Monday, February 8, 2021

#MicroblogMondays: It may be "allowed," but is it wise??

A Facebook friend who lives in a state with a very high rate of COVID-19 cases has been posting photos all year long of gatherings with large groups of friends, sitting around tables at restaurants, etc. -- shoulder to shoulder, not a mask in sight. 

Today there was a photo from a coffee gathering with half a dozen people. Still standing close together. This time they were all wearing masks (although presumably they weren't wearing them when they were drinking their coffee). I'm glad they finally seem to be getting the message (sort of??), but... it took them an entire year?! 

I know I'm like a broken record on this issue lately -- and I'm sorry if I sound judgmental -- but I still find it so unfathomable that there are places where people are eating inside restaurants... shopping at the mall... going to school and school events... attending Super Bowl games with 25,000 other people (supposedly that was doing it socially distanced?!)... celebrating Super Bowl victories in the streets -- and not only that, but NOT wearing masks while they're doing it!! -- like the entire last year never happened.  Even if you're not under lockdown right now (as we are here) -- even if eating out and gathering with others is "allowed" -- is it wise?  

(I know people are eating out and doing things, unmasked, in places like Australia & New Zealand, but they've more or less stamped out COVID-19 -- they've earned the right to resume "regular" life again. We still haven't...) 

You can find more of this week's #MicroblogMondays posts here


  1. I hear you. I predict a post-super bowl surge. A woman I know in Florida posted about having a fun night out dancing with friends recently. I wanted to ask if she was socially distanced. But I'm a little scared of her, so said nothing!

    I've also seen a lot of people talk about bubbles as if they can justify doing what they are doing. But the whole point of bubbles is that they can be broken, and that they are supposed to be insular, not merged. Sigh.

  2. I don't think you need to apologize—we SHOULD BE judgmental. This is a public health crisis. The actions of one person can potentially affect many many many people.

  3. I am very angry, with my family's choices and in general about everything related to covid. I don't feel the need to apologize at all. I am doing nothing wrong. I am staying home.

  4. I judge. I'm not 100% at home all the time, but I avoid people in the stores, and I always wear a mask. While my shopping poses some risk to workers, I do my best to minimize it. Also, it's not that frequent and there's nothing else we're doing. I wish people took this more seriously.