Within a matter of days, Texas has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases. On Friday, cases were floating around 5 percent, and now news outlets are showing 10 percent positivity. Meanwhile, the Nextdoor apps are seeing arguments in local neighborhoods dealing with the outbreak. The attitudes are anywhere from skeptical to concerned about community members living through the next wave.
Many people are frustrated that we are still dealing with COVID a year and a half later. Others are still trying to push the conspiracy theory idea regarding the virus and the vaccine. This morning one poster tried to link the vaccine with the mark of the beast. As a member living in the community, it is alarming that we have people with that mindset dictating their stance on the vaccine.
Part of the problem stems from the fact that people are just too uneducated about the vaccine. The vaccine doesn’t prevent people from getting COVID-19; it helps to minimize the effects. This means it might prevent some people from having to get on oxygen or see hospital rooms. Numerous places are offering the vaccine, but there seems to be a lack of public education around the benefits of getting it.
The administration needs to implement a plan on educating the public due to there being so much negative information. There are a couple of groups that could reach out via phone like, Health and Human Services. The problem, however, seems to be that our governor isn’t talking about the rise. The only information we are hearing in Texas has been misinformation from Senator Cruz linking the rise in cases to people at the border. One poster on Nextdoor tried to link the current rise in our county to the increase mentioned by Cruz. We live 14 hours from the border, which means our rise, has very little to do with the border.
While Governor Abbott is staying silent on the situation, people are still going out and filling up restaurants, stores, and stadiums. It is a scary time to live in Texas and just another reason why our current leadership isn’t cognitively ready to deal with COVID.