Maren has taught pre-school through college. She loves the wonder of learning.
Coronavirus has been here for months. It is harmful. Our licensed medical workers know how to make life livable during this serious health emergency. Too many Americans deliberately choose to ignore health guidelines.
No Shirt, No Shoes, No Mask, No Service
In order to enter a store, Americans have accepted the “shirt and shoes” requirement for a long time. For those readers outside the United States, this is a mandate that each customer must wear shoes on their feet and a covering over their chest AT ALL TIMES while in a store.
It’s not a big deal.
No one fights it.
It’s painless. It’s accepted behavior. It’s easy to do.
Health officials in our individual states have added the requirement to wear a covering over one’s nose and mouth as a condition for entering a store. And, can you guess what happens? Some customers do not want to comply. So, they use passive-aggressive behavior. They wear a mask to get past the store employees who monitor entering customers and then many customers push the mask partially or completely off.
In my state of Pennsylvania, all store (and other business) employees are required to instruct a non-complying customer to reposition the mask to cover one’s nose and mouth. And, to escort the person out of the building if they do not follow the rules.
Would you like to guess how many employees actually do this? My empirical estimate is one percent.
Why are employees – who are being endangered by customers exhaling their respiratory germs all over the workplace – not standing up for their own safety? And the safety of all?
The biggest reason is fear of bodily harm.
In our shameful United States, one employee doing that duty was shot and killed by a customer. In a different incident, an employee was assaulted and had his arms broken.
The least harmful, but still very unpleasant and highly likely, possibility is that the customer will shower the employee with verbal abuse. And defiance. When I have stopped an employee to politely point out customers with no masks, the usual reaction to my concern is, “I can’t police the customers.”
Well, wrong answer.
In my state of Pennsylvania, each employee is clearly required to police the customers for the safety of the public.
But, this is ignored.
What Americans Learn in Elementary School
In the United States, the government-provided education for children ages five to eleven is called elementary school.
Our very young children are taught at school (and hopefully at home even before then) that there are behaviors that are BAD. Spitting on someone else’s food is BAD. Sneezing on someone else’s face or any part of the body is BAD. Performing bathroom functions in public is BAD.
We know this.
We are taught about germs. We are taught that they are invisible, powerful trouble makers. We learn that they come out of everyone’s nose and mouth and can be all over our unwashed hands.
We know all this.
No Good Reasons, Only Stupid Ones
The American public has been reminded that it is important to protect each other from the invisible respiratory droplets all humans spew from their nose holes and mouth hole 12 to 16 times per minute.
Many credible officials have told the public that
- They exhale from their nose and mouth,
- COVID19 is primarily spread through respiratory droplets in the exhales,
- People can have no signs of illness, but still be spreading disease in their exhalations,
- Exhaling can be made safer for all fellow human beings, and
- These safety measures are (a) practicing social distancing and (b) wearing a mask over one’s mouth AND nose.
The reasons that selfish, stupid Americans tell themselves to justify endangering others include:
- It’s too hot and sweaty under the mask. [Are you truly THAT inconsiderate? Get over it.]
- I’ll wear it on my neck under my chin. That’s close enough. [You’re a human. You don’t breathe through gills.]
- I don’t look good with a mask. [Too bad. We are all wearing masks to help each other. You’ll look like a caring person with a mask.]
- There is no COVID19 disease; it is a lie. [There is also no gravity. Go jump from that skyscraper.]
- None of “my” people approve mask wearing. [Have you noticed that many of your people got very sick? Or even died of COVID19? Is your need to belong to the herd stronger than your need to be a decent human being and keep others healthy?]
- My relative/friend had it and it was not severe. It only lasted a day. It was like a cold. [That is not the way it worked for the over 167 THOUSAND Americans who died from it.]
- We need to “get back to MY vision of normal and proper. We need restaurants and bars and stores and entertainment to be operating like they were in 2019 and I don’t care if a few people will consequently die.” [Wow, you have quite the God complex. YOUR vision of normal is more important than the good of the community? It’s okay for a few people to die as sacrificial lambs? Well, okay then: trot out your gramma and your spouse and your best friend to be killed off for the payment.]
- It is my body and my choice what to do with it. [Masks are for protection of the rest of the public. You accept our laws and rules about where you can walk, and how you can drive. You accept our rules about shirts in a store, protecting the public from viewing your nipples and breasts. You do not have total freedom in America. (Ironically, many Americans who state this reason do not believe others have the same right to determination of one’s body. Look at our ugly struggles over sexuality and birth control.)]
YOUR vision of normal is more important than the good of the community?
It’s okay for a few people to die as sacrificial lambs? Well, okay then:
Trot out your gramma and your spouse and your best friend to be killed off for the payment.
World Disdain for America Is Appropriate
There is nothing to excuse or mitigate how American government is handling the coronavirus pandemic.
Pity me. I am still living here amongst inconsiderate and dangerous, angry people.
They are angry that some dare to bring up scientific and medical truth.
If you are familiar with a children’s story about an emperor who was wearing no clothes and was surrounded by a bunch of people who supported his delusion that he was wearing fine garments, then you understand American government.
The few states that try to exert leadership face incredible resistance.
Protestors appear at government buildings carrying guns and war weapons in full view to intimidate the lawmakers. (America’s gun trouble is another insanity.)
Municipalities create rules but then back down. Sometimes this backing away is due to angry pressure from businesses (see number 7, above) or just not having enough enforcement officers to keep people masked. The state of Delaware is a sad example.
Delaware decided to close its beaches (it is on the Atlantic coast) for a national holiday which was a long weekend for many citizens. It declared its policy.
Then, it reversed itself due to “blowback” pressure and many – too many – people filled the sandy beaches and bars. Towns declared that masks were mandatory on the beach. Police went from group to group telling non-compliant vacationers to put a mask over their noses and mouths. The police even had an ample supply of masks to give to people. Sadly, the moment those law officers walked ten feet away from the offenders, the selfish, stupid folk defiantly yanked off their masks.
Delaware police are required to take body-cam (camera) photos of mask offenders. A second offense is supposed to result in a fine. I seriously question whether this is happening.
Delaware is now on a list of “bad” states with rapidly rising cases of COVID19.
This lack of consequences leads American idiots to ignore the health guidelines. My state of Pennsylvania has not yet instituted a consequence other than a police officer giving an offender an educational talk.
This will not change anyone’s behavior.
America Is Number One
I never saw any value in some of my fellow citizens’ yearning that the United States be superior at every product, every effort, everything. This is an incredibly disrespectful view of our fellow travelers on Earth.
However, we are undisputedly number one at killing off our population with coronavirus.
Hip, hip, hooray.
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Maren Elizabeth Morgan (author) from Pennsylvania on July 20, 2020:
Alpesh, thank you. Your current blog about virus mutations was extremely informative.
Maren Elizabeth Morgan (author) from Pennsylvania on July 16, 2020:
Dave Sprecher, thanks. I thought it was a pretty tight analysis of the disaster. Please share the link to the article far and wide!
Dave Sprecher on July 16, 2020:
wow, you covered it. I completely agree!
Maren Elizabeth Morgan (author) from Pennsylvania on July 16, 2020:
Peggy Woods, thank you for your comment. I am sad and bewildered at our situation. We accept rules about driving on the right side of the road (in the usa), wearing shoes and shirt in stores, not shouting "Fire" in a movie theater . . . Wearing a mask is SO relatively easy and inexpensive. And it is SO caring of others. Why wouldn't every clergy person in the country be supporting it?
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 16, 2020:
You beautifully presented the case for the simple act of wearing masks to protect others and mitigate the consequences of the coronavirus. I am continually amazed at the numbers of people who are choosing to put their heads in the sand and ignore what the medical community has to say. These actions will go down as a sad epoch in our U.S. history and the economic impact of ignoring the medical experts will cause longer lasting damage to lives and the economy.
Maren Elizabeth Morgan (author) from Pennsylvania on July 15, 2020:
Linda Crampton, Thank you for your comments on both my article and informing us of the news you are receiving in Canada. I would say that the cultural divide in the usa has been growing since maybe 2004 and it is very close to the tension that was in northern Ireland a few decades ago.
Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on July 14, 2020:
This is an excellent article, Maren. No country is perfect, including mine, but I am horrified by the reactions and behavior of some people in the United States with respect to the virus. I hope the situation changes soon and that you stay safe.
Maren Elizabeth Morgan (author) from Pennsylvania on July 13, 2020:
Yes, sangre. Thank you for your comment. Stay safe and well.
Sp Greaney from Ireland on July 13, 2020:
This is so true. We all have a responsibility to protect ourself and others. I never will understand why people are so against it.
I have to wear one commuting to and from work. You learn to adapt.