In The Kansas City Star, Melinda Henneberger reports on a small town in the Missouri countryside where most of the residents have chosen to disregard the danger of infection in these viral times. Many of them seem to have bought the herd immunity fairy tale that, if enough people get sick (lots of whom will die, but that part gets left out of the fairy tale version), somehow the threat will magically go away. Here’s a bit:
That’s such a common feeling in this town of 12,000 in the southwestern corner of the state that a mom who sees this nonchalance as “nuts” also said she’s afraid her business would fail if she let me use her name: “I’ve already had to unfollow everyone I’ve ever known on Facebook. More people than I ever would have believed think we’ll never hear about COVID again after the election, and if you wear a mask you get laughed at. A gentleman at the Dollar Tree came up and told me I was a sheep and I looked ridiculous. I have a friend who was diagnosed with COVID” who thought it was no problem for her kids to keep going to school.
We are a society of stupid.