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Pure COVID-19 insanity The red tape is unbelievable

You won’t believe this. Maybe you will. Today is indeed a mixed-up world run by a toxic brew of politicians and government bureaucrats at the federal level who act worse than the Keystone Cops. Remember that first case of COVID-10 announced in Hidalgo County last Saturday? Turned out that the woman who tested positive for the novel coronavirus flew home to Reynosa from Vegas by way of the McAllen airport. In the interest of public safety, one would think that the airline with direct flights from McAllen to Sin City and back, Allegiant Air, would be willing to cooperate with county officials and turn over the flight manifest for the flight on which the woman flew, so that the county could then contact the infected woman’s fellow passengers to warn them that they may have been exposed to, you know, a highly infectious disease that has a mortality rate of between 1 and 4 percent on average; and causes one to basically suffocate to death thanks to the acute respiratory distress syndrome it creates. For some unknown reason, the virus, which is now killing people of all ages, not just seniors, sometimes kicks the immune system into overdrive as it tries to combat the virus. The bodily tissues become inflamed to the point that the ability to breathe is lost. By then, the lungs have been damaged beyond repair and secondary organs have begun to shut down. Calling it a “nasty way to die” might even be an understatement if you read any of the stories written by the survivors who drew close to death’s doorway but managed to survive. The body aches they describe, much less, the gasping-for-air sensation will make any of us not want to get it. The journey wasn’t pleasant. Back to the first Hidalgo County case disclosed last Saturday. Turns out, according to my sources at the county’s Health and Human Services Department, Allegiant wouldn’t turn over the passenger manifest without a court order, airline officials said, due to some federal law. In the middle of a global pandemic, I know, what’s the big deal? McAllen airport officials had contacted Allegiant Even though the woman tested positive for COVID-19, the county’s Health and Human Services Department had to file a court order after Allegiant handed county officials a form to fill out, which was filed in court. As if speed was of no concern (killer virus; no biggie), the court ...

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