I ran into somebody who hit the wall. He is undergoing a crisis of confidence.
He knows people who have done "Everything they were supposed to do" and still got Covid. Science!
Masks! Hand washing! 6' social distancing! Working remotely! Science!
And the second wave is ramping up.
I probably did not help things when I suggested that there was nothing magic about 6'. Fine aerosol can stay suspended indefinitely due to Brownian motion and there is no distance that is absolutely safe. None.
"Nope. It is science. They proved it. That is how far sneezes travel." he said.
<sarcasm font> "Really?" </sarcasm font>
And the rules in restaurants. You are communicable as you walk through the room and must wear a mask but there is an invisible force-field around the chair so you can take your mask off to eat.
Oh, and by mandating that every-other table be vacant the state rules are funneling all of the customers over the same tables rather than have them randomly use all of the tables.
He did not want to think about that.
Over the course of his life, this gentleman made some choices that left him with some risk factors. He has very real anxiety because actions can be taken to mitigate the risk of Covid transmission but there is no way to drive risk to zero.
Theoretically, you could mandate that everybody stay in their homes for two months and everybody who had it would either be dead or recovered.
But who delivers the food? Who keeps the power plants and water treatment plants running? Who repairs the furnace if it pukes? No Walmart. No new TV shows. No economy.
What happens to the people on chemotherapy? How about the people in ICU or living in Senior Centers? Do we just euthanize them? Is that the price of eliminating (maybe) Covid? Because some people relapse....maybe. Maybe Covid lurks in the cells like shingles or herpes.
Ultimately, the gentleman must face his mortality. A timid man dies a thousand deaths. A hero only dies once.