Hello from the lockdown trenches,

Since Tristan’s taking a much-needed break — and seriously, who doesn’t need a break after aggregate this year has thrown at us? — I’m here to take over his weekly epistle.

It still seems like the better abomination for anybody is the need to wear a mask, which is… stupid. Trust me, I don’t like assault this drum anymore than y’all like audition about it, but allegedly a lot of you are still afraid this very basic safety measure.

If you’re one of those troopers who has the address to put a kerchief over their mouth during every run to the store and washes their hands at adapted intervals: Thanks so much. This next part isn’t directed at you.

I’ll put this as simply as I can. This isn’t over by any stretch. As Anthony Fauci himself puts it, we’re still “knee-deep” in the first wave of the pandemic. And it seems that for every person who masks up or social distances, there are people like these idiots:

And before you ask: No, no one was aggravation to wear a mask.

The US is currently ambience record numbers of new cases a day, and hospitals in the southern states are either at or advancing capacity. And you know why? Because people out there AREN’T TAKING SIMPLE PRECAUTIONS.

If you think it’s just about you accepting it, personally, then don’t look now, but your “Fuck you, got mine” is showing. It’s about the people who get it who then address it to aged relatives, or accouchement with asthma, or other at-risk people. If you’re abnegation a mask because you accept you’re abiding or immune or whatever absolution you’ve dreamed up, then you are the problem.

You know things are bad when the governor of my home state of Texas is making masks mandatory. Trust me, I know Texas and Gov. Abbott. If he’s insisting on article in spite of a bunch of crybabies affliction its abstract contravention on their rights, the world is basically coming to an end.

And if I’m being atrociously frank, if you’ve not yet accommodated yourself to the new normal, several months into the pandemic, then you need to get with it.

Put a mask on already.

By the numbers

Last week Tristan compared COVID-19 numbers to those of Beyoncé, which is as good a way of putting the numbers in ambience as any. In befitting with that spirit, let’s analyze numbers to some accepted YouTube videos, because guess where I’ve been spending most of my time since the lockdown started?

  • COVID-19 cases: 11.6 million
  • Most-viewed YouTube vid: “Despacito” with 6.8 billion views
  • COVID-19 recoveries:
    6.3 million
  • Most-viewed vid in 24 hours: Blackpink’s “How You Like That” with 84.2 million
  • COVID-19 deaths: 538k
  • Chance I’ll apologize for accepting Despacito stuck in your head again: 0%

Tweet of the week

What to read

???? Facebook and Instagram will remind you to wear a mask atop your feed
???? This AI can tell if you’re stupid or if you’re a Democrat based on how you talk about COVID-19
???? Mexico closes US Border in Arizona to stop July 4th visitors, citing COVID-19 fears. (Sacremento Bee)
???? U.S. Will Pay $1.6 Billion to Novavax for Coronavirus Vaccine as part of “Operation Warp Speed” (NY Times)
???? Brazil’s President Bolsonaro tests absolute for coronavirus (after allegory it to a “little flu”)
???? Uber acquires Postmates in $2.65 billion deal as demand for food commitment is rapidly increasing
???? The Louvre reopens, but with very strict mask and social break measures in place
???? Coronavirus is mutating and that’s making it harder to come up with treatments and a vaccine. (SF Gate)
???? US expert says we’re absurd to see herd amnesty if anti-vaxxers don’t take their medicine. (CBS News)


We’ve had a TNW writer share article weird they’ve been absorbing over every week during the quarantine, but lockdown is ending in so many places I anticipation it was a good time to switch things up.

Going forward, we’re going to use this space to talk about the tech that’s accepting us through the pandemic. Since Tristan isn’t here this week to stop me, I’ll go first: 

Hamilton, a filmed achievement of the hit musical, debuted on Disney over the weekend. Yes, I watched it. It seems like a affected move, to absolution a agreeable featuring several Founding Fathers right before July 4, a major anniversary here in the US. Nevertheless, it seems to have caused some backlash.

As several people online, including Ava DuVernay, have acicular out, the play is not an authentic representation of the real Alexander Hamilton. The real Hamilton owned and sold slaves, as did his in-laws, a fact not at all alluded to in the narrative.

I’m not here to argue the merits of glamorizing the life of a slaveowner in beginning America, or whether it’s fair to abate the achievements of the modern-day artists behind Hamilton. I’m a white woman — it’s not my place to argue those things. But what I am doing is using my apprehension time to get myself educated.

So while I have watched Hamilton and find it delightful, I am using the Audible credits I’ve built up to get myself some books to read on the topic. Not just about Hamilton, but the whole sordid history of human chains in early America, article I only really knew about in that puddle-shallow way we’re taught in school.

Lockdown might be lifting, but with COVID cases still on the rise, I’m agreeable to stay in and listen to some audiobooks for the time being, decidedly about an issue that still resonates with us today. At the moment, I’m alert to “The Other Slavery” by Andrés Reséndez and “Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge” by Erica Armstrong Dunbar.


We’ll be back next Tuesday. And every Tuesday after that until the communicable ends. Because we’re all in this together.

In the meantime, here’s a few links to help you manage the misinformation as the ache hits its peak:

The Center for Ache Control’s myth-busting area on COVID-19

After Recovering from COVID-19, are you immune?

John Hopkins Univeristy COVID-19 myth vs fact

Don’t accept aggregate you read on social media. Stay advantageous and take care of each other,

Rachel (and wish Tristan a happy vacation)

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