Coronavirus Diary Day WTFK: November 22, 2021
You guys, Austria is locked the fuck down. I am not kidding. Their powers-that-be announced on Friday that both vaccinated and unvaccinated citizens had three days to prepare their abodes, because by Monday, every living human would be homebound for 20 days. Germany just put severe restrictions into place, as well, including a full lockdown for the unvaccinated. Both of these countries are roughly 67% vaccinated, so I guess that’s a problem.
Oh wait. I almost forgot. The Hubs and I traveled to Florida last weekend for a quick getaway. That meant we needed to wear masks in the airports and on the planes, of course. What I found most interesting were the 6-feet social distancing signs found everywhere throughout the airports, which absolutely no one adhered to. I mean, come on. We’re about to jam onto planes, which are once again completely full, by the way. Folks, let’s remove all that 6-feet signage, eh? It’s annoying AF.
(By the way, being in Florida is like being on a wholly different planet. I enjoy that. It makes me sort of an alien, I think. Floridians are fascinated by my otherworldly culture. “Do you still work remote?” they ask. “Do your kids go to school?” they ask. “Are the ICUs full?” they ask. I answer, “I don’t work, my kids are grown, and I haven’t been in the ICU.”)
America is 60% double vaccinated. Those numbers are not any better than countries like Austria and Germany. So, do we think we are safer? Maybe we don’t care. But something about this whole situation feels eerily familiar. Remember when I first started documenting the pandemic back in March 2020? I accurately predicted that Europe was about 2-3 weeks ahead of us in all the things, which included infections, hospitalizations, deaths, lockdowns, mask mandates, and eventually, protests. Later, Europe was also about 2-3 weeks ahead of us in vaccine mandates and the resulting public outcry regarding that. If the theory still holds, we’re looking at future lockdowns right here in the Good ‘Ol.
But, I dunno. America is the land of the free, remember?
The Hubs and I are both scheduled for our boosters the week after next, and our youngest son has finally (just last week!) been double jabbed. I feel safe from Covid. Is that ignorant? It might be, but regardless, I feel safe.
Worldwide Confirmed COVID-19 Cases / Deaths
258,105,908 / 5,171,656
USA Cases / Deaths
48,593,642 / 793,659
India Cases / Deaths
34,518,901 / 465,911
Brazil Cases / Deaths
22,017,276 / 612,722
UK Cases / Deaths
9,889,926 / 143,972
Russia Cases / Deaths
9,366,839 / 265,336
Turkey Cases / Deaths
8,571,554 / 75,042
France Cases / Deaths
7,414,971 / 118,461
Iran Cases / Deaths
6,082,865 / 129,053
Worth noting, China (the most populous country in the world with more than 1.4 billion people) is still reporting only 98,505 cases and 4,636 deaths. Hmm. Impressive, China.