Blaisdell: Odds may be in president-elect’s favor as Biden focuses on ending pandemic


For this graphic, designer Brandon Mayse used a coronavirus image created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC image reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. The original photo is by Alissa Eckert, MS and Dan Higgins, MAMS via the Public Health Image Library at CDC.

As almost every American citizen knows, Joe Biden is the projected winner of the 2020 election. Things are going to be different. In a good way? In a bad way? Just what is Biden planning to do now that Trump is slated for the chopping block? Right now, it appears Biden is focused on taking care of the big problems before he can pick off the smaller ones.

Biden’s main focus is putting an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, he won’t be ignoring it and hoping it will go away, like Trump and the GOP have since the pandemic began in 2019. Biden’s approach is already the polar opposite of his predecessor’s. He’s been asking people to wear their masks, practice social distancing, and practice good hygiene. Biden’s campaign slogan, “a return to normal,” may just be a guaranteed campaign promise, what with new developments in vaccines for COVID-19. The odds so far are stacked in the president-elect’s favor.

Now, Mississippi is a red state. Consequently, Trump won by 59.7% here. DeSoto County itself was red as well, meaning that many of the people living in Northern Mississippi, including the Olive Branch area, are probably worried about Biden’s imminent entry into the Oval Office.

I just want to say that Biden may not be as bad as some think he’ll be. Nobody likes being cooped up at home for months at a time, fearing for the safety of our loved ones. The problem is, we could have been much better off than we are now if the previous president-elect actually had a plan other than lying about the severity of the virus to avoid a panic.

Biden has a plan, and that plan involves actually wearing your mask and social distancing. It’s not just about us. It’s about the lives we want to help save and the lives we want to return to once this is all over. With Biden, we will return to our normal lives sooner, without denying the existence of Covid-19. Whether that’s a good or bad thing is up to all of us to decide for ourselves.