Sitting at the dentist in Perrinville a dude walked in for his appointment and contested the mask rule that medical offices still observe. Fifty people every day contract covid in Snohomish County. My daughter works at a retirement home in Edmonds. This week two dozen residents tested positive. This happens occasionally as the virus bobs around the community, kept alive by ignorance. I lost two friends to covid early on. One a store owner in Leschi and the other the grandma of my friend John.
Back to the dentist’s office. The kid was told that his girlfriend had agreed to wear a mask. To which he replied, “Yeah, she’s a conformist!” And that is the whole problem in one statement. Defending humans against a bug like SARS-CoV-2 or any other new virus requires teamwork. There is difference between conformity and teamwork. And difference is knowing the difference. This country completely failed at defending itself against the virus.
Next time, f we have this same level of ignorance and fear about conforming we’re goners. And we should be.