If you are planning to take any level of risk over the Thanksgiving holiday that might expose you to the Covid-19 virus, I urge you to watch this video of Rachel Maddow first!

Rachel Maddow on Covid-19

Before I watched this video, my podmate Elizabeth and I were planning to make dinner together tomorrow and then share Thanksgiving over ZOOM with some friends.

BUT…..

Yesterday I went to the Apple Store to get my new computer — which I didn’t end up getting after spending 1 hour and 15 minutes in the store while they fiddled with my OLD computer.

I did NOT feel good about spending so much time there. Look, let’s face it: Six feet is not the normal distance humans keep from each other. Everyone was masked but almost no one was truly social distancing. I kept backing away from the people helping me, but that was hard to keep up.

I felt I had to tell Elizabeth what I had done, in case she wanted to suspend our podhood, which would be a drag since we’ve got big plans together for this weekend. I left the decision up to her, and she said she felt okay about keeping our plans.

Then this video somehow appeared in my feed. I had heard that Rachel’s wife had Covid. As I watched this video, I realized:

  • I no longer live in a community with a relatively low risk of catching Covid.
  • I had taken a risk by going to a store with many people in it, for an extremely inessential need, because I was fed up with carrying my remaining computer up and down the stairs.
  • I no longer live in a community with a relatively low risk of catching Covid.
  • I was worried that I might have gotten infected.
  • I no longer live in a community with a very low risk of catching Covid.
  • I put the entire responsibility of deciding to change our plans on Elizabeth, which was basically a morally bankrupt thing to do.
  • I no longer live in a community with a very low risk of catching Covid.
  • I could not take the risk of spending time unmasked with Elizabeth.
  • I no longer live in a community with a very low risk of catching Covid.
  • Elizabeth and I had to change our plans.

This is what the experts have been trying to get us to understand: Whatever we were doing to avoid catching the virus before,

WE’VE GOT TO UP OUR GAME BECAUSE THERE’S A LOT MORE VIRUS AROUND!

We must be much more careful now.

Rachel emphatically urges everyone to re-evaluate the risk they are willing to take during the holidays, in terms of the pandemic. Basically she’s saying NOTHING, no matter how wonderful and important, is work the risk of catching this terrible disease.

So you know what they’re saying now:

BETTER THANKSGIVING ON ZOOM THAN CHANUKAH IN THE I.C.U.!

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