A few weeks ago, everything in the news was abut the Wuhan virus. Today? Has anyone in the last few days read or viewed a single story about the pandemic? As America has started to re-open, people have become less, fearful of the contagion. The mood of the country has been more upbeat. Maybe, just maybe, we’re past the worst and people can move on with their lives. then, an awful murder occurred in Minneapolis and things have changed. All across the country, in every major city, tens of thousands of people have been out protesting, in large crowds, and these protests have devolved into looting and destruction.
A recent piece I read in The Spectator, said it best: End the lockdown. Stop the riots. The author is correct, if people are able to get out in the thousands across the country to riot, why can’t people go to a bar or swimming pool? Well, essentially, in the past few days, no matter where someone lives, the lockdown is essentially over. What does this mean for the pandemic? Right now, of course, anything would be speculation. It’s clear though that there are still cases in all of these cities, even though hospitalizations and deaths may be down, proportionally. The CDC has said that as many as 35% of infections are asymptomatic. So consider all of these people out, “protesting”. Some may be shedding virus to others and be completely unaware.
It’s something to consider. Those people go home, and spread it to family members or neighbors. Will this become phase 2 of the virus? I guess we’ll know if a couple of weeks if the numbers spike across the country – hospitalizations and deaths. But then, getting free Louis Vutton or booze, flat screen TV’s, or iPhones is worth the risk. It’s possible we may witness thousands of more deaths in the near future.
As I saw someone on Twitter comment earlier: Virus? What Virus?