If we have learned nothing else about Covid-19 since March, it is that the virus neither knows or cares about the labels and boundaries that human beings have created.
In New York City, there are about a dozen zip codes in both Brooklyn and Queens in which there is a rise in Covid-19 cases. Most of these neighborhoods have a large population of Orthodox Jews. Some have claimed that the city’s response is anti-Semitic.
My personal reaction is the claim is mixed. If I felt it was truly anti-Semitic response, I would be direct in saying so. But it is not antisemitism, it is common sense. If anything, their reactions only amplify the anti-Semitic lies and imagery. Being learned in the text and customs of any religion does not stop this disease. Wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and washing your hands frequently will stop this disease.
However, the residents of these zip codes are not completely to blame. If the news reports are true, there are not enough Yiddish speaking tracers to reach out to the community. That failure falls firmly on the shoulders of the Mayor and other officials.
The problem with Covid-19 is that common sense and logic are replaced by fear and anxiety. While those responses are normal, given the circumstances, they will not help us in the long run. We need a clear head and a well constructed plan if we are able to return to some sense of normalcy.
As indestructible as human beings believe we are, Mother Nature has a way of reminding us that she will always be one step ahead of us.
Next weekend is the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah. Covid-19 has forced Jewish instuitions to rework how to approach one of the most important days of the year.
To say that it will feel weird is an understatement. Traditional holiday services will be limited and many will turn to Zoom to participate virtually. Instead of getting together with family and friends, social distancing and wearing masks will continue to be the norm.
To those who celebrate, wherever you are and whatever you do, have a sweet and Happy New Year.
I wouldn’t wish anyone dead and I would dare wish Covid-19 on anyone.
But the doctors and the medical experts have been reiterating the same information for months. Stay home if you can. If you must go out, put on a mask at the very least. Avoid large crowds and stay at least six feet away from other people.
The facts are clear. If we are survive this virus and return to a state of semi-normalcy, we MUST listen to the experts. We cannot and should be so foolish to think that we are not at risk of becoming sick from Covid-19. Anyone who does so put their lives and the lives of their loved ones at risk.
RIP Mr. Cain. Perhaps we will finally learn from our mistakes.
P.S. Does anyone else believe that it is karma that Louie Gohmert refused to wear a mask and tested positive for the virus?
In the era of Covid-19, it behooves us to listen to the experts. They tell us that for the sake of our health and the health of others, that we wear masks when we are outside.
In Georgia, Governor Brian Kemp signed an executive order that banned towns and cities from enforcing a rule that when outside, members of the public must wear a mask.
Brian Kemp is an idiot. I don’t know who is advising him, but whoever they are, their head is clearly in the sand. As of today, nearly 150,000 people in Georgia have been infected and over 3000 people are dead.
We are in the midst of a pandemic. The last thing we need is an idiot politician who refuses to prioritize the lives and the health of their constituents. But you can’t vote if your dead or intubated, right?
Just another reminder that we need to vote and remind those in the halls of power who they are responsible to.
These days, its hard not to become cynical about the events in the news. But it all it takes is the simple friendship of two young boys that love is still possible.
Last fall, the internet was introduced to Maxwell and Finnegan, two toddlers from New York City who are best friends. Running into each other’s arms for a movie style hug, they touched the hearts and minds of everyone who saw the video.
Last week a video surfaced on Twitter of the two boys walking hand in hand, wearing masks.
These children, without knowing it, are teaching us adults simple lessons of friendship and decency.
Wearing a mask, whether voluntarily or because of a mandate, is not the same as being murdered by the Nazis. Wearing a mask can save lives during this pandemic that is not a deep state Soros plot to steal your soul if you have one.
Logic and common sense are concepts that are usually timeless and universal.
For example, common sense says that when you get into a car, you buckle up. If G-d forbid there is an accident, the seat belt reduces the chances of severe injury and death. As Covid-19 continues it’s stranglehold on humanity, some idiots refuse to wear a mask. A mask, like a seat belt, save lives.
Enter Randy Rainbow’s newest video, COVER YOUR FREAKIN’ FACE! – A Randy Rainbow Song Parody.
Using the song Put On a Happy Face from the musical Bye Bye Birdie, Rainbow uses his trademark humor to remind Americans (especially you know who) to put on a dam mask.
Personally, I don’t think that the concept takes a rocket scientist to understand it. But then again, you know who did proclaim himself a “stable genius” at one point.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I a hoping that this nation comes to its senses and votes for Joe Biden in November.
Human history is full of people who ignore logic (especially scientific and medical logic) for their own comfort.
Back in the 17th century, the groundbreaking astronomer and physicist Galileo Galilei was accused of heresy by the Church. His crime was that his theories were contrary to the belief that the sun moved around the Earth. Today, we know that his discoveries are respected scientific facts. But to the authorities of his time, his statement was a punishable crime.
Flash forward to 2020. Covid-19 has ravaged our nation and our world. For months, doctors and scientists have been telling us to stay home and wear protection when we have to go outside. Logic would dictate that listening to the experts is simply common sense. This is an airborne disease that has the ability to kill indiscriminately. But when politics get involved, both common sense and logic go out the window.
As the number of cases starts to decrease in the Northeast, other states in the South and the West have seen a sharp increase. One might think that given the overwhelming evidence, the residents and political leaders of these states would follow the guidance from the experts. But some still have their head in the sand.
I hate wearing masks and gloves when I go out as much as the next person. In this summer heat, the gloves cause my hands to sweat. It can be difficult to breathe under the masks. But I wear them not for my protection, but for someone else. The last thing I would want on my conscious is that someone is in the hospital, on a ventilator because I was too selfish to wear a mask.
The fact is that protecting ourselves from Covid-19 should not be a political act. But it has become one. If nothing else, that speaks volumes about where this nation stands, both politically and socially.