Remember the television show Family Matters?
The TV sitcom from the early 90s featured annoying neighbor Steve Urkel who often meant well, but caused an abundance of problems.
His neighbors, the Winslows, always bore the brunt of Urkel’s mistakes and had to clean up his messes.
Sometimes after destroying their house or causing harm (funny for a television show of course) to the male members of their family, he would utter one of his catchphrases: “Look what you did.”
Urkel said this after causing a preventable problem that everyone warned him not to do.
Guess who plays the role of Urkel in this instance: The unvaccinated.
They are those who refuse to get a shot and also refuse to mask up while some of us follow health and safety guidelines.
Meanwhile, those of us who took the pandemic seriously suffer and deal with the trauma created by those who are too ignorant to understand the situation.
El Paso County’s Covid-19 numbers continue to trend upward after a steady decline. Now, COVID-19 has more variants than Loki and society struggles to cope because people refuse to do their part.
Go ahead and check out El Paso County’s numbers on Colorado.gov. As of July 27, we have 1,093 COVID-related deaths.
Nearly 3,000 cases of the B 1.1.7 variant have been reported along with nearly 500 cases of the new Delta variant.
And, as of July 27, just 49 percent of El Paso County has received the jab of Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson or Moderna vaccines.
Forty-nine percent, y’all. The knuckleheads are in midseason form.
Much of the reluctance to get the shot stems from the misinformation spread about the vaccine. Namely, too many people continue to mistake the word ‘vaccine’ for ‘cure.’
Have you or a loved one who’s received the jab witnessed someone on social media say, “How come people are still catching COVID if they got the shot?”
The shot isn’t a cure-all — it significantly lowers the chances of falling ill with COVID-19 and its variants.
Should someone who received the shot get COVID-19, their chances of getting its worst symptoms dramatically decrease. CDC numbers indicate that 90-95 percent of those hospitalized with serious Covid symptoms are unvaccinated.
Far too many social media doctors do a quick Google search and find something that aligns with their thinking, then another group of people join in, and another, so on so forth.
To make matters worse, prep season is around the corner.
I remember as Season D concluded in June, I spoke with coaches at State track and field about how great it was to have fans back in stadiums.
It looked like a normal year, and I heard the phrase “It feels like we’re getting back to normal,” more times than I can count.
But perhaps those coaches and I spoke too soon? On July 28, Colorado High School Activities Association sent an email saying public health policy will be determined by local public health organizations.
“… Local public health officials and leaders will determine public health protocols for in-person learning and activity participation,” CHSAA said in an email.
At this point, who knows how that looks. The number of stories I read about kids struggling without athletics and with their mental health has crushed my soul.
No children should have to suffer because adults choose to be renegades and shun the advice of experts.
These kids deserve capacity crowds to watch games. I do not want Sierra vs. Harrison to have limited seating this year.
That needs the standing-room-only treatment as both sides cheer their heads off for their school.
The CDC on July 27 suggested areas with surging cases start to wear masks to once again curb the spread.
President Joe Biden set a masking requirement for federal workers and expects a plan in place ASAP for military personnel to be vaccinated.
Last time all this happened, we watched games from home on YouTube. I would be thankful if that is still an option, but not the expectation.
Do your part so society can reopen.
Otherwise, be prepared to ask, “Did I do that?” as your family watches you breathe through a tube because you chose to be an airhead.
Marcus Hill covers sports and news for the Southeast Express. Reach him at email@example.com.