We Are Never Getting Out

Almost 3 out of 4 Americans have concerns that the country is reopening its economy too fast amid the coronavirus pandemic, a new poll from the Democracy Fund + UCLA Nationscape Project finds. When asked about social distancing restrictions being lifted, 71 percent of those surveyed said they are worried that the restrictions are being lifted too quickly, while 29 percent said that restrictions aren’t being lifted quickly enough.

I emigrated for the sole reason of getting away from these totalitarian sheeple. And now I’m discovering how easy it is to turn 71% of everybody into totalitarian sheeple.

Back in Ukraine it was 99,9999999% but that was after a genocide and 70 years of a totalitarian regime.

19 thoughts on “We Are Never Getting Out”

    1. True. Every time I see a “% of Americans think” statement, I have to mentally roll that back and say “How did they come to this conclusion?” and recall that… they get this by calling people who still have landlines (not us), and who are willing to answer questions posed by total strangers on the phone. So, basically, senile old people. Everyone else picks up the phone, hears “phone scammer” and hangs up. Though I do know a couple of people who, if they have the time, will answer the survey with outrageous lies, just for funsies.

      So, properly stated, “3 out of 4 Americans with dementia or other mental health issues” have concerns about getting out of lockdown too quickly. Meanwhile, everyone I know is pretty much on the “Thank G-d it’s finally ending so I can go to Waffle House!” side of things.

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    2. I really hope you are right. I want you to be right. Everybody I know is convinced we will immediately drop dead the second the quarantine is lifted so it gets to me. I don’t go on FB anymore because it’s constant fear-mongering. It’s hard not to lose faith in humanity.

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      1. “71 percent of those surveyed said they are worried that the restrictions are being lifted too quickly…”

        So, what explains the sheeplishness?

        1) Fear – Most people, especially those who look to the state as their lord and saviour, have been frightened silly by daily scare-scold press conferences of plausible looking experts with pleasant manners and grim confident smiles waving painful death-death-death in their faces if they don’t do-do-do what they’re told-told-told.

        2) Impotence – The only weapon available to fight the terror is to do what the nice doctor says. And so, hiding in your hidey-hole becomes your superpower.

        3) Cognitive Dissonance – As more counterfactual data about the limitations/failures of the lock-down emerges, people don’t want to face the painful fact that they’ve been sold a bill of goods by public health experts and politicians – along with their media megaphones – and so they begin to double-down with rationalizations that their personal sacrifices during lock-down must have all been worth it.

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  1. Our neighbors had a birthday party outside today. They set up tables in the driveway.

    Yesterday my father sent me a picture he took of a baby crawling on the golf course.

    Clearly people aren’t taking “stay at home” or “quarantine” seriously in this county anymore so this freak out of “we’re never getting out” is exaggerated. At least in my county.

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  2. I guess I might be in the minority of the readers of your blog, but I am worried about the virus, especially since my partner is 64 years old and has diabetes. I’m 52 and relatively healthy, so I’m not that worried about what would happen to me if I were to get the virus, but I am very worried about getting it and passing it on to him.

    I don’t want the shutdown to go on forever, but I do trust the recommendations of Dr. Fauci, Dr. Birx, and those who have appeared on TV and want the shutdown to continue in those states and areas until there is a decline in the number of cases. I’m pissed at people who don’t observe social distancing, but I’m not the kind of person who would snitch on these people, mainly because I feel like, what would be the point?

    The government usually overreacts in any kind of potentially hazardous situation, like the days when there’s 1/2 inch of snow on the ground and schools are closed for the day. Obviously, the difference here is that a pandemic lasts for more than one or two days, so the ramifications of closing down everything are much more serious. So what’s the government to do?

    My university will decide by June 15 what to do about the fall semester, and I really hope we have classes in person. My school surveyed all of us professors and asked if we might need accommodations if the university is open in the fall for classes. I selected the option that I might need accommodations, to be determined at a later date and based on each individual’s needs, because of my concerns about transmitting the virus to my partner. But I absolutely HATED teaching online in the spring, I wasn’t very good at it, and some of my colleagues feel the same way.

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    1. I really understand your concerns. Honestly. But here’s what I don’t get. When the shutdowns do end, be it in August, October, December – what will change? Other than the economy being in ruins, how will it be better? What will prevent anybody who’s susceptible from getting sick then?

      I didn’t understand this in March and I still don’t get it. Other than a vaccine that might never happen, what is the plan? I’ve pored over dozens of studies and I still have no idea what the logic of the shutdown is. Won’t the number of cases go up dramatically whenever it’s all opened back up?

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      1. “I still have no idea what the logic of the shutdown is”

        The role of a shutdown is to buy a little time while (hopefully) slowing the infection rate. That’s it. Nothing else.
        The idea is in the month or so that you’re hopefully buying yourself you can get the supplies you need or work out a stunningly effective plan and/or hope for breakthroughs in protocols so that you won’t get overwhelmed when things start to get worse.
        It’s not a bad strategy if everybody remembers that, but…. once a government does something the rule of bureaucratic inertia sets in whereby undoing something takes approximately ten times more effort than doing it in the first place (knowing this should help you as chair…).
        And in this case the virus is mostly taking care of itself – improved treatment protocols have meant doomsday scenarios about ventilators never happened and rates are mostly declining on their own there’s been some effect of quarantine (and more importantly border shutdowns). That’s a good thing because no government has exactly covered itself in glory over the last few months.
        But since there’s no miracle cure people still feel a lot more threatened by something they can’t control and reluctant to give up the “cure” they think they have (quarantine) until the silver bullet cure appears…

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        1. Plus, we’re talking about a coronavirus here. Same thing that causes the common cold. People have been trying to come up with a vaccine for one of these for decades (because think what kind of workplace productivity we’d gain if nobody caught regular colds!), and it hasn’t happened yet. Why do we think that this coronavirus is different??

          I think a lot of people have a very naive faith in modern medicine.

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  3. For me, working from home, not immunocompromised or with an underlying condition, “opening up” would mean I could go to cafés, restaurants, stores and the gym, concerts, and the library, and I wouldn’t use these excessively, so I’d still be fairly well protected if there’s a danger and I’d have a good time. It’s going to be summer, so no classes, still work from home and I hope I get to do at least 2 of my trips (3 have been cancelled already).

    But then there’s my student with asthma, for whom going to work (vs continuing on unemployment) will mean going on the bus – lots of interaction, sitting by people, every day – and then going to a large workplace with lots of interaction, all day every day, so she feels a lot less safe than I with the idea of “opening up.”

    So it’s very situation based. “Opening up” means that some who really need and deserve to be careful, can’t, whereas some of us well protected ones stay as protected as we want.

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    1. But again, the same question. One day it will have to open up. Nobody is promising a vaccine for 18 months, if then. How is it going to be safer for your student in 3 months or in 6? We are destroying the economy to achieve what, a 3-month delay? It’s a completely sincere question. Why isn’t it better to get it now, recover (because almost everybody under 70 does) and just move on? Why is it better to get it a few months later?

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  4. I’ll admit I’m in the 71%. I wouldn’t be if I was in Illinois, but here in Ohio I feel like we’re reopening bars too soon. In theory with regulations that will avoid overcrowding, but in practice I know those regulations won’t be enforced whatsoever. Well, we’ll see how it goes. I can simply choose not to go, but my bartending friends must either go or go broke (rn they are eligible for unemployment, they will not be once bars reopen.)

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