An evangelical pastor in Fort Worth, Texas mocked and dismissed the covid-19 safety guidelines and said that he was going to celebrate Thanksgiving with his family with no restrictions.
Pastor Todd Dunn had been urging “Faith over fear!” since the COVID-19 pandemic started in March. Just before Thanksgiving, he posted a message on Facebook dismissing precautionary measures advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to keep wearing masks and avoid gatherings with family members who don’t live in the same house.
“I’m not wearing a mask when around my family like the CDC requests and we are traveling so we’ll take our chances,” Dunn’s Facebook post read. “And to top it off we are huggers so there you go! There will be no social distancing CDC. Faith over fear!!”
You can guess the tragic outcome. Within a couple of weeks, both his parents died of covid-19 within hours of each other.
Dunn’s reason for his skepticism about the pandemic and ignoring the guidelines is a common one.
“I do feel like the numbers were different in the spring and summer. And my opinion on it was based on the numbers that I saw back then,” Dunn said. “I went seven months and didn’t know one person individually who had it. Now all of a sudden…For some reason there’s been a surge.”
Just because you didn’t see any cases does not mean cases do not exist. And as for the comment “For some reason there’s been a surge”, what do you mean ‘for some reason’, as if it is inexplicable? The surge is because of the actions of people like you.
Apparently he is now taking the coronavirus seriously.
This attitude that if you have not experienced something personally, it is not happening is common among people who do not want to accept inconvenient facts..
Until a few weeks ago, I did not know a single person personally who had been infected or who had died of the virus. But I understand statistics and knew that it was only a matter of time. Sure enough, three weeks ago I heard of one friend who tested positive, then last week three members of the same family showed symptoms and tested positive, and then two days ago a physicist colleague died of it.