How Quick It Comes (Updated)
Monday, my sister's in-laws were visited by their daughter wearing a respirator and wielding scissors. She cut their hair, dropped off some medicine and was relieved that they were fine.
Tuesday, my sister's father in law had a cold and developed a terrible headache.
Wednesday, he was having difficulty breathing and tried to get a doctors appointment but was told that he could not bee seen.
Thursday he could not walk unassisted and his daughter and wife took him to the ER where he was put in intensive care. By that evening he was in a coma with COVID-19. His prognosis is grim.
My sister's mother-in-law has been told to stay home pending tests, but has many Wu-Flu including headache, flu-like aches and blue toes. Why they won't let her into the hospital is unclear. Her daughter, who one would expect would be quarantined for two weeks at this point, was told that her test had come back negative and she did not need to self isolate...because apparently the doctors in North Carolina do not understand the concept of incubation periods.
The Xi JinPox lingers for weeks without symptoms but spreading itself to the for winds, and when it manifests itself, it can take you down quick.
While the lockdown certainly has to end, masks still need to be worn and those who decide to go to high traffic venues need to avoid the old and frail, at least when they are without a mask. A mask is not a civil rights violation. It does little good to protect its wearer, but its effect in aggregate in slowing the spread of infections is profound
and that they can work better than the lockdowns themselves is now proven by testing on a national scale
How to make people understand that this lack of hygiene is not mere defiance of unreasonable authority but an abdication of civic responsibility is difficult, especially when those who are most vocal about demanding that this be done are those who never turn down an opportunity exercise some petty power over us.
But the case has to be made, so I'll give it a go, as bluntly, rudely, crudely and in a manner as non-compliant with the establishment's gestalt as I possibly can.
Those who are refusing to do the most basic hygiene steps are not just abdicating their civic responsibility, they are no different from the bug-chasers who spread AIDS though their community and beyond because they would not be dissuaded from frequenting bathouses and doing unhygienic things. So wear a mask...or you're a fag.
UPDATE: So...re-reading the post a day later...Yeah. I should probably not hit "post" when I'm upset, in pain, and on a muscle relaxant.
Suffice it to say that I think masks in shops and on public transit are a very good idea right now.
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Isn't it a little too short of an incubation period?
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Tue May 26 11:38:51 2020 (LZ7Bg)
Sure, the last line may be a bit spiteful, but not an objectionable sentiment, IMO.
Posted by: Ben at Tue May 26 12:24:02 2020 (osxtX)
Pete,what do you mean regarding incubation period?
If you're referring to my sister's mother-inlaw, she lived with her husband so they both probably got infected weeks ago. Their daughter is much younger, so if she does manifest symptoms it will likely be in a few weeks.
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Tue May 26 13:48:54 2020 (5iiQK)
By leaving out how he might have gotten infected in recent weeks, you made it plausible to interpret the story as "infected Monday, despite her precautions". I had to go back and reread the paragraph to be sure that wasn't what you meant by "how quick".
I hope the prognosis has improved, and that he comes through this.
Posted by: J Greely at Tue May 26 14:08:11 2020 (ZlYZd)
Yeah, he better work through it. I heard of a 104 year old veteran of WWII beating WuFlu a month ago. Chances are there.
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Tue May 26 14:47:26 2020 (LZ7Bg)
I sincerely hope that your sister's Father-in-law manages to recover. I honestly feel that mask wearing in public, along with all the other lockdown and social distancing measures, is not the best approach to saving the lives of those who are most at risk though.
Those who are most at risk from contracting the Coronavirus, mostly the elderly, but a few others as well, really ought to have been quarantined for the duration while the virus spread through the rest of the population. That sounds like perhaps a tall order, but should have been doable in most cases for a few weeks or a month or so. Months on end with essentially no end in sight is a different matter however. For instance, in the case of your sister's Father-in-law, just how long should he and others in his situation have been expected to avoid exposure when it continues slowly spreading through the population at large for months on end.
The fact is, for the vast majority of the population, it really wouldn't be that dangerous to catch. This is becoming more and more apparent as data comes in.
Posted by: A Griffin at Thu May 28 15:08:24 2020 (DONPe)
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