The Post has a long piece detailing how we’re in for a long haul with COVID-19. This stood out:
One hospital in New York tested every pregnant woman who came in to deliver and found 15 percent had the coronavirus. Most of those testing positive — 88 percent — showed no symptoms, a sign of how crucial such testing could be.
Josh Marshall pointed out this lit review in Science, which concluded that the sum of evidence points towards mask wearing as a reasonable public health step. Cuomo just signed an executive order giving businesses the authority to kick out customers who don’t wear a mask. The clear, obvious conclusion, based on facts as we know them, is that reopening won’t work without widespread wearing of masks.
Even so, all of my red state relatives tell me that very little mask wearing is going on — one of them was the only person wearing a mask in a Home Depot last night. It’s enough to make the governor of North Dakota cry. This article details the fight with COVID-iots at different healthcare facilities in FOXland. Sample:
Confusion about when and where masks should be worn is also playing out in other high-risk places that provide medical care, like nursing homes. Sue Krohn-Taylor is an administrator at a 72-apartment low-income senior living facility in the large town of Grand Island, Nebraska, where a resident has tested positive for Covid-19. She says she’s been battling some residents who refuse to wear masks, and is exhausted.
“This week, the son of one of the residents told me I was taking away their liberties by making them wear a mask in the common areas,” she says. “If they were only harming themselves, I would back off, but they are placing each and every resident here, and my staff, and our families in harm’s way.”
“I can fight the virus, but fighting the lies is what becomes overwhelming,” she says.
What’s interesting to me is that this is one case where the politics of mask wearing is getting away from Trump. Mitch McConnell broke with him on it today. He’s lost Sean Hannity, too. Only the Trumpiest Trumpers are going to stick with him, but that will probably be enough to spark a good number of outbreaks.