Yeah, it’s coming. Sorry to say that, but that’s what I fear these days. I can say that here in Arizona, we opened back up last week with “strict restrictions” as far as distancing is concerned. Oh, you’re supposed to wear a mask when you are less than 6 feet from other people. And are people doing it? Nope. People are in close quarters. On the other side of the valley, the local media had a field day showing people outside of a restaurant, standing almost on top of each other waiting to get in.
Here where I live, we opened our recreation centers. And while that’s a fun thing, and something that’s certainly needed, most people I know only think it’s going to be for a short while. Because most of us expect Coronavirus 2.0 to come roaring back bigger and stronger than ever very soon.
In Arizona, we really have “flattened the curve” much yet. Our deaths have been going up, and our testing is in the bottom third of all states. What we HAVE noticed here is that the percentage of people testing positive is under 10%. That’s what our Governor has used as evidence that we can open up.
Of course, when I see that the World Health Organization (WHO) comes out and says that in places that have opened up, “the Coronavirus is not increasing”, and that wearing a mask can reduce transmission up to 75%, I have to wonder whether Donald Trump is right about that group. Talk to Texas about Coronavirus not increasing! Look back at China, where they have just quarantined about 100 million people because their COVID-19 has reared it’s ugly head again.
My dreaded fear in all of this is that yes, we are in for a rather long slog. We’re going to see this hit us again, and once again, we’re going to be told to “shelter in place” or “stay at home”, only this time it’s going to be more strict. I’ve already heard that from several sources. Going to the store for “essential” is only going to be for people under 65. And forget about going outside for fresh air. You’re going to be in your house. Period. At least you are if you’re over 65. If that happens, you can basically kiss the airlines goodbye. The cruise lines are already looking at bankruptcy. And I can’t begin to tell you how many restaurants and stores have already decided to pitch it in.
No, Coronavirus may be with us for a good long while. And if we have flare-ups because of idiots out there deciding that they are bigger and badder than the virus, we’re going to be locked in our homes, without jobs, without incomes, without all of the government help that we’ve been getting. Because quite honestly, we can’t afford to keep raising our federal debt to pay people for staying at home, regardless of what Nancy Pelosi, Bernie Sanders, and AOC say.
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!