A Plague In All Our Houses
The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the views of 5280 Geek and its staff.
To some this article may seem political, but it’s not. It’s not any more political than science, common sense, and facts. The only people who will misconstrue this work as political are those who view the worldwide coronavirus pandemic as made-up or overblown.
With nearly 700,000 dead and 17.5 million infected with COVID-19 worldwide, it becomes difficult to argue that it’s all some giant conspiracy. It’s not. It’s our current reality.
No doubt the numbers can skew this way or that. Cases are counted differently by alternating organizations. Even how a COVID-19 death is reported varies depending on which competing agenda you ascribe to.
Regardless of all the variables making the reported numbers higher or lower, COVID-19 is real. It’s making itself at home with all of us for the indefinite future.
A Quarters Worth column on the otherwise lighthearted 5280Geek.com should be levity and laughs. But right now it’s difficult to draw humor and fun out of something so serious and in our faces everywhere we turn.
Currently, coronavirus is rampant in sports and pop culture.
While the pandemic has shut down the majority of live events, concerts, and conventions, professional sports are throwing caution to the wind with claims that the show must go on.
The National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League are currently attempting to hermetically seal themselves inside of imaginary bubbles.
If you aren’t following the stories in the sports world, let me explain:
The bubbles are what we once called personal space. Remember those long car rides during the days of our youth where our siblings’ hands crept across the car seat and over onto our side? The NBA & NHL bubbles are like that.
Other leagues, such as Major League Baseball and the National Football League, have determined that extra safety precautions aimed at protecting employees and the communities they operate within are just not feasible.
The NFL has yet to kick off for 2020, but irony is making the first points of the season. The Minnesota Vikings’ head trainer and infectious disease control officer tested positive for COVID-19 this week. And in the past eight days since the start of the MLB season, one team, the Florida Marlins, has seen seventeen players and two coaches test positive as well. (As of the time of this article’s writing. There will be more to come.)
Live music came back last week. . .
Over in The Hamptons, The Chainsmokers, a 5280 Geek favorite, headlined a fundraiser called Safe & Sound in the ritzy upstate New York town. The show was promoted as a socially distant drive-in event for up to two thousand lucky attendees. As the pop/EDM sensations took to the stage, approximately three thousand people took to the stage with them. Most weren’t wearing masks.
The event should have been called Public Health Threat or New York COVID Outbreak 2.0.
Not to be upstaged by those snooty Yankees, 5280 Geek’s home state of Colorado hosted another two thousand maskless mouth-breathers who decided it was time for a rodeo. The Weld county sheriff didn’t shut the event down last Sunday or even issue any citations to the multitude refusing to social distance or wear face coverings. Luckily, the land owner awoke from whatever dumbass trance he was under and kicked everyone off his property.
Governor Polis responded by saying he can’t force people not to be stupid; certainly the most disappointing of any of this yet.
Back-to-school season is in full swing, sort of. . .
Right now parents should be spending the waning days of summer shopping for clothing and shoes for their young ones who are constantly outgrowing everything. Either that or complaining about lengthy, expensive school supply lists. Instead parents are faced with the dilemma of deciding whether or not it’s safe to send children back into schools next month for in-person learning. Not one teacher has come out and said Bring me your kids. Let’s do this!
News flash: It’s not safe to return to school buildings. According to Johns Hopkins University, the number of daily coronavirus deaths in the United States is the highest it’s been since the spring.
Remember spring? That’s when the world underwent mandated stay-at-home initiatives and brought daily new cases down to a manageable level.
The hundreds of millions of dollars sports leagues and their network partners stand to lose if sports don’t complete a season doesn’t do a damned thing for the vast majority of us.
However, the Miami Marlins outbreak and the one currently arising within the Philadelphia Phillies means more regular people will get infected and die than have to. The same can be said when parents send their children back into school buildings in the next two months.
And it will all only snowball into further societal and economic closures. . .
Readers of 5280 Geek expect pleasant distractions and escapes from the unfortunate realties we’re plagued with everyday. But just as with social justice and the breaking down of institutions of discrimination and hatred, we have a very real problem that needs to be accepted, addressed, and overcome. And right now it seems that the few of us still in denial are setting the rest of us back months, if not years.
We all need to do a better job of considering the collective, instead of just our own selves. Otherwise, we’re doomed to become the characters of The Walking Dead.
As one cumulative human kind, let’s do what it takes to become healthy again.
I love my friends and family. I miss them all tremendously. 5280 Geek readers are amazing as well, but we’re not at the point where we should rush and swap DNA. Let’s keep it smart and distant until there’s a vaccine. Only then should we all come out of hiding and hug and pat each other on the rears for a job well done.
That’s Your Quarters Worth. Fun and funny will be back again in the next installment.
Until then, stay safe, stay socially distant and healthy, and least importantly for the first time ever. . .stay geeky!
Written by John Andreula.
Edited by Kodid Laraque-Two Elk
Hit John on Instagram at: JohnAndreulaWritesStuff
Or Kodid at: Leyla.Kodid
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