COVID sucks. Restrictions suck. But does it have to be this bad? Sure, the virus is quite contagious, and can make people very sick, but would it be different if it weren’t for the covidiots? I’m inclined to think that it would be.
There will always be people who choose to break the rules. During the pandemic, though, the proportion of rule-breakers seems a lot higher than usual. The three fundamental public health practices of distance, hand hygiene, and mask aren’t simply being ignored by a certain segment of the population, they’re being actively protested against.
So, you’ve got bunches of covidiots, all bunched together, no masks, no distance, and spewing respiratory droplets as they shout. A happy little COVID soup. There’s only so much government can/will do about covidiots. Regardless of the restrictions/lockdowns that are in place, people are still going to anti-mask protests, still gathering in certain churches against the rules, going to weddings, having house parties, going to illegal nightclubs, etc. Government can fine people, or even toss them in jail for a night until they make bail, but it’s too late at that point, because the COVID soup has already happened.
When there’s not much that can be done to control the covidiots, and they’re all germy from their COVID soup, government has to intervene to try to keep them away from rule-followers. The rule-followers will actually go along with increased restrictions (at least mostly), so that starts to be relied upon to compensate for covidiocy.
That means that because my (hypothetical) asshole of a neighbour decided to turn their place into a pop-up nightclub, I’m not going to be allowed to go sit masked and socially distanced at a coffee shop. Fine, it’s not quite that direct a relationship, but on a larger scale, I think it probably turns out to be true.
If everyone would adhere to distance/hand hygiene/mask, I suspect that we would be able to get away with a lot fewer restrictions than we have now. Of course, there’s no way that’s going to happen, but it really does feel like a case of one chunk of the population deliberately making things worse for everyone. Not that they see it that way, though.
While most people are struggling but adhering to the rules, some righteously indignant people are insisting it’s an issue of their rights and freedoms. While many/most religious leaders seem to be erring on the side of sanity, arguments against mask-wearing include Jesus not wearing a mask, and humans being created in the image of God, who didn’t wear a mask. Public health restrictions have to try to compensate for this kind of nonsense, which screws us all over.
So, covidiots, please stay home. You’ve had your time, now let us stat to get our world back.