Jennifer Aniston shares photo of her friend on a ventilator: wear a mask

I’m mildly curious to get a sociological study of how different cities/areas are reacting to the pandemic and quarantine. I only know what it’s like to be in a high-risk danger zone that keeps getting closed because we cannot control our numbers. I wonder how someone in a less affected area with more land between them and their neighbors views lockdown?

Here in LA county, there are reminders everywhere you look. Our hospitals are back up to capacity and Urgent Cares have lines down the block. Precaution signs are posted everywhere, there are social-distancing markers in front of businesses, playground equipment is tied up with police tape and evidence of the virus is everywhere. And yet, even with all of that and record numbers daily, so many people are acting like there’s nothing to be worried about.

As I’ve said a few times, I think if a naysayer saw someone struggling with the virus, they’d change their tune. Apparently, Jennifer Aniston agreed with me. Jen, another LA resident, used her social media to promote wearing masks a few weeks ago. Since that post, LA’s COVID numbers have spiked, again. On Monday, Jennifer posted another endorsement for masks only this time, she was far more graphic. Jen posted a shot of her once-healthy friend who’d been hospitalized with COVD-19. The shot, that you can see here, showed her friend in a hospital bed, unconscious and on a ventilator to breathe. The caption Jen wrote to this picture revealed that her friend was healthy before this. Thankfully he’s recovering now.

This is our friend Kevin. Perfectly healthy, not one underlying health issue. This is Covid. This is real. ⠀

We can’t be so naive to think we can outrun this…if we want this to end, and we do, right? The one step we can take is PLEASE #wearadamnmask.⠀

Just think about those who’ve already suffered through this horrible virus. Do it for your family. And most of all yourself. Covid affects all ages.

PS this photo was taken in early April (he gave me permission to post!). Thank god he has almost recovered now. Thank you all for your prayers 🙏🏼❤️

[From Jennifer Aniston’s Instagram]

The second photo in the set featured a pic of Jen and Courteney Cox in matching masks. Courteney posted the same shot with a (very cute) lead in video involving her pups promoting mask wearing. As Jen said, her friend, who is recovering, gave permission for this photo. I honestly don’t know what it will take for some people. I followed Amanda Kloots documenting her husband Nick Cordero’s suffering and ultimate death from COVID and it was horrifying. I don’t wish this virus on anyone. I appreciate those who are willing to post harsh images and descriptions so people can see exactly how traumatic this is. And again, if – if – a person survives the virus, that doesn’t mean they are in the clear. Many of the effects are chronic. In addition to all the respiratory and organ issues, there is a rise in blood clots issues which are a result of COVID causing hyperactivity in the cells.

I appreciate Jen beating the #wearamask drum, especially given her social media numbers. I’m very grateful to her friend Kevin for allowing his photo to get out there and I’m happy to hear he’s mostly recovered. I don’t know how explicit the images will need to get to make an impression on people.




Photo credit: Instagram and WENN/Avalon

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  1. SamC says:

    Living in a small Rhode Island town, for the most part the state residents are doing well. Unfortunately tourists, who probably are quite good about following guidelines at home, seem to feel all bets are off since they are on vacation.
    Best example is a locally, and loved, ice cream shop shut down for the season because out of state visitors, mostly from MA and CT, were being so verbally abusive to young, mostly female, staff when asked to follow the protocols the state and business put in place.

  2. AndaPanda says:

    I live on the border between LA and OC county in CA and I see way too many maskless people. I hate that this has become so political. I keep hearing “I’m over this” and “don’t breathe in too much CO2” from my previously thought to be sane neighbor. Well guess what? We are all tired of the virus but that doesn’t mean it’s gone. It’s so frustrating to read local opinions online and in forums.

    • Trashaddict says:

      My colleague posted a great picture on her Facebook. She had a baby in May. Ran a couple kilometers in 83 degree weather. With. Her. Mask. If she can do it, they can, too.

    • Noodle says:

      @andapanda, I live near you (coastal north OC) and half of our community is convinced this is a hoax. Our commUNITY (seriously that’s how it’s capitalized) Facebook forum has posts every day about how masks are infringing on our freedoms, and how the frequent BLM protestors are bringing illness to our pristine (white) community. Nevermind that they have car shows every weekend where no one wears masks or distances. Nevermind that they all frequent Main St restaurants without masks or distancing. But it’s BLM protestors at fault. Sure, Jan.

      • Thea says:

        @noodle, I went to Pacific City to pick up some food for the first time since lockdown last weekend and was surprised by how many people there walking around without masks and definitely not socially distancing.

  3. LadyMTL says:

    I live in Montreal and it’s little iffy here still. The numbers of cases are nowhere near as bad as in the US, and our hospitalization numbers are thankfully going down, but we’ve had a slight spike with people under 40 since the bars and restos reopened (not at full capacity, mind you) earlier this month. There have also been some issues with parties / gatherings.

    So now it’s mandatory to wear masks on public transit and indoor public spaces…of course there are idiots whining about it, but from what I can see in my neighborhood about 50% of the people are complying. It could be better, but it’s not bad. Fingers crossed things calm down again, I don’t want to have to deal with another lockdown.

  4. Jananell says:

    My husband went to the small, local hardware store the other day. Not a mask in sight but him. At checkout the older owner says to hubby, “I can’t hear you through that effin mask”. The other workers behind the counter snickered at this. My elderly husband responded with his own effin remark. It’s not just the customs.

    • Darla says:

      Awful. I had something similar at a mechanic shop. They really want to let you know you look like a fool to them, the actual fools in this scenario.

    • Trashaddict says:

      Go on Yelp. Negative review for the owners for being so rude. I hope there is another hardware store you can take your business to. And negative points for them being snarky to an older person. Sheesh.

      • lucy2 says:

        I have to agree. A simple review stating that the customers and employees were not wearing masks, just to warn others.

      • Christine says:

        I’d add that they are mocking those who do wear masks.

    • JJ says:

      Do you mind saying what state this was in?

    • Katherine says:

      I personally take my business elsewhere if people are not wearing masks at a store. I politely ask the clerks to put their masks on before entering and most comply but if they don’t or pull it down seconds later to ‘let their nose breathe’ I just turn around and walk out. I used to say something but quickly realized they fill the air with their germs as they reply so I’m better off just walking away and finding a store that complies with the regulations (or buying online after checking out the items I need in person at the store beforehand).

      Most apologize and put the mask on though. I once even asked a woman (a customer) at the checkout to put her mask on (although not very politely), and she got angry, but eventually her dad made her put it on lol, and all the store employees were on my side, despite me being pretty ticked off and not as polite about that situation as I should’ve been. Point is, even customers can be forced into wearing their masks, if need be. I also make a point of noting who has their mask down in malls and if security wants to take my temperature, I just point at the people with their masks pulled down and they leave me alone haha. They justcome way too close to take the temperature, some keep enough distance, butnot all, and I hate it. Honestly, been a trying time for my ability to keep it cool in all of these situations.

  5. Hermes says:

    And if you have symptoms get a test and stay at home. As of midnight wearing masks in public is mandatory in my state.

    • Fran says:

      This, a million times. I started having a cold including running a fever and feeling like I’d hit by a truck. I called my GP who asked me to come in the following day for a test (which was negative). Next, I texted my girlfriends to let them know that I was self-isolating until I got the results. It sucked as it was my birthday but there was no way I’d compromise them. They left my birthday cake outside my door and we ended up having a video chat eating it together.

      • whatWHAT? says:

        “They left my birthday cake outside my door and we ended up having a video chat eating it together.”

        sorry you couldn’t celebrate in person, but what a nice thing for your friends to do. hope it was delicious!

  6. josephine says:

    She struck the right tone with her post in my opinion – serious but not over-the-top preachy. It was very her and it was well done.

    As has been said many times before, it’s really hard to get people to actually care about each other or to take Covid seriously. Tons of people still think it’s just a cold, and we have so many sociopaths who are promoting that view.

  7. Eleonor says:

    I am back in Italy where Covid is under control, for now.
    Everything feels surreal: you see the signs, in the mall you must follow a line, to have your temperature checked, the security have a scanner, hydrogel for your hands everywhere.
    This on one side, on the other you have people thinking everything it’s ok now, we can go back to our previous life, and they act like nothing happened.

  8. Kkat says:

    I’m in Lakewood, California. That’s near Long Beach.
    When I go to the store/pharmacy and over to the mall for my curbside pickup for coffee, everyone is wearing a mask.
    And it’s mandatory for every business.

    But my God, I can’t even look on my Lakewood community Facebook groups they are packed with stupid Muh Rights! MAGAots
    California is a blue state but especially in southern California we are packed with Evangelical conservative “Christian’s” I grew up in that. The culty group think is very real.

    • Eleonor says:

      What I have discovered is older people, at least here, are the toughest: I am older I know better, you can’t tell me what to do. It’s a war.

      • SamC says:

        Where I am it’s the opposite, the older people are the most vigilant about masks, making sure to social distance, and if a customer doesn’t follow the directional arrows in a store, look out, they are on it!

  9. Allie says:

    I think one problem with COVID is that its victims are kind of “invisible”. Compared to war zones and places of natural disasters (hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis etc.) you don’t see the devastation and dead. Victims are mostly anonymous to the public and get wheeled off into freezing trucks or get burned and buried super fast. I understand why families don’t want to go public about the loss of their loved ones. But I think it is one of the factors why there are so many morons still denying this pandemic and think it’s all made up. If they’d see thousands of people dying a horrible death they might reconsider.
    I never though about this issue until I read an article in a German newspaper stating this exact issue. All we ever hear are numbers but we hardly learn about the people behind them. So it all seems so far away and sometimes even unreal.

    • Becks1 says:

      I agree – I feel like I’ve been in a bubble lately, or maybe that COVID is happening in a vacuum? I cant think of a good description. But I don’t know anyone who has gotten it, I don’t know anyone who has died from it – so it feels sort of far away and unreal like you said.

      (I’m wearing a mask everywhere I go though.)

    • lucy2 says:

      I agree, and I think that’s why it’s important for people to share photos like this. I greatly appreciate her friend allowing it, and Jen using her huge platform to share it.

  10. Kate says:

    My 62-year old mom had a very mild case in April, she never had any symptoms other than fatigue, and she STILL has after effects several months later. I can’t imagine what people with more severe symptoms must be dealing with after recovery.

    • Frida_K says:

      That’s the kernel of this issue, I think: people like your mom.

      It’s not a matter of “you get it and you die” OR “it’s like a flu and you may not feel badly at all!” There is a LOT of ground between these two scenarios. What truly worries me is the huge number of people who may well be chronically ill for the rest of their natural lives.

      A good article on the subject of lingering after effects is this one:

      I hope your mom gets better, and I hope that more people will take this virus seriously. It’s tiring to see so many who don’t (and, mind you, I am in Texas, so….)

      • CherryL says:

        I think you got the flu wrong. The flu feels like dying. It’s not comparable to a mild cold.

      • Frida_K says:

        I think you read my comment wrong, @CherryL, and it may be that I was cryptic.

        I meant to say that there seems a (mistaken) narrative of either/or. Either you get sick and it kills you OR you get a little flu bug type sickness and it passes quickly.

        I had the flu once in my life and it was wretched. In no way was I implying that the flu is not a misery. I meant that there are a lot of obdurately dumb people out there who think that dismissing it as “just like the flu” somehow is accurate or reassuring. It is neither.

      • MerlinsMom1018 says:

        @ Frida_K
        Texas here too. The area I live in has doubled down on the mask wearing. No mask? Not coming in THIS store pal. Everyone I see is wearing a mask (including us) which is surprising since I am in the heart of trump country.
        My doc is pretty convinced that I had a mild case of covid but at the time it was being passed off as flu and there really wasn’t a way to test for it.
        I’m 62 as well just like your Mom. I hope she’s doing much better. I get those lingering after effects as well And it ain’t any kind of fun

      • Kate says:

        Thanks all, she is mostly better but still has after effects which was crazy to me when I heard it because I hadn’t seen anything reported on that for mild cases.

        I’ll also say that, like Anna camp’s post today, my mom has been hibernating and wearing a mask from the beginning and it was the one time she let her guard down visiting her dad (which they only allowed because he was dying) that she got it.

  11. Becks1 says:

    I’m in a red county in a blue state, and everyone I see is wearing a mask while in a store or restaurant, but people aren’t wearing them outside, unless its very close quarters. Our local farm has a small store and everyone there always wears them, even outside with the flowers etc. I’ve been pleasantly surprised actually.

    • lucy2 says:

      The farmer’s market near me actually moved to a different location with a fence and one entry/exit, and someone there monitoring for masks. I’m in NJ, and for the most part people take it seriously (it was BAD here) and wear masks, distance, etc. But I’m also in an area with a ton of summer visitors, many out of state, and we’re seeing a slight increase in cases again.

    • sa says:

      I will take my mask off outside if I’m not near other people. But once I take it off, I will make sure to keep my distance.

  12. ME says:

    I’m just tired of seeing people wearing their masks on their chins or under their noses. What is the f*cking point of that?

    • Pusspants says:

      I’m so with you @me! Every time I go out to the store or to run a quick errand, I see about 10-20% of people either wearing a mask improperly (not covering nose), or have them on their chin while talking to another person INSIDE! Last night three grocery store workers were talking & two of them had their masks on chins standing in the produce area. And I’m in Philly, so not exactly a MAGA city. I feel like screaming!!

      • North of Boston says:

        And then there’s the people who pull down their mask when they want to talk to someone. I’m reminded of that quote about how 50% of the people you see are stupider than the average person.

  13. Alisha says:

    Down here in Phoenix, not wearing a mask and not social distancing has become a political statement so a lot of people do not do it. This has not happened to me personally, but a few friends have mentioned that when they do go out wearing masks (it is up to the individual towns here and some do not require them) they have gotten dirty looks or experienced some people being openly hostile about it. One friend said a guy yelled at her and and her mother, calling them “sheeples” in a parking lot.

    • North of Boston says:

      I’ve had people trying to crowd me … not often, but it happens. And I can’t describe it, but there is a particular look they get on their faces when they do it – kind of a smirk, kind of a sneer, that lets me know they aren’t just genuinely ignorant and think there’s no pandemic threat. They know what they’re doing is a dick move that serves no purpose but to make others uncomfortable / possibly put people at risk and they are purposely doing it anyway, or more accurately they’re doing it SPECIFICALLY BECAUSE it’s a dick move.

      And then they get all hostile when you insist they keep their maskless faces a safe social distance from you.

      I’m considering bringing one of my trekking poles with me everywhere, it’s only 4 1/2 ‘ long, but it would be a good “STFAFM” reminder when I hold it out in front of me. Though the aggressively maskless are the types who would feel threatened by a 5 foot 2 inch tall woman carrying a walking stick and asking for distance, so who knows what would happen then.

  14. Christin says:

    My state is allowing weddings, funerals and church services as exceptions to the large gatherings prohibitions in the governor’s executive order. Counties and cities are issuing mask mandates, but there are vocal opponents.

    I try to shop at less busy times, and enter as few public places as possible (other than my workplace). If I see people not wearing masks, I avoid them and quickly leave. If employees are not wearing masks, then that concerns me, especially if I am picking up a meal.

  15. OriginalLala says:

    I’m in Canada (Ottawa/Gatineau) and our numbers had gone wayy down for a bit and now are rising again, even though there is a mandatory mask law in our area. It’s because people are having parties in their homes with no masks or social distancing. Our new cases are mostly people under’s disheartening.

  16. Kari says:

    I live in NYC and we really got to see the damage of Covid firsthand. My friend’s mom and another friend’s dad died from it and school staff that have worked with my organization also passed away from it. My family lives in Southern California and had been asking me to WFH from their home but I already know Southern California and knew that they weren’t going to take it seriously so opted out of that. I wish I had been wrong. Even in NYC some folks already have a false sense of safety and are walking around without masks. It’s plain and simple, you are selfish if you can safely wear a mask and choose not to.

  17. Jess says:

    I work in urgent care that opens at 8, people begin lining up outside at 6 am, and I’m in Alabama where the majority of people seem to think this is a hoax and don’t bother to wear masks or social distance…..until they get sick. Then they come running to us for a diagnosis and treatment, when there’s absolutely nothing we can fucking do at that point, and if they had been paying attention to the FACTS instead of our idiotic president they would’ve known that. It’s infuriating and heartbreaking watching people realize who they might’ve just killed with their carelessness.

  18. Prayer Warrior says:

    I’m in British Columbia, Canada ~ we were very responsible, initially. I was vigilant about keeping physically distant, and got cursed out for ‘over-reacting’ even being called a *bitch*. One person who was abusive stole my phone from out of my hands (because I was preparing to film him) and threw it into some bushes. I was shook. Keeping the distance and washing one’s hands properly and very, very often is even more important than the masks. The masks are one tool in the toolbox, but it’s the tool everyone is focused on. I admit I’ve reduced my physical distance to 4 feet as opposed to the 6 when outdoors, and am not wearing a mask when I’m walking the dogs in the forest. On paths where we cannot keep distance, I turn my back and let them pass. But on our busy main street, I’ve started wearing a mask. And ALWAYS when grocery shopping, or shopping for work supplies, or shopping for masks….and our stores seem to be acting responsibly, but I’m not going out much at all except for work, dog walks and groceries.

    • JJ says:

      I’m in BC (Vancouver Island) and I feel you about “over-reacting”. People acted like I was crazy for taking this pandemic seriously. We got to work from home a little bit then this month we all got called back in 100% for ‘vacation coverage’ which is bull because I don’t cover anyone’s vacation. Our work says it’s complying but our hallways are barely 4 feet wide and there aren’t arrows on the floor. Definitely (unspoken) discouragement of masks. On top of that these last two weeks there are A LOT of people coming from out of province around everywhere. I’m starting to think I should stay away from the liquor stores because I hear there are especially a lot of tourists stopping by there to load up….

    • goofpuff says:

      That’s crazy. Even in not pandemic times, you’re allowed to keep your personal space as wide as you want. WTF do these people think its ok to abuse you and yank the phone from your hands! That’s just messed up.

  19. Michelle says:

    Just because Jen & Courteney are wearing masks they still should be social distanting, not hugging around each other’s houses. During Lockdown they stayed away from each other but the virus is really bad in LA so they still shouldn’t be anywhere near each other. That’s the rules we had to follow here in Europe. I really feel bad for Americans that are following the rules, yet are stuck with an insane President who couldn’t care less about people & his idiot supporters.

    • goofpuff says:

      Yeah, but we’re also allowed to define a social bubble. In that you agree to isolate within your bubble otherwise it can be very lonely for some people who live alone. They may be in each other’s social isolation bubble.

      • lucy2 says:

        That’s what I did. I live alone, and after a few weeks of isolation, expanded my bubble to my parents, who had also been isolating.

  20. Renee says:

    I work retail and its been mandatory for me to wear a mask at work, its now mandatory for customers and the amount of complaints I hear is ridiculous. Most if it comes from employees. I wear one when I’m not working and in public. It doesn’t bother me anymore, ive got it to wear my glasses dont fog and I can breath fine.

    I will say that I stopped in a speedway in a state that has a mask mandate and while they had a stand out that had free mask for customers, none of the employees I saw were wearing a mask 🙃

    • CherryL says:

      Where I live there aren’t many people who complain about the masks but a lot of people who complain about people not wearing a mask. It’s so dumb. They even complain about ppl who can’t wear masks for medical reasons. Like wtf…

      • North of Boston says:

        You do understand that other people not wearing a mask puts everyone around them at risk, right? So, yeah, it makes sense that people would complain about that.

        Also, the % of people who can’t wear masks for medical reasons is really small. And if you made a Venn diagram that had two ovals: “People who legitimately can’t wear masks for medical reasons” and “People who have medical conditions which put them at high risk of serious complications/death if they get COVID-19 and therefore probably shouldn’t be wandering around in public maskless unless it’s an absolute emergency” there would be A LOT of overlap. Not 100%, sure, but a lot.

        So, given that, the % of people wandering around in public maskless because of a genuine medical condition that legitimately prevents them from wearing a mask should be tiny tiny.

        I think the “I can’t wear a mask due to medical reasons” is the new “I have to take my untrained, non-housebroken “service” dog with me everywhere” Just a flimsy claim for people who want to do what they want to do no matter how it negatively impacts the rest of the world.

  21. Marigold says:

    I see people without masks every time I go out, and I’m in the San Diego area. It is RIFE down here, and everyone is acting like all is normal and well. I don’t get it. I really don’t.

    I do appreciate that if you have to go shopping — like at Walmart or the grocery shops — they enforce mask wearing and have tape on the floors to indicate social distance guidelines.

    I don’t understand why people aren’t taking it seriously. I just don’t.

    • Other Renee says:

      I’m in the northern part of San Diego and most people wear masks but not everyone. It’s mandatory in stores. Our numbers are rising. I rarely go anywhere except to walk but somehow I contracted strep throat. I’m waiting for my covid results. I obviously contracted strep from some asshole who wasn’t wearing a mask. My husband tested negative.

      • North of Boston says:

        This isn’t the case with you I’m sure, but I read one of those “medical mysteries” things a few months ago about a family who kept coming down with strep. One person would get it, then another, they’d get treated, then a few weeks later everyone would get it, they’d get treated, then someone would get it again. They all went on a course of antibiotics, they had their house seriously cleaned and disinfected, thought they were finally clear. Nope … they got it again.

        It turns out their cat was a carrier. They got the cat tested and treated and they’ve been clear since.

        Strep is a funny and obnoxious thing.

        That being said, I did come down with something back before 4th of July – 101 degree fever, fatigue, GI symptoms. I got tested for COVID-19 and was thankfully negative. But I got something from somewhere, even though I wear a mask always when I leave home, wash my hands, keep my distance. I suspect, like you, that it was a maskless idiot somewhere along the way.

  22. CherryL says:

    I live in a very large city in Europe and almost everything is back to normal and it has been for at least 2 months. Night clubs haven’t opened yet and huge events with over 1000 people are forbidden. The rest is like it always was and our numbers are low and far from the next lockdown. We only need to wear masks in public transport and stores.

  23. Grant says:

    I’m from Houston. My parents live in The Woodlands, an extremely conservative suburb in north Houston. As I’m sure you will recall, about a week or two ago scientists were calling Houston one of the new epicenters. Honey, you would never have known it! Because of how insane Republicans have politicized science and wearing a mask, I would say that the vast majority of Houstonians–especially those in the ‘burbs–are not wearing masks and are acting as if we are not in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. My dad had open-heart surgery for an aortic dissection about six months ago. His surgeons told my mother that he CANNOT get COVID-19. He is still recovering from having his chest cracked open and even a mild case of COVID would put so much stress on his lungs and respiratory system that his recovery would be set back immeasurably. I am so frustrated with my Dad. My mom is a proud, God-fearing Southern Democrat who thinks that Trump is the antichrist (so proud of her). My dad is a retired FBI agent who buys into Trump’s yankee-doodle yakking and thinks he’s invincible. He is driving my mom nuts because he wants to go grocery shopping at HEB, he wants to go hunting with his friends… I don’t know what it is about middle-aged heterosexual white men thinking they’re indestructible but it’s so exhausting. My mom is beside herself with worry because her parents are in their mid-to-late 80s and live less than a mile away, and her husband is high-risk yet thinks he’s John Wayne. This whole situation is nuts and I hate Trump for turning COMMON SENSE healthcare practices into a policy debate.

    • Other Renee says:

      Grant, that sounds incredibly frustrating. It’s not just one age group though. Some people buy into a certain mindset and there is nothing you can do about it. Maybe it’s denial. The day after a close friend of my mom’s died from Covid in Florida last week, my frail 81 year-old mom kept her hair salon appointment. Nothing we say or do convinces her to stay home. Nothing. Not her friend’s passing, not the rising numbers in her state, not my entire family telling her to stay home (including my husband the nurse). Nothing. At some point, you have to let it go because you just do not have control over the actions of other people. The alternative will simply drive you crazy. I had several screaming matches with my Mom (I.e. I was screaming and she was silent) every time she left the house. I would hyperventilate and be upset for hours. I finally had to stop because it was negatively impacting my own health.

      • Christin says:

        I am seeing quite a few older people not take this seriously. Those in your mother’s age bracket should remember TB and polio. I would think that the 80-plus group would remember and react to having an invisible enemy in one’s midst.

      • Grant says:

        I am so sorry for the loss of your mom’s friend. You’re so right though… It’s like talking to a brick wall with some of these people. I just don’t get it.

    • MerlinsMom1018 says:

      My ex son in law and grandson are in The Woodlands. It’s a beautiful bit of an oasis but yeahhhhh, it’s extremely conservative.
      Hope your Dad comes round sooner rather than later.

      • Grant says:

        Thank you for the kind words. I loved growing up in The Woodlands. We called it “the bubble.” It’s so safe, very idyllic, and you never really have to leave unless you’re going downtown to the Galleria or something. But so many people there have gone so far to the right in their politics that it’s mind-boggling. I live in Austin which is the polar opposite; I just feel for my poor mother because she feels like she’s crazy because she’s the only one taking this seriously.

  24. Kalmia latifolia says:

    Grant, I am so sorry your mom has to deal with this. You would think that having an aortic dissection would emphasize the fact to your dad that he IS vulnerable. Most die from that! The utter denial is amazing.

    My parents are 82 & 77. Both had heart surgery in fall 2019, and both have other health issues. I live in fear if them getting Covid-19. They live in very rural Appalachia, where Trumpers thrive (but mom & dad cannot stand him. They are sane.) The MAGAots screech on Facebook about how “politicians are trying to control us” by requiring masks. And how “it should be freedom of choice”. It makes me so angry. These fools say that they are “Good Christians”, but they think of no one but themselves. Somehow, I don’t think Jesus would be on board with it.

    • Christin says:

      Reading comments on FB news sites drives me batty. It’s a hoax, freeDUMB, no worse than a cold…just frustrating. I’m glad your parents are taking it seriously. All we can do is protect ourselves as best we can and avoid the naysayers (whom I fear have a big lesson headed their way).

      “Love thy neighbor” seems to be scarce in some places, including good ole Appalachia (my roots are there, too).

    • Grant says:

      Thank you for the kind words! You took the words right out of my mouth. Fortunately they caught the aneurysm early enough that they were able to schedule the surgery but when they got in there they said that it was bigger than it appeared on radiology. He was MISERABLE when he was in the hospital. His lungs filled up with fluid and they had to perform emergency surgery a day AFTER his (six-hour) open-heart surgery. It just boggles my mind but he is living testament to these Trumpers and their blind devotion. You are so right about Facebook; I can’t even get on Facebook anymore because it sends me into paroxysms of rage and frustration. The latest conspiracy theory that people are re-circulating in droves is that Democrats are in cahoots with sex traffickers and are sending underage sex slaves in furniture that people buy through Wayfair. Like …… WUT?! I’m de-friending family members left, right, and center between COVID-19 and their tone-deaf, racist responses to BLM. You also hit the nail on the head re: Christians–they’re all “Good Christians” who only care about themselves and their families. They’re only “Christian” when it’s convenient for them, i.e., when casting judgment on others. It makes me sick but at least this site is some solace.

  25. Tashiro says:

    I read a few comments on Jen’s page and there was someone going on about how they don’t see the evidence blah blah blah. One person actually said that her friends photo was of someone else 🥴

  26. Juniper says:

    I literally had someone call me ignorant when I get briefings on this due to a project I’m working on. I was like WTF and then she blocked me. Why is it always the ones who call you snowflake the first to cry and run off?

  27. lily says:

    She is doing fine. There are selfish stupid people who aren’t taking precautions like wearing a mask or taking social distance. The last one is Fassbender, partying in ibiza like is not risk when Spain is one of the countries who suffered lost and still has cases…