The town I live in is only 1500 people. In January you could not throw a stone and not hit someone with a flu like cold. I mean everyone we talked to. The symptoms were identical to CV19 most lasted a couple of weeks. It was not known what it was back then. Our news media sucks and it reports mostly garbage, I check it often. The jury is still out on masks, I have asked doctors every visit I make that has a different doctor to ask. It is easily possible to spread more germs with the mask than not. (I had cancer, bad...now I don't) I make many trips (when allowed). I have heard of nurses being asked to report Covid on on death certificates when that was not the case, know of one personally.This is a highly contagious flu. It don't like heat. It is not particularly hard to kill. I am afraid I believe the news media to be more politically motivated than concerned for the truth. I couldn't think of a quicker way to spread this thing than to lock a whole bunch of people in apartments...something about nursing homes? Distancing probably should occur anyway. May you all be able to replace the current big picture with a road memory past or present because the current big picture is still pretty ugly. Be well🤭🙄😷🤧😵The problem is that far too many Americans are in an information bubble.
As far as they know, it's no worse than the flu and all this is some kind of evil experiment in social control.
The big outbreaks happen somewhere else -- big cities on the coasts, mostly.
And they happen to other people who aren't like them -- minorities in meat-packing plants and old people in convalescent homes (and the minority workers there too)..
If you think you're young, tough, and rural (suburbia can be rural if you feel it's rural), it's easy to believe you're immune. Then there's the whole, "hey, that cold you had back in January? Maybe that was the 'Rona and you're already immune!" wishful thinking....
And it takes effort and inconvenience -- and, yes, sometimes personal sacrifice -- to maintain isolation for everyone's benefit. Believing it's no big deal and you can do whatever you want -- that's a lot easier.
It takes a lot to break through that.
The virus doesn't care about what you think, though.
One last thing. It's easy to recognize a crowd protesting at capitol buildings or at a beach as a political movement. The counter-movement is a lot less obvious: the 70% of Americans who accept the need to stay home to protect others and themselves from the pandemic.
Just imagine any other protest or action that had 70% participation nationally, for weeks or months on end. You don't get that kind of solidarity outside of wartime, and sometimes not even then!