At the end of February I canceled my flight to San Diego because of Covid. I wrote Travel Or Stay Inside? TPOL’s Thoughts on Coronavirus followed by Thank You American Airlines: Coronavirus Waiver and Thank You Delta: Coronavirus Waiver. Read the critical comments of those who thought I was overreacting. I haven’t heard back from those people who said that Covid was a hoax, that I was ruining the economy by not traveling, and how getting coronavirus isn’t worse than the flu. I’m guessing that they are out protesting that they have to stay home even though they are out protesting without being detained. Read that a second time to appreciate their stupidity and then heed my advice by Social Distancing Yourself from Misinformation.
I initially thought that I would not travel until of spring of 2021. I am beginning to waver on that not because I feel like going on vacation (see What’s a Travel Blog Without Travel?), but because I am not confident that the United States will be the safest place to be when the second wave hits. To date, we have done a horrific job testing, have no plan on how to carry out contact testing, and as mentioned above, have to tolerate the dodo birds who are adamant that opening the bowling alleys is good for the economy. “We’ve flattened the curve, now let’s go to the barbershop!” Can someone explain to these simpletons that hiding indoors doesn’t create immunity?
It doesn’t help that we have the most incompetent person in the history of humanity leading us to our demise. Meanwhile, healthcare workers, delivery drivers, and those workers deemed ‘essential’ do not have protection despite how essential they are. No worries, Trump is going to put on an airshow to show his appreciation of their efforts. How about using that money to arm these essential workers with PPE instead?
This brings me back to the fall when the CDC (known as the Center for Deepstate Conspiracies among the crazies) believes that Covid will return along with the seasonal flu. The result may be worse than this first wave, especially if we continue with this strategy based on Trump’s gut feeling and an absence of leadership by anyone in the federal government. The 535 people who control 1/3 of the power of this country are taking social distancing too far by not failing to recognize that they are essential workers and they need to show up to work.
As a result of this pathetic spectacle and tragic debacle, I am considering a departure from the US in the early fall for a length of time to be determined. I don’t want to be stuck inside under 24-hour lockdown again (see Puerto Rico’s Coronavirus Crackdown: Justified Or Unconstitutional?). Right now Taiwan (Taiwan’s coronavirus response is among the best globally) and Germany (A German Exception? Why the Country’s Coronavirus Death Rate Is Low) are on top of the list, if they’ll have me. In normal times of crisis, the last place I would want to be is out of the US. These aren’t normal times.
Make America Safe Again.