These Circumstances May be New, But They Must Never Be Considered “Normal”

A full month later, the pandemic, and the even greater hysteria rage on. With the numbers of deaths and cases on a downward trend, with hospital makeshift ICU’s being reverted into regular floors, nurses and doctors having time for tik-tok videos, a hospital navy ship sent back from NY and many states starting to reopen again, it’s amazing there is still resistance to more re-openings. They say it’s for safety, and fear of a resurgence, but the data, and many of the arbitrary restrictions say otherwise.

Isn’t it odd how during previous epidemics such as H1N1 during the Obama administration, absolutely no restrictions were ever put in place? No schools shut down? Millions of workers out of jobs? Businesses shuttered? You want to talk about fatalities? What about the Ebola crisis in Africa? Those types of viruses have an over 90% mortality rate and it is indeed NOT so far fetched it could have come here. In this globalized world, you can be around the world and back again within a day. Covid-19 started in China and now it’s a  global pandemic! Yet we did absolutely nothing aside from isolating some people returning. Why was a virus which kills almost everyone infected basically ignored throughout the developed world whereas a more virulent strain of a flu like virus which still has a low mortality rate and only affects already vulnerable people to disease treated as if it were Ebola?! What about the flu which kills millions worldwide despite having a vaccine each year yet the word has not shut down?

You want to argue it’s still too dangerous to resume our lives again? Ok, but then why are Covid positive people being shipped to nursing homes where the one of the most vulnerable populations resides? Many of the death clusters have been in these exact facilities all over the country! You want to protect the elderly? Then why on Earth are you creating literal death traps by putting infected Covid patients there to recover and infect the most vulnerable? That of all the illogical and arbitrary moves is the most vile and reprehensible at least to me. Why shoo away the USS Comfort, who came to NY to help share the load with allegedly overcrowded hospitals if our healthcare is strained to the breaking point? Why continue to cry “flatten the curve” when as said before and told to me directly by healthcare workers, ICU’s still have empty beds, makeshift ones are being reverted back to normal, non-essential medical care is being resumed, doctors and nurses are being pulled from Covid duty to their original jobs, etc..etc…? Why are you censoring treatments that could help until a vaccine is made and labeling the researchers doing so as scientific pariahs? Not to mention the blatant censorship of doctors, epidemiologists and researchers saying we don’t need to continue the lock downs!

Also, even if enough danger is still present to lock down everything, why shut down activities that can keep the virus at bay and help kill it off such as outdoor activities? Beaches are shut down or people are told to only use it for active things, but not sitting down. But is sitting 20 feet away from someone on your beach towel less risky than running past everyone on the beach where the wind can pick up your potentially contaminated breath and spread it to everyone you ran past? Is basking in microbe killing UV light worse then being in a confined space at home with your elderly in laws all summer long? Why shut down schools when children and young people are one of the least vulnerable then force them to stay at home with more vulnerable adults? If you can open stores like Walmart and Target relatively safely why not have other stores open in a similar manner? Many are starting to so it’s already being done so what’s the big wait for other places? Why is it still allowed to buy alcohol and cigarettes and get abortions, yet AA meetings are closed and so are many real medical procedures that while not necessary to sustain life, would ease great suffering and chronic pain and improve quality of life. Even dental work has been banned in many places, yet what happens if you have a cavity, or a cracked tooth that could lead to far greater damage? What about orthodontics where many procedures are time sensitive?

I’m not saying let’s just ignore all danger and go foolishly ahead, but there is a middle ground, such as the store capacity or social distanced lines or masks that can let places reopen but with less risk. Also, being more judicious and pragmatic about what should open first. What do we value as essential when we let people buy more booze to fuel their addiction, yet shut down the places to treat their addiction? Or allow abortions to kill a life yet restrict medical procedures and check ups that will save or improve the quality of life? Who is missing out on catching their unknown cancer while it is easily treatable because their doctor’s office is shut down and it could have been seen in a routine check up like that funny mole that’s been there? Who will have to lose their tooth because they didn’t see the dentist in time and needed a trip to the hospital now it was abscessed and they can’t eat? Who’s to say we can’t stand in socially distanced lines and in booths 6 feet apart when it’s time to vote if we can to get our groceries? There is a way forward with a middle ground between safety and the fact the world can’t stop because of a chance of increased risk.

What about the fact that despite efforts to help struggling businesses by giving them more money to get by, what does that have to do with funding illegals? Letting criminals out who have committed violent crimes and re offended while jailing parents playing with their children, friends meeting up in a backyard, people doing outdoor activities alone in desolated parks, fining church services and arresting the pastor while everyone is in their cars etc…? Weren’t the jail releases due to jail being a source of contagion, so why put people back inside then? What about all the millions going to ivy league schools and big business when the cries for help have been for the small mom and pop businesses?

How much do you want to bet this has far more to do than simple public health? In light of everything, hospitals below Covid capacity, help being told to go away, all the arbitrary rules, cherry picking who gets to stay open, censorship of any other treatments or facts to support reopening, arrests over the most ridiculous charges while letting out the most heinous of offenders, stimulus packages being spent on everyone but who needs it, etc…etc… do you honestly think public health is the only motive?

Thing is, all of this isn’t the scariest thing. At some point sooner or later, these restrictions will go away. It’s what will be left behind and the implications that follow after Covid is gone is the real concern. What does it say about our personal freedoms when the government can literally tell us we can’t buy grass seed, or clothing even though the store is still open? What does it tell us when companies are offering to make drones to check people’s temperatures, or a tracker on your phone to see where you go and who you’re with in case you might be sick? What does it mean when travel between your own properties is forbidden or across state lines? Think beyond the virus for a moment! What else could these restrictions be adapted for? Once a precedent is set, once governments can see that it has been done legally before, it can be done legally again and don’t think only in case of another pandemic! what will happen when another bad flu season hits? More restrictions? The economy was booming before this, and now it’s stopped. A bad economy can sway the voting public in an election, any election, and a new flu strain might just be the next excuse in 2024 for instance for one side or the other to get the incumbent out. After all, it could be done in 2020 😉 The virus may go away, but the precedents set during its reign will not. Or what about the implications of this:

“One could also envisage a future in which America learns a different lesson. A communal spirit, ironically born through social distancing, causes people to turn outward, to neighbors both foreign and domestic. The election of November 2020 becomes a repudiation of “America first” politics.”

I cited this before from The Atlantic in my previous post, but I wanted to remind everyone again to think about what this is really trying to say. My interpretation is this statement is speaking about far more than responding to a virus…

The Left wants us to think of the post Covid-19 world as a “new normal”. But what do they mean by “normal”? Masks all the time? 6 feet away for the next century? Lines to get into stores where you can only buy certain items despite a full stock? No gatherings beyond a few of your buddies? Online work and school for the next decade? Drones taking your temperature and apps tracking your every move in case you have the forbidden temperature reading? No more concerts, block parties, large weddings, proms, graduations, games, etc… No family gatherings for the holidays? The grand kids never know their grandparents except as a face in a screen? Even if these things end within the year, is the new normal then going to be a government who is trigger happy to do it all again each flu season? Our personal liberties and millions of livelihoods destroyed on a governor’s whim for any reason they so choose? When the next bug hits? Even in 1918-1919 the world came back to normal. Not a so called “new normal” and that pandemic was far far worse! In light of all this:

We can acknowlege these unprecedented circumstances as new, but for the sake of our freedoms and livelihoods, we can never, ever decide this is “normal”.

The Left’s “COV-IDIOCY” Thus Far…

It’s been about a month since my last post on the COVID-19 crisis and boy have things escalated! Mandatory lock downs, curfews, prolonged closures, millions out of work, and no clear plan forward, the country is becoming more and more panicked over this pandemic. While cases have spiked in places in the US, such as NYC for example, and more have sadly died, the death toll has still not surpassed the average flu season death tolls and the flu still kills far more Americans per year. I will concede however, that it is good to take more precautions and enact some measures of social distancing such preventing large gatherings and protecting the most vulnerable groups such as the elderly and immunocompromised and those with preexisting conditions. The problem is, in addition to more legitimate public health measures, the Left has decided to piggyback other agendas onto it taking advantage of the panic surrounding COVID-19 and these are only a few examples:

Double Standards About Who Gets to Stay Open

We can all agree on reasons why places like grocery stores and healthcare facilities should counts as essential during a shutdown. Basic necessities such as food, water, sanitation, transportation, essential non-elective healthcare etc… are needed to keep the country running. However, the point has been made time and time again, with everyone crowding in a large busy supermarket, how is this different from people socially distanced in the workplace such as in office cubicles or working outdoors in the fresh air? Yes, your shift is longer than a 20 min grocery store run, but many workplaces can institute ways to screen employees who might have COVID-19 and cut off the public from coming through in certain jobs so it’s you and your pre-screened coworkers. Hospitals, which are required to remain open do such practices and even that is no way a fail safe!

Even if one could argue that still wouldn’t work, why do liquor stores for instance get to be open? Getting drunk is essential but not keeping employees employed? Alcoholics whining about their cravings counts as a need for survival? A need is not simply what you want to whine about the most, or is merely a convenience. The need to get Americans back to work and earning outweighs many of the risks of dying from COVID-19 for many able bodied healthy people. Millions die from the flu every flu season.

Unnecessary Shutdowns of Social Distancing Friendly Events

Luckily there was some reason listened to in that online events and socially distanced events were allowed. However, an incident during a socially distanced church congregation in Greenville, Mississippi showed clear bias. The congregants were all in their cars outside the church as the sermon was broadcast by radio and were socially distanced in what was effectively isolation bubbles being enclosed in their cars so they did not violate the no gatherings orders. However, police ticketed each member $500 anyways, and there is talk of the possibility of tracking down each and everyone who does something like this through their licence plates, to give them quarantine orders and even threatened the pastor with arrest! Even as a non-religious person, I can easily sense much of the bias and contempt the Left has for traditional Christians in general, and this incident showed it. Shockingly too, this took place in a more religious and conservative state. As some aptly speculate on, will there be a similar response to mosque gatherings?

Another major example is the shutdown of an entirely ONLINE class related to firearms. As there is no argument whatsoever to shut down an online course with no contact at all between people, the bias is blatantly obvious, and smells very much like an excuse for the Left to further limit legitimate firearm use. This brings up another point: Why when certain non-essential business like liquor stores and having take out get to stay open, places of worship and gun stores aren’t? To many of deep faith, their freedom to worship in their church is being impeded and they sincerely view their right to worship as essential. The means to self defense for many is an essential need as well despite not being on par with food or water…. don’t get me wrong, I’m all for as many things possible staying open, but why cherry pick when millions need to get back to work or have needs deeper than getting their next drink? Why not prioritize non-essential places to open up again rather than do so arbitrarily?

Pushing for Race Based Victimhood By Crying “Racism!”

Of course for the Left, anything and everything can be racist! Trump’s early calls for travel restrictions on China, the epicenter of this entire fiasco was deemed racist. So was shutting down our borders to not catch it from abroad. Yet look where we are now. The alleged new epicenter! Maybe if that was heeded sooner we’d all be outside enjoying life right now. Yet like when Trump called for restrictions on countries harboring the scourge of terrorism, the Left cried racist and made us vulnerable with their open border policies.

Note too, many called it the China virus or Wuhan virus before it was deemed “racist”, only later to decry those names. They argue it stigmatizes Asian Americans despite countless other diseases with place names that have not garnered cries of racism and stigma. Marburg? Ebola? Lyme disease? Spanish Flu? etc… For a group that has more wealth on average than white people as a whole, has led the way in science and technology and whose only real big stereotype is being deemed the smart “model minority”, it’s hard to sell victimhood to Asian Americans. Until now… 😉

“WHO” is Really Calling the Shots?

The World Health Organization has been trusted by many in this country to provide accurate information and top notch science to addressing major public health crises around the world. However, no one is perfect and blemish free, and the WHO is showing it’s true colors… It’s leader, Tedros Adhanom, was elected as their head despite objection from the US at the urging of China. He has made several statements slanted towards China’s interests such as there being no more cases in Wuhan, which is highly doubtful, as well as saying early on to not restrict travel to and from China and when Trump spoke of defunding the WHO, he ominously commented on the US needing “more body bags”.  Also noting the WHO does not just serve us, and yet we’re putting more money into them than China even! Their interests are not primarily with our country. At least the CDC has our interests put first, but even they are not without bias and political pressures. If the DOJ and FBI can be corrupted against Trump, why not the CDC too? Not to mention, as I researched for this post, I noticed Google censored any dissent about COVID-19 being less of a panic than the seasonal flu and it was hard to find any data about flu deaths during this past flu season or graphs comparing the case numbers and death rates side by side. Makes you wonder….

COVID-19 is Contagious, but TDS is Even More Contagious!

In addition to actual public health measures, the Left made this the perfect opportunity to further bash Trump, twist his words and continue to block his efforts to really help the country get through this. Instead of coming together as a nation, they divided it just like always between them and conservatives who also want us back on our feet again. Trump says we have enough beds, enough ventilators, enough tests, yet they continue to call him a liar. He endorses a promising drug to help treat it, and the left wants to ban it and call it pseudoscience. Acosta accused Trump of making light of the pandemic, while Trump says he has to make the “biggest decision I’ve ever had to make” and that the meetings are the “saddest” in his presidency. Instead of getting behind our president in this tough time, many want to continue to tear him down. On a fun little side note, this dip in our economy was actually the peak during Obama’s 8 years in office 😉

Let the “Woke” Social Revolution Begin!

If that wasn’t enough leftist lunacy, the COVID-19 pandemic apparently is seen as their perfect excuse to call for a total upheaval of society! Letting out prisoners due to COVID-19 is a prime example of this! Yes, prisons create close quarters, but why not then treat them like any other vulnerable population and give them healthcare in prison like normal? By that logic, all nursing homes should boot their residents out too as many have tragically seen several deaths all within one facility. Is it fair for murderers, rapists, robbers etc… to be released without having served their time? Are we safe from the now freed violent criminals? Mass ankle monitoring house arrest will NOT stop violent offenders from doing more harm if that’s their “solution”. These cries for empty the jails and prisons is a disaster waiting to happen if we lose all common sense.

Helping illegals over US citizens too is ridiculous as well. If they haven’t already been enough of a drain, they can now take away ventilators and beds from US citizens? Hop the fence over to the US to rain our hospitals further? Is that fair? It would be one thing if we had enough to go around, but since the Left argues we don’t, why are we prioritizing thousands from other places over our own citizens? Would the Left think it fair to do to any other country outside the hated West? No one wants to see people dying of any nationality, but when push comes to shove, America’s first duty is to it’s citizens, not the world at large. An article in The Atlantic, a heavily left leaning organization called for a more globalist view:

“One could also envisage a future in which America learns a different lesson. A communal spirit, ironically born through social distancing, causes people to turn outward, to neighbors both foreign and domestic. The election of November 2020 becomes a repudiation of “America first” politics.”

And yet, we need to put America first now more than ever if we’re to help fellow Americans. In times of crisis, hard choices need to be made, but putting our own citizens first should be an easier one to make.

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To my readers and loyal followers, we must advocate for clear answers, consistency and accountability in this uncertain time…

A PSA by A Lady of Reason: Fear is a More Dangerous Thing to Spread…

By now much of the world had heard of the recent coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe. What started off in Wuhan, China has now spread across many countries, including Italy, Iran, and South Korea as some of the hardest hit. Now with Italy on lock down, many events cancelled, people quarantined, it seems like the whole world is coming to a standstill! Of course, it is better to take proactive steps to control the rapid spread and contain it before it escalates further. It is also important to know just how virulent this particular virus is and who is most at risk. We can’t down play the severity of the situation at hand here or abroad. In this globalized world we have shown it’s only one flight away from an international issue.

However, what may be even more dangerous is the high risk of fear mongering and misinformation that comes with this situation. Just because something is a problem, we can’t feasibly just put the world on hold. Yes, we should make reasonable adjustments that the evidence shows has a significant decrease in risk and strong justification. People who have symptoms should get tested and the sick self-quarantined. Some moderate social distancing for those who have been exposed to somewhere or someone with the virus is reasonable.

The trouble begins when we go overboard. “An abundance of caution” can go too far as well… Shutting down places where there are populations with low risk to contract the virus, younger and healthy individuals is not as needed as of now. The news cycle constantly playing up hysteria and panic to get their ratings does nothing except exploit Image result for coronavirus mortalitya novel situation. The CDC says right now the virus affects the elderly and those with preexisting health problems and respiratory issues the most, and others are most likely to get more mainstream cold or flu symptoms, but not the more deadly version. In essence, for most of the young healthy population, this is not too different from the seasonal flus that have gone around or the common cold. Data from the CDC also indicates that the vast majority of fatalities are in elderly people which of course is worrisome to many who are elderly and care about an elderly loved one, but for those out and about the most, it’s not like the black death! Not to mention, we weathered other storms of this kind; SARS, H1N1 flu, etc…. and the country survived and didn’t go into doomsday mode or have all of the country dead or dying. Nor is this COVID-19 virus all that novel:

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS-CoVSARS-CoV, and now with this new virus (named SARS-CoV-2). (CDC.gov)

This is just a newer strain coming out that we need to build up an immunity to. Also as of now, the CDC gives a clearer picture of the risk for the average American.

Current risk assessment:

  • For the majority of people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low. There is not widespread circulation in most communities in the United States.
  • People in places where ongoing community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported are at elevated risk of exposure, with increase in risk dependent on the location.
  • Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure, with increase in risk dependent on location.

And yet everywhere is shutting down and cancelling out of fear as if this were a higher risk and more deadly. I don’t remember the Ebola epidemic a few years back shutting down the country. It was mostly contained in Africa, however there were people suspected to carry it or have it come to the US. Believe me, those viruses have far higher mortality rates! Again, I don’t deny there is a need for enhanced cautionary measures. It’s all about a response proportional to the facts, not mainstream news hysteria and “what if” panic. America right now is a lower risk for most people, so most people should be able to still live their lives and not be panicked into going into plastic bubbles! Wash your hands thoroughly, be careful what you touch, keep clear of those who appear sick, be aware of your personal risk (ex. travel, age, health etc.) and such. But don’t stop living your life out of fear. We’re nowhere near that yet. We never have been in our history. This is not Ebola, or the bubonic plague we’re talking about here! This is a variation of a common type of virus we encounter every year. We also must look at some of the countries hit harder. Places like Korea, China, Iran and such have less than stellar medical care and living standards. Of course any disease will be more severe with less resources, technology and ways to stop it like in underdeveloped countries. Even in Europe, their public “free” healthcare system wasn’t great to start with before this! Our resources may be stretched, but theirs I’m sure is beyond the breaking point. That factor cannot be overlooked too in judging the true threat this disease poses to us here in the US.

Overall, the enhanced fear mongering does nothing to do actual help, and only creates unnecessary hurdles in our lives. Yes, this is a new virus, but new does not mean more deadly or harmful than many we encounter far more frequently and take for granted. Think of the flu that comes out as a new strain each season. Compared to COVID-19, the flu kills far more people globally than this has. And as far as risk goes, theImage result for coronavirus mortality vs flu flu also targets the elderly and infirm more than healthy young individuals. Yet people take the flu for granted and downplay its threat to our health. Why? Why isn’t there a huge campaign each year to shut down everything due to a new flu strain every flu season? My guess is it’s simply not new anymore, thus we habituated to the idea of it. We fear what is new, what is novel. However we have been in similar predicaments in previous years and made it out. Ironically, the fear over this has spread far more prolifically than the actual disease!

Could it get worse? Anything is possible and I don’t have a crystal ball nor some magical guarantee, but until it actually does, let’s just live our lives like we always have. My elderly grandmother who of course I’m concerned about, is living her life as usual and has the perspective that she must do the things she loves while she still can. Someday she won’t be able to but for now she can, so she does. We all can learn from that attitude. This may get worse. We may have to have more restrictions on our lives because of this. But for now, let’s do what we can, until we can’t. Go to work, go to class, go out to dinner, go shopping, go run errands, go have fun… We as a country have weathered two world wars, a depression, terror attacks, other pandemics and such in our history and have always pulled through as a nation. Who says we can’t weather this storm too? This won’t last forever!

One last major point to add that has to be mentioned: The politicization over this virus has reached an all new low of unethical agendas! Leftists going so far as to wish coronavirus on Trump supporters by deliberately infecting a Trump rally is beyond disgusting! I can only hope more sane Liberals can be big enough to condemn that too, however much they dislike Trump. Also, blaming Trump for the virus, calling for him to take action and when he does, condemn him for it only blocks his efforts to stop the spread. Quarantining those cruise ships then recommending that diseased people not be let into the ports is harsh, but wise. Why should we risk thousands of lives onshore until we can properly control their reentry? A few severe cases and fatalities are tragic, but it’s the lesser of the two evils compared to hundreds or thousands more. I must say too any fear mongering by the Right also is wrong, but I haven’t seen it like how Leftist sources are playing up the hysteria. Funny coincidence this is around election time too 😉 This needs to be a bipartisan issue, as the virus does not vote red or blue. Using Coronavirus as a political propaganda tool is beyond unethical! It’s time we call out the mass hysteria, panic and propaganda!

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Resources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html