“I have no unique story,” Groene told the Journal Star. “This happens 99.9% of the time.” Except, of course, when people die or live with long-term effects. “I didn’t try to get contact,” Groene told KETV. “It came to me.” He added to the outlet that he feels people need to take precautions, especially if they have health conditions. He also said he “followed the rules” and plans on donating blood to help others. That’s all well and good, but we need national guidelines on mask wearing, social distancing, and resources so people can afford to stay safe and safe home. Thankfully, President-Elect Joe Biden is heading to the White House, and he isn’t waiting until he gets there to start advocating for pandemic safety. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – In speaking to KETV Omaha, he said, “I’ve been sick a lot of times. This is not different. This is not cancer. My God this hysteria.” Curious about how he thinks he got the virus? Groene told the local outlet he believes he got the virus “from someone who was wearing a mask.” He continued: “I did not wear a mask. I have not been traced that I spread to anybody.” As Groene told the outlet, he believes he got the virus while “I was at my Legislative work in Lincoln and had contact.”Obviously, there is a lot to unpack here. First, let’s talk about the idea of herd immunity, of which Groene is apparently a supporter. Then let’s go into the structural inequalities that may lead to a privileged person having a relatively better experience with the virus.- Advertisement – Herd immunity in terms of the coronavirus is a scary idea. Though Donald Trump and Dr. Scott Atlas are pushing for herd immunity as a way to tackle the virus, countless health officials are horrified at the concept. One you might recognize immediately is Dr. Anthony Fauci. Fauci has actually spoken out about Atlas in particular, noting that he has “real problems with that guy.” Which, for the mild-mannered Fauci, is some strong language.Experts have suggested that embracing herd immunity—as opposed to wearing face masks and social distancing—could lead to millions of deaths in the process. That’s horrible from the start, but especially so when we remember that the virus is disproportionately impacting people of color, older people, and people with chronic health conditions as it is. As we saw with the treatment Trump received, as well as the medical attention some high-profile Republicans, like former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie got, medical care is, sadly, not always equal. While Groene may not have needed or received the level of care Trump received at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, for example, we know that systemically, white people have better access to affordable, quality medical care than people of color. We also know that people of color are less likely to be taken seriously when talking about symptoms or pain management. For a white male to be relieved to have gotten the virus over with isn’t too surprising, as white men have a fair amount of privilege and resource in this nation. And even then, we know this virus doesn’t discriminate when it comes to fatalities and long-term effects. – Advertisement – The Georgia runoff is Jan. 5. Request an absentee ballot by Nov. 18. Early in-person voting starts Dec. 14. And REGISTER TO VOTE here by Dec. 7.
It’s been an impressive run for the Wisconsin women’s hockey team, who went on a 19-game winning streak dating back to last season. That winning streak has now become a 20-game unbeaten streak after playing to a 3-3 tie against archrival Minnesota.An interesting pattern has developed for the Badgers, who hold a record of seven wins, zero losses and one tie. That pattern has been noticeable so far this season with the Badgers winning the first game of a series but then facing a far more determined and resilient opponent in the second game.This first became apparent during the Badgers’ second series of the season versus St. Cloud State. Wisconsin won the first game easily, out-scoring St. Cloud 8-2. In the second game, St. Cloud came out playing far better than they had the night before and the Badgers won the hard-fought game by a score of 2-1.The following weekend, the Badgers traveled to Ohio State to take on the Buckeyes, whose ice rink is substantially smaller than a regulation sized arena. The Badgers won the first game 3-2 and went on to win by the same score in the second game of the series. Wisconsin had to post a comeback victory in the second game, with the winning goal scored by freshman forward Kyla Sanders with less than six minutes left in the third period. That game was marked by the number of chances squandered by the Badgers. “[The Ohio State Ice Rink] is a very small rink, and things happen very quickly,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “We should have probably had five or six more goals … than we did, but three was enough to win.”The pattern continued this weekend when the Badgers hosted the Minnesota Golden Gophers, who had a score to settle with Wisconsin after losing to the Badgers in the national championship game last season. However, the Gophers came out flat-footed in the opening game, losing by the score of 3-1.Just as St. Cloud State and Ohio State did, the Gophers came out much stronger in game two. Minnesota managed to score two goals in last 70 seconds of the game en route to the 3-3 tie.”Today [the Gophers] came out a little bit more intense … and a little stronger,” sophomore forward Erika Lawler said. The Badgers are taking the tie in stride, however, as freshman forward Meghan Duggan put it, “Overall I think our team played great … a win and a tie is better than a loss.””It’s a good learning experience, so we should take it for what it’s worth,” Lawler added.For whatever reason, the Badgers seem to bring out the best in an opposing team during the second game of every series. Perhaps it’s the fact that opponents often get drilled in the first game of the series and come out pumped for the second game, hoping to prevent a repeat of the night before.Or perhaps this pattern can be attributed to opponents realizing that they have to play their hearts out and bring everything they can to defeat the No. 1 ranked Badgers. A third possibility is that opposing teams go into the first game intimidated by the Badgers’ ranking and national championship title.Whatever it is, every series so far this season has had some degree of this pattern. In each series, particularly the series versus St. Cloud State, the caliber of play from Wisconsin’s opponents improved greatly in game two. It was almost as if two different teams took the ice against the Badgers. This pattern has been an interesting storyline so far, and it will be interesting to see how long it will hold up.
Before Florida’s State Re-Open Task Force submits its final report on how to reopen the state’s economy, the committee is requesting the input of Floridians. In making the announcement, the governor’s office said “public feedback will be a critical component” of the task force’s final report to the Governor. On Saturday, the task force launched a public comment submission portal where Florida residents can make their own recommendations. As of Sunday morning, the state reported more than 30, 800 COVID-19 cases including 1,055 deaths. The 22-member committee, which includes Broward Mayor Dale Holness, spent last week deliberating and putting together recommendations on which businesses can reopen and how soon. Governor Ron DeSantis did advise, however, that no movie theaters and sports venues will be open in May. DeSantis said the first phase of reopening may not correspond with the ending of the state’s stay-at-home order, which will expire on Thursday, April 30. Residents may submit feedback on any topic related to the re-opening of Florida’s economy, including the impacts to small business, healthcare, education, tourism, agriculture, retail, recreation, sports and construction. The submission portal can be accessed here.