Some people refuse to believe this pandemic is anything more than a flu hoax, oversold and over-hyped. The reasons are assorted but they don’t seem to be changing their minds.
I made the decision early on as to whether to follow the conspiracy side or accept it as a real pandemic threat. I chose the pandemic side and haven’t questioned that decision. Maybe the same can be said for the conspiracists.
Not that I’m anti-conspiracy, I just like to choose them wisely. This one didn’t fit for me unless I missed some mountain of evidence. We have plenty of valid ones out there, as far as I’m concerned. But no matter which side, people seem dug in on what they think of it.
However, I have seen enough damage now. There is a list of things affected by the Asian Contagion, China virus. No, they don’t add proof to the cause but they do say something about the severity of it. Just to mention a few things we know though the list is growing:
- Food shortages on everyday items
- Masks in public everywhere.
- Economic damage
- Small businesses get slammed with costs as it continues.
- Job losses, or eliminations.
- Enormous costs in deficit, continuing
- Shortages of medical supplies
- Regular procedures at hospitals suspended.
- No family gatherings (a plus to some people)
- No church
- No schools
- Stay at home – isolation
(The list goes on, evolving almost weekly.)
Now the problem is the hoax-conspiracists can just as easily say it is all further proof of the successful damage of the hoax. They can weave it right into their plot. Then they will blame the hoax itself, and its creators, for these ongoing sufferings we see and feel. They see the hoax as the cause of it all. The effects are suppose to validate the hoax theory.
I take the different approach. I just add it as more damage that this virus from China has caused. It is a mounting tally. And I see China as the cause of it all. So all the damages are collateral effects of the pandemic. You can see those effects range from medical to economic, to the seemingly unrelated normal things.
Never the less, in my mind anyway, all of it traces back to China by way of the pandemic. So you cannot buy your Chunky Soup at the grocery store because of the pandemic. I’m all for understanding temporary shortages for due reasons but these droughts seem to be dragging out for extended periods, making you wonder when things will be the same again?
Has this crossed the line now to the point when things migjht never be the same, at least for some time to come? I didn’t think so at first but now I am not so sure. Maybe this has pushed these negatives so far that it cannot return to normal? Again, for that I hold China responsible for it all.
Even the mask wearing, which sort of irritates me, seems more a part of the foreseeable future than I hoped. Are we living in a period of unprecedented change? I do hope not because there are plenty of people who would like to take advantage of that. Far worse than even gouging and hoarding.
And those sorts of people lead me right back to the subject of this piece, politics and opportunist politicians. Sure there are others too, but they functionally follow the same formula. That is to extort the problem for all it’s worth, for personal and political gain – often the same thing. But make no mistake, it has been politicized, used and extorted.
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