Saturday, September 5, 2020

Labor Day Weekend: Another Super Spreader Holiday

Pandemic Diary
Day 173

Dear Diary,

It's Labor Day weekend and in the age of COVID-19 that means super spreader events will happen from coast-to- coast.

It's a given. Turn the dial back a couple of months and look what happened after the 4th of July weekend - coronavirus cases climbed to record highs.

There's been numerous outdoor events - like the Sturgis Bike Rally, the Trump rally at Mt. Rushmore, the Trump rally in Tulsa, and on-and-on. Each one was a super spreader.

It's no secret that when hundreds of students gather at pool parties, and so-called COVID parties, that the virus is energized and spread very quickly among participants who are ignoring CDC safety measures. 

Healthcare officials have sore throats from constantly warning the public to wear masks and practice safe-distancing... with little effect. Americans want to move on and not dwell in the reality of a pandemic. They're tired of their lives being disrupted.

Trump is not the only person who thinks the coronavirus will magically go away someday. It's sad to say, but from what recent history has shown many Americans don't want to believe that COVID-19 is that big a threat - that it's been exaggerated by political enemies of Trump.

The sad thing about Labor Day this year is medical experts are warning that it's not safe to hold family gatherings. Or, to host social events like parties. There's been thousands of cases reported about family gatherings that have resulted in community virus outbreaks.

Documenting public responses to holidays in 2020 will someday be a essay question in schools. I'm afraid it's going to make us all look like fools.

In our defense, 2020 was the most chaotic year in American history with so many major challenges to our democracy that future chroniclers will record it as a seismic societal revolution.

Regardless of my daily reports, the reader will never fully understand the tension that existed in 2020 as Americans faced fascism, systemic racism, a corrupt president, and the most deadly virus to hit the continent in 100 years.

Quote for the Day: "For now, I just want things all safe and familiar. My life may not be perfect, but it is what I have known." -Ann M. Martin

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