Reflections On Yet Another COVID-19 Death

The late Nick Cordero, Tony-nominated 41-year-old actor who died of COVID-19 on July 5, 2020 after 95 days in a Los Angeles hospital. He lost function in both lungs and had to have a leg amputated before finally succumbing, after multiple cycles of extreme illness and small recoveries. It took three tests initially to confirm that it was coronavirus, and not pneumonia, that Cordero had contracted. At left are his widow Amanda Kloots and their now-one-year-old son Elvis Eduardo. No, Nick Cordero didn’t have any pre-existing medical conditions, but thanks so much for asking. Photo from etonline

This is what we are bringing down upon our nation by gaslighting a pandemic.

This isn’t the flu. This isn’t an “old people’s disease.” This isn’t just an inconvenience for you. This isn’t a vast left-wing conspiracy to keep you from watching sports in person. This. Is. A. Pandemic.

This is what our “What, Me Worry?” feigned ignorance in the face of a pandemic is doing.

And has done, and will do even more of to our nation. As we gear up insanely for in-person college in the rapidly impending fall, think about it: we’ll be hearing more of these stories (if the journalists keep reporting them, that is) about college students with their lives in front of them. We’ll be hearing the same stories about college faculty and staff and advisors to Greek organizations. We’ll be hearing these same stories about parents and grandparents when the college kids they’re so proud of come home at Thanksgiving. We’ll be hearing these same stories about some football players who could have lifted their families out of poverty in the NFL, maybe. We’ll be hearing these same stories about the immunocompromised siblings of the college students, who caught COVID-19 despite their best efforts to be protected. That is, if the First Amendment and the newspapers are still in operation.

What could have possessed Americans to turn the gun on themselves and pull the trigger?

Was it a giant hangover from rampant greed? Was it a culture of violence that was spread across the world with its wars and then came crashing back onto it like the deafening report of a monstrous gun? Was it a frustration with science and expertise that didn’t provide the Fountain of Youth and endless wealth as promised? Was it that America, the perpetually youthful country, was also perpetually adolescent or worse, never grew up, and it got mad at all its toys and decided to throw a temper tantrum and break everything it had for no good reason — waiting for Mom to come back and fix everything?

Is this who we want to be?

Because it’s what we’re becoming. Last call, absolute last call, for a different fate. This can’t wait for November, and then January, especially if that election ends up being declared “fake” by the Confuser in Chief and goes to the courts. This insanity has to be turned around some right now. Or else:

A geography professor and meteorologist at UGA in Athens, GA. I write about news, sports, weather, climate, education, journalism, religion, poetry, the South.

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