Ramblings by Robert

Are we near the end?

Bob Morehead

Herald Staff Writer

A joke crossed my Facebook newsfeed the other day.

“A pessimist sees a dark tunnel. An optimist sees the light at the end of the tunnel. A realist sees the oncoming train. The train driver sees three idiots standing on the track.”

I sincerely hope we’re not about to get run over by a train but there does appear to be some light, finally, in this long dark tunnel.

Every measurement in the coronavirus pandemic has been plummeting for the last several weeks, not just locally, or even statewide, but nationally. Experts attribute this to a convergence of several factors: Cold, nasty weather keeping people home; a majority of people finally taking the virus seriously and following prevention protocols; a vigorous, if imperfect, program to vaccinate the most vulnerable.

Feb. 20, Summit County reported fewer than 100 new cases of the disease. Hospitalizations, intensive care admissions and deaths are seeing comparable decreases.

Perhaps the most telling metric, my church was as packed Feb. 21 as socially distanced seating would permit as dozens who’ve worshipped remotely for the last year, having gotten their shots, returned. I haven’t checked but I suspect other area churches saw similar things.

The train in the tunnel that could run us over is obvious. As things continue to improve, there’s every possibility people will dash unmasked out of their doors like third-graders leaving school on the last day before summer vacation and prematurely resume their “normal” lives. I get it. I’m sick of the masks and there are quite a few things I want to get back to, too. But this would pretty much guarantee a spike and actually delay a return to normalcy. Let’s smile at the positive numbers and be patient. Let’s find the end of the tunnel at the proper pace.

Bob Morehead
Herald Staff Writer


  1. Jeffrey Jenkins on March 4, 2021 at 9:59 am

    First a study last spring proved that masks to not prevent you from contracting Covid, research the actual Danish study publication,

    Next the reason cases are dropping are based on WHO testing guidelines, the test cycles the samples until it can recognize enough RNA to get a result, but the testing companies know that after so many cycles the viral load is too small in the patient to be sick or infectious, but because of the original guidelines they still reported it as positive instead of something like detected but not infectious, then the patient could be monitored instead of classed the same way a sick person would be. The new guideline stops the cycles at something like 35 times so low viral loads are not reported as positive, If we would have been doing this from the start we would never have had the huge spikes in cases, but a more accurate picture of the actual spread. It is sad that the media and political class refuses to publish the truth, and would prefer as Rahm Emanuel said, never let a crisis go to waste and are using this to push their corrupt agenda

  2. Ray Todd on March 4, 2021 at 7:38 am

    …….and then there’s Texas.

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