Once again, Covid-19, or at least news of it, is on the rise—and, with it, media-hyped encouragements to hole up and hide away from our families and friends. And, hot out of the oven, we have the next new phenomenon spawned by the so-called pandemic: “virtual Thanksgiving.” That’s right, instead of traditional “in-person” gatherings of families and friends on Thanksgiving Day, the Covid thing to do is to plan on Zoom sessions and Google meets to maintain social distancing, stay safe, and mitigate the spread of the virus.
With respect and sympathy for those who have lost loved ones or have suffered in any way due to the coronavirus, the question must be asked—at some point: How far is all of this going to go before we all come to grips with the reality that this virus most likely isn’t going to go away if we stop behaving like human beings, and that we must learn to live with it, risks and all? For those who have asked and answered this question and are consequently getting physically together around a table for turkey on Thanksgiving, I am thankful.
I am not a scientist, but, like all of us, I have heard and read the opinions of many scientists in recent months. Many of these claim that this airborne virus will not be checked by any measures that we might take, whether by social distancing or masks or business shutdowns. No one really knows, of course. We all hear what we want to hear, and I myself recently heard on a radio show a highly qualified–sounding virologist named Dr. Roger Hodkinson who was working out of North Carolina on vaccine testing for Covid. He had nothing but measured scorn for the widespread CDC recommendations, which he called absurd and unnecessary. I would direct you to the video, but (you guessed it) YouTube took it down.