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‘Stay at Home Order’ Protesters Still Missing Key Point About COVID-19

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Protesters in Michigan converged on the capital to demand the state’s stay at home order be lifted. What one said proves how little they’ve paid attention.

Protesters across the country want every “Stay at Home order” lifted right now. They want everything returned to normal. They want their leaders to lift any restrictions to their freedom.

It shocks me to see how little people seem to care about the health of others — and themselves — during this pandemic.

But this morning, I was watching a news story that mentioned a Michigan protest.

One of the protesters said something that I considered very telling:

“We’re not stupid. We know if we have COVID, we stay home.”

I’m glad they know to stay home if they know they have COVID.

That part makes a world of sense. Good for them.

I never said they were stupid. No one in the report said they were stupid.

But when I look at that one quote, I have to think ignorant may be a better description.

I have to think that of anyone who, at this point, doesn’t understand that you can be asymptomatic and spread COVID-19.

Asymptomatic is an adjective that means not showing symptoms.

We’ve heard for weeks now that people can spread this novel coronavirus to others while they aren’t showing any symptoms. That means they can appear perfectly healthy. And still, they can make other people sick.

Maybe if people would stop protesting every stay at home order they hear about as if it’s some sort of personal attack, they’d have time to do a bit more research. Then, they might be a bit more willing to think about others rather than just themselves.

It’s a lot like the flap about wearing masks. Yes, they’re inconvenient. But they can help you from unknowingly spreading the illness to someone else.

Of course, you shouldn’t go out if you feel sick.

But even if you aren’t, maybe you could suck it up and stay home a little while longer. Just to make sure you’re not one of the carriers. (Or to make sure you don’t run into one of them.)

Staying home as a precaution for your health and those of others doesn’t make you stupid.

But ignoring the very facts we’ve been hearing for months now certainly makes your judgment questionable.

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 29 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.