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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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WaPo: Coronavirus infections dropping where people are vaccinated, rising where they are not, Post analysis finds

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Today in “Duh!”…

States with higher vaccination rates now have markedly fewer coronavirus cases, as infections are dropping in places where most residents have been immunized and are rising in many places people have not, a Washington Post analysis has found.

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Who knew having people get vaccinated against a disease would ((checks notes)) prevent people from getting that disease? What a shocking development. I wonder if they’ve studied the link between drinking water and not being thirsty anymore…

 

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NYT-Yahoo: They’re Vaccinated and Keeping Their Masks On, Maybe Forever

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Whenever Joe Glickman heads out for groceries, he places an N95 mask over his face and tugs a cloth mask on top of it. He then pulls on a pair of goggles.

He has used this safety protocol for the past 14 months. It did not change after he contracted the coronavirus in November. It did not budge when, earlier this month, he became fully vaccinated. And even though President Joe Biden said on Thursday that fully vaccinated people do not have to wear a mask, Glickman said he planned to stay the course.

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I guess I have a toe in this camp? I think it’s just polite and considerate to wear a mask when you’re feeling under the weather, especially in a city like New York with packed subways, so I won’t be throwing my masks away.

Flu deaths dropped by 90-something percent, because masks keep other people from getting sick and the simple act of taking it off keeps you cognizant of why you’re doing it in the first place, which makes you wash your hands more.

So I’m keeping mine nearby, in case I have a sniffle and still have to go somewhere.

 

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Herd immunity not a possibility for Americans.

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Herd Immunity against COVID-19 is not possible in the US because in this country we have a deadly mixture of stupidity, exceptionalism, individualism, and Republicanism.

Stupidity:

On the whole, Americans are not that bright. It is what it is. Our educational system sucks, especially in math in science, compared to other highly developed nations. The average American does not understand how science works or how new information means adjustments to previous theories.

Exceptionalism:

We are all fed a steady diet of “America is the best!” from the time we’re born. Thinking you’re the best, when you’re actually not that bright, makes it easier for misinformation to take root. “I’m smart, and if I believe this, it must be true.”

Individualism:

MY FREEDOM! MY LIBERTY! The US is will never work as a collective because of class, racial, and religious divisions, but also because we prize individual freedom over the common good. You cannot convince selfish people to inconvenience themselves to save others.

Republicanism:

Republicans politicized A VIRUS. It’s objectively impressive to sit back and watch the GOP work on their faithful followers, but this is the result. Scientific truths about COVID are just lies cooked up by Liberals, thanks to Trump’s America.

So there it is. Herd Immunity is impossible because the United States is a stupid country with selfish people who all believe they know better, and the biggest chunk of them are Republicans being spoonfed lies for the political aims of their elected officials.

I hate it here.

 

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