The President of the United States is a liar. Do not believe anything he says. Those who push his lies are just as awful. Do not listen to anything they say. Social distance yourself from those people. Lies and propaganda are more dangerous than any pandemic. I still have no idea if the world is overreacting to this or not doing enough. I don’t know if I was paranoid or prudent to Lysol my credit card after picking up food from the drive-thru (see Have We Become a Society of Wimps Addicted to Drama?).
The only advice I will heed from the President is the following: “Just remember, what you are seeing and what you are reading is not what’s happening.” I will apply that advice to anything that comes from this administration and to anyone who perpetuates this misinformation by repeating it. This leaves me in a precarious position. How will I know when I can go to the gym again? How will I know when I can stand within six feet of someone again? How will I know when I can travel? A few months ago if someone asked me those questions, I would’ve called them a survivalist nut. Today, like my Lysol inquiry, I don’t know if those are reasonable concerns.
Following September 11th, the government used the fear of its people to pass the Patriot Act. Civil liberties were taken away, and many Americans felt that protecting the American people justified invasions of privacy. It seems inevitable that this pandemic will lead to more government intrusion in the name of public safety. China is already implementing such measures (see Color Code? China’s Way to Measure Contagion Risk). While that might seem sensible, that cannot become the new normal in the United States. Anyone who counters otherwise should be met with skepticism. Social distance yourself from those people.
Natural disasters occur, pandemics spread, and man-made disasters happen. There is no disputing that. Facts should not be disputed because facts cannot be disputed. When you come across people who attempt to twist the truth, social distance yourself from those people. With no audience, they can do no damage.
Until the all-clear is given by Dr. Fauci, wash your hands, don’t touch your face, and leave rum for Jobu. Someone on social media told me that is the only way to prevent the spread of coronavirus.