They’re watching too much CNN
“A surprising number of people — almost all of them liberals— are hesitant to take off their masks,” Dan O’Donnell observes at MacIver.
And why wouldn’t they? From the very beginning of the pandemic they have been told that mask-wearing was virtuous, selfless, and compassionate — in other words, everything every good liberal imagines themselves to be. Last March, no less an authority on COVID safety than Dr. Anthony Fauci went on 60 Minutes to tell the public not to wear masks.
Indeed, 58% of Dane County is fully vaccinated (95% over age 65, the most vulnerable group), second only to under-populated Bayfield County in Wisconsin. (Statewide, 43% are fully vaccinated; 50% at least one shot. An unknown number are naturally immune through exposure.)
‘Get busy living or get busy dying.” — Andy Dufresne.
Crawl under a mattress!
The risk of dying of COVID-19 after vaccination is .0001%, or about 1 in a million. The CDC estimates you are more likely to get struck by lightning in a year.
Yer Gonna Die if you:
- Drive a car — 161 per million drivers
- Swim — 1 in one million
- Bicycle — 7.1 in a million
- Ski downhill — 0.7 per million
- Compete in a triathlon — 15 per million
- Live too long — 100%
The man in the iron mask
Which brings us to the usually reasonable Deke Rivers, Madison WI Democrat in good standing who has received both of his vaccinations:
In two weeks we will be at the point where it is reported by professionals that masks are no longer required when ‘out and about’. But we both will continue to wear a mask when groups are milling about and there is no way to know if they have their shots. We have not been in an actual store for 14 months, and have no intention of eating at any restaurant for some time to come.
And I know we are not alone. … But when we walk down State Street or when shopping for our own groceries (it is the little things!) we will still wear a mask. It is the smart thing to do.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: No, Deke, it is the paranoid thing to do.
⇒ For further reading: Babylon Bee: “Deranged psychopath seen putting mask on toddler.”