The COVID risk to all Americans is at a historic high," say the reports dated November 29, which were shared with states and obtained by CNN. They provide figures from previous moments in the pandemic for comparison.
“The national daily COVID incidence after Memorial Day, but before the summer surge, was fewer than 25,000 new cases/day and is now more than 180,000 new cases/day; COVID inpatients then were fewer than 30,000 but are now more than 90,000; fatalities have more than doubled,” the report says, concluding, “We are in a very dangerous place due to the current, extremely high COVID baseline and limited hospital capacity; a further post-Thanksgiving surge will compromise COVID patient care, as well as medical care overall.”
Oh boy. White House task force painting a bleak picture and telling local health officials to broadcast warnings direct to teh public if their state regulations aren’t in alignment with reality.
We’ve been at this since last Spring. Americans have politicized the pandemic, and significant numbers of people have refused even simple directives aimed at mitigating spread, for example citing their civil rights/Constitution as the reason they refuse to wear a mask in CostCo. Our elected officials have only fueled this mentality.
Or, all you fellow spreaders out there could just stop with the virtue signalling.
But hey, I’m sure diseased hot spots like NY and NJ would be just fine losing another 1/3rd of their small businesses so long as it helps the obedient ones to not think about how many people they’ve already infected and killed.
It is manly not to get others, especially the vulnerable, sick with a plague. So, yes, virtù.
[Virtù , an Italian word meaning “virtue” or “power”, is derived from the Latinvirtus (lit. “manliness”). It describes the qualities desirable for a man, as opposed to vizio (vice). In the Italian language, the term virtù is historically related to the Greek concept of arete , the Latin virtus, and Medieval Catholic virtues, e.g. the Seven virtues. Thus Machiavelli’s use of the term is linked to the concept of virtue ethics.]
That’s part of the problem, right there. The blithe dismissal of any expression of concern with a buzz phrase.
I understand the concerns of economic impact. Here we are with yet another case spike, states considering various stages of shutdown, and business owners are rightly concerned about losing their livelihoods. But the fact remains that a large segment of the population, irrespective of political leanings, simply refuses to be inconvenienced by the the most basic of mitigation protocols.
Personal anecdote: I am a lifelong gym rat. It is my stress release/therapy, and so much cheaper than seeing a shrink. So I was very happy when my gym reopened (with mask/distancing requirements in place). And yet despite constant reminders by posted signage and staff, there are patrons who refuse to abide by the requirements that allow the gym to remain open. Yes, it is the responsibility of the gym to protect itself and remove the offenders, but why should they have to at all? Why do some feel they are entitled to ignore the rules that enable these businesses to remain open?
Ah, the “we didn’t politicize it you did” crowd. Tell us more about how the virus hasn’t been politicized by the left. Start from the beginning with the accusations of xenophobia when the president halted travel from China.