‘Getting sick has gotten political’: One Yakima woman’s struggle to say the pandemic’s hurt is real

“They’re either just over it, or they’ve come to believe it’s a phony pandemic because their own personal grandmother hasn’t been affected yet,” speculated an epidemiologist [Andrew Noymer] at the University of California, Irvine, to The Washington Post. “People just think this is a nothing burger. So they think the risk is exaggerated.”