Public health experts warn of a possible fall surge in COVID cases while the President continues to downplay the pandemic. Trump is quoted:
“I think we’ve done an amazing job … in my opinion we’re rounding the turn,” the President said in an interview with a local Fox station in Detroit in which he continued to minimize the danger. On Monday, he had claimed the virus “affects virtually nobody” while doubling down on previous claims that young people are “virtually immune” — a staggering comment on the eve of such a tragic milestone.
In this article Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is greatly concerned about this division. Fauci is quoted as saying:
What’s happened,” he continued, “is that public health issues and public health recommendations have taken on a ‘we versus them’ approach. Getting back to the point where getting people to wear a mask”—which the two had discussed earlier—”it was like a statement not to wear a mask. People, as you know, it’s public knowledge now, have been threatening me as a public health person, literally threatening me and my family because I’m saying we should be doing public health things like wearing a mask. Physical distancing”—it’s as if “I’m doing something that is harmful to them, they interpreted as the public health measure is hurting them.”
“No,” he said, “the virus is hurting us, not the public health measures.
I do not know how Fauci could put it any plainer. It continues to amaze and dismay me that people think that simple, reasonable, practical public health measures, especially wearing a mask and avoiding large crowds, could become so controversial that people are interpreting the public health measures as harming them when, in fact, as Fauci puts it: “the virus is hurting us, not the public health measures.”
Fauci made it plain he is not interested in shutting down the country but rather:
“I’m talking about trying to open the economy, but doing it in a measured, careful way. According to the guidelines that we carefully put forth. If we did that, I’m almost certain, we would not have seen those surges of cases that brought us up to 70,000 a day and have now plateaued down at 30 to 4,000 a day. I believe if we do that, we’re going to see things turning around. And I know because if you look at that big map of a beautiful country, there are certain areas of the country that are doing really well. We need to make those be the models.”
As several commentators here at IM have noted; evangelical support of stupid COVID misinformation is similar to the rationales that continue to support Young Earth Creationism. My purpose in contributing to this blog is to help evangelical Christians to accept science and avoid un-scientific mischaracterizations such as YEC and, now, COVID conspiracy nonsense.
Friday last I began having a runny nose and a dry cough. Any other time I would have thought I had a cold and just rested and drank plenty of fluids. But Friday night, as I was fatigued and couldn’t sleep I had an anxiety attack. Is this it? Am I going to die? Totally irrational – but there it was.
I went ahead and got tested Wednesday, September 23rd, and the symptoms have subsided. My point is that family members, who had been influenced by those playing down the pandemic, quickly changed their tune when one of their own was affected. Those who have been affected by this virus and their families and loved ones are our neighbors.
Please dear friends, listen to Dr. Fauci, ignore unscientific conspiracy mongers, even if they supposedly share your faith. It shouldn’t be ‘We versus Them’ or liberals vs. conservatives, or non-believers vs. the faith communities. It should be all of us versus the virus.