The message from Republican governors and politicians seems to be that since the virus is impacting only “those” people and not “regular folks,” the implication is it’s ok if the browns all get sick and die, as they are easily replaceable. That in itself is abhorrent enough, but the fact that they are dead wrong makes it somehow even worse.
When “those” people get sick, they continue to go to work and shop because they can’t afford to not work and they still need groceries and what not. And they infect more people. And when they go to the emergency room, they infect doctors and nurses and supply staff. And other patients, who may not be there for corona. And those people, not knowing they are infected, go out and infect other people. And on and on. That’s how fucking pandemics and viruses work- they aren’t aware of borders or race, and they don’t care.
And it’s not just that. More infected people means a hospital and medical community is overwhelmed, and the virus basically sucks all the air out of the room. You can’t deal with less serious issues because you have no staff. Those less serious issues can then metastasize into more serious issues. And if a medical community is overwhelmed, it can not deal with normal every day issues like people having strokes and heart attacks and what not. And on and on.
And that is not even going into the logistics of the PPE and other things that now need to be diverted to your newly created hot zone in bumfuck Georgia with a population density of 12 that should be serving as a natural firebreak for the virus. Now metropolitan areas with density and issues that make it impossible to control the virus the way a rural area could now have to compete for the same resources.
I don’t know hat is more depressing- that so many people are incapable of looking at something so obvious like this and realizing the issue, or that this mostly is being done because of corporate greed. Many of these new rural hotspots are at meatpacking plants. It doesn’t have to be that way. You can slow down operations so people do not need to be cramp asshole to armpit to keep up with the conveyor belts. You can install plexiglass in between work stations. You can give your employees proper PPE. You can check everyone’s temperature and pay people to stay at home when they are sick. You can do all og those things and keep making a profit.