From the LA Times: "New Hampshire House speaker dies of COVID-19; mass exposure among lawmakers feared"
"The speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives died of COVID-19, a medical examiner ruled Thursday, a day after the Republican’s unexpected death, raising concerns that other members of one of the world’s largest legislative bodies might have been exposed at their swearing-in last week.
"The swearing-in of the House and the 24-member state Senate was held outdoors last week at the University of New Hampshire because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hinch was photographed wearing a mask, though it did not cover his nostrils.
More than a quarter of House members, most of them Democrats, skipped the ceremony after learning the day before that several Republican lawmakers had tested positive for the coronavirus after attending an indoor GOP caucus meeting Nov. 20, at which many attendees weren’t wearing masks.
At least one Republican blamed Hinch’s death on a culture pushed by anti-mask forces. 'I believe the peer pressure exerted by those in the Republican Party who refuse to take reasonable precautions is the ultimate cause of Speaker Hinch’s passing,' Republican Rep. William Marsh, a retired doctor, said in an email to the Associated Press."
LIVE FREE AND STUPID AND DIE. So it goes.
We are rounding the corner on this, though I think real safety for people in my demographic group (over 65) won't be achieved until late in 2021. So at this point, who wants to be the soldier who dies the week before the war ends? I've being more careful than ever.