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Virus hoax?
Virus hoax?

The news these days is hard to fathom. On one hand this week, I see conflicting headlines all over the place. Such as, “Covid spreading faster than ever,” along with, “Hospitals nationwide see flood of patients” (Source: MSN.com). Then, I turn around and read this headline: “Trump claims worsening U.S. coronavirus outbreak is a ‘Fake News Media Conspiracy even as hospitalizations rise.’ ” As if my brain isn’t already fried. Thanks. I had no idea when reporting COVID-19 news and how it has affected the RGV, that I was part of some “Fake News Conspiracy.” If it is some sort of conspiracy, no one told me about it. I just thought I was reporting the facts: People here are dying, getting sick, courtesy of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The people I know who have died from it, how would the president explain that? In fact, word came down this week via email from Edinburg CISD that one of its football teams (Vela) isn’t going to play this Friday after reports of tests “ confirmed COVID-19 cases.” I wish the ill a speedy recovery although the district made no mention of who is positive. I have written, however, that with the start of high school football this season, it was never a case of “if” the virus would attack a team, but when a team would contract it. I look for more teams to announce the same sad news as we draw closer to week 3 of this season. In the RGV, over the past two months (60 days), the mortality rate in Hidalgo County has more than doubled, from approximately 950 people to 1,924 (as of Oct. 27). The number of positive COVID cases has risen from approximately 25,000 (Aug. 24) to 35,100; and flu season is just getting ready to kick into gear. Yet, some people in the RGV, along with the president, continue to discount the seriousness of the disease. Very strange. Last Saturday morning, I drove by the old McAllen Civic Center to check out the large pro-Trump crowd that has gathered there this election season, with “Re-Elect Trump” signs and scores of American flags and Trump flags. The place was alive with red-whiteand-blue colors. Based on an informal count, I’d say that maybe 40 percent of the several hundred there were wearing masks, but few if any, based on the size and proximity of the crowd, were practicing social distancing (six feet ...

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