On the season premiere of his HBO show “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Maher continued to talk a lot about COVID-19. That is despite the fact that he claimed in his monologue that the covid-19 pandemic “has just gone on too long, nobody cares anymore.” Maher used words like “masked paranoid world,” “bananas,” and “having no friends” when describing people following recommended COVID-19 precautions. Yes, he said all this amid a winter surge in severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).
You can hear some of these comments in the video clip that accompanies this tweet from Maher:
As you can see, Maher had this to say about Covid-19: “If you’re one of those people who didn’t get it at all, you have to be very diligent, very careful, and you don’t have any friends.” After all, why should your friends care about your health, right?
Maher went on to complain, “It’s ridiculous. You don’t want to live in your paranoid world anymore, your masked paranoid world.” Was he referring to the “paranoid world” in which the US reported 3,866 Covid-19-related deaths on January 21 alone and averaged more than 2,100 daily Covid-19-related deaths over the last seven days, according to data? compiled by the New York Times? Or was he referring to the world where potentially a quarter to a half of those who have had Covid-19 will continue to experience prolonged symptoms of Covid-19, as Penn State researchers found?
“You know, you go out,” Maher lamented. “It’s silly now. You have a mask, you have to have a card, you have to have a backup.” How terrible is that? Asking people to wear a face mask and carry a card, when it is not normally necessary to carry any type of card. Except, of course, your driver’s license. OK, how silly to ask you to bring two cards with you: your vaccination card, your driver’s license, and your credit card. All right, three cards, how silly to have to carry around your shot card, driver’s license, credit card, and store rewards card. OK, four cards, among the cards you have to bring are your vaccination card, your driver’s license, your credit card, your store rewards card, and your Justice League membership card. Damned.
Maher then continued: “They scan your head like you’re a cashier and I’m a bunch of bananas. I am not bananas. You are.” Presumably, Maher was referring to temperature checks and not anything to do with a barcode on your forehead. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend placing a barcode on your forehead. If you do in fact have a barcode on your forehead, you might want to ask your smartphone, “Hey Siri, did I join a cult?”
If wearing a face mask, carrying another card, and periodically checking your temperature are the worst and most inconvenient things you have to do on any given day, then your life is pretty good. That assuming that the temperature controls are not with a rectal thermometer. It is certainly better than death, being hospitalized or suffering from Covid for a long time.
And how onerous is it really to maintain precautions over the course of two years or so? In the grand scheme of things, two years is not a long time for an emergency that requires precautions. Of course it’s longer than an Instagram video and the movie. Logistics, which had a total execution time of 35 days and 17 hours. However, today’s limited attention span society might have a distorted perception of time. The 1918 flu pandemic persisted for about two years. World War II lasted six years and one day. The Vietnam War raged from 1954 to 1975. Many of the travel precautions from the 9/11 tragedy continue to this day. Speaking of disasters, some celebrity marriages that were clearly awful from the start have lasted more than two years.
The Covid-19 pandemic and precautions are not going to last forever. In 2020, many experts predicted a course of 2020 to 2022 or so for the pandemic. So if you understand the science, how pandemics work, and how long it takes for everyone’s immune system to get used to a new virus, it’s not surprising that our society is still dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead of complaining about why society isn’t back on track like a person longing for a previous relationship that may not have been so great, wouldn’t it be better to adjust and take the time to deal with the issue at hand? In the words of Guns N’ Roses, all we need is a little patience.
This certainly wasn’t the first time “Real Time with Bill Maher” didn’t include real science on Covid-19. As I have previously covered for ForbesMaher has claimed that during the pandemic, “the medical establishment, the media, and the government took a frightened, direct approach to getting the public to comply with their recommendations.” He has repeatedly criticized medical experts, but has rarely given actual Covid-19 experts much real time on his show. Maher has also promoted the use of ivermectin against covid-19 despite the lack of real scientific evidence to support such use. And during an interview for Term, Dominic Patten asked Maher, “Listening to you, it sounds like you really don’t think that Dr. Anthony Fauci or the medical establishment really knows what they’re doing, that this is more of a mole.” To that, Maher, who is neither a scientist nor a doctor, replied: “They don’t know much about anything.” Later in the interview, Maher stated that, “And what the [expletive] What is the use of a booster injection? Because I will never get a booster shot.”
Maher has a funny way of showing that he doesn’t care about covid-19 anymore. And in this case, funny doesn’t mean “knock-knock joke” or “a ferret, an accountant, and a Kardashian walk into a bar” funny. If you really think nobody cares about covid-19, why don’t you stop talking about it? And leave the actual discussions of Covid-19 to real public health and medical experts who really understand what is happening with Covid-19 in real time?
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism