Why is it everywhere I turn, people are concerned about wearing masks outdoors and vaccine hesitancy? Neither of these are important right now.
The latest outdoor mask nontroversy is driven by an article in the Atlantic titled “The Liberals Who Can’t Quick Lockdown,” the premise of which is that liberals who say “trust the science” are hurting the vaccine rollout by being too cautious about ending COVID restrictions.
I think events have overtaken that article, at least in liberal New York, where we’re opening up quite a bit next week. In fact, the history of this pandemic is rife with premature re-openings. Still, for outdoor masking specifically, and individual caution in general, who cares? If, after months of bullshit from the Trump Administration’s overlords who censored the CDC, people still want to wear a fucking mask outdoors even though the CDC says it’s not necessary, what’s the harm? I tend to chinstrap when I’m out and put my mask on if I’m passing someone else who has a mask on. Why? Common fucking courtesy.
This morning, a reporter-turned-county-legislator in Rochester posted her concerns about vaccine hesitancy, based on conversations with some of her constituents who are hesitant. She’s nominally a Democrat but always willing to raise “concerns” (if you live in Rochester, you know who I mean).
I responded to her by pointing out that our county is at ~51% of eligible folks getting first shots, while the latest HHS survey shows that at least 70% of eligible folks want to get a shot. Right now, hesitancy is not stopping ~20% of our county from getting shots. It’s access (lack of a car, lack of internet, etc.), and maybe fear of being off work for a couple of days (total) due to reactions, when a lot of jobs don’t have sick leave. Maybe we can concentrate on that. By the time we’re at 70% first shots, Pfizer will probably be approved for 12 years old and up, and we’ll have a bunch of very eager young recipients who can get a shot while the hesitant risk death.
Both mask policing and concentrating on hesitation is just letting a bunch of whiners and complainers take focus from the vast majority of us who tried our best to save our lives and those of our neighbors. Because COVID-denying Republicans run our discourse, the good acts of the responsible majority must be questioned at every turn to justify the shitty behavior of a loud and irresponsible minority.