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The Number One Question Everyone Needs Answered About Covid-19

We all have questions about Covid-19.  2020 has nearly zoomed right past us at a snail speed.

We have stood by enraged or just quarantined through civil unrest, the rights of humanity, to mask or not, to homeschool or just graduate everyone who can hold a pencil, no touchy, go ahead and touchy, where’s the toilet paper, and of course, the Presidential election. 

None of us know what is going to happen next.  Furthermore, none of us get any of the same answers from any of the same sources.  My semi-adult children were enthralled with a video about “The Rona.”  After watching it 17 times each, they showed me.  It answered none of my pressing questions.  Immediately, I decided TIc-Tock was never going to be a platform I enlist to get my news.  

Greater, I want someone to now answer this question, how can 29 million people “love” a video of a monkey in a surgical mask trying to eat a bowl of Cheerios?  Some of us are trying to put up some quality content around here. Is this all that is really required to grip an audience?  

But I kind of get it. 

We have watched copious amounts of Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video.  And, we have executed all the suggestions of all the “experts” for making it through the great Quarantine of 2020.  I cannot make another thing out of popsicle sticks and Elmers, and we are officially out of glitter forever.  My young ones will forever believe that glitter ceased to be legal because of the virus. Maybe this is how Covid-19 rumors get started.  

I cannot stomach another single game of Uno, Scrabble, Monopoly, or Chutes and Ladders. Sidenote, you cannot out wit me in the game of ups and downs for pre-schoolers, don’t bother trying.  My closets are organized.  As are my shelves. And, I have cried in the bathtub, climbed out a two-story window, and hoarded things I had no real interest in 9 months ago.  

Now, I have no idea what I will ever do with 76 cans of refried beans?  

But that is not the number one question I or the rest of the population would like answered.  

This is what we need to know: What is the little piece of cling wrap on all the credit/debit card keypads in marketplaces for?  Because we are all still touching the keypad.  The same germs are getting on the saran wrap that would be getting on the keys.  

Someone, in the name of all that is good and decent, explain this, and I will not ask another question about COVID-19.  If this mystery can be solved, I will do whatever Tic-tock or Twitter says from now on.  

And it is not like I don’t have more questions.

 For instance, we FINALLY went out for dinner at our favorite Mexican restaurant the other day.  Aside, from every other table being marked off, and the staff in surgical masks, it was a “normal” excursion.  Chips, salsa, margaritas, enchiladas, one child with a blue and yellow crayon and a coloring sheet, and the other crying hysterically because they only got a red and green crayon with their coloring sheet, and it is not Christmas yet… but that is when it got weird.  We got regular glass plates and drinking glasses and then they gave us plastic,  picnic-style forks, and knives.  You know, the kind you get with take out food with a flimsy one-ply napkin and one packet of salt and pepper? 

Again, I get it, we don’t want to spread this ickiness. 

But I don’t understand why we can put our mouths on the glasses and not the silverware?  Unless… our favorite establishment doesn’t wash forks and knives?  And now, if this is the case when everything gets back to “normal,” I have to find a new favorite Mexican restaurant.  

This taxes me, but it is not the number one question that’s answer evades me.  I need to understand why merchants have taken the “protective measure” with the cling wrap on the keypad.  I am not an argumentative person.  And I understand many people are.  I have put on my best cooperative, humanitarian, surgical face mask, and I wash thoroughly.   

I try not to question reasonable authority but this is keeping me up at nights. And, I feel like the question is fair and balanced, politically correct, and valid.  

We, humanity that is, have tolerated some pretty outlandish theories about the virus. In my opinion, it has been the best and worst of us.  And while there has been much loss and dozens of questions left unanswered, this mystery simply must be addressed.  

Is the debit card keypad at risk of spreading the virus to the cash register?  

Could it be the virus is not a contagious human pathogen and instead it is going to attack our hard drives?  

Did we miss the memo about Saran Wrap being repellent against the deadly illness?

Should we all be wrapped in cling wrap? 

I hear you, the disinfectant can get inside the machine.  But I have watched, they are not spraying the debit card machine when they clean the rest of the check out area.  So why is it wrapped???

And, this is the number one question I feel could unite us.

In a nation divided by politics, race relations, vaccinations, face masks, and socioeconomic classes, can we not come together and demand that this be explained?  We are the consumer.  It is our responsibility to make our wisest and safest decisions.  And I feel like we have calmed a bit.  We have complied with numerous safety injunctions.  

Yet we are left with this looming question, one I insist be answered.  

Common sense and common courteousness might evade us – but darn it, this has gone on long enough.  I will stick to imposed toilet paper rationing and I submit to the grocery shopping rule, “one per customer until further notice.”  However, if someone does not explain to me the reasoning behind cling wrapping the debit card kiosks I am going rogue.  

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God bless all races and nationalities, vote your conscious, but PLEASE vote.  And while y’all do that I am marching.  Not outside the White House, but into every Walmart, Target, CVS, and Best Buy, (within a 30-mile radius of my house) and ripping the blasted cling wrap off the keypads!

I am done with this madness. 

I will not rest until this accomplished.  Perhaps it will do nothing to stop the spread of the virus, frankly, it may increase the potency. But in the name of Sam Hill, just tell us. Until this is question is answered, it is a brand on our intelligence.  It is a confusing and menacing issue that leaves consumers, whose bewildered faces cannot be seen behind their masks, even more, confused about their safety.  

In a world gone stark raving mad, the reason the cling wrap is on the keypad question simply must be answered.  

Let it never be said we did not ask. Now, let the battle cry rage.  



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