Saturday, June 27, 2020

Wear a Mask!


So, I've been surfing the apocalypse for exactly three months now, or rather it's been three months to the day since I first posted about life in the age of Covid-19. Back on that day, March 27, 2020, there were 102 cases of Covid-19 in my city, now there's over 7000. And my state is now considered a hotspot. We've had an increase of 50,000 new cases in the last 30 days. We're seeing over 3000 new cases a day. Every day seems to be breaking a new record, and I predict that by the end of July the state of Arizona will have well over a 100,000 cases.

What is fueling this increase? It's not just an increase of testing. I'll tell you what it is, it's a bunch of selfish dumb fucks acting like there's nothing wrong, gallivanting about without a care in the world, acting like there's no pandemic, or like it's blown out of proportion and no more serious than the common cold. People in the state of Arizona have not been taking this seriously, they have not been wearing masks and they have not been social distancing. That is what is fueling the outbreak.

Newsflash! Covid-19 is not the flu, nor is it the common cold, it's worse! Earlier on some people loved to downplay the virus, talking about how more people die from the flu every year than the coronavirus, so therefore the coronavirus is not as serious. Well, guess what, that was only true during a very small window of time at the beginning of this crisis, but it's not true anymore. This thing is just getting started. If you hear anybody telling you that the flu is worse, their spouting obsolete inaccurate information, disinformation, and their probably not wearing a mask. It's best you avoid people like that, they're dangerous to your health.

I've never lived around so many stupid people in my life. This resistance to wearing a mask is completely mind boggling to me. I say that because I've been wearing a mask in public since March and only now three months later is it finally being mandated, but not by our dumb fuck ice creme parlor poseur governor, but by our cities mayor, who is now facing death threats and a crowd of angry protesters outside her home everyday ready to lynch her, all because she's requiring people wear masks in public, something that should have been done months ago, because it's the only method that really works.

Oh, these poor pathetic people think it's violating their constitutional rights. They equate wearing a mask with being gagged, with having their freedoms taken away, and enslaved under the bondage of communism. Oh, really, what about my freedom to be safe and healthy, and you not wearing a mask is posing a direct threat to my health and safety.

I'm so fortunate that I have a job that has been allowing me to work from home. I don't know how much longer it's going to last, but I wish it could be forever. Unfortunately, my job normally doesn't allow work from home, and has only enabled this option on a temporary basis, so eventually I'll have to go back and I'm dreading it. As it stands now, I'm only approved to work from home for the month of June, but in light of the outbreak, I suspect it will be extended, but I won't know for sure until next week.

I don't think this virus is going away anytime soon. I suspect it will be with us for at least another year. Things probably won't get back to normal again until 2022, but maybe they'll never get back to normal again. I suspect that we've only seen the beginning of what this virus can do. I predict that hundreds of millions of people will be infected, and the death toll will eventually eclipse what we've ever seen before in modern times.

I predict that it's worse than we thought. That the damage is worse than we thought. It's not just respiratory, but causes damage to the heart and the blood vessels, and now their finding it damages the liver and the pancreas. Who know what else they'll find. And even younger people who only had mild symptoms, may learn that they suffered permanent damage to their health, and there may even be the possibility that people could get it more than once.

No, this virus is far from gone. It's just the beginning. This is still the first wave. Just wait and see what happens when the hospitals are at full capacity, and the health care workers are too sick to do their job, people will be dropping like flies.

So, what can we do? Wear a mask in public! Close all businesses that are impossible to wear a mask, such as restaurants and bars, or only offer take-out. Yeah, people are going to lose their jobs, but our world will survive without restaurants and bars, time to find yourself an essential job, a job that actually matters!

Covid-19 Reference Links

https://covidtracking.com/
https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/data/new-cases
https://www.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#cases
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

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