- Aug 12, 2012
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The main issue is that we've got a combination of some of the dumbest and the most selfish people in our country. We've spent so many decades defunding education to the point that we are easily the dumbest first world country, and social media that allows people to access "news" that tells them what they want to hear rather than facts certainly doesn't help, but we've also established a "gotta get mine, fuck everyone else" culture where people generally lack empathy and don't care about something like covid until it impacts them directly.I don’t think we’ll be able to squash it out at this point in the United States. Too many people have it, and too few people have the will to squash it out that’d be needed. Even if we were able to get the R0 under 1, I don’t think people would remain vigilant enough to keep it under 1.
I know I like to hate on the covid precautions, but I do feel like I do a pretty good job of following them. Better than most people, imho, which doesn’t really bode well for containment. I know several people who have vacationed to Florida this summer and I just wonder why are people like this. It’s only going to get worse with colleges starting soon and students heading back to their college towns.
It's, as we've seen, a very dangerous combination.