I’ve had Covid. It was a symptomatic case, although very manageably so.
As such – as we have established in this space, with information from the National Institutes of Health – I have an enhanced degree of, if not complete immunity, at least enhanced, probably highly-enhanced, resistance to Covid.
WIth that being said, I also got vaccinated. The wisdom or lack thereof, or that action’s adherence to your particular version of libertarian conservative, is not up for discussion, and won’t be discussed in this space. I got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, because I figured it was the minimum expenditure of effort – one shot and round of side effects rather than two – needed to get at least some of the less-irrational Karens, especially business and institutional Karens, to shut the hell up in the coming months. Given that I also have some degree of natural immunity and likely resistance, the J&J vaccine also provides the results I want; since the evidence shows I’m unlikely to get infected at all, preventing infections – the supposed upside of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines – is irrelvant to me. Preventing such an infection from killing me or putting me in a hospital, should the current understanding of science turn up flawed, is my only real goal.
Again – the fact that I got a vaccination isn’t up for discussion.
What is up for discussion is this: Governor Klink has set the state’s restrictions to end on July 1. May it please the crown, thanks. Sarcasm intended. We’ll be caught up with Wisconsin – in seven weeks. Probably.
That’s right – it’ll be mandatory to wear a mask on June 30, but perfectly safe on July 1. Science!
But let’s ignore that, also. We’ve talked about that in this space for over a year, now.
Given that I, like most Minnesotans, have some combination of natural immunity, vaccination or both, masks are completely pointless.
And yet there is a lineup of stores – big box and ma and pa – promising to continue requiring masks after July 1.
And I want to make sure that I don’t patronize them after July 1. At all.
But how to tell which business is which?
The first step I’ve seen is this crowd-sourced map.
It’s being provisioned by people on both sides of the argument, of course – and some of the “reviews” would be comical if you didn’t realize these people have the same right to vote that you do.
What’s needed next is some way of searching for businesses that, shall we say, match your preference, so you can find ’em on the go.