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Avoiding bad news

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By Donald Kirk

VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia ― The pandemic is deceptive. You know it's here, all around you, but you can't see it or hear or feel it. You cruise down near-empty streets that once were filled with commuter traffic, you go into restaurants that have only two or three customers or maybe none, and you see a majority of people wearing face masks.

That's a majority, not most. A lot of people don't wear them for all the usual reasons. They're inconvenient, they're not needed. A young woman who works at the counter of a clothing store tells of one customer who had a fit and walked out when told she had to wear one. At hotels you can't enter the lobby without having a mask on.

That's still not stopping people from flocking to the beaches of this sprawling coastal city at the height of the tourist season. Business isn't as good as in previous years but crowds still gather in alarming numbers, oblivious to fears of a virus they say affects only a few, surely not us. And then there are the protesters flooding the downtown areas of some cities........

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