To someone living outside the United States, the very idea of “Covid parties” must seem completely insane. Think of a scientific experiment being conducted by someone with no grasp of science, no sense of danger and no respect for their fellow man. Better yet, imagine receiving a party invitation where your voluntary inclusion can cost you your life… And thinking “what a great idea!”
In effect, a “Covid party” is a gathering held by somebody diagnosed with Covid-19 to see if the virus is real and to see if anyone gets infected. If you’re thinking that sound completely idiotic and even a little morbid, it would be hard to disagree with you. Unfortunately, these Covid parties are taking place across America and big surprise, it’s killing people.
The other day in Texas, a chief medical officer tried to sound the alarm by repeating the dying words of a Covid party attendee to the public. According to Dr Jane Appleby of the Methodist hospital in San Antonio, just before the patient died, they looked at their nurse and said “I think I made a mistake, I thought this was a hoax, but it’s not.”
It’s rather chilling. Particularly when you realize this gentleman was only thirty years old and had his whole life ahead of him. When you’re dealing with a deadly pandemic in this scenario, you’re risking your life with absolutely nothing to gain.
This young adult keeps plenty of company. The youth of any generation can be reckless, mine included. It can be argued that the corona-virus is spreading far more rapidly due in part to the indifference of today’s youth, but then that’s the situation everywhere. Canada’s youth is no different, but cases there have been on the decline for awhile.
The fact is, it’s not only about youth. You may have heard the story of the mother from Florida who may have intentionally taken her immune compromised daughter to a church Covid party last month. The 17-year-old needlessly passed away, but not before her mom went through the Donald Trump checklist.
She first gave her child azithromycin as a preventative treatment. When she developed a headache and mild cough, her mother hooked her up to an oxygen supply belonging to her grandfather and started to give her hydroxychloroquine. A drug that, after trials, showed could increase the risk of death if given to corona-virus patients. All without seeing a doctor.
The child was eventually taken to ICU, but it was too late. She died two days after her 17th birthday. Her mother, reportedly an anti-mask covidiot, has yet to take responsibility for her daughter’s death and said, “We are incredibly saddened by her passing at this young age, but are comforted that she is pain free.”
The question that needs to be asked is why? How come many among us still believe Covid-19 is an outright hoax? How come so many people believe that, not only do masks not work, but believe they can kill you? Why the belief in so many conspiracy theories?
It really comes down to trust. The American government has been lying to their people for so long, it’s hard to take them for their word. Whether it’s lying about Iraq, NSA surveillance, Russian interference, trickle-down economics, you name it. Both parties do it and do it well.
According to Pew Research, public trust in the government remains near historic lows. Only 17% of Americans in 2019 said they can trust the government in Washington to do what is right. If you think this is a Trump phenomenon, you would be wrong. In 2015, trust was at %18.
However, Trump certainly has a hand in spreading conspiracy theories. A mind as small as his doesn’t just spread them for personal political gain, it’s not a stretch to say he actually believes in them as well. It’s this combination of conspiracy theorist in chief and mistrust in government that is fueling Covid parties, anti-maskers and the corona-virus itself to record heights.
By comparison, Canadians have been able to flatten the curve much more quickly and effectively than their American neighbors. Not because of universal healthcare, that doesn’t prevent the spread. The main reason is because they listen.
They listen to their government officials. In January of 2020, before the pandemic hit, 53% of Canadians trusted the core institutions of business, government, media, and non-governmental organizations. Nevertheless, trust in government institutions actually went up as the virus dug in its heels.
Canada certainly has its share of reckless youth, conspiracy theorists and just plain dumb-asses, but like Europeans they trust the people they elect to do the right thing. If you look at the current global corona-virus trends, that seems to make all the difference in the world. You don’t need a Covid party to prove it.