Stay Home If You’re OLD!

The following is a comment made by someone who attended a recent rousing get-together at a restaurant in Colorado. The gathering took place in defiance of public health orders in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m not afraid to be out. I’m not going to wear a mask. I’m healthy. I’m in good shape, and I don’t think it’s as serious as they say.”

“The communities are being devastated. People are losing everything… They should have never shut anybody down. They should’ve told all the old ones (people) and all the ones that don’t have the right immune systems to stay home and let people do their jobs. People are being devastated.”

(Emphasis mine.)

Not exactly sure what age this person includes in the “old ones,” but in any case if you think you might qualify, you should probably just STAY HOME and let the rest of the (young) world continue on.

Sidenote: If this pandemic is not as “serious as they say,” why have there been nearly 80,000 deaths in the U.S. alone over a period of five months? But then, these are just numbers to some people because it hasn’t affected them or one of their loved ones.

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24 thoughts on “Stay Home If You’re OLD!

  1. My sister’s best friend’s husband died on Saturday from Covid-19 after a month long hospital stay on a ventilator. His lungs were so damaged from it, he could literally no longer breath. He was 63 or 64. I’m 57. So, to all those “young” folks out there who want to risk spreading this horrible virus to EVERYONE else they may come into contact with after attending their huge gatherings I say, “Eff you! Seriously, eff you!” I wonder, if the virus mutates to were it mainly starts affecting “young” people not as old as useless idiots like me, should the solution be for just the “young” people to stay home? Hmmm…makes ya wonder.

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  2. I just posted this comment on another blog.

    This is how I feel. Let them all open up, pack “em in and go even if you don’t feel well. Also let trump have his rallies…big ones and let these “true believers” go back to church and let others party together like there’s no tomorrow.

    Then the rest of us stay at home, if you can, wear masks, wash your hands often and do not go into any crowded place and only associate, if you have to, with a very few at a good distance more than 6’…like maybe 10’.

    Let this “herd” immunity they speak of, have free rein…let it run it’s course.
    You reap what you sow. I’m just tired of them all and their willful ignorance and entitled ‘” it’s all about me” attitude.
    _______

    And yes the old are disproportionately affected….for now, but we all know of younger people dying from this and now this new issue we are seeing among very young children…

    I get job losses and the economy and if people still followed all of the guidelines to try to restart things, but as always…..you give someone an inch and they take a mile.

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    • The thing I wonder about (and I’ve mentioned this elsewhere) is when people have no money because things have shut down, how are they going to support those businesses that do open?

      Not only that, but those employees that DO go back to work are most likely going to spend their wages on food and supplies, overdue rent, house, and/or car payments, etc. And the business owners are going to use any money that comes in to pay not only personal expenses, but business ones as well.

      So unless this “opening up” turns out to be long-term, which is a touch and go situation right now, where are the benefits?

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  3. From Doctor Steve telling us about the results from one of the first larger scale studies on Covid-19:

    “They added that neither the coronaviruses that cause severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) nor the flu strains of previous pandemics have shown a seasonal pattern.

    “There have been 10 influenza pandemics in the past 250-plus years—two started in the northern hemisphere winter, three in the spring, two in the summer and three in the fall,” they said. “All had a peak second wave approximately six months after emergence (emphasis mine) of the virus in the human population, regardless of when the initial introduction occurred.”

    So if looking at how pandemics of respiratory illnesses behave, they are not seasonal, and they tend to have a second wave six months after the original wave (regardless of season). This may have to do more with the dynamics of pandemics than the details of each specific virus. Given all this the experts warn that we cannot expect the summer to save us from this pandemic, and we should be prepared for a second wave in the Fall.

    But there is some good news in the data of this recent study as well:

    The researchers did find that public health measures, including school closures, social distancing and restrictions of large gatherings, have been effective.”

    What I find horribly fascinating is how little, if any, facts, what’s true, what evidence-based advice matters. Largely these don’t matter. And so the question I have is, “Why?”

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    • I guess it’s a lot like religion. Doesn’t matter how many “facts, what’s true, what evidence-based advice” is presented, people are going to believe what they want to believe. Evidence and all that other “stuff” just gets in the way.

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      • For just this reason, this is why I and many others say that belief in postmodern thinking is like a religious belief… immune to reality’s arbitration of it yet still capable of sucking otherwise reasonable people into believing otherwise.

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    • Thank you for sharing those details Tildeb. It seems that only 0.000012% of our U.S. population are expert virologists or epidemiologists. Only 0.000000014% of our population graduated from and truly understand high school biology and pathology, enough to fully grasp the lethality of pandemics. And only 0.000000000000000026% of our population have any compassion or innate will to be self-less, a TEAM-player, a Band of Brothers & Sisters for a better, safer, healthier “United(?)” States.

      We are the epitome of a me, me, ME nation… and EFF YOU my neighbors! 🏴‍☠️

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  4. Hi Nan,
    No one has mentioned yet bringing covid-19 back to those they share shelter with, or share safe spaces with. Even if you contract this disease, you can go 7 to 10 days without knowing it. How many people are you in close contact with in that time period. It doesn’t seem to take long once you get it until you are spreading it to others. In one meat packing plant in Canada sick workers were forced to keep on working, and before long many other people got sick. They went home to their families. Once they found out they had it they tried to self-isolate, but it was already too late. The area of contraction grew by leaps and bounds. One hundred sick people at the plant suddenly became 1000 sick people in the town where the plant was. Since then they have pretty much stopped announcing the stats there. Only the privileged few know what is really going on, and they aren’t talking.
    The meat plant shut down for two whole weeks to be sanitized, but too soon was opened up again. Is the disease still spreading? They don’t tell us. But chances are high it is going to happen again.
    Oh, did I say these workers are mainly Filipino immigrants, or people brought over from Africa or the Middle East? Their lives are being undervalued!

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    • Of course you make valid points but as has been duly noted during this pandemic, (too many) people are simply going to do what they want to do … evidence and facts be damned.

      It’s quite unfortunate that symptoms take so long to manifest because, as you have noted, the virus can stealthily spread and no one is the wiser … until people discover they’re having difficulty taking a breath … and they have a headache … and maybe a touch of diarrhea. By then it’s too late.

      And yes, the fact that the workers who are being forced to work are not “purebreds” is truly despicable. Sadly, this is — and has long been — one of the nastier traits of human beings.

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  5. “I don’t believe” in light of evidence… that kind of says it.
    There are things I would like to do but all create a danger for me. If I get this crap, I’m sure it will kill me and maybe others. This has (so far) been my healthiest Spring in memory. I’ll take it.
    I have read comments by other old farts (like me) who have the same foolish mind-set of no masking and no social distancing as the ‘young healthy one’ you’ve quoted. And I have seen it at a distance.
    I keep hoping that something will bring us (country/community/world) closer, but every time I look, the gap has widened.
    I’ve a new term I like: ‘rona-karma.’ Sorry to be so tacky, but an evil grin is the best I can manage these days. I really do not want anyone to be sick, not even the invincible young fools. To live and learn, one must first live.

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  6. Unfortunately , within a week or two we can expect spikes in the midst of the partygoers. That seems to be the only way some people get the necessary reality check.
    Frightening to me is the push to open schools in the Fall, with the premise that kids don’t get it, when we’re now seeing strange new syndromes in school age children following coronavirus infection in the US and other countries.
    And difficulty breathing is often a sign that the disease is so advanced that the person has entered the danger zone. There are still so many mysteries about this bug that caution should be the byword of all policy makers.

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    • OF COURSE “caution” should be the byword!! But “antsy” seems to go farther. 😉

      I agree with the “spike,” but there will still be those who simply don’t want to face the fact that THEY are vulnerable. Moreover, as a young man on another blog has vehemently pointed out … it’s HIS life to do with as he pleases. *sigh* (I don’t think I need to say any more about that.)

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  7. When you consider how many conspiracy agents are among us such as anti- Global warming, anti- vaccination, anti lock-down demonstrators, flat Earth crazies and many others, not to mention the toilet roll hoarders and supporters who are religious fanatics that believe the most stupid man Trump is Gods incarnate and we are being punished by the virus for our sins by the invisible man, it is no wonder we have groups of people who think they know better than everyone else including the experts and it is inevitable that this kind of brain damage has reached far and wide within all of our societies.

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