Editorials - Nov. 5, 2020
According to CNN, a group of women married to men who support U.S. President Donald Trump are using a Facebook group for support calling themselves the “Wives of the Deplorables”. With some actively seeking separation and divorce, most wanted to commiserate with others who found themselves at odds with their spouses over politics.
Some of the participants found out shortly after the last election and were gob-smacked that their husbands were Trump supporters while they had voted for Hillary Clinton. But it begs the question, how can a couple not know each other well enough to understand each other’s beliefs on abortion, immigration, human rights, health care or about 100 other topics that might give you some hint as to a political leaning? These are not remote subjects that would rarely come up in conversation. These are topics that cross our paths multiple times every day. Two people in a long-term committed relationship would have to actively avoid these topics to not talk about them at some point.
If politics is not something you care enough to discuss at the dinner table or while watching the evening news, would it trouble you enough to join a public support group on social media? Perhaps politics should begin at home. You don’t have to agree with your partner, but you should understand your differences. – DS
The few over the many
The team picture of the Los Angeles Dodgers with their long-awaited World Series trophy will forever serve as a time capsule of how many in the United States refused to make sacrifices and compromise their concept of freedom at the expense of their well-behaved neighbours.
Justin Turner, the Dodgers’ 35-year-old third baseman was removed from game six of the World Series after he tested positive for COVID-19. The Dodgers won the World Series later that night and Turner returned to the field to celebrate with his team, despite repeated attempts to get him off the field, which Turner “emphatically refused”.
Turner was seen multiple times celebrating on the field not wearing his mask and kissing his wife. However, the time capsule moment will be the team picture in which Turner is not wearing a mask, sitting right next to the team’s manager Dave Roberts, a cancer survivor. How many were put in harm’s way by Turner’s selfish decision?
While the Major League Baseball Players’ Association is working to gather facts, there is plenty of blame to go around. Turner’s teammate Joe Kelly said he wasn’t surprised Turner was infected as the team’s “secure zone” was just steps away from an open golf course. Meanwhile, others are saying Major League Baseball needed to be more forceful in keeping Turner from the field. But the fact remains that Turner, who knew he had COVID-19, actively put lives in danger.
Greater oversight and regulation is required if professional sports are going to move ahead, there’s no doubt about that. However, whether you’re Justin Turner, Justin Bieber or someone from Brussels named Justin, you need to care about keeping others safe. Only when that attitude takes hold will the world move on from COVID-19. – SL
Not quite the end
With talk of vaccines for COVID-19 both across the world and just across the provincial border in Quebec, it’s important that everyone remembers that a vaccine will not end the COVID-19 pandemic.
A vaccine for the current forms of COVID-19 could be available in early 2021, however, as Dr. Horacio Arruda, Quebec’s National Director of Public Health has said, that doesn’t mean the disease will be wiped out quickly, or at all. Having the vaccine isn’t the same as everyone being vaccinated. Arruda says it’s going to take time to vaccinate everyone and encourages everyone to not think the pandemic will be over next year.
A vaccine for the disease seems to have been sold as the end of the virus, but that’s not true – as a matter of fact, the vaccine is just a single part of wiping out a disease, alongside education and isolation.
Take, for example, smallpox, the only disease considered eradicated by humans according to the World Health Organization. That declaration, made in 1980, came well after the vaccine for the disease was first introduced in 1796.
Smallpox isn’t a great analog for COVID-19 because smallpox was only transferable to and from humans and COVID-19 can be a lot harder to identify. Between the similarities in presentation of COVID-19 and other diseases, in addition to the fact that it can be carried and transmitted asymptomatically, it will be much harder to track and control this disease. That’s also saying nothing of the ill-informed individuals railing against vaccines that may try to avoid the COVID-19 vaccine, creating pockets where the disease might thrive.
So while the vaccine’s creation, arrival and implementation will be worth celebrating, it won’t be the end of COVID-19. The disease will likely be around for longer than those of us who can be inoculated. – JDS