Really, the conspiracy stuff has been bubbling up for about a decade now. Remember when we had conspiracies about the US president's nationality? People actually believe that. How many investigations of Hillary Clinton that turn up nothing and we still get sizable numbers of "Lock Her Up" and "I just don't trust her" even today. Anti-vaxxing that is based on science that has been long debunked.
Thing is, it doesn't matter how much proof you bring to the table. It doesn't matter how rational your arguments are. People are predisposed to believing stuff and poking holes in that is like trying to stick pins in concrete.
We've had decades of the erosion of public trust in science, expertise has been treated as clueless elitism. And this has been going on since the 80's. It's not really surprising, in hindsight, to see how much of an impact this has had.
Remember when we had conspiracies about the US president's nationality? People actually believe that.
this is pretty much a viral infection of the mind.Some do, and others don't.
You cannot awaken someone who is not asleep - a great many knew full well that it was false, but repeated the narrative because it served their purposes. Repeating that narrative means that most normal folks feel the need to dispute the facts. But the person knows it is a lie, so the facts were not relevant, making it largely invulnerable armor.
You cannot reason a person out of a position they didn't reason themselves into - the people who did believe that, despite evidence, are holding that position because it resonates with their fears or preferred worldview. You cannot address their position without approaching the emotional underpinnings. And you generally cannot do that with a stranger.
Well, it appears that the other shoe has finally dropped in Japan. Skyrocketing infection rates, hospitals heading to being overwhelmed. This is what everyone has been bracing for for the past year. Here's to hoping.
I really want to give this post multiple emojis, ending with a thumbs-up.Bit of a rough start of the week for me. Got called at 2 in the middle of the night. Whenever you get a call like that, it can't be good news, and it wasn't. My dad had been rushed to the hospital and had to under go immediate surgery for a cerebral haemorrhage (bleeding in the brain). Apparently he was able to call the emergency number, so they got to him in time. Several horrible hours later me and my sister got word that the operation was a success.
Due to Corona however, visiting someone in the hospital is a bit different now. Only 1 visitor is allowed at a time, and you must be in good health (no cough) and be wearing a mask obviously. Due to all the hospitals being overloaded with covid patients now, he had to be relocated to a hospital in a different city, when second can be a matter of life and death. The hospitals also have to move entire departments around, just to keep covid patients separated.
I think I mentioned a while ago how covid can cause deaths among regular patients simply due to delays. I never thought I'd be thrown into just that kind of situation with a member of my family.
He is doing well though, so that's a relief. They got to him in time, and immediately got him into surgery. The hospital is specialized in neuro surgery, so that's a blessing.
Ours apparently came from Brazil. But, no, it's more the fact that the government wanted business to get back into swing, brought out some travel incentives for domestic travel, and it blew up in their faces. They're reading the emergency powers acts for most of the country now. Not that that holds a lot of power in Japan - they can ask politely for people to stay home and that's about as far as it goes. Some prefectures are offering monetary incentives to businesses to close early. Nothing anywhere near as draconian as what we're seeing out of Canada right now.The new, more infectious strain first seen in the UK?
Ours apparently came from Brazil. But, no, it's more the fact that the government wanted business to get back into swing, brought out some travel incentives for domestic travel, and it blew up in their faces.
An article published in the journal Science posits that- once enough adults have been exposed to C19 either via infection or vaccination- the virus will be endemic but ultimately no more problematic than its cold-causing cousins. They predict that it will be more like childhood diseases than a world stopper.