If you are wondering why the polls are looking in favor of former Vice President Joe Biden, look no further than the COVID-19 storm that soaked America. The storm has somewhat left the houses and is now standing in the lines waiting to cast their votes. You had the majority of people making sure they socially distanced and then another small group that seemed to want to poke fun at the group wearing their mask. While standing in line the first morning of voting, a young duo rudely cut in and disregarded the people who had been waiting behind them for hours. Some of these people waiting in line included wounded veterans like my husband. He had been pushing through the pain for hours. As the crowd made it to the doorway, the duo thought it was a good idea to take off their mask and try to gain entry into the building.
Here in Texas, there are counties under a mask mandate, and our county happens to be one of those mandated towns. As the election worker asked the duo to put their masks on, they insisted that they did not bring any face protection. They then stated that the mandate had ended and that the election workers did not know the law. I assure you, the mandate has not ended, but this is the driving force behind the votes that will be coming Biden’s way. After the disruption started to bleed into the people in line, the workers informed the duo that they would need to clear out the entire building if they did not have a mask. They went on to explain how this would take time, and it would be the only way they would be allowed to enter. They did not want to wait for the building to be cleared, so they pulled out their masks and put them on as they entered the building.
The duo entered the building with an angry group of voters standing in line, talking about how they lost friends and loved ones to COVID-19. The COVID-19 response spells out the reason for the blowout. When we hear about the more than 7 million people getting COVID-19, we zero in on the 200,000 lives snipped away; we do not think about the families of those people. For at least each person, we have to assume they had at least one family member. While not all cases of COVID were deadly as the 200,000 cases, they were still life-altering cases to some degree. Those cases came with mandatory isolation and quarantines that lasted for weeks.
For many people, the sickness produced results that either saw them cramped up in hospitals or numerous trips to the doctor for anything from breathing treatment medication to a barrage of oral medication. My own family dealt with a high fever for nearly nine days. We are talking about a fever that would send people to the hospital in normal circumstances. Meanwhile, as all of this is going on, we family members are taking note. We are looking at what our loved ones are going through, and one thought seems to keep coming to mind. It didn’t have to be this way.
Now, back to the numbers! As we stated, most likely, the 7 million cases had at least one family member and at least one friend. Now, if you take that number and multiply it by 3, you have twenty-one million people with lives directly caught up in COVID-19 cases. In most cases, these people had more than one family member, and I am willing to bet they had more than one friend. We are talking about co-workers watching their loved ones die, and at times families of 19 coming down with the virus.
We haven’t even started talking about the people who no longer have jobs due to the virus or the people who have seen their hours cut back due to COVID-19. After you add all of those people, the number quickly could be as high as 1/3 of the American population has seen hardships due to COVID-19. That is what I would consider a minimum. So, in my opinion, we are seeing this large surge for Biden because COVID-19 has treated America like a tsunami would treat a small island in its way. It has changed our cities, our culture, and the way we interact on a daily basis.
President Trump talks about Law and Order, but he fails to understand that there is an enormous population of this country undergoing a very grueling pandemic. While some might view the fight as being almost over, I can assure you, the ones dealing with COVID right now do not see it that way. What are your thoughts?
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