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“Positivity defeats the virus.”

So goes the thinking among substantial numbers in Mitchell, SD. And not only there. All over the country.

These same “patriots” think their faith will save them, that eating certain foods will offer protection against Covid-19, even as the positivity rate has recently soared to 49% for a time.

There is no getting through to some. They know what they believe, or believe what they’ve been told, and apparently nothing whatsoever is going to convince them otherwise. Wearing a mask is unpatriotic, an unspeakable affront to their freedom as Americans. Someone told them this. And they believe it. Even after their friends and family and neighbors are lowered into the ground.

Lots of reasons to feel numb these days.

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