Examples of Hypocrisy With 2019 Novel Coronavirus?

Ever since the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic started to spread around the world, facial coverings and masks have become de rigueur — especially after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an advisory with the recommendation of covering your face with a simple cloth face covering on Friday, April 3, 2020…

Examples of Hypocrisy With 2019 Novel Coronavirus?

…but as wearing masks and facial coverings are supposed to aid in reducing the chances of more people dying from the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, is doing so while simultaneously willfully engaging in a activity which is also dangerous considered examples of hypocrisy?

Source: Anonymous.

At first glance, the photograph shown above of a man driving a car while wearing a mask seems innocuous. The photographer — who prefers to remain anonymous — allegedly saw the driver in the car using a mobile telephone while swerving and failing to maintain his lane as he was driving along a highway prior to when the photograph was taken.

The decal in the lower right corner of the windshield of the car indicates that the driver works for a ride-sharing company — which means that he transports passengers in his car.

“Distracted driving is dangerous, claiming 2,841 lives in 2018 alone”, according to information which is posted at the official Internet web site of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the Department of Transportation of the United States. “Among those killed: 1,730 drivers, 605 passengers, 400 pedestrians and 77 bicyclists. NHTSA leads the national effort to save lives by preventing this dangerous behavior.”

In this article pertaining to distracted driving which I wrote on Saturday, August 1, 2015, I wrote that “The truth is that any distraction to a driver is a potential recipe for disaster. I witness it multiple times every day: the woman who snails along at half the posted speed limit; the teenager who drifts across a pavement marking such as a double yellow line; or the man who constantly applies his brake for no reason every few seconds — all dividing their attentions between the increasingly ubiquitous portable electronic device and navigating a potential weapon which weighs at least a ton.”

Smokin’!

Ybor City Halloween smoking cigar

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

In another example which was called to my attention, a woman who was standing outside of a store during what seemed to be her break was nonchalantly smoking a cigarette while wearing a mask which was lowered on her face.

Citing statistics from a report called The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress. A Report of the Surgeon General from the Department of Health and Human Services of the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims that cigarette smoking causes about one of every five deaths in the United States each year.

Cigarette smoking causes premature death, as life expectancy for smokers is at least ten years shorter than for non-smokers; and quitting smoking before the age of 40 reduces the risk of dying from diseases related to smoking by approximately 90 percent

Exposure to second-hand smoke causes an estimated 41,000 deaths each year among adults in the United States — 7,333 annual deaths from lung cancer and 33,951 annual deaths from heart disease.

Cigarette smoking — as well as second-hand smoke — is estimated to cause greater than 480,000 deaths annually:

  • 278,544 deaths annually among men
  • 201,773 deaths annually among women

Mask and Glove Pollution

The improper disposal of masks and gloves has become increasingly common in recent weeks, with some people outright littering by simply tossing them on the ground after they have been used.

Would this be considered biohazardous waste?

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Summary

Although the current trend towards doing everything possible to mitigate or eliminate deaths caused by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus is a valiant effort — after all, “we are all in this together” — what good is the effort if people are seemingly indifferent in blatantly engaging in other activities which could endanger their lives or the lives of other people?

Are they considered acts of hypocrisy?

Source of featured photograph: Anonymous.

6 thoughts on “Examples of Hypocrisy With 2019 Novel Coronavirus?”

  1. NB_ga says:

    Despite little evidence that a plain paper mask or a cutesy fabric mask does much of anything to prevent the spread of Covid-19, people are flocking to the trend. Wearing a mask is now apparently the cool fashion accessory – etsy shops have opened to provide masks that match your wardrobe, college mascot, favorite sports team, or home decor.

    All the while, these “concerned persons” are smoking, drinking, driving distracted, eating whatever they want, and continuing to over-sanitize with toxic chemicals. Hypocrisy galore!

    Dead is dead. That point keeps getting lost in this craze.

  2. Chris@Oak says:

    Meanwhile, “professionals” in their medical scrubs are in lines for: grocery stores; restaurants; other stores. They are either on their way to, on a break from, or just left a place that requires them to wear scrubs.

    No worries. They’re also wearing a face mask they likely had on in the medical or clinical environment.

    I’ve been taking photos of these “professionals” in their mixing it up with us regular folks. It’s time to publicly shame these entitled walking vectors.

  3. Carl WV says:

    I think the end is near anyway, I was flipping TV channels and came upon the show “Masked Singer” where Sarah Palin was rapping Baby Got Back in a technicolor bear costume (head off). Robin Thicke commenting “I’ve seen it all. I’ve literally seen everything,”. The crowd was going wild.

    I wasn’t even drinking or otherwise indulging.

  4. Brutus says:

    These are not examples of hypocrisy at all. Hypocrisy is stating the moral requirement to do one thing and then doing another. Advocating that everyone should wear face masks and then not doing it is hypocrisy.

  5. Dean says:

    Hypocrisy is putting 30million people in the USA out of work over a seasonal virus! (20%!),

    It’s the HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of people who will suffer because of the economic devastation.
    The increase in domestic violence. The increase in suicide rate.

    People losing their homes.
    Bankruptcy.

    Not to mention the ‘temporary” curtailing of freedoms that everyone seemed so willing to accept in the ‘Land of the Free’

    All because the masses demanded from their keyboards: ‘omg, do something, anything!!’
    All because of fear…

    So, no, the real hypocrisy is the harm, death, damage and destruction that society is causing to itself because of our reactions to a very very non-deadly enemy.

    60 million people a year die – natrually
    1.2 Million people a year die in JUST auto accidents.

    In 6 months, CV has killed 200,000+ people, mostly the very oldest with pre-existing conditions…
    Hypocrisy is hurting the rest of us, deeply, for years and years, for nothing.

  6. Mike says:

    My job requires me to work alongside traffic, often with not even a little orange plastic cone “protecting” me. Yesterday I narrowly avoided being hit. My partner yelled as he saw a car swerving towards me. The woman driving the car was holding her phone with one hand and pulling her mask away from her mouth with the other, presumably so that the person on the other end could hear her. For the record, I couldn’t verify that she didn’t have a third hand that was on the steering wheel. She was in the car alone. From personal experience I can tell you that anytime there is heightened anxiety, drivers become more dangerous. Right now the roads are more dangerous than I’ve ever seen.

    Of course if I had been killed I would have been tested and counted as a COVID 19 related death if it the test was positive.

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