Sunday, July 18, 2021

Pandemic denialism while waiting in line for a concert

On Friday,while waiting to enter the Bird's Eye jazz club in Basel, I began chatting with someone who was also waiting to get in. I told him that before I'd heard the band on Wednesday and Thursday, I'd only seen two other concerts since I got my second dose of coronavirus vaccine in June – and he decried the virus as a hoax and the measures used to contain it as "a crime against humanity." I was so taken aback I couldn't think of what to say, and just then it was time to go inside. I've come across pandemic denial online, but this was my first encounter with it in person. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 18 July 2021)

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