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Today was one of those miserable days in Washington D.C. where you wonder what on Earth those who settled this actual swamp were thinking placing our nation’s capital city here. Honestly, just truly disgusting in every way, completely and utterly unbearable to be outside for more than five minutes at a time. Just as long as it takes to get from your car to the door of your destination, that’s how long you wanted to stay outside today in the D.C. area. Don’t take my word for it, this is what our local weather service reported this evening before those promised thunderstorms rolled through:
Combo of heat and humidity in the DC area is most extreme so far this year. 88 at 3p in DC but dew point of 75 makes for a heat index of 98. This will offer plenty of fuel for storms in the area this evening. Good news is that it turns cooler tomorrow + Wed-Thurs look awesome.
— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) June 21, 2021
And so, imagine my shock, disgust, and horror when I pulled up at a doctor’s appointment today and saw the next-door occupational therapy office doing a “field day” for their clients. These clients are children and teens with profound disabilities, almost none of whom can walk on their own. They were doing outdoor events without their walkers, and assistants were helping clients walk from one area to another in the competition.
It was honestly too hot a day for this kind of activity in my opinion anyway, but then I noticed, to my absolute horror and disgust, that half of the clients were in masks. I even saw the youngest client, perhaps all of nine years old, pull her mask down to breathe, whereupon the woman assisting her (donning a KN95 herself) pulled the child’s mask back over her face.
I live in one of the most vaccinated counties in America.
Montgomery County lands the top spot on the CDC's list for percentage of people people 12 and up who are fully vaccinated in counties of more than 300,000 people. https://t.co/3ddKGM4X2T
— Heather Curtis (@HeatherMCurtis1) June 21, 2021
As a result, we are also dominating on case rates; let alone hospitalizations and deaths. I don’t remember the last time in the previous few weeks we’ve reported on our county dashboard a day where more than ten new cases have been reported. If you’re going to get COVID at this point, you practically have to go looking for it. And the likelihood of getting it outside from a child? The odds are so astronomically low they’re impossible to even fathom.
And yet, they had these kids outside while the heat index was at 98 degrees, running them around under masks. What I witnessed today was nothing short of child abuse. I sat in my car when I got to my destination and when I left an hour later watching the scene, taking pictures (which I won’t publish here, for the sake of the privacy of those children involved). I couldn’t believe my eyes and wracked my brain trying to think about what to do, what to say if anything. I decided on nothing, because this is what the CDC and county officials who follow their advice have wrought. This, which would have once been rightly considered child abuse, is now just an acceptable practice. We’ve normalized abusing children for the sake of… what? I’m not even sure I know anymore. But we’ve done it, and I’m not sure what we can do about it now.Published in