More than 130,000 of our brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, grandparents and friends have succumbed to COVID-19 so far.
That’s already more souls – in five short months – than we lost in all of World War I, which lasted four years. At current pace, we’ll lose more people than we did in World War II (405,399) in early 2022, meaning COVID is way tougher than the Nazis and the Japanese.
It’s that bad.
This is our Black Death.
This is our Great Plague.
And yet you’re still not scared enough to wear a little paper or cloth mask for a few minutes when you’re out in public?
What the hell is wrong with you?
Is it your politics? If so, remember we were assured that COVID was a trifle, a hoax and that soon it would just, poof, magically disappear.
That hasn’t happened. So maybe – just maybe – viruses don’t care what presidents say. Or what you believe, for that matter. They are equal opportunity killers. So maybe thinking with your politics isn’t the smart thing to do. And maybe, just this once, you should listen to people who know what the heck they’re talking about.
You know, doctors, scientists, immunologists. And they all say the same thing I’m saying: Just wear the damned mask.
“But it’s stuffy and uncomfortable!”
So what, you big whiner? Wear it anyway.
“But it fogs up my glasses!”
Boo-hoo, buttercup. Wear it anyway.
“But I look silly in it!”
Better silly than dead.
“But I don’t like people telling me what to do?”
Really? I’m sure your next of kin will toast your independent spirit.
“I’m still not going to wear it. I never get sick. So why should I?”
Then don’t wear it for you, you selfish jerk, wear it for those around you. If you want to kill yourself, fine. More power to you. But don’t take me or someone I love with you. Is your pride really more important than someone’s life?
The answer is probably yes but wear the damned mask anyway.
Yeah, yeah, I know. Many of you still won’t. The few times I venture out, about 30-40 percent of the population (not coincidentally roughly the same percentage of the U.S. voting population that is considered Trump’s base) is not wearing masks.
It makes me want to scream. I wonder if they’ve read any of the descriptions by doctors and nurses describing how awful a way COVID is to die. I also wonder if they saw the story this week about the poor guy in Texas who attended a COVID party and boasted online about how it’s all a hoax.
That guy died this week. And among his last words were, “I think I made a mistake. I thought this was a hoax, but it’s not.”
He was 30.
How old are you gonna be when you’re proven wrong?
Just wear the damned mask.
And get over yourself while you still have a self to get over.