Last year was a year of fear and uncertainty. This year is a year of a known enemy and stupid people everywhere.
Michigan hit 530+ cases (active infections) per 100,000 people this past week. This rate means everyone in the state has at least one person they know with Covid. I work for a small boutique healthcare concern and in my shop of twenty-six people (acutely away of covid protocols, mind you) I have two with active cases and another under isolation protocol through the end of this week.
Their kids are the suspects. More than half our state cases are in the under 40 crowd and the single largest demographic is the 20-29 age group.
My shop represents a lot of people in a small sample who have the covid.
Germany which is having its own covid crisis right now (and Merkel is federalizing the response this week taking control out of the hands of the individual German states) has an infection rate of 136 out of 100,000 people.
It is bad here.
My legislature does not want any further shutdowns (red legislature with a blue governor) and has been active about trying to remove powers related to public health management because: idiots.
I have left my house (other than food) once in three weeks to take my wife for her second shot Saturday night. We drove an hour and fifteen minutes each way because that was where we could get a vaccine appointment.
I will get my second shot in Ohio on Friday driving an hour each way. My state has distribution problems. Ohio does not. We had a union fight here over prioritization because making one group go first means other groups lose. As a result, our plan was late and so our vaccine supply is late.
Get your papers in on time when teacher tells you, kiddies.
Michigan Senate Majority Leader (republican Mike Shirkey) wrote the following in Crains Detroit Business published on Jan 21 this year.
The idiot doesn't know that humans associating with humans cause the spread of covid and restaurants CAN be sources of unmasked individuals congregating in close proximity one to another.
Also, our previous lockdown worked (until people were idiots about Thanksgiving).
I'll just sum up the state of the lunacy here in my state with a fishing quote from my favorite move: Jaws.
I think I am familiar with the fact that you are going to ignore this particular problem until it swims up and bites you in the ass. - Hooper.
I can only hope your local versions of village idiots have less say in the conduct of infection management than mine. I am personally hoping my collection of idiots get covid and die. Maybe they can get cancer and die. I really don't care either way as long as the outcome is the same.
Stupid ought to hurt (or kill).
Oh, and the Texas argument? Why doesn't Texas have a problem after opening the state? They lie.
I wouldn't trust so much as a date on a report to be correct if it was issued by the state of Texas.
Trout season and the opener will be a solitary pursuit for me. Isolation camping. Solitary fishing.
Good luck all. I'll see you on the other side, I hope.