“No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means. ~ George Bernard Shaw.
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Since before lockdown, in addition to social distancing my family have worn masks inside the shops, as have many other people, but in England, masks will not become compulsory inside stores until next week. Masks are already mandatory on public transport, and as yet I’ve not heard of anyone complaining.
Recently, however, on someone else’s blog, I nearly got myself into what could have been an unpleasant argument about mask-wearing. Instead, I settled for a reasonably polite discussion.
A devout Christian lady in America was insisting that no one could force her to wear a mask, she also stated that mask-wearing meant “We are breathing in bad air – it’s been proved”.
I ought to have walked away, after all, it was none of my business, but no, I hung around and added my two pennyworth. I pointed out that without a mask it’s possible she could breathe in worse ‘bad air‘!
I reminded her that in surgical situations, medical staff have worn masks for decades without any of the side effects she described.
The other day my friend Peter suggested masks should say I wear a mask to protect you, will you do the same to protect me? I repeated this to the lady. She continued to argue her flimsy case. I pointed out that as a devout Christian, surely it was her Christian duty to protect others. Love thy neighbour more than thyself!
Eventually, I realised I wasn’t simply arguing with a stubborn woman; I was arguing with someone who really was absolutely clueless. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who was as naive and ill-informed as this lady, and I said as much, albeit politely.
Amazingly, she believed that if she didn’t wear a mask, she could breathe in antibodies, just like children do when playing in the dirt (her words).
I told her that as the virus is brand new she wouldn’t find any antibodies in the dirt nor anywhere else unless she first caught the virus, and without a mask she would go on to spread it to everyone else she met, not to mention killing a few along the way!
The lady gave up, and graciously conceded that she was indeed ill-informed! I thought she had finally understood, but in reply to my partner Gerry, she took the argument further – This virus is only the beginning of worse things to happen, it seems since Adam and Eve every 2000 years God has to bring us back to Him.
I can’t help wondering how many more of them are out there!
Infections in the UK
As the numbers of Corona Virus infections continued to steadily decline, the four countries that make up the United Kingdom (UK) began to ease lockdown at slightly different times. Northern Ireland eased lockdown first; England was next and following on were Scotland and Wales.
At the end of the first week in July, the government announced that two different households in England could meet inside one another’s homes, and it didn’t always need to be the same two households; at the same time, it warned that if infections began to rise it would not hesitate to shut down locally.
Recently in the city of Leicester, the Coronavirus infections began to rise, this caused the government to intervene, and it put the city back on lockdown. Meanwhile a week or so later in the small Lancashire town of Blackburn, some 138 miles north, infections also began to rise, today the town is teetering on the edge of lockdown.
Taking the UK as a whole, these two places make up a very tiny percentage, but it is a cause for concern.
Leicester and Blackburn have something else in common; they each have large South Asian communities that often live under one roof within multi generational extended households. We’re told that this practice is the cause of the rise in infections. What an easy scapegoat!
This brings me back to the idea that two households can now meet indoors.
I could hold a soiree every couple of days and have a different household join me. I could have a shindig during the day and one in the evening.
BUT let’s think what would happen if a member of one of the households carries the virus, it’s feasible I could catch it and spread it to every other household and those other households could do the same; but let’s put the partying aside, because in Leicester and Blackburn it’s not the fault of the white communities it’s the Asians who are being blamed! Funny how it’s Nearly always someone else’s fault!
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