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Mon Dec 13, 2021, 05:33 PM

"Where I Live, No One Cares About COVID"

The Atlantic

I don’t know how to put this in a way that will not make me sound flippant: No one cares. Literally speaking, I know that isn’t true, because if it were, the articles wouldn’t be commissioned. But outside the world inhabited by the professional and managerial classes in a handful of major metropolitan areas, many, if not most, Americans are leading their lives as if COVID is over, and they have been for a long while.

In my part of rural southwest Michigan, and in similar communities throughout the country, this is true not despite but without any noticeable regard for cases; hospitalization statistics, which are always high this time of year without attracting much notice; or death reports. I don’t mean to deny COVID’s continuing presence. (For the purposes of this piece, I looked up the COVID data for my county and found that the seven-day average for positive tests is as high as it has ever been, and that 136 deaths have been attributed to the virus since June 2020.) What I wish to convey is that the virus simply does not factor into my calculations or those of my neighbors, who have been forgoing masks, tests (unless work imposes them, in which case they are shrugged off as the usual BS from human resources), and other tangible markers of COVID-19’s existence for months—perhaps even longer.

Indeed, in my case, when I say for a long while, I mean for nearly two years, from almost the very beginning. In 2020, I took part in two weddings, traveled extensively, took family vacations with my children, spent hundreds of hours in bars and restaurants, all without wearing a mask. This year my wife and I welcomed our fourth child. Over the course of her pregnancy, from the first phone call to the midwife a few months after getting a positive pregnancy test until after delivery, the subject of the virus was never raised by any health-care professional, including her doula, a dear friend from New York.

Meanwhile, our children, who have continued to attend their weekly homeschooling co-op since April 2020, have never donned masks, and they are distinctly uncomfortable on the rare occasions when they see them, for reasons that, until recently, child psychologists and other medical experts would have freely acknowledged. They have continued seeing friends and family, including their great-grandparents, on a weekly basis. As far as I can tell, they are dimly aware that “germs” are a remote cause of concern, but only our oldest, who is 6, has any recollection of the brief period last year when public Masses were suspended in our diocese and we spent Sunday mornings praying the rosary at home.

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brooklynite Dec 2021 OP
iemanja Dec 2021 #1
DetroitLegalBeagle Dec 2021 #7
LisaL Dec 2021 #8
DetroitLegalBeagle Dec 2021 #9
WhiskeyGrinder Dec 2021 #2
LisaL Dec 2021 #3
maxsolomon Dec 2021 #4
Tomconroy Dec 2021 #5
LisaL Dec 2021 #10
Tomconroy Dec 2021 #11
LisaL Dec 2021 #12
Tomconroy Dec 2021 #15
Hekate Dec 2021 #6
bearsfootball516 Dec 2021 #13
djm5971 Dec 2021 #14
bearsfootball516 Dec 2021 #18
Wingus Dingus Dec 2021 #16
keep_left Dec 2021 #17
roamer65 Dec 2021 #19
brooklynite Dec 2021 #20
tanyev Dec 2021 #21

Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Dec 13, 2021, 05:36 PM

1. Maybe in rural Michigan

but not in the semi-sane parts of the country. Here the majority of people wear masks.

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Response to iemanja (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 13, 2021, 06:26 PM

7. It's not limited to rural areas in Michigan

I'm in Oakland County, 2nd largest county in Michigan and one where Biden won by 14pts. Mask usage is at its lowest I've seen since the start of the pandemic. Bars and restaurants are packed. Downtown Royal Oak and Ferndale, likely one of the bluest areas of the state outside of Detroit or Ann Arbor, has mostly forgone mask wearing. Most people in Michigan are "done" with covid and our numbers show exactly that unfortunately.

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Response to DetroitLegalBeagle (Reply #7)

Mon Dec 13, 2021, 06:29 PM

8. They might think they are done with covid, but covid isn't done with them.

NT

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Response to LisaL (Reply #8)

Mon Dec 13, 2021, 06:31 PM

9. Completely agreed

N/t

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Dec 13, 2021, 05:42 PM

2. The hospital his family would go to is begging for help, so it kinda sounds like he's taking his

own opinion and attributing it to "many if not most Americans." Nice!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Dec 13, 2021, 05:43 PM

3. So Michigan is having one of the worst covid outbreaks in the country and no one notices?

All righty then.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Dec 13, 2021, 06:08 PM

4. you had me at "homeschooling coop", Matty

the consequences of underestimating risk far exceed those of overestimating risk.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Dec 13, 2021, 06:21 PM

5. I couldn't read it without subscribing. Are they vaccinated?

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Response to Tomconroy (Reply #5)

Mon Dec 13, 2021, 06:34 PM

10. I dunno. Even if they were,

the vaccine would be much less effective by now. And two doses are not effective against omicron. He proudly proclaims he doesn't know anyone who received a booster shot.

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Response to LisaL (Reply #10)

Mon Dec 13, 2021, 06:45 PM

11. Two doses give good protection against serious illness

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and death, including Omicron.

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Response to Tomconroy (Reply #11)

Mon Dec 13, 2021, 06:46 PM

12. Link?

NT

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Response to LisaL (Reply #12)

Mon Dec 13, 2021, 07:03 PM

15. Dr. Jha's twitter feed. I posted it a couple of days ago.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Dec 13, 2021, 06:26 PM

6. Well, how nice for them

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Dec 13, 2021, 06:46 PM

13. I'm not that far from southwest Michigan, I'm in Elkhart Indiana.

Extremely low mask usage rate.

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Response to bearsfootball516 (Reply #13)

Mon Dec 13, 2021, 06:50 PM

14. Indy too

As is Indianapolis. Almost nobody wearing masks. And, we went to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee for Thanksgiving. Literally thousands of people there, and my wife and I were almost the only people wearing masks.

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Response to djm5971 (Reply #14)

Tue Dec 14, 2021, 08:32 AM

18. Yup. I went to a local grocery store last night.

I'm pretty sure I was the only person there I saw wearing a mask.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Dec 13, 2021, 07:25 PM

16. Just sounds like the usual GOP jackass going on about "the elites".

Really, he doesn't know anybody who had Covid? He doesn't know anyone who was ever concerned about it? He doesn't know ANYONE who had a booster shot? His kids see masks so rarely they are frightened by them? REALLY?

My brother in law is still recovering from a breakthrough case of covid that he had to be hospitalized for. My next-door neighbors moved away to take care of an elderly relative after covid killed the family member who had been caring for him. My husband's had coworkers hospitalized for covid.

I don't buy this dude's garbage, at all. I think it's fiction.

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Response to Wingus Dingus (Reply #16)

Mon Dec 13, 2021, 08:24 PM

17. He a GOP jackass, alright, but not the "usual" type.

He's a far-right radtrad Catholic. If you want a good laugh, just Google his name along with "Chapo Trap House", the left-wing podcast. They did an interview with him a couple of years ago that has to be heard to be believed.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Dec 14, 2021, 10:32 AM

19. I travel into Trumpistan in MI regularly.

Masks are a rarity there and the virus is barely acknowledged.

But, it IS there and killing a lot of them.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Dec 14, 2021, 03:35 PM

20. 0.2%.....

Roughly the percentage of the US population who have died from reported COVID.

Most people haven't experienced a COVID death from someone they know and don't see the risk.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 15, 2021, 12:11 AM

21. Marking to find later....

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