Parody or Covid safety precaution?
Sometimes it is hard to tell
Famously banned Twitter statistician El Gato Malo once wrote,
without knowledge of a speaker’s priors, any sufficiently woke statement is indistinguishable from parody.
We can update this rule for Covid theater such as,
without knowledge of a speaker’s priors, any sufficiently risk averse Covid practice is indistinguishable from parody.
So today I share with you this news story,
Top Health Officer Orders Australians: ‘Don’t Have a Conversation’ With Each Other.
Dr. Kerry Chant made the remarks in response to people in NSW [New South Wales] being ordered to comply with yet another lockdown triggered by just a handful of new cases, which included a man in Cootamundra who visited a Woolworths supermarket, Pizza Hut restaurant, petrol station and Officeworks store.
“Whilst it’s human nature to engage in conversation with others, to be friendly, unfortunately this is not the time to do that,” said Chant.
“So even if you run into your next door neighbor in the shopping center…don’t start up a conversation, now is the time for minimizing your interactions with others, even if you’ve got a mask, do not think that affords total protection, we wanna be absolutely sure that as we go about our daily lives we do not come into contact with anyone else that would pose a risk,” she added
There you have it. If you didn’t know this was the “wisdom” of a public health official, could you have distinguished it from parody?
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