It happened: the Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned Governor Evers’ Safer at Home extension. So, we’re pretty much open. The first thing everyone did was head to the bars, sans masks and social distancing.
I’m expecting a spike in COVID-19 infections in the next three to six weeks. I’m being fairly generous here. It’s probably going to happen sooner, because of the bullshit with the bars and the resulting rush to places like Stein’s Garden and Gifts with no damned masks and no social distancing.
All the work that was done has been undone in under a week.
I’m beyond pissed.
Prime and I will do our due diligence and make damn sure that we take care of ourselves; we really have no reason to go out. If we want to eat from a restaurant, we can do take out. There’s curbside pickup for quite a few of the stores around here. We have our gaming systems and our wifi works, mostly. So we’re going to be fine with sheltering in place.
As for everyone else? Screw it. They want to catch this bullshit, they can have it. If they want to reopen everything, go right ahead. Want to crowd the churches? Do it. Want to fill the beaches to capacity? Knock yourself out. Just don’t seek any medical treatment when you get a positive COVID diagnosis. If you really believe that “bootstraps” bullshit, pull yourself up by your own. Don’t waste the time and resources of medical staff over something you thought was “just a bad flu” or “a hoax”. Save those resources for those who actually need them.
I’m done. I’m just done with this shit. People don’t believe it’s serious? Fine. I was taking it seriously in back in February. So Prime and I will make damn sure to continue. But it’s going to take death–an a lot of it–before a lot of others start pulling their heads out. I hate it, I absolutely hate it but it’s going take someone watching their kids gasping for breath or hearing that their husband is on a ventilator and won’t survive. It’s going to take a lot of families, burying their dead, for people to realize that this isn’t a cold. That it’s not a simple respiratory illness. That it’s an actual threat.
It’s going to take death before people realize how dangerous this disease is and it’s maddening to understand that.