#WDIIA – We, the Collateral Damage


We are up early this morning. Today is the first day we plan to take advantage of the ‘senior shopping hours’ established by our local grocery stores. These designated hours are for those of us over age 60 or those with compromised immune systems to shop in the recently sanitized stores before the masses. That means the first hours the stores are open – generally 6:00 A.M. or 7:00 A.M. depending on the store.

Our area of the country just recently reported the first suspected case of community spread COVID-19. People here are adhering to recommendations and trying to “flatten the curve”.

Just a week after we have been warned of the fast spread of this disease, our fearless leader is now backtracking. He must be seeing the handwriting on the wall. If I had any reservations about his view of the quality of my family’s life, rest assured, I know that we are of no consequence. We are collateral damage. My husband and me because of our age. My children and grandchildren and nieces and nephews because of compromised immune systems. If we lose our life to this virus, oh well. It’s for the good of the republic. Sacrifice the weak for the … uh, the rich.

If Washington gets its way, the sacrifices made in the last 7 days by our nation will be for naught. Money wins. We were scared into submission by fear. The fear is palpable and now as the rest of the world tightens their belt, we are being led (laughable) into the quicksand. Forget the warnings of the last week. Forge ahead fearless. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

It sickens me.

Sorry folks, I had to get this out. I try not to be political on my blog, but this is my only outlet. I’m angry. I’m frustrated. I am worried about the well-being of my family and myself. I am worried about the country that generations of my family believed was worth fighting for – especially for those who needed a little help to get by. I am glad they are no longer here to see what has happened to us.

Are we the only ones that see the Emperor has no clothes?

What day is it anyway?

18 thoughts on “#WDIIA – We, the Collateral Damage”

  1. They can change the recommendations, but we can still stay away from crowds and places where the virus might linger. I think it’s too soon to be talking about going back to normal, but maybe that’s because I’m guided by scientists and medical professionals. Stay safe Maggie.

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  2. The two things observed in the UK media were that:
    (a) lots of people took advantage of this concession, there are many more over-60s than we think, and
    (b) because there were lots of people, the stores were packed and people were closer to each other than is safe. Also standing in line to get in and to pay.
    BUT – the initial WHO guidelines were not within 2m/yards for more than 15 minutes. So hopefully the risk is reduced by being close for a short period.
    Let us know how you get on.

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  3. I hope the safety measures stay in place until it is safe for everyone to go back to their normal routine. Yesterday in Quebec & Ontario, they announced closure of almost all businesses (except essential services) until April 13th, when the situation will be re-evaluated. I worry about my kids too: One has been laid off the other is expecting to be any day but their health is more important. Stay well!

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  4. I’m certain that it is difficult for the President to know how to proceed. He has a lot on his plate, even though this virus probably takes top priority right now. I would not want to be in his shoes!

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  5. My sentiments to a tee. Of course I am in the same age bracket as you. Did you see where the Texas Lt. Gov said the Older Americans should subject themselves to the virus and die so the younger Americans can live and get the economy back? Another group the haters can target just like they are targeting Americans of Asian heritage.
    STAY HEALTHY. Obey the rules set by the doctors and when a Trump news conference comes on, switch channels to The Golden Girls.

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  6. We do and I know what you are saying , our Boris has mambepambied around too long and things here are critical! Your Don is all mouth and no trousers to! Like many of his ilk he see life through self engrandising ( I made a word up) glasses. God help us all the world leaders won’t.

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  7. In the UK, it is more or less common knowledge that people over 65 will not be treated, and left to die. Imagine how much they will save by not paying our state pensions? No coincidence that it was all left too late here.
    Take care, Maggie.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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