Tag: #COVID #Facemasks

An Eyewitness COVID Report from Florida

 

Universal mask-wearing and social distancing. And no lockdown in sight. Not being a elected public official from Texas, my spouse and enjoyed a nice trip to Florida sans doxxing and media, where we were grateful for warm weather; we’re blessed to have escaped to a decent (not spectacular) resort on short notice and traversed south via car just ahead of snow and ice storms that seem to have gripped most of the country and even parts of northern Mexico (not Cancun, apparently).

I had heard and read conflicting things about Gov. Ron DeSantis’ management of the COVID crisis – he never executed a lockdown of the state – or on citizens’ behaviors. A quick internet search is replete with endless excoriation of Florida’s handling of the virus and vaccine distribution, despite nearly 50 percent of the state’s seniors being vaccinated. I’d also heard that Floridians and especially workers were flaunting CDC safety standards, with crowded bars and limited masks. Some idiot dressed as the grim reaper has been spotted with media in tow along some of Florida’s beaches.

Were people actually wearing masks? Social distancing? Were retailers and other companies taking precautions? We know people and friends who‘ve been afflicted with COVID and lost loved ones. We grieve with them, along with 511,000 Americans who have also been lost to the China virus.

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A great start to my day. The headline over the editorial of the day in the Fresno Bee* read, “Finally, a president with a Covid 19 plan” Did they mean the president who said that the trajectory of the pandemic cannot be altered? Or was it the scientific observation that the solution is not the […]

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The current lockdown orders by idiot politicians (but I repeat myself) focus on limiting exposure to people with Covid. The draconian lockdowns in Europe limit people’s time outside their residences. Some of the US lockdowns aren’t much better. We know obese people are more vulnerable to Covid as are people with low vitamin D levels. […]

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The use of masks is politically fraught, a disheartening aspect of this pandemic for me since I think so many of my own tribe are on the wrong side of the issue. I’m convinced that masks work to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but I don’t like the fascistic FLOTUS approach adopted, for example, for […]

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I don’t have a strong opinion on the value of masks. It seems to me that since OR doctors and attendants have worn them for decades (and not just to hide their coffee breath at 6:30 am surgeries) they must have efficacy. So the argument being that they protect the other guy somewhat is reasonable. […]

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