We’re pretty used to criticizing The Atlantic, but the magazine actually took a chance and published a piece by Matthew Walther entitled, “Where I Live, No One Cares About COVID.” Some are outraged by the author’s simple observation that “many, if not most, Americans are leading their lives as if COVID is over, and they have been for a long while.” For the record, Walther writes from rural southwest Michigan.

Well, it’s true.

Walther writes:

Meanwhile, our children, who have continued to attend their weekly homeschooling co-op since April 2020, have never donned masks, and they are distinctly uncomfortable on the rare occasions when they see them, for reasons that, until recently, child psychologists and other medical experts would have freely acknowledged. They have continued seeing friends and family, including their great-grandparents, on a weekly basis. As far as I can tell, they are dimly aware that “germs” are a remote cause of concern, but only our oldest, who is 6, has any recollection of the brief period last year when public Masses were suspended in our diocese and we spent Sunday mornings praying the rosary at home.

“But I wager,” he continues, “that I am now closer to most of my fellow Americans than the people, almost absurdly overrepresented in media and elite institutions, who are still genuinely concerned about this virus.”

Like the people who refuse to distinguish between vaccines and vaccine mandates.

Not really, but there are some good ones, especially if you love to see The Atlantic shamed for trying to kill people.


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