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SC Rep refuses to wear mask…and tests positive for coronavirus.

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Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC) on May 28th: I’m not wearing a mask because I don’t need to.

Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC) on June 15th: My whole family has coronavirus. (But he called it the Wuhan Flu because he’s a Republican and they’re all disgusting.)

1) LOL you stupid anti-science Republican imbecile.

2) How many people did he infect, other than his wife and child, before he realized he had COVID-19? That’s why you wear a mask. If all the Republicans around him were wearing one, he wouldn’t have caught it. If he was wearing one, he wouldn’t have been spreading it to who knows how many other people.

3) Republicans are morons. Don’t talk to them. Just let them gather and rally and refuse to wear masks and infect each other.

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The bodega man isn’t wearing a mask anymore.

He just got tired of it.

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I just went to go pick up dinner from an Indian restaurant a few blocks away. I passed by maybe 20 or 30 stores: laundromats, bodegas, 99cent stores, restaurants, bike shops, etc. There wasn’t a single place where everyone was wearing a mask.

I live in Harlem. When Biden won, there was partying in the streets. It’s a liberal neighborhood with an overwhelming majority of non-white people. It’s not an anti-mask, white Republican area that says COVID is a conspiracy.

Masks are no longer a political statement; everyone is just complacent.

I don’t even like going to my favorite bodega anymore, because of the three people who work there, only one wears a mask, and that’s only half the time. They know my breakfast order when I walk in, but I stopped going, because they don’t wear masks.

They’re not showing the overcrowded hospitals on TV anymore. Nobody is really talking about the lack of beds or the exhausted doctors and nurses. Therefore, too many people stopped taking it seriously, and they’re not going to take it seriously, because nobody is forcing them to.

Society in general has a limited capacity for prolonged negativity. Once a story has been terrible and dominating the news cycle for long enough, it becomes the norm, and nobody cares about it anymore. The news has had a steady undercurrent of COVID information for the past 9 months, and now, too many people have tuned out. So many people went home for the holidays this week, rational people who would never have thought of getting on a plane in April or May. We have more daily cases and deaths now than we did in April, but the difference is people don’t care as much, because they’ve maxed out on the negativity and they don’t hear it now. They don’t process it.

So yeah, the anti-mask conspiracy theorists and COVID deniers are terrible. They’ve been terrible this entire time. But now they’re not the only ones without masks. The neighborhood bodega man isn’t wearing one either, because he just got tired of it. And that’s so frustrating.

 

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There are more new coronavirus cases in TX and FL than Italy at its peak.

Capitalism is COVID-19’s best friend.

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Back in March, every other coronavirus story started with Italy.

Look at all the cases in Italy.

Look at all the deaths in Italy.

Italy is the center of the pandemic.

Italy is in dire straights.

Italy waited too long to lockdown their residents and now they’re paying the price. 

At its peak, COVID-19 infected over 6,000 people a day in Italy.

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So I hope the newspapers and media outlets are churning out endless headlines about Florida and Texas now.

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Here in New York, we saw over 10,000 new cases a day back in April because we were unprepared. The government ignored the writing on the wall for a few weeks longer than they should have, and when they finally read it, the response was too weak. The numbers skyrocketed because we didn’t learn our lesson from Italy, and NYC was depicted as the most dangerous place in the US all over cable news. Friends and family from across the country asked me about bodies piling up and outdoor hospitals.

But we got it under control. We’re under 400 new cases a day. NYC has a <1% infection rate. I don’t know how long these numbers will last now that the city is opening up again, but everyone on the subway is wearing a mask, restaurants are taking social distancing seriously with their outdoor seating arrangements, and testing is free and widely available.

If you live in Texas or Florida (or anywhere really), you have to be upset at your government for not learning from New York the way we didn’t learn from Italy. In Italy, the peak was March 20th. In New York, the peak was April 14th. We had less than a month for the situation to settle in. The rest of the country has had three and a half since Italy, and two and a half since New York.

There is no excuse. None of this had to happen and the onlyreason the caseloads in Florida and Texas almost four months after we knew exactly what would happen are now higher than the peak caseload was in Italy is money. The federal government doesn’t want to give it to you to keep you safe and local government wants you to go out and generate it to keep the most abusive segments of the population happy.

Capitalism is COVID-19’s best friend.

 

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US hits record for new coronavirus infections.

When we decided to flatten the curve, someone should have specified horizontally or vertically, because we’re going straight up at this point.

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Across the United States, 38,115 new infections were reported by state health departments on Wednesday — surpassing the previous single-day record of 34,203 set on April 25. Texas, Florida and California led the way, with all three states reporting more than 5,000 new cases apiece.

Three states — California, Florida and Oklahoma — reported record highs in new single-day coronavirus cases, while hospitalizations hit a new peak in Arizona, where intensive care units have quickly filled.

(cont. Washington Post)

** Quick note about the Washington Post. Most of their articles are behind a paywall but they’ve made COVID-19 information free. If you want to keep up with developments, you can subscribe to their coronavirus newsletter.

Not much to add here, but I want to drop two graphs, because words are cute, but everybody can tell UP from DOWN on a picture.

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I showed this graph to a Pandemic Denier (imagine believing that concern over a whole virus that has killed hundreds of thousands of people is just the result of shock journalism and fake news!) and his immediate response was “The US has way more people than any of those countries…”

I don’t have the bandwidth to explain how “cases per million” is not the actual number of cases, but the cases in relation to population because I don’t get paid to teach anybody 6th grade math. So I just hit him with this graph.

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The population of the European Union is 446 million.
The population of the United States is 328 million.

Of course the next argument from all of them is “but the US is doing WAY more tests than every one else.”

Fine. Let’s just say we are leading the world in coronavirus testing because I’m tired. There’s a pandemic going on and we’re having a week of 90 degree weather in NYC. I’m too irritable to go back and forth with anyone.

Are we doing seven times as much testing as the European Union? If you’re a person truly believes the US is really at the forefront of testing (when there are people around the country who only have one testing site that’s only open to essential workers and only available if you have insurance), do you really think we’re doing seven times as much testing, because we definitely have seven times as many new infections daily.

And you know what? Fine. Believe that too. I accidentally bought the wrong kind of cheese today for my chicken parm and I couldn’t find the leave in conditioner I like for my twistout so, like I said, I’m too irritable to go back and forth with anyone.

The number of tests we’re doing relative to anyone else wouldn’t account for an upward swing here and a steady pace elsewhere.

Let’s say the EU does 10 tests today with 1 positive result. Tomorrow, the EU does 10 tests again, with 1 positive result. That’s flat. The curve is flat. They don’t have more infections one day than the day before.

Let’s say the US does 70 tests today (seven times as many as the EU, because these people believe we’re at the forefront of testing…) with 7 positive results. Tomorrow, the US does 70 tests again, but with 9 positive results. That’s an upward curve because we have more infections one day than the day before.

It’s as simple as that. Up is up. Down is down. Some numbers are bigger than other numbers. The US trajectory is skyrocketing and it’s even more embarrassing when you compare it to the European Union. When we decided to flatten the curve, someone should have specified horizontally or vertically, because we’re going straight up at this point.

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