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As anyone without their head in the sand knows that coronavirus numbers are skyrocketing (especially in states that pushed to reopen despite warnings that it would spike disease transmission). More than 800,000 new cases were reported in June, led by Florida, Arizona, Texas, and California; the nation has now surpassed 3 million cases.
In Texas, mayors in Houston and Austin warn that their hospitals are facing critical mass and are on track to be overwhelmed in the next two weeks. Polling suggests that even the most stalwart “don’t tread on me” types are starting to get the message to stay home.
According to polling by the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas, most registered voters in the state have soured in their assessments of pandemic responses. In the latest survey, 46% of voters say efforts to deal with the coronavirus in the US are going well — down from 56% in April. Asked about the efforts in Texas, 47% say things are going well — down from 66% in April. But even if one is willing to curtail one’s lifestyle a little bit — like GOD FORBID wear a mask — a new assessment graphic from Texas Medical Association is a handy tool for understanding exactly what risk we run in our daily activities.
TexMed characterizes things like getting restaurant takeout, getting gas, and even playing tennis as low-risk activities (two on a scale of one to 10). Grocery shopping, going on a walk with others, visiting a library or museum, and playing golf all fall in the moderate-low range (three to four) — that last is of course great news for the president! Highest-risk activities (eight or more) include, unsurprisingly, sports stadium events and concerts, going to a movie theater, attending religious services with 500+ worshippers, and going to a bar — which was a major cause of outbreak in Michigan last week. Texans shouldn’t despair, though! Based on this graphic, it is still safe to shoot guns in the air (at least with respect to COVID-19 complications), do outdoor line dances in rigid six-feet distance grids, and ride the open range.
“We all have a responsibility to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our communities safe,” said Governor Abbott, in a statement accompanying a recent mask regulation. “If Texans commit to wearing face coverings in public spaces and follow the best health and safety practices, we can both slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep Texas open for business. I urge all Texans to wear a face covering in public, not just for their own health, but for the health of their families, friends, and for all our fellow Texans.”
Not to mention that Texas has one powerful advantage in the practice of new social norms — with the highest rate of cowboy hat-per-capita, they are poised to bring back the hat-tip, easily the most congenial and COVID-safe way to greet friends and strangers alike. Can’t mess with that, y’all!
To showcase this work exactly 500 years after Magellan’s conquest of the Philippines in a space that, 134 years ago, was a “human zoo” of Indigenous people from the Philippines, is certainly poignant.
Since 2014, Alison has been visually dissecting Monique Wittig’s novel The Lesbian Body, which theorizes the split subjectivity women experience in language, an inherently patriarchal structure.
This exhibition in Great Falls, Montana addresses the concept of intention in contemporary fiber art and its complex relationship with the history of women’s art as craft.
N.I.H., short for No Humans Involved, was an acronym used by the LAPD to refer to “young Black males who belong to the jobless category of the inner-city ghettos.”
Cha, who was murdered at 31 years old, explored the nuances of forced migration and language.
Explore new avenues in artistic practice and scholarship amongst a diverse cohort of peers while gaining leadership skills both academically and professionally.
Taping a banana wasn’t enough, so the art world had to do something even more stupid with food.
Stoner jokes, unexpected pop culture references, and an unlikely love story jangle against each other like charms on a bracelet.
In this exhibition, curated by Patrick Flores and presented by Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Paiwan artist Sakuliu reflects on interspecies co-sharing and coexistence.
The plans for Munger Hall may just be the most ruthlessly efficient way to house 4500 students.
The Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara (MHA) Nation says tribal leaders were not consulted regarding the relocation of the statue.
The autumn holiday of Sukkot continues to offer solace and community for new generations.