Stay away. That’s the message Americans are hearing as the coronavirus spike sharpens with the onset of the cold season. Citizens are instructed to stay apart from the people, places and things they love. Otherwise, they risk death or murderous transmission of the virus to the vulnerable. It’s a dreadful choice to make, because to quell the hum of life is to die inside.
Infectious disease expert and Trump coronavirus adviser Anthony Fauci, seeing the COVID-19 death count rise, has recommended Americans give up their “independent spirit” and “do what you’re told.” That would happen about the time the River Styx freezes over and souls skate across to Hades.
Michael Osterholm, a coronavirus adviser to presumed President-elect Joe Biden, goes even further. He has recommended a nationwide lockdown for four to six weeks. “We could pay for a package right now to cover all of the wages, lost wages for individual workers for losses to small companies to medium-sized companies or city, state, county governments,” he tells Yahoo Finance. He relented when colleagues pulled the doctor away from Team Biden’s supply of crazy pills.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot wants the Windy City becalmed in response to the pandemic. On Monday, she imposed a 30-day stay-at-home advisory that strongly urged residents to shun guests, cancel traditional Thanksgiving gatherings and refrain from travel. Partying in street with thousands to celebrate Joe Biden’s apparent presidential victory is fine with her, though, because there are occasions “when we actually do need to have a relief and come together.” Clearly, celebrating Thanksgiving with family is not one of those occasions.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has reasserted his rule over the Empire State by ordering bars and restaurants to close at 10 p.m. and prohibiting gatherings larger than 10 people in private homes, including on the autumn holiday. Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade will take place, but without the parade or sidewalk crowds. Instead, sponsors are planning to televise a series of appropriately themed theatrical and musical performances. It’s virtual reality-only for beleaguered New Yorkers forced to live a virtual life. Turkey TV dinner, anyone?
Governors in New Mexico and Oregon have also stuck a fork in Turkey Day, ordering two-week shutdowns. California and Washington have joined the fight against festivities, warning citizens to avoid non-essential travel during the traditional peak travel period.
For his part, President Trump has signaled that he will not sponsor fresh efforts to prevent Americans from engaging in sensible association. “This administration will not be going into a lockdown,” Mr. Trump says.
The American character has numerous attributes, but sitting still in docile obedience has never been one of them. With proper adherence to safety precautions, particularly with regard to senior citizens and the health-compromised, the hum of life mustn’t fall silent. Doing what we’re told and staying home simply means dying inside.
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