This is the editor’s letter in the current issue of The Week magazine.
Jodi Doering, an emergency room nurse at a South Dakota hospital, is a daily witness to just how sick our country has become. People severely ill with COVID-19 are flooding her hospital, suffering also from an extreme case of cognitive dissonance: They’d been told the pandemic was a concoction of the fake news media. “They tell you there must be another reason they are sick,” an exhausted Doering recounted on Twitter this week. Even while gasping for breath, she says, the patients insist “they don’t have COVID because it’s not real.” The delusional talk only stops when these patients get intubated or die. “It’s like a f—ing horror movie that never ends,” Doering says.
This horror movie is now playing in hospitals in large swathes of the U.S., most frequently in states where coronavirus denialism is rampant. The test positivity rate in South Dakota is a breathtaking 58 percent, yet Gov. Kristi Noem continues to refuse to impose mask mandates or other restrictions. “My people are happy,” she recently said. “They’re happy because they’re free.” Struggling for breath in an ICU, or being zipped into a …read more
Source:: The Week – Politics