I confess to having an active FB account so that I can at least keep up…but still refuse to post for all the reasons I’ve already gone off about. I saw that some old friends were worried and wondering about what they’ve been reading about goings on here in Spain. So the news as I know it is that we’re 2nd waving…but that lethality is way down…a very good thing. The response has been to reimpose restrictions but not at the level of this past Spring, which was as real a lock down as can be defined. Now there are curfews - in by 11pm for restaurants and bars rules that limit capacity especially indoors, and EVERYONE wears a mask wherever they are. Outside of that life goes on. Where folks can work from home they do and where not they work within the limitations imposed. The failures here were in “opening up” a bit prematurely and indiscriminately, all in the name of saving the economy. There were also governmental failures to anticipate the 2nd wave and really get up to speed on contact tracing and being prepared for what would eventually come in the fall. Sound familiar?
I worry that the political discourse in the US which is thankfully nearing its end makes everything an all or nothing issue. Lockdown” where everything is shutdown is not something that is happening anywhere here in Europe, but restrictions that take into account data and what science has taught us are being used to limit and contain. The worse the outbreak the tighter the measures, but all in the hope to balance containing infection without causing more damage to livelihoods, education and quality of life. That’s what one candidate in next Tuesday’s election is talking about while the other continues to belch out bilge meant to distract, minimize and confuse. Stay strong, stay safe and vote!
I am optimistic that Biden will win. There’s record breaking early voting happening and the youth vote in some areas is up over 300%. In NC almost 50% of registered voters have already voted. Now that the GOP has achieved their court packing goal, I predict they will start to distance themselves even more from 45. Vote blue! Stay positive! This too will pass. 😍
I am Ggad all is well in your world and that science & common sense prevails. Not so here in the US. The self absorbed lying nepotistic POS Trump and his cadre of boot lackeys continue to spew lies and disinformation. He holds infection spreading ralleys where his idiot brain washed Fox bots refuse to wear masks & social distance. The Senate jams through another right wing Supreme Court nominee as "Rome burns" with zero plans or proposals to stop the pandemic and economic bleeding. Say a prayer for us that good triumphs over evil and this once great country can save our Democracy and rebuild with compassion, compromise and empathy towards all. PEACE