Mask It or Casket

We are faced with a choice:  will we as a people follow our erstwhile leader off a cliff to our deaths like a bunch of lemmings, or will we halt the headlong rush to bring about our own destruction and ignore his self-serving, sociopathic bleating?  Will we do what he has proven himself incapable of doing and put the welfare of others ahead of our own self interest?  Will we take the simple step of putting on a mask?

Face Mask

Quit whingeing on and on about being stuck at home, about the mind-numbing trauma of being asked to keep your distance from other people, and about the assault on your personal liberty and freedom that Donald Trump, his dysfunctional administration of codependent yes-men-and-women, the mentally deficient, race-baiting, science-denying, and dangerous criminals at Fox News, and ignorance glorifying Republicans in Congress are claiming the simple act of wearing a mask is.  We are in the midst of an existential threat; we have allowed ourselves to be lulled into a false sense of security where there is a pill for everything, where we have been so blinded by our victories that we cannot even conceive of defeat, and where we expect that our military arsenal will protect us from any enemy — but all the missiles in the world are powerless to stop a virus, an enemy so small it cannot be seen with the naked eye, an enemy that has infiltrated our land and may have already hijacked the breath of the person standing next to you, be he or she a friend, a coworker, a parent, a child, a spouse, or a lover.

Unless and until we can get over wanting things to be the way they used to be, we run the risk of being a victim of the way they are.  I replaced this paragraph this morning, because as I was proofreading it I realized that I was rhetorically granting a kind of amnesty to people who are behaving irresponsibly by suggesting they are “unwittingly” spreading the virus because they are asymptomatic.  No one, I repeat, NO ONE, can claim to be unaware of the danger we face.  Well, let me rephrase that — they can claim it, they can minimize it as Donald Trump has and his supporters have, but they are lying.  This is not a difference of opinion on economic policy or social issues — this is fact vs. fiction, life vs. death.

Adjusting to a new normal can be done.

One last thing.  CDC (Centers for Disease Control) director Dr. Robert Redfield notes that "as your numbers of underlying medical conditions increase, your risk of severe illness from COVID also increases.”
FACT:  60% of American adults have at least one chronic medical condition, according to the CDC
FACT:  40% of American adults have two or more, according to the CDC
FACT:  60% + 40% = 100% of American adults

"While we are all at risk for COVID-19, we need to be aware of who is susceptible to severe complications so that we take appropriate measures to protect their health and well-being,” Dr. Redfield added.  Here’s a quick rundown:

COVID-19 and Underlying Medical Conditions

These conditions put people at increased risk of severe illness.

  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Obesity (body mass index of 30 or higher)
  • Serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Weakened immune system (immunocompromised state) from solid organ transplant

These conditions might put people at increased risk of severe illness.

  • Asthma (moderate to severe)
  • Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Dementia and other neurological conditions
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Liver disease
  • Pregnancy
  • Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
  • Smoking
  • Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Weakened immune system (immunocompromised state) from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune-weakening medicines

Source: CDC/June 25, 2020

Remember this, thoughtful reader:  MASK IT OR CASKET !!!

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