Saturday, November 28, 2020

The Pandemic Isn't Caused By A Virus

 The novel coronavirus isn't the cause of the pandemic.  It causes the disease called COVID-19.  But the pandemic is caused by politics.  Science-denying President Trump has been and continues to be a leading cause of the pandemic, claiming that the disease is a hoax and making inaction his top priority in addressing the illness.  Vast numbers of his followers, eschewing masks on political grounds and assembling in close quarters, provide the virus with superhighways to all corners of the nation.  Governors, usually Republican, in many states refuse to mandate mask wearing, thus placing their constituents at risk from the most ignorant and partisan among them.  

Vaccines are likely to be available very soon.  But now we learn that anti-vaxxers are teaming up with zealots of QAnon to thwart effective use of medical science in the post-Trump era.  (See  If you expect vaccines to end the pandemic, think again.  There's no cure or vaccine for ignorance or recklessness, and ignorance and recklessness abound, driving the pandemic. 

There is hope.  History tells us that in the long run, vaccines have prevailed over lunacy.  But getting to the long run could take a while.  Expect to wear masks in public indefinitely, stock up on paper towels and toilet paper, and make your home as comfy as possible since you'll be spending a lot of time there.  Try to protect yourself against other medical problems.  As multitudes of COVID-19 patients tie up hospital beds and other medical resources, there will be less for heart disease, cancer, and other patients.  Lots of people in addition to COVID-19 patients could die because of determined idiocy.  Try to enlighten the naysayers.  Some anti-vaxxers, like many Black Americans, may understandably mistrust the White-dominated scientific world, which has in so many ways engaged in harmful racism.  Sadly, the virus will do much of the educating.  As some of the unvaccinated die lonely, intubated deaths, appreciation for vaccines will grow and the benefits of science will once again be achieved.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

National Guard Called Up To Provide Mortuary Assistance

 In case you were wondering how bad the COVID-19 pandemic is, consider this:  the Texas National Guard has sent troops to El Paso to help the morgues in the city deal with all the people who have died recently.  (See  The National Guard is replacing nine inmates from the county jail who had volunteered to help move bodies.  (See  Back in Washington, President Trump skipped the G20 Summit meeting on the pandemic and played golf instead. (See  It's no wonder America had close to 200,000 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. (See There is hope.  Joe Biden will be sworn in as the new President on January 20, 2021.  Until then, a chill wind will blow.  Hold onto your hats, wear masks, maintain social distances, and stay home as much as possible, because right now, you're pretty much on your own.

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Dancing in the Street

 The Associated Press and CNN project that Joe Biden has been elected President and Kamala Harris has been elected Vice President.  People are dancing in the streets.