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Mask up, idiots…

So, way back in the dark ages of 2019, I read a brief article about a novel virus called SARS-CoV-2—what we commonly refer to as COVID-19.  Friends of mine were already saying this wasn’t gonna be any worse than the flu, but I paid attention.  I told them that if we didn’t take it seriously, the entire country would shut down.

I don’t claim to be a virologist or immunologist, but I listened in all my science classes, and I’ve read widely my entire life.  Especially now that I write Sci-Fi.

A few months later, and the death rate from this flu-like virus proves to be ten times the worst flu epidemic, and I told everyone we would shut down the schools soon.  Later, I said they wouldn’t open on time in September.  A very intelligent friend told me things would get back to normal by Christmas of 2020, and I reminded him of human nature.  My exact statement was “People are stupid, and we’re gonna see wave after wave of variations for years.  He countered with “But viruses always mutate to lower virulence,” meaning they become less deadly with successive generations.

I say all the above in hope people reading will believe me when I write here that we haven’t seen the worst yet.  While it’s true viruses become less deadly as they mutate, that’s with a normal life-cycle.  What we are doing with this is definitely not normal.  We could either let it run its course and burn itself out by everyone getting it and hence creating a modicum of herd immunity (not optimal because of the death rate) or we could vaccinate and take simple precautions and achieve the same result without the high number of deaths.

What we’ve chosen (and by we I mean the idiot anti-vaxers) is the worst possible path—limited vaccination and huge numbers of super-spreader events.  From this, we’re going to get random mutations in selected populations, and some of these will be more virulent.  If we keep this up, we may see a death rate rivaling the bubonic plague.  I remind readers that the plague had a 13% mortality rate among treated patients, and a 50%-60% mortality rate for those untreated.

In short, please help us save the world.  Mask up and get vaccinated, or us survivors get to divide up all your stuff when society collapses.

Feel free to comment below, but COVID misinformation will be deleted.

Cover reveal…

Just a quick note to show you guys the cover to my first horror novel, The Ward. I plan to release this in both print and Kindle formats in February. I’m also trying a new size format for this book, making it more like something you’d find in a bookstore–something a bit more pocketable.

Comments are welcome!

Novel excerpt–The Ward

This is my first horror novel and will be out next month. This scene isn’t scary, but it is momentous…

The storm raged through the night, the wind and driving rain a thunderous white noise drowning the bitter thoughts in my head like a bag of kittens thrown from a bridge; it was the first good night’s sleep I’d had in months.  While most people hated or feared the powerful storms that lumbered across the Gulf Coast, I’ve always found them comforting.  Storms in Southeast Texas—what we lovingly refer to as “the Golden Triangle”—are usually brief torrential rains that roll overhead like a runaway freight train.  Some, like last night’s, drift across the sky’s arch in a lugubrious crawl, dumping an ocean of water, scouring the landscape; clearing it like a house painter preparing for a fresh coat.

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Hospitals and the art of social distancing…

Okay. I get it. Hospitals are a playground for all variants of Covid. But seriously… what is up with the only one visitor rule? Or should I just call it the “one family member in the hospital” rule?

My son’s appendix burst yesterday, and until they decided it had and they would operate, only one parent was allowed in the fucking hospital. Not “oh you have to wait in the lobby”, but you have to sit in your car or on the bench outside. In damp 48 degree weather. At 5 a.m. And the lobby was the size of a basketball arena and fucking empty. And I am triply vaxed and wearing a mask.

There really should be some flexibility, but administrators, who have very little real-life contact with patients and family, made a decision the staff must follow without question. Again, I get the need to play it safe–if we had from the beginning, this would have ended almost a year ago–but if you can socially distance at twenty feet or more, the rules could probably stand a little relaxing.

Food for thought…

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