The city of Key West is urgently pushing the barn door shut even as Coronavirus cases have almost hit 1300. That news has pushed local leaders to act in a way that is going to upset a lot of people and in a time when taking a stand is not very popular my hat is off to the city commission. (LINK) We all know that we have a more stable population in the Keys as winter residents come and don't leave. Thus when people get infected now they don't go home after vacation but show up at the local hospitals. Concern is therefore at a high level officially speaking and the city commission has grasped that uncomfortable bull by the horns..
The city commission has passed another outdoor mask ordinance so we are back where we were this spring, masks on all the time, indoors and out when you leave home. I have been reading reports from hospitals in the Midwest where patients tell nurses they don't believe they have Covid 19 even as it kills them. It beggars belief but coronavirus has leapt out of the realm of science into the twisted up world of politics and wishful thinking.newspaper reports a local restaurant magnate has decided masks are ineffective and didn't enforce even the previously rather lax rules. One can imagine that with his erudition on the subject of epidemiology he has decided the new, stiffer rules are pointless. Which about sums up how hopeless the situation is become. Eleven million cases nationwide and here we are, crashing around in a fog of premature senility. I saw one suggestion online to ward off coronavirus with oregano. What I wondered do they put on their pasta sauce, bleach, perhaps? If oregano worked would not the Italians of all people, among the most hard hit nations, not be immune? However being rational in the face of essential oils and witchcraft has no place.
I have to say my ambition is to get through the next few months unscathed if I possibly can, and reach the place where secure vaccinations become available and put this ghastly episode behind me. In the hundred years since the Spanish "Flu, which originated in Kansas of course, we seem to have learned nothing as a species, We are living through a time where expertise, education, science and kindness are on the backburner only to be replaced by a pervasive sense that lawlessness and cruelty and ignorance are the new currency. It does my mind no good at all to see how badly we have handled this crisis for our generation. Key West as a holdout for thoughtfulness is a consolation, but this one human family is a tiny blip on the face of a national epidemic..