Naturam expellas furca, tamen usque recurret, et mala perrumpet furtim fastidia victrix.
You may drive nature out with a pitchfork, but she will keep coming back, victorious over your ignorant confident scorn.
Bill DeBlasio and Andrew Cuomo can pontificate all they’d like about the dangers of the COVID-19 virus and threaten dire consequences for those who break the social distancing rules but summer weather is coming to New York City and a modern paraphrase of old Horace is that, for the young, the Law of the 3B’s (Beaches, Bikinis and Booze) trumps all others. See the linked scenes of decidedly out of shape New Yorkers frolicking on the beaches of Jersey and Manhattanites gathering on the streets to drink beer and socialize regardless of proximity and decidedly sans masks.
If the idiots in Gracey Mansion and the Albany State House want to do something useful, what they should be thinking about is how to meaningfully protect the truly at risk, namely, the grandparents of those young people who will succumb to the virus if exposed. Over the course of the long hot summer it would be a good idea to provide the elderly currently living in households that include people who aren’t maintaining quarantine an option to temporarily remove themselves to a group environment where strict quarantine is being practiced. Considering how many assisted living residents have died during this epidemic it should be possible for the state to charter the empty rooms for people who are afraid they’re at risk due to proximity to the young and healthy who will carry the virus without even knowing it.
The problem is DeBlasio and Cuomo are broke. They haven’t the cash (or brains) needed to implement a plan to actually help the situation. All they’re capable of is grandstanding, threatening and emoting in front of the camera. And now that policing social distancing has been racialized by the usual suspects the NYPD will stop bothering about it. When the majority of the non-elderly discover that they won’t die from going to the local bar it won’t take long before most of city life falls back into the normal pattern. And once that happens the percentage of people with COVID-19 antibodies will reach the herd resistance threshold pretty quickly.
I’m guessing that the northeastern states won’t do anything really constructive for the elderly. They actually have a vested interest in maintaining the COVID-19 scamdemic as long as possible. But New York City has successfully killed off the majority of the vulnerable elderly already (see graph below).
But now that a number of states are ending the shutdown we should know in just a few weeks whether the dire warnings from the Left are accurate or overblown. That means by early June we’ll know where we stand. Maybe I’ll have to eat my words and acknowledge that the Faucis and Birxes were right, that the COVID-19 virus is the apocalypse and we’ll all have to become wards of the welfare state forever. But somehow I don’t think that’s the case. I predict by July I’ll be hosting the photog clan to a barbecue and poolside party. I better go add some chlorine to the pool.