Colorado Sun columnist Mike Littwin is not one to mince words, especially as the nation confronts a new, even more vicious strain of Covid called BA.5. In his May 25 column, 'Covid's Spreading, Nobody Cares', he made clear we haven't learned a damned thing since the last two major waves - including the horrific Delta variant. Worse, we've mostly checked out in terms of facing any new Covid variant wave. Basically we want out, want done with the damned virus, never mind it has no intention of loosening its clutches with humans - including Americans. As Littwin bluntly put it:
"Most Americans have tired of Covid, tired of being lectured about Covid and decided - in what seemed like a national epiphany- that whether Covid was not done with us we would be done with it."
So Americans - way too many- have decided the pandemic is over. We want that precious freedom, after all, we want to bust out of the four walls, travel, fly to new places, mingle again, live again and damned the virus to hell. Obviously that has to include no more masks, lockdowns or supply chain problems, right? Well not so fast. Turns out the coronavirus has other ideas as it's generated the latest omicron offshoot, BA.5, which has quickly become dominant in the United States. Thanks to its elusiveness when encountering the human immune system, it's driving a wave of cases across the country. And this may be the worst ever, e.g.
The worst virus variant just arrived. The pandemic is not over.
Right now the size of the potential wave is unclear because most people are testing at home or not testing at all. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the past week has reported a little more than 100,000 new cases a day on average. We also know, or have been forewarned by Dr. Ashish Ja, that Portugal experienced a sizable wave of serious illness and death after BA.5 hit there recently. What are Americans doing about it? Basically nothing. When I venture into grocery stores now I might see one person with a mask, maybe two. After all, masks are symbols of submission to the virus or Anthony Fauci, right? Well no. They instead reflect acceptance of the underlying science - as Littwin notes, e.g.:
"I wear it wherever I go indoors and I don't care if you think I am virtue signaling or not. I am following the science."
One of Littwin's most gobsmacking revelations was that:
"If the United States had the same Covid death rate as Australiia approximately 900,000 more Americans would be alive today."
But see, the Aussies followed the science - including masking
up and social distancing when advised to do so. Thus, they didn't allow themselves to be gaslighted and overwhelmed by moron lying leaders like Trump. Or his clown car of quacks (like Scott Atlas, Joseph Ladapo) and conspiracy twits and fools who saturated social media with their claptrap - politicizing and dismissing Covid. The Aussies probably saw a lot of this bollocks too but ignored it for the most part, preferring to demonstrate an allegiance to the true facts as opposed to "alternative facts" - spawned by American deniers, clowns and yahoos. They thereby also displayed a commitment to the collective or general welfare, not just "Me, myself and I". MY freedom, MY independence, MY life - not YOURS.
No surprise then their death rate was 10 % of ours. Which in itself is a freaking abomination.