Masks Matter…
To Some

This is another essay about my living in two worlds. Moh Moh, the mother of my three granddaughters, sent me a Facebook video about COVID-19, which was the basis of my first essay about my two worlds. I sent that Facebook link to Kaung who is my web adminstartor and also a friend of my family in Myanmar.

A couple of days ago, Kaung and his associate, Phyo Wai Hein, sent me a group of photos of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, which included a poem written by the Lady. On Monday, I used the picture of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s poem around which I developed that essay.

This article is about the importance of masks. Well, masks are important for some people who wish to avoid COVID-19. Nonetheless, Trump has been seen several times wearing his presidental masks. Nevertheless, excluding those three or four times, Trump never wears a mask and tells his follows not to wear them. Over a month ago, a poll conducted by NBC News-SurveyMonkey found that 86% of Democrats and 71% of independents wear maske whenever they are in public. The Republican wear masks 48% masks in public.

Mask wearing and social distancing is never push at any of Trump’s rallys. On June 20th in Tulsa, OK, Trump had a rally, which fizzled due to lack of attendence. It was held at the BOK Center, which holds 19,200. The campaign had set up an additional venue outside for the anticipated overflow of Trump supporters. The attendance inside was under 6,200 people estimated by the Tulsa Fire Department. The Trump’s campaign claims that the number was 12,000.

Regardless of the numbers game, this is a photo of the event. I could find four masks in that photo and no social distancing.

The greatest president since Lincoln

Three weeks after the Tulsa rally, Oklahoma State Department of Health announced the second higest number of confirmed cases weekly in the state. The seven-day coronavirus cases was around six times higher than it has been in April. Just look at the spike after June 20th.

That is called a spike.

At that rally, all that attended the rally had to sign a disclaimer. This is part of the disclaimer. “By attending the Rally, you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. liable for any illness or injury.” If Trump thinks COVID-19 has been exaggerated by the Democrats and by the fake media, why make attendees sign the disclaimer?

The University of Washington’s Health Institute predicts that 410,000 Americans will die by year’s end. That is a grim prediction. However, if Trump and his senate do nothing, the herd immunity strategy could result in 620,000 deaths.

Captain Courageous

As I have mentioned, I live in two worlds. The other world is in Myanmar. I went there nearly seven years ago in hopes that I could interview Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. She is often called the Lady. Even though a failed, I did meet a young Lady. Her name is Ti Ti. She and her two younger sisters are my granddaughters. Last January, I returned to the States after having the time of my life with my family.

Just look at the articles that I wrote after returning home. I was happy and delighted about our family tour to places that I had been before and places I wasn’t aware that they even existed. I always loved Inle Lake, Bagan, Yangon, and Taunggyi. However, what about riding an elephant over Myanmar’s version of the Alps with my granddaughters? Imagine how I felt as I floated over acres of pagodas in Bagan with my family in a hot air balloon. I went to Ti Ti honors service where she received her first place award in a Shan State math contest. This is Ti Ti fanning herself with 43,000,000,000,000,000,000 kyats.

I had the honor of carrying the suitcase containing all the rest of the money back to my family’s home. If you click on this link, Myanmar, you will see thumbnails to ten places we visited as a family. There are more still to be posted than are already up there now.

For nearly four weeks, we traveled in our caravan of laughter and fun. However, before I returned home, we started to plan our next caravan: Yangon, the Golden Rock, Myeik Archipelago, and the Great Pagoda in Mawlamyine. I also want to go to Ti Ti graduation from college several years after that journey to Myanmar.

However, less than two weeks after returning home, I had my birthday on January 20. Sadly, that day was also the first time America had a confirmed case of the coronavirus. That date was the genesis of a new normal here and in Myanmar along with the rest of the world. Six weeks later, we realized that COVID-19 would become a major axial moment throughout the world.

On March 6, Trump uttered these stupid and inane statements. “I think we’re doing a really good job in this country as keeping it down…a tremendous job at keeping it down.” In case we didn’t buy Donald the Dumb’s assurance, he added, “You have to be calm. It’ll go away.” Well, 6.7 million confirmed cases and nearly 200,000 death can’t be translated into COVID-19 going away. When scientist create models about the death rate at the end of this year, they range from 410,000-620,000 deaths.

Estimates of deaths due to not wearing masks and social distancing are in range of a couple hundred thousand of Americans that didn’t have to die. Nonetheless, Trump disses masks. Only on a couple occasions have I seen him wear one. Nevertheless, the Lady wears them.

While Kaung sent me several photos of the Lady, there were no captions available. That allows me to guess what she was saying. Maybe, it was just, “Hey, it really doesn’t hurt wearing a mask.” She might also have said, “Grow up, Donnie. You are the President of the United States.”

This is another photo of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi with some of her party leaders all with masks. It seems that someone said something funny. Maybe, either she or one of the leaders was comparing Myanmar with America. This is what might have been said.

“Our country’s population is a fifth of America’s. They have 6.7 million confirmed cases and nearly 200,000 deaths. If you compare both countries, take 3,195 confirmed cases and 32 deaths in our country, and multiply each number by 5. In that way, you can compare two countries with similar populations. That means we would have 15,975 confirmed cases rather than 3,195. When it comes to deaths, we would have 160 rather than 32. America is suffering due to their fake president.”