Viruses Don’t Take Holidays

(Hat tip: Secret Scissorhead @NamelessCynic)

Guys, the news was full of pictures of the callous Yutes of Today crammed into pools and on beaches, mostly unmasked, and often not, um, socially distanced. Just saying if you are a Yute or have some Yutes in your life, do better. Viruses and infections do not take off holidays.

Axios has an infographic up that clearly shows that the number of cases far outstrips the amount of testing… in many states (28). Let us examine Texas (America’s Lab for Bad Policy) as an example. They have increased their June-to-July testing by 118% (Yay!) but their cases are up 422% (boo!).

But there is also a good number of states (21!) where there was more testing than cases. The Great Stet of Warshington (to randomly chose an example) had 132% more testing and only 103% more cases over the same time period.

In other words, Prznint Stupid is full of shit when he says that the only reason there are more cases is more testing.

The United States’ alarming rise in coronavirus cases isn’t due to increased testing — particularly not where cases have grown fastest over the last month.

Why it matters: The U.S. doesn’t yet know what it looks like when a pandemic rages on relatively unchecked after the health system has become overwhelmed. It may be about to find out.

The big picture: The number of tests completed in the United States is going up, which is a good thing. But the number of new cases is increasing faster.

  • The situation varies state by state, but the gap between testing and cases is generally largest in the cases with the fastest-growing coronavirus outbreaks, like Florida and Texas.
  • But in some places, like the District of Columbia and New York, testing has grown faster than new cases — a good indicator that these outbreaks are under control.

All that said, it was incredibly dumb, dangerous, and irresponsible for Comrade Stupid to hold cheek-to-jowl, unmasked, super-spreader events this weekend, even if it was for his Two-Minute Hate Rallies (H/T 1984). We’ll be watching to see the spikes in about 10 days to two weeks.

And we are noting an about-face (see what I did there?) as Prznint Stupid’s 2020 Goat Rodeo campaign says that at an up-coming rally in Portsmouth, N.H., “all attendees will be provided a face mask that they are strongly encouraged to wear.”  Which they will promptly throw away.

Better late than never. Welcome to the Disaster Party, Possum Hollar.

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9 Responses to Viruses Don’t Take Holidays

  1. roket says:

    But what about FL? I expect the great exodus from FL to begin soon as people flee to escape the virus that is washing over them. Also, we should reach another winning milestone sometime today. 3M reported cases of the Rona in this country alone.


    • E.A. Blair says:

      It took me a moment to realize that “3M” meant “3,000,000”. For a brief moment, I was wondering what the manufacturer of Post-It™ Notes was doing reporting on the pandemic.


  2. “Dear Possum Hollar,
    Now you know what it feels like.
    Puerto Rico”

    Liked by 1 person

  3. osirisopto says:

    If your choices in Possum Hollar are to stay married to the wrong person and dies slowly of cancer while working a shit job, kill yourself slowly with Meth or Sterno (How much difference is there any way?) or kick it quickly from a deadly virus the quick death may be most desirable.

    Especially if it goes along with the adrenalin high of pretending you’re punching down.


  4. E.A. Blair says:

    Somewhat OT (it is pandemic-related) and in the blowing-my-own-horn-department: I have a new post over at Mad Mike’s America titled Pandemic Songs for Quarantine . I think most scissorheads will like it.


  5. Dennis Cole says:

    I’ve noticed 2 basic attitudes among the Yutes around me: they act like it’s not really real, or that somehow they will be spared, it won’t affect them, as they haven’t seen it up close. Or else they just DGAF; “If I’m gonna die from it, then I’m goin out in style, partying like it’s the end of the world.”

    And they’re right smack-dab in the middle of the age group that’s now succumbing in the greatest numbers.


    • artahzen says:

      My daughter, 36 yrs old, is quite grim about this. She has to work, so is out much more than she wants to be. She always wears a mask, has sanitizer hanging off her belt loop, demands a safe distance and keeps her outings to just what she has to do. She is appalled at the lackadaisical attitude she sees while having to be out there. But she thinks she would survive it if she is unable to avoid it. She does not believe I will.


      • Karla says:

        My 26-y-o daughter has the same attitude. She fortunately can work from home so doesn’t have to get out much, but she’s disgusted when she sees some of the pics and vids of the yutes getting cheek-to-cheek, so to speak.


  6. paul fredine says:

    have to disagree with you saying they’ll throw the masks away. since they’ll probably/more than likely be officially sanctioned by the rnc maga/kag masks they’ll take them home to place on their sacred altars to their golden (well, mango-tinted at least) cow.


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