What can you say? Just thank our lucky stars that at least we don't live in America, I suppose.
I had an interesting experience yesterday. I filled up my car for the first time in months at my local garage, and when I went inside to pay (still wearing my latex gloves, of course) I was pleased to see that they at least had perspex screens in front of the tills. I said as much to the chap at the till, whom I've "known" for several years. He said he wished they weren't there, and of course I asked why.
"It's just a cold," he said. "100,000 people die every year of a cold so what's all the fuss about?" (Die of a cold?!?!? He didn't even say flu.)
I said as politely as I could that I thought he was talking nonsense (if you can ever say that politely
), and that we'd better just leave it there. It was not the time or the place, and there were a couple of people behind me - observing the two-metre floor markings, I'm pleased to say. (That must p1ss him off all day every day, then!)
It was really quite odd because it was the first time I'd ever come up against that attitude in person (not surprising, given lockdown!) and it came from someone I'd chatted to briefly countless times. It made me wonder what on earth else he believes in. I suspect that I'd rather not know. Science deniers and conspiracy theorists tend to invest in entire bundles, don't they?