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    No Thanks To Thanksgiving

    By on November 23, 2020 in See It Here

    The fourth Thursday of November has been a traditional gathering of friends/relatives (including the loud uncle) since 1621. It’s been a time when news stories provide data comparing the cost of a dinner this year as compared to the year before. There’s a new statistic.
    Many (read: 50 million) insist on continuing this tradition of close together meals around a table indoors. The logic: we’ve always done it this way.
    That’s always been a dangerous logic.
    And with Covid-19 in the air, literally, it can be fatal.
    Now President Trump can’t “suggest” this gathering be done online or put off until a safer time because we don’t want government telling us what to do. However, health officials, (i.e.–people who know what they’re talking about) are doing it now. Hospitals are overwhelmed with cases and refrigerated trucks are on site to handle the bodies that have become part of the daily fatality rates from the pandemic because morgues are out of room.
    Anyone with a pulse should be able to see what is being “suggested” by people with healthcare experience. Yes, there is good news in all of this. Governors in Ohio, Utah, North Dakota and Iowa have decided wearing a mask is now a good idea after saying the government can’t tell my people what to do for the past eight months.
    The pulse may come to an end if this tradition continues. Wait for “sudden increases” in cases to be heard within the next two weeks.

    We really are slow learners.

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