For those sleeping under a rock, we’re in the middle of a pandemic, the COVID-19 pandemic to be more specific. We’re not even in the middle yet because we’re not even through the first wave. We are currently living through the worst public health crisis in the last century. This has to be taken seriously.
I’m going to keep this short and sweet. I know I’m going to piss some people off but frankly, I don’t care. I’m not here to make you feel good. We need to have a serious conversation about social, and personal responsibilities.
I’ve been on complete lockdown with my 3 autistic kids for 80 days now. My oldest is immunocompromised and we have to be extremely careful. We’re also doing our part to protect you and everyone else by staying home. We wear masks when we leave the house and observe social distancing. We have zero contact with any other human beings.
I live in Ohio and while I didn’t vote for him, I think Governor Mike DeWine has done a great job of mananging this crisis. He stood up to Trump and those in his own party. I feel that all the recent violence and armed protestors are having more influence on his decisions as of late. I’m not okay with that.
As I’m writing this, almost the entire country is reopened or reopening and frankly, based on what I’m seeing, this is terrifying. It would be scary if people were doing their part, being responsible and following the guidelines, but that’s not happening.
I tried to take my kids to the park today. It should be safe as long as we don’t come into contact with other people. We socially distance and wear our masks to protect everyone else. We drove to at least 3 different parks today and found them all to be jam packed with people, just like any other summer day, but this isn’t just any other summer day.
In the course of our drive to find a place we could safely go to, we estimate that we saw several hundred people, at least. Between the parks, streets and everywhere else, we witnessed hundreds of people ignoring the CDC guidelines. Out of the hundreds of people we drove past, we saw only 2 people wearing masks. We saw large groups of people, smaller groups of people and even individuals, completely disregarding the health, safety and wellbeing of everyone else around them. There was even a graduation party around the corner from me and there were carloads of people crammed into a small front yard, all behaving as if COVID-19 wasn’t a concern.