Hong Kong has 7.5 million people. BC has 5 million. Hong Kong has 200 active cases of C-19. BC has 2000. In Hong Kong, 200 people have died so far. Same for BC. The population of Hong Kong is extremely concentrated in a small area (more than 7,000 per square km). BC has 4.8 persons per square kilometre. The Hong Kongese are handling the virus much better than we are and we are handling the virus better than most of the rest of Canada and way better than any part of the USA. So, what is the difference?
My Hong Kong friends are very polite when they give their opinion. They do not want to insult us. But they feel a bit less concerned about offending ‘Mericans. “The ‘Merican people so stupid! Trump is so stupid. This virus will keep them very depressed for a very long time.”
“What could we do better? Can we get as good as Hong Kong?”
“Simple. Easy. Everyone wear masks. All the time. Everyone. Everywhere. And then you have to test for the super carriers. The super carriers are asymptomatic and don’t know they are super carriers. We tested half the city and found 50 super carriers. They are now isolated and being closely monitored.”
“We can’t get tests.”
“So sorry. Canadian people so stupid, too! Ha ha!” (My HK friends are wonderful people but our senses of humour differ somewhat from time to time).
Bottom line: we are not as good at dealing with this pandemic as we think we are. And, worse than that, we are getting worse at it, not better.
Step one: It is time to mandate masks all the time. Duh!
I was not going to write about C-19 but the California wildfires prompted it. Seems the government is saying that ‘they cannot stop the increasing wildfires in the future and that people will just have to learn to live with them.’ They say that because they put a large part of the blame on climate change and that is only getting worse. Trump, of course, denies climate change. So do most Republicans. It is interesting how many different ways stupid can show up, eh?
Step two: it is time to remove stupid people from office. Forever. All the time. Everywhere.
I know that sounds like a rant or something but, think about it…..currently we have staggeringly stupid people not only in charge of our every day affairs but now they are influencing our very survival.
Stupidity is killing us.
A small example of that was all-too-evident at the hospital Sally attended for her knee operation. The physio lab was filthy. Literally sticky-with-drool filthy. And, when that was brought to their attention, they said, “Oh, we have wipes on the wall there. Feel free to wipe anything.” That was the highly paid, degree-holding, professional staff. The even-higher-paid administration said, “Oh, I know where the physio lab is but I have never been in it!” We have systemic stupidity even at the local hospital level.
And now we are sending all the kids back to school. OMG!!! Think about it like this: doctors and nurses are sending their kids back to crowded classrooms with teachers! Society’s ‘smart people’ came up with that plan.
This suggestion may be ridiculous but the situation is getting ridiculous. I think we have to test for stupidity from now on. It’s clearly an epidemic. We can call it the Trump Virus, the Duh disease or the Stupid Sickness – whatever works for you.