Back when the pandemic started and my family went into lockdown I decided I wanted to track the daily COVID-19 numbers that Georgia was putting out. I watched them fairly excitedly hoping we'd turn a corner soon as everybody else went into lockdown alongside us. I remember looking at the downturn in cases and debating with my mom when she was going to be allowed to see her grandkids again.
I told her the numbers still weren't good enough.
I told her that, despite the fact that everybody seemed to be opening up, we hadn't passed a single CDC or WHO benchmark for opening up.
I told her this would be a disaster.
This is what that same webpage and image look like today. I've added a slight red square to highlight the area of the graph which is covered by my first screenshot. Notice how tiny it is.
The other thing to notice is how the Government hasn't kept up that set of bars telling you about state laws anymore. It doesn't mark the date that Governor Kemp put out an order explicitly stopping local mask ordinances. It doesn't highlight any other feelgood speeches.
If you look at this it implies that the Government did nothing. That this is some out of control thing that they had no influence on. I sort of wish that were the case that they could have been a neutral influence on the spread of this virus rather than a negative one.
The source website for all of this is here:
Please. Remember the scale at which Republican impatience, selfishness, and short-sightedness failed us. Remember how close we were to actually turning the corner on this thing. This is not hindsight being 20/20. It was well-known, well-documented, and well-explained by those that cared about human life and were responsible for advising the public on how to deal with these things.
Our leaders ignored them to our peril.
We come here in search of a place to express our thoughts outside of the direct control and surveillance of unaccountable, mega-corporations. There is no common theme that binds us other than these being the bonds we've chosen rather than those that have been chosen for us.