Why aren’t they wearing masks? And what are they getting at?
Protests regarding lock-down are a tad unfair because the people who believe in quarantine can’t gather in groups to do their own protests. What can they do to argue their side? I guess they can make humorous photo-manipulations from their homes. If that wasn’t obvious enough, I changed their signs using my PS skills.
The hot topic of the day is whether areas should stay in lock-down or go back to some semblance of normality. People have strong opinions on it, and so do I, but I realize any opinion is based on the shaky ground of not having enough information, the information we have often being contradictory, and not being able to predict the future. You’d probably have to be a solid expert in epidemiology, economics, politics, medicine, and history to be able to weigh all the competing dangers, risks, and consequences. You might have to be a few hundred years old. If we could just get the straight scoop of what our choices really are, we could probably mostly agree.
Right now a lot of people are protesting the lock-downs and insisting on going back to work. This is very easy to empathize with, because most of us are watching our savings vanish, our jobs are either gone or fading fast, and statistically our chances would be better on an individual basis getting the virus than losing a month or two or three or four of work. Though, even young people are dying, and we have cherished family members that are vulnerable because of their age or frail health.
Apparently Sweden has adopted the radical tactic of opening the floodgates and allowing people to mill about as they will. They have much higher incidences of infection than neighboring countries, but they are bargaining on this being temporary and pulling ahead in the long run.
Meanwhile, if China’s nearly flat-lined cases were true, why haven’t they really gone back to work? If the population were back to work and everything were normal-ish, they’d be boasting about it. Instead we are getting no coverage, or leaked news that there’s a second wave, numbers are much higher than reported, and so on.
Leaving lock-down is a risky experiment, and I’d really like to hear the top experts debate this. With the information I currently have, and can make sense of, the risk of leaving quarantine is greater because if the virus spreads like mad than we have to go back into lock-down again for another extended period, which would hurt the economy even worse. But we can’t stay in lock-down forever, so there’s going to be a time when it is smarter to go back to work. We’ve all heard there can be some sort of careful transition in which we minimize contact and the spreading of the virus. We might be able to test for the people who have antibodies and allow them free reign… There are new studies indicating that up to 85% more people may be infected than is presently known, in which case the virus is potentially much less deadly, because most the people don’t have serious symptoms. If that is the case, than there are many who are capable of getting back out in the world. However, what we do know is that over 39,000 Americans have already died from the virus, and most of that is from this month alone. The stakes are very high. Now that we are finally seeing the rate of infection slow down a bit, which is most probably due to wearing masks, social distancing, and quarantine, ceasing to do all that could be the biggest mistake possible.
And this is where the protesters come off as a bit nutty. They aren’t even wearing masks. The likely result is that directly due to their protests they, or their loved ones, will get sick. They’d make a better case if they showed they were being responsible and looking out for themselves and everyone else.
I blurred out people’s faces (and may have made a few other small changes) in order to protect their identities.
I don’t agree with the protesters, but I don’t know 100% or 85% that they aren’t right. We’re in a lose-lose situation, and we can’t know which direction is better since they both suck. I’d feel safer continuing the lock-down a while longer, because it appears to be the only reason the numbers are curbing. We can see how Sweden’s approach works for them, or if real news comes out of China. I’m not an expert in any of the required fields, so can only gamble on the reliability of the information from experts that comes my way.
Hope no one was deeply offended. While I am poking fun at people because they appear to be endangering everyone else, along with themselves, I’m confident a lot of them are doing this out of financial desperation, which amounts to not having much of a choice. So, while there’s room for humor, I recognize that the underlying stories might be more tragic, and some of these people are surely deserving of compassion.
Until next time….
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