4-5 months in to the virus, Americans remain divided over it. The division isn’t based in science, but in what Fox/trump/cnn say. For those who have any memory of what happened in April, the talking points of Fox and CNN changed completely. CNN went from calling it fake to calling for precautions. Fox went from “build a Great Wall and keep all out” to “dammit let us drink in bars and get kids in public school again!”
Oddly enough, the same right wingers who have been railing against public schools for a decade are now their fiercest advocates. That’s what happens when you have no principles, and let the news manipulate your beliefs. It’s also what happens when debate culture becomes “oh bro I like totally Pwned you and DesTroYed the libtaRdS”- Ben Shapiro.
A Republican congressman (Gohmert, R-TX) who refused to wear masks just tested positive for Covid. Unlike most Americans, he could get tested as often as he wished, which is what he opted for. He also has access to the best doctors on earth, and has privileges you don’t have. That’s the difference between being an elite and a mere peasant. Oh, and he isn’t the only congressman to have tested positive for Covid.
Just south of Rep. Gohmert’s district, doctors are issuing warnings about how bad the situation has become.
Varon, 58, is overseeing the hospital’s unit dedicated to COVID-19 patients, where he said he tends to an average of 40 people a day. He said he signed more death certificates in the last week than at any point in his careerQuote from above link.
Yet Fox supporters will still agree that masks are stupid. Because Fox viewers are … rather susceptible to snake oil salesmen.
Despite claims by the trump- right, which has gone full-retard, we cannot ignore certain facts:
- Viruses are known to cause autoimmune issues, as well as other health disorders. Covid is no different. The repercussions of initial positive cases will last for years
- Even professional sports players, who are in peak shape, are having serious health problems after catching the virus
- Past outbreaks (like the Spanish flu), hit in waves that started out mild, and ended severely
- The idea of herd immunity does not look feasible, with recent reports on how long Covid antibodies last.
- One third of Covid patients (who aren’t hospitalized) have serious health issues.
COVID-19 can result in prolonged illness even among persons with milder outpatient illness, including young adultshttps://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/monumental-acknowledgment-cdc-reports-long-term-covid-19-patients-n1234814
I will speak to the subject in another post, but the virus has shown us how the far right/libertarian element in America has turner into a reasonless, emotional monkey when it comes to deciding what they stand for.
Traditionally, both conservatives and libertarians believed in prudence based reasoning. Eg: “wearing a simple mask is a prudent thing to do in times like this, until we have more information, and until he situation dies down. This is because wearing a mask and maybe some gloves is no intrusive, protects myself, others, etc.”
That is clearly too much to process for the average trump supporting Republican these days (lets hope that demographic gets smaller).
But an even more important point here is that the chaos Covid has created has God laughing at us. See Romans 1-2.
We are being made into fools. He has confounded a nation of “smart people.” And the judgment is yet another “birth pang.” No, it’s not tribulation. This is Disney compared to what is promised in the time of tribulation. But I believe we are being given a “last wake up call.” I doubt it will be heard by the general public. Indeed, it doesn’t seem to have resonated with the American church much either.