America appears to be slipping ever further into the grips of a second wave of COVID-19, as several states defy the CDC guidance on masks and social distancing.
This wasn’t entirely surprising: This particular strain of coronavirus may be novel, but it is still a virus, and, as such, medical professionals can make at least a few solid assumptions about the way in which it will act. To further drive home the point that we have seen this coming is the fact that the United States is a rather large country, geographically. Social distancing during the first wave certainly slowed the spread of COVID-19, but that just means that we’ll be dealing with the virus for a longer amount of time.
In Europe, where the virus has largely subsided, some residents are now taking to the streets to protest the ongoing virus restrictions.
Loudly chanting their opposition to face masks and vaccines, thousands of people gathered in Berlin on Saturday to protest against coronavirus restrictions before being dispersed by police.
Police put turnout at around 20,000 — well below the 500,000 organisers had announced as they urged a “day of freedom” from months of virus curbs.
Despite Germany’s comparatively low toll, authorities are concerned at a rise in infections over recent weeks and politicians took to social media to criticise the rally as irresponsible.
“We are the second wave,” shouted the crowd, a mixture of hard left and right and conspiracy theorists as they converged on the Brandenburg Gate, demanding “resistance” and dubbing the pandemic “the biggest conspiracy theory”.
The coronavirus has spawned a number of wild conspiracies both here in the United States and abroad, including tall tales about the connection between COVID-19 and 5G cellular telephone services.
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