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How to slow the viral spread?

You’re familiar with one of the sayings so often tossed about freely these days in the U.S. – Live free or die. It’s a throwback to the post-Revolutionary War days when one of the most famous generals, John Stark, wrote years after the war (1809): “Live free or die.” At the time, he was too ill to attend an anniversary reunion of the Battle of Bennington, so instead, he sent a toast by letter: “Live free or die.” The mantra lived on and became New Hampshire’s official state motto in 1945. It’s since become a call to arms for the anti-mask crowd that still insists that COVID is a hoax, concocted by Democrats to bring down President Donald J. Trump. The fact that there are approximately 247,000 Americans now dead from the virus under his watch had nothing whatsoever to do with the defeat, of course. The “Radical Left” brought him down is the common refrain still tossed about by those who either love Trump or hate Biden. People forget the entire toast, though: “Live free or die – Death is not the worst of evils.” Really? Some people might think catching the coronavirus from someone who isn’t wearing a mask or taking adequate precautions, and then dying from their complacency, may just be called “evil.” Fate had another 20, 30 years planned for you, then you ran into the unmasked super-spreader, waving around the American flag with the left hand, while the right hand holds a sign that reads: “Live free or die.” Next thing you know, you’re either flat on your back hoping you recover, or at the funeral parlor, and the person who spread it to you is now turning on Fox News to hear, yet again, from a few conservative leaders that COVID is a Democrat hoax. You would happily scream at the TV, but you’re dead. You may have been in great health when you died, your body free from any disease, but the anti-mask crowd will still claim you died from something else. Anything but COVID. After all, how could a hoax have been the cause of your demise? The media is also to blame, of course, for all of this “fear” spreading across the country. We focus too much on COVID, we’re told. Why give it so much attention? Uh, maybe so everyone out there with a thinking brain not baked in the political world will one day ...

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