It was a Sunday evening. My mother is freaking out about the Corona Virus. My parents are currently in Florida, “God’s waiting room,” according to my dad.

Why is she freaking out? In part, because my brother Bob is in Florida and his son Nick is coming down and wanting to go to Disney World. Ma thinks that is a terrible idea because of all the tourists there. Bob has cirrhosis, heart disease, cancer, and some strange genetic mutation. In other words, he is compromised immunity-wise. Are her fears reality-based? Definitely. I suggested he carry around a pack of disinfectant wipes.

After I was done talking to her, I wondered why she was panicking so badly. I hadn’t seen anyone go that off-the-rails since the whole Y2K fiasco. I knew people back then that were absolutely certain that the world would go into full-blown crisis on 01/01/2000.

This morning, I saw that three people tested positive for the virus at a Trump event.

The dots got connected instantly. Who are the people most vulnerable to the virus? The elderly and the immunity-compromised. In other words, Trumpers. Twenty-something Sanders-supporters would likely get sick and recover fully, unlike their conservative parents and grandparents.

Perhaps nothing noteworthy will happen. Or it could be a determining factor in the election. How ironic would it be if so many conservatives died that the Democrat easily won? It would be due solely to the Trump administration’s inept handling of the crisis and the complete dismantling of the very resources needed to adequately address such a crisis.

Ma is right to be concerned. But if Bob isn’t worried about his well-being, there isn’t much she can do. And, frankly, I can think of much worse ways to go than by going to Disney World.

About cdhoagpurple

I live in Michigan. I was Greek Orthodox (and previously Protestant), but now am more Buddhist than anything. I am single now (through the till-death-do-you-part clause of the marriage contract). My husband Barry was a good man and celebrated 30 years in AA. I am overly educated, with an MBA. My life felt terminally in-limbo while caring for a sick husband, but I am free now. I see all things as being in transition. Impermanence is the ultimate fact of life. Nothing remains the same, good or bad.

One response to “The Corona Virus and the Election”

  1. Ninasusan says :

    I’ve had that act thoughts about old, white conservatives and Covid keep attending those big church services!!

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