Some Know the Coronavirus is Real
I am seeing chaos.
My parents came to my apartment last week. My dad was downright flippant. He said, “I am not contagious and neither are you.” I stated flatly, “You can’t know that. I haven’t been tested.” My dad’s grasp on reality is tenuous at best. This is proof.
At work, we are relaxing the standards more by the hour. I think we are being careless and greedy. We are reducing the quarantine time for items. Customers are not wearing masks. And now customers can once again shop from the z-racks when they are dragged out onto the floor. This is frightening.
And then there’s Trump. He wants a shoulder-to-shoulder rally in Arizona. You might think he doesn’t take it seriously. You would be wrong. He is forcing would-be attendees to sign a waiver that they will not sue him when they get the coronavirus. Once again, he takes zero responsibility for anything whatsoever. He knows the risk is real. He knows the health of his base is in jeopardy. And he does not care. Let that sink in. Anyone stupid enough to sign the waiver and attend a rally deserves whatever they get. I am not kidding.
One of my brothers lives in Florida and has COPD (and cirrhosis and heart disease). His COPD seems to be getting a lot worse, or so says my mother. After we talk, it hits me: he might have the coronavirus. No one will ever know. He already has so many health problems that it will occur to nobody that the virus played any role at all. Why would anyone test him?
What I think is different now is the spread of the virus. When it landed in the U.S., it came to Washington state from China and to New York and New Jersey from Italy. It was an urban thing. Now, especially with the protests, it is making its way into every nook and cranny of this country. Churches are opening. States are opening. Some cities, like Miami, are seeing such spikes that they are contemplating re-closing.
This thing is not going away. At some point, every single American is going to know someone who has had it and/or died from it. And people seem unconcerned. Wow.