I have no idea what the exact figures might be, but in all the reading and watching and observing I do, I’d guess that at least 80% of the population, probably more, are doing most of the right – and often quite difficult – things they have to do in order to help stop the march of this COVID-19 pandemic.
That’s to protect ourselves, to be sure, but also to help protect others.
The problem is, however, that a small but significant percent of the population are Justin Turners.
Justin Turner is the 3rd baseman of the LA Dodgers who was told he was coronavirus-positive during the Dodgers’ 6th game of the World Series, and as a result he was pulled from the game in the 7th inning as soon as the positive result was verified.
So far, so good.
However, when the Dodgers ultimately won the game (and the Series), Turner rushed back onto the field to embrace his teammates, at some point took off his mask to celebrate, and apparently refused instructions from security to leave the field, thus highly increasing the chances that he would infect others, such as his much older manager, a man who is apparently an ex-cancer patient.
And that’s the world in a nutshell: The-willing-to-do-the-right-and-often-unpleasant-things crowd (happily the majority of us), and the can’t-wait-it’s-not-my-problem Justin Turners.