Good comment from a Canadian normy.
It’s the tyranny of the Public Health Official, in my view. They want to see zero cases before THEY feel safe. The hospitals are empty, ERs running at less than half pace with people hiding at home, family docs are going on TV pleading for patients to come on in or phone, the place is economically devasted, and I can’t get a damn haircut. When I eventually can it’ll be a choreographed nightmare based on no logic.
Our Chief PHO envisions a huge breakout if people gather in groups of more than five outdoors spaced six feet apart, but unless it’s in an old folks home, or indoors with an actual Covid carrier in a closed room like a restaurant and air recirculation, precisely who is going to infect who and what’s the chances it’ll be fatal? Surely we have enough information now to not act with a complete lack of logic. But no, same old thing, as if nothing’s changed, when it clearly has. We know a lot more than we did at the end of February.
Masks might well have helped at the beginning when we knew bugger all about what was going to happen; recommending them now in most places is a useless waste of time because nobody much has the virus. Making it mandatory would be beyond the pale. Talk about bolting the door after the horse escaped. It seems like it’s a placebo to make the public at large, cowering in supine fear, feel they are doing something positive, slinking about with a buck’s worth of cloth covering their nose and mouth, nothing for the eyes and ears. Masks stop you spitting on others. If you don’t have the dreaded plague, then who are you endangering? If those who had the plague and recovered like the huge majority have, they have antibodies for this first strain or they’d have croaked – mask wearing for them is ludicrous. Totally ludicrous. Its an ergo QED.
Mutation, as occurs with flu strains is the worry after it’s gnawed its way through Asia and returns in the fall, although with the airline industry in tatters and seat prices sky high, exactly how’s it going to get here with our border controls and quarantine? If it makes it, the vaccine they’re all currenly working on won’t work, just as we have different flu vaccines each year for different strains. Most people can’t even be bothered to get that shot. So that’s a bit of a concern, but likely not for the population at large unless it mutates into a monster.
Can’t escape the feeling that the current “measured re-opening” in most places is merely for public health officers to justify all the scare talk about the second wave. If you live in PEI or NB, perhaps someone can tell me where the second wave will come from – a random exhaling shrub or gaseous spotty potato? There’s thousands of tons of spare spuds because nobody’s eating fries at fast food joints across this nation (McCains in Belgium is experiencing the same lack of demand in the EU btw), and they’re feeling unloved, the little taters. PEI farmers don’t know what to do with the little dears. Eat a spud for freedom! In fact, have a gorge – they kept the Irish going as a complete food when the Brit landowners exported their other agricultural goods back to England, as a thumb in their face as indentured serfs.
No sir, I’m not impressed and neither is my brother a retired doctor. But we obey all the rules so as to not stir up any random cop with no imagination and a ticket book or busybody ladies on the prowl, and haven’t even met up ourselves. Like the zombies we have all become as a society, we obey. Doesn’t stop the brain thinking though. And thinking, Christ, is anyone in charge going to wake up and use logic? Or is this horse manure destined to last for ever and for what purpose? Depopulation or something? The Fabian dream come true at last, and Malthus and the eugenicists’ skeletons rattling with joy.