Being an anti-scientific chucklefuck kills people.
The US went through some hardship and, with a great deal of hair-pulling from the elites, and unemployment from victims of the gig economy, the outbreak rate was starting to turn down. It looked like we might be out of the woods, so the anti-science crowd began yammering (from their isolated locations in The Hamptons) “open back up!”
If you look at a US map, you might notice that the drivers of the current part of the outbreak are mostly southern states run by republicans. But I’m not going to take the easy way out and say “it’s republican chucklefucks’ fault” because it’s anti-science chucklefucks’ fault. The US has a deep and long streak of rejection of scientific conclusions that is necessary to its core identity, which is a religious, white supremacist ethnostate. If you accept scientific consensus you’ll accept evolution, which blows a smoking hole through the heart of christianity’s stupid origins story. If you accept scientific consensus you’ll understand population genetics and you’ll accept that a person’s skin color means nothing more than that they have a bunch of melanin in their skin. America is built on pseudo-science: scientific racism, the “gospel of wealth”, GOOP, anti-vax, pop psychology, and christianity. Those depend on misinterpreting a viral outbreak: the US is an experiment gone wrong.
We have chucklefucks arguing about whether or not masks will protect you adequately from coronavirus but the fact of the matter is: they help. Like wearing a seatbelt (we have subcultures in the US that resist that, too) the facts are in: you are 80% less likely to die in an auto accident if you wear your seatbelt. Not 100%. 80%. That’s pretty good. As Las Vegas ought to teach people by its very existence: play the numbers game and tilt the odds in your favor. I don’t care if my mask is only 20% or even 10% effective. The entire city of Las Vegas was built on a 3% advantage, and good old-fashioned American anti-science (in this case, the science of statistics) ignorance.
It’s as if white supremacist America has realized that it has to hold down black, hispanic, and immigrant people because those people are not chucklefucks and, if white supremacist America doesn’t keep its knee on their neck, they’re going to all wind up working for smart, well-educated, non-white people. That can’t happen soon enough, in my opinion.