Beaches, polls, pools and riots show it’s time to reopen
Back in March the media held up spring-breakers on Florida’s beaches as scum of the earth for daring to live life while the rest of us cowered at home in the face of COVID-19.
Typical was an NBC News report about Brady Sluder of Ohio who had visited Miami’s beaches in mid-March. “If I get corona, I get corona. At the end of the day, I’m not gonna let it stop me from partying,” Sluder said in a social media post. Shortly thereafter, as seemingly indifferent young adults like him were slapped with the label “COVIDIOT,” Sluder retracted. “Now,” NBC tut-tutted of Sluder, “he understands how serious the virus is and is encouraging people to follow the guidelines on how to stay safe and reduce risk. Most of all, he’s sorry.”
The same was said in early April, when Wisconsin held its primary election. The experts said COVID-19 was going to decimate those who ventured to the polls — and thus, responded Democrats, we must have mail-in voting.
It turned out that, based on news reports from late April to mid May, Wisconsin health authorities identified between 52 and 71 new coronavirus cases after the election, in which 413,000 people voted in person.
So, it turned out that Sluder and others were right and the so-called “experts” who wanted us captive in our homes were wrong.
We have learned that young adults and children face almost no risk of contracting the coronavirus. We learned that the virus is almost never spread by people while out in the sunshine or undertaking outdoor activities. And we learned that we really didn’t know that a sizeable portion of the population had already had coronavirus and that a significant number of people who test positive never get sick.
Still, the nannies refused to surrender.
Over Memorial Day, footage went viral — pardon the pun — of swimsuit-clad young people, much like Brady Sluder, enjoying the sun and water at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri, a popular getaway for folks in St. Louis.
“My first gut reaction in a word is just irresponsible,” Dr. Dana Hawkinson of the University of Kansas Medical Center said of those who splashed and played. “We’ve said, be outside is the best thing and social distance, not or, but both of those things.”
Well, again, it seems they were wrong.
One person who visited that area for the holiday did test positive. But, as Fox News reported on Thursday, “There have been no new cases of the novel coronavirus among the hundreds who flouted social distancing guidelines and attended pool parties at Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks over Memorial Day weekend, a state health official said this week.” The St. Louis Post-Dispatch added, “‘The answer, to our knowledge, is no,’ Dr. Randall Williams, director of the Department of Health and Senior Services, said when asked whether more cases have come from the gatherings, photos of which showed throngs of people close together without wearing masks.”
Now we’re seeing public health “experts” — for instance, 1,288 of them who this week signed an open letter — excuse from the COVID-19 stay-at-home protocol those protesting, or in some cases rioting, on behalf of George Floyd, the black Minneapolis man who died in police custody last week.
Add that to the fact that notorious flouters of lockdown mania — such as Sweden on a global scale or South Dakota within the U.S. — are no worse off than nations or states that refused to impose massive house arrest on their citizens, people are starting to ask if these draconian actions were, or still are, worth it.
On Tuesday, New York Post columnist Karol Markowicz, having surveyed the looting in the Big Apple, argued relative to COVID-19 restrictions, “None of this makes any sense anymore. The jig is up, the lockdown is over, our elected officials just need to catch up.”
After the report this week about the Lake of the Ozarks thrill-seekers, it is hard to argue with her.
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