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Hellish Mess With COVID In Wisconsin

October 6, 2020

If you want to know the lay of the land with COVID-19 and Wisconsin, all one need do is pick up the Tuesday edition of the Wisconsin State Journal. There are three stories on the front page which underscore the gravity of the virus, the unwise and ass-backwards attempt by Donald Trump to attempt to diminish the severity of it, and legal moves by knuckle–dragging conservatives to undermine an order to wear masks; the most effective move anyone can take to minimize becoming infected or spreading the virus.

What is happening at our medical facilities statewide is troubling and needs to resonate with those who wish to dismiss the power of the virus.

Monday, with the tally growing by 119 patients since Friday, nearly tripling in the past month and coming closer to what a hospital official said could be “crisis stage.”

Dane County had a record 47 patients in the hospital with the coronavirus on Sunday, the last day for which information was available, up from its previous peak of 46 in early April.

Hospitalizations dipped a bit statewide late last week, but then went up again in all regions of the state, according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association. Hospitals in some places have been canceling elective procedures and transferring patients to other facilities……

The stark contrast with those troubling hospital statistics can be found in the above-the fold headlined story about Trump returning to the White House from his own hospital stay. He showed his complete disdain for the medical facts and last evening basically gave a middle-finger to the statistics. But let us not forget that all those numbers are real people—husbands, brothers, wives, sisters, sons and daughters. Trump’s cavalier and simply appalling behaviour about COVID was the final nail in his political campaign’s coffin.

Landing at the White House on Marine One, Trump gingerly climbed the South Portico steps, removed his mask and declared, “I feel good.” He gave a double thumbs-up to the departing helicopter from the portico terrace, where aides had arranged American flags for the sunset occasion. He entered the White House, where aides were visible milling about the Blue Room, without wearing a face covering.

It needs to be noted that effective leadership from a president, in terms of appropriate behavior during a pandemic, is essential in guiding and shaping how the nation accepts and reacts to the realities of the situation. When there is no regard for that presidential role too many people feel no necessity to act in accordance with the needs of the larger community in mind. Therefore, the abysmal behavior of Trump, which was on display for the entire nation to see, is most regrettable.

The third story regarded the legal challenge Wisconsin continues to needlessly go through due to a lawsuit brought by a conservative bunch of misfits. A St. Croix County judge is weighing whether to strike down Gov. Tony Evers’ statewide mask mandate. A power play I find unacceptable.

Conservative Republicans repeatedly fail to grasp science and refuse to compute data. You just know those people grew up with Garanimals as without even the most basic guidance in life they would have worn stripes with plaids together to school. Their actions, as demonstrated by the news on the front page of the state paper, strengthen my argument as to why we need to continuously inform them about what is proper to do, and also what is socially unacceptable.

Otherwise as Sheldon would say, “How are they to learn?”

And so it goes.

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