“The advice I’ve given my patients is that this is the year to be thinking hard about visiting your family,” said Julita Mir, an internist and infectious disease specialist at the nonprofit Community Care Cooperative. “Put it into perspective. Weigh the value against the potential consequences. Even with the best of intentions, traveling to see mom or grandma could be the worst thing you could do. Maybe the best thing you could do is to come up with an alternative celebration.”
Instead, we see crowds at sporting events and political rallies, as Americans try to soak up a few final days of temperate fall weather.
Such a mistake, especially when participating in those activities includes not wearing a mask and ignoring safe social distancing.
Yes, we’re tired of restrictions, and, yes, we want our lives to feel normal. But alea iacta est, and it was in the spring when President Trump refused to listen to science as he screamed about the “Chinese virus.” We’ll never know how many coronavirus-related deaths and illnesses might have been prevented in the U.S. had he cared more about a crisis and less about rhetoric.
One need to look only to the United Kingdom — another country where poor leadership fueled the initial coronavirus outbreak — to see renewed warning signs. In Manchester, hospitals are running out of beds because people are again being hospitalized at high numbers because of the vicious virus.
And, yes, there is a Trump Wall at home. When Judge Amy Coney Barrett joins the Supreme Court in the coming weeks, she will become the third conservative justice to join that august body. Mind you, there’s nothing wrong with conservative justices and conservative values, but these are justices who seem to have already determined that America’s social mores need to be shifted further to the right.
No, there is no physical Trump Wall anywhere around the world, but his small-minded thinking has created dangerous barriers to U.S. safety at home and abroad.
Let’s hope those current polls build a different wall: one that will keep Trump out of the White House after Jan. 20, 2021.
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