While perusing my feed on Facebook I ran across a post that upset me to the core on COVID-19. This is how I handled it, to positive reviews.
The kind woman went expressed her own experience and fear when her 14-year-old had to go in for COVID-19 testing because the kid was exposed to someone who tested positive. She went on to point out that COVID-19 exposure was surging in the area.
The sickening thing is that while the woman's entire post was informative, factual, and helpful, she thought she had to preface the post with the following disclaimer.
Just passing on info that I would want to know. Not looking to argue or debate. Take it or leave it. Be safe.
The group likely reflects this community which is very Right-Wing. I did not care however because this is life and death. I felt compelled to add the following comment.
It is a national shame that you must preface giving valuable information in a community that is purportedly intelligent given its socioeconomic strata and demonstrably undeserved privilege with the phrase:
"Just passing on info that I would want to know. Not looking to argue or debate. Take it or leave it. Be safe!"
Thank you for being selfless, nonetheless. I do the same but it is difficult and frustrating knowing the facts, reality, and the reason for the misinformation to continue informing with all those who allow ideology to have them willfully hoodwinked.
If their behavior was relegated to themselves, one could leave it up to natural selection. The problem, as we all know, is the virus moves in one direction irrespective of one's ideology or desire to be willfully ignorant.
So as their behavior inadvertently causes the virus to encroach the spaces of others, they cause harm to all.
COVID-19 is not just like the flu. I have relatives young and old recovering. The damage that this virus does even to the recovered is long lasting from kidney damage to lung damage to brain damage. My 48-year-old cousin had all three. And he is athletic, muscular, and without any preexisting conditions. He has three now. He is a New York Detective so he has good insurance but most Americans don't.
And BTW, even those that are asymptomatic develop organ damage that they may not find out about until later. A novel virus puts immune systems into unknown states and that is why outcomes are so erratic. The one thing that is known is things will never be the same again.
I just wish more would do the humane thing and learn how their behavior is affecting humans in the U.S. No other country in the world, "third world" or otherwise, has succumbed to the thinking of some like our governor that is now responsible for the deaths of many Texans. Brazil, Russia, U.S, Interesting bed partners with comparable leaders. November 2020 is going to be existential. It is wonderful that many are waking up. [VENT OVER]
I was pleasantly surprised to get a lot of love for the comment. To the followers of the pathetically and morally depraved leaders on the Right, silence is tantamount to telling them they are correct in their actions. They then internalize it and make it real to their sect.
We cannot allow the metastasis of intellectual fraud. We must speak up at every turn.
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