Trump’s Obsessions Obfuscate Reality
Some students at a Georgia school recently tested positive for COVID. When the school board announced they were sending all the kids home and would be doing what they called a “deep cleaning” of the building, I laughed.
I know you must be wondering how the hell I found humor in that news, but I did. You see, buildings don’t carry the virus, people do. Oh sure, they say that the germs on certain surfaces stay active for a time, but how long and how much still seems to be a mystery.
In the article I read there was no mention of testing all the students before they come back to the cleaned school. Why? The article didn’t say there would be contact tracing of the students who tested positive. In three days, after the school gets all nice and clean, the kids will come back and get temperature checks. Really? If any are asymptomatic, they won’t be running hot, making re-infection a true possibility.
President Donald Trump has no knowledge of about how all this virus stuff works, and worse, doesn’t he doesn’t follow the guidelines of the experts. He believes in a deep state and doesn’t know what a deep clean is. He’s the worst possible person to be in charge right now.
Trump keeps demanding the schools to open and says that student athletes, who have “worked so hard,” should be allowed to play. Okay, we get it. TV contracts for College football produce millions of dollars. In fact, according to the NCAA governing body, at 1,100 NCAA schools more than $18 billion was spent on athletics in 2018. Of that figure, $3.5 billion went toward financial aid for student athletes and $3.4 billion was spent on coaches’ compensation. Wow, I guess they can pay the coaches a lot of money because the student athletes don’t get paid, but that’s for another post.
I was recuperating from a hospital stay when the global pandemic started. I focused on my own health after a routine procedure. Once I got back on my feet I had to sit down and stay in because of COVID-19. Since I was interested in making sure a few family members and friends were up to date on the virus, I would get up early every morning and cut and paste data from many websites into a newsletter. As the virus got worse, my daily reports got longer and longer and took more time to compose. I wasn’t claiming to know anything; I was just mining data and then regurgitating it. The daily dose of data gave me a sense of purpose. Oh, yeah, the mailing list grew.
Then I had an epiphany.
First, let’s take some stuff apart. We have a virus. We don’t have a cure or a vaccine. If we did, I would still be sleeping. Next, we have huge numbers of people who have been infected. No offense to the more than 154,000 people who have died but being infected is not always a death sentence. Only 3.2% of those we know had the virus died as a result. In a country with 330 million people that could mean that ten million people could die before we get a vaccine. Now do I have your attention?
Just like contracting HIV/AIDS does not surely lead to death, getting COVID-19 doesn’t mean certain death. HIV/AIDS has been in the US for 40 years. We’ve been working on a vaccine, but we STILL DO NOT HAVE ONE and, take a gulp, we might not see a COVID-19 vaccine in our lifetime.
We have cases of COVID all over the place and the testing of people is going to slow down. WHY? Because of political bullshit, money and time reasons. Who wants to sit in a car queued up in a six-hour line for a test? On top of that, results are so slow some might have to be reminded why the health department is calling.
We can no longer look at CASES and see them as bad things. Yes, a positive test can lead to symptoms and maybe then you have to go to the hospital. I don’t want to sound goofy, but that is called HOSPITALIZATION. If you then cannot defend yourself against the virus it usually leads to DEATH. That’s the bad part.
Then, it hit me like a ton of bricks. Would someone please pick up the bricks, they are blocking the driveway. Why are we focusing on cases? We know that a certain percentage of reasonably active people are going to get the virus. Focus on this: The US has 4% of the world’s population but 25% of its coronavirus cases. If we are so rich and smart and we’ve already been made so GREAT AGAIN, how did this happen?
Let me share a conversation. One of my neighbors causally stated, “Well, no one has died from taking hydroxychloroquine.” and of course, my knee jerk, with the emphasis on jerk, comeback was, “That’s not true.” Here’s what well known FDA cardiologists have stated about the dangers of that drug, “These adverse events included QT interval prolongation, ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation, and in some cases death. The FDA also said patients who have other health issues, such as heart or kidney disease, are at increased risk of these heart problems when receiving these medicines.”
The only reason we keep talking about this “Fake News” is because Trump is an idiot. Why does he say things without researching them? Because he’s an idiot; did I mention that?
We need to stop focusing on CASES. We should study HOSPITALIZATIONS, INTENSIVE CARE UNIT BEDS, VENTILATORS in use, and DEATH caused by COVID-19. Why are we trying to measure a viral spread by some state health department’s incompetent testing? I am totally convinced that Kansas and West Virginia aren’t even trying.
As Bruce Springsteen once sang, “Someday we’ll look back on this and it will all seem funny.” We simply don’t know what we are doing. They didn’t know what to do in 1918 and they had two waves of a virus that killed 50 million worldwide and about 675,000 Americans. We just don’t get it. So, ride your motorcycles and gather. Hopefully, your kids can get some good money for those old hand-me-down Harley’s.
You know, with the sweep of a magic wand this will all magically go away, said the man who claimed that the virus was so bad in 1917 it caused the end of World War II. Wrong year, wrong war, wrong President!
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