So what’ does Karen – the iconic (and unisex) cultural metaphor for the joyless, passive-aggressive scolds who pass their time hectoring others about their masks, their distancing, their attitudes about Covid in general – do with their time?
Several possibilities suggest themselves:
- Go for walks. Alone. Wearing masks. Alternatively, they’ll walk their dogs. Alone. With masks on both parties.
- Surf panic porn on the internet.
- Gossip about “deniers” of…whatever they believe.
One thing “Karen” has not done since, most likely, April?
Read any current research on now Covid actually spreads (that isn’t vetted first by institutions that benefit from broadcasting panic porn).
CDC study buries the lede, notes that asymptomatic transmission is very rare, even among people with extended close personal contact:
The text of the analysis is even more consequential than the CDC’s reference makes it seem: “Estimated mean household secondary attack rate from symptomatic index cases (18.0%; 95% CI, 14.2%-22.1%) was significantly higher than from asymptomatic or presymptomatic index cases (0.7%; 95% CI, 0%-4.9%; P < .001), although there were few studies in the latter group. These findings are consistent with other household studies28,70 reporting asymptomatic index cases as having limited role in household transmission” (emphasis added).
The 0.7 percent figure includes not just people who never show symptoms of COVID-19, but people who haven’t yet shown symptoms—two groups that have been alleged to be major factors driving the spread of the virus. This is a major data point often underplayed or even challenged in much media coverage of the virus.
The key, if not central, rationale for non-pharmaceutical interventions such as masking, distancing, and staying at home is allegedly significant transmission from people who don’t show symptoms. If the contagiousness of people without symptoms is not what drives the spread of SARS-COV-2, then no COVID restriction on public life besides staying home when you are clearly sick could be justified, considering the obvious negative consequences of these restrictions.
The 0.7 percent figure might even be a modest estimate of overall asymptomatic/presymptomatic transmission because the studies were among household contacts only—people who have close and extended contact with one another daily.
It doesn’t seem especially counterintuitive – spreading a disease
- whose primary mode of transmission is airborne water droplets full of the virus ,and
- where airborne water droplets primary launching mechanism is the cough or sneeze, which is in fact a symptom
…might be correlated with people coughing.
Pass this along to any teachers – or at least teachers union reps – you might know .