I had to go to Charlottesville today, so I thought I’d check out the mask scene there in establishments that I haven’t been to since the Coronamadness set in.
My first stop was at the drycleaner’s. No masks necessary there! I wasn’t wearing one, and neither was the owner. Give him an A+.
Next stop: Food Lion.
I’m familiar some of the places where they won’t let you in the door without a mask, such as Whole Foods and the ABC store. I don’t bother trying to resist in either of those. But Food Lion is a downscale place, the most plebeian of the supermarket chains. The one out here in the boonies seems to be shrugging off the masks fairly well — the last time I was in it, about 50% of the customers weren’t wearing them.
Charlottesville, however, is Woke Central, and Nancy Pelosi’s message (or maybe Mitch McConnell’s) seems to have been effective there. The place was a hive buzzing with masked drones, both employees and customers.
When I pulled up in the parking lot I saw a woman entering the store without a mask. She looked quite a bit older than I am, but she evidently didn’t consider herself to be at risk. Or maybe she’s defiant, like me. Or maybe she doesn’t have a TV.
However, when I got inside the store, I saw that everyone else had a mask on. If it weren’t for the non-conformist elderly woman, I would have been the only maskless one there.
It was depressing.
Based on some of the emails I’ve been getting, not everyone has the same opinion on the mask issue, even if they agree with me on most other things.
I understand the rationale behind the lockdowns; nobody wants to see elderly invalids dying horribly of the disease. But the best strategy would be to protect the nursing homes, rather than to dump COVID-infected people in them, the way New York Governor Andrew Cuomo did. Nursing homes in the USA became death-traps, thanks in part to clueless government policies such as his.
It just doesn’t make sense to quarantine everybody in their homes. It makes sense to take special care of those who are vulnerable to the coronavirus.
First of all, there should be a thorough public-education program about who is most at risk, as opposed to the ubiquitous indiscriminate panic-mongering that rules in the media these days.
Then there should be initiatives that specifically target those citizens who are most at risk. For example, I’d be willing to volunteer to do the grocery shopping for at-risk old people. Groceries could be delivered in a box at the front door, with no personal contact. The recipient should be provided with the materials and instructions on how to sanitize each item, if he or she is particularly at risk and feels the need to.
People who aren’t in long-term care and don’t have certain serious pre-existing conditions face very little risk. Almost none of the deaths from COVID-19 occur among people in that category. Leave the bars and restaurants open, and let the virus spread among the healthy so that they develop the antibodies. Then they will no longer spread it, and it will die out in due course, whether a vaccine is developed or not.
The ginning-up of panic over a “second wave” of COVID has already begun. It’s designed to do economic damage (which is always bad for an incumbent president) and induce the states to implement mail-in ballots, which should be more than enough to elect Joe Biden.
In any case, masks are widely considered ineffective. They simply serve as a signal. They say: “I’m a drone in the Hive.”
And let’s face it: the disease itself is mostly a hoax. Now that millions of people are being tested, the incidence of positives is increasing, but the death rate keeps dropping rapidly. That is, the coronavirus is mostly killing people in nursing homes and similar facilities. When it’s done scything its way through those institutions, there are hardly any victims left to kill off.
At this point, the crisis is an entirely political operation.