By Russ and Tiña De Maris
We reported last week how the “Big Tent” Quartzsite RV show is still “a go” for its mid-January blast. The real blast was in terms of feedback from readers. A groundswell of opinion read much like this comment from poster Kathryn Wallace. She wrote:

“I wouldn’t go anywhere near an event such as this during the covid pandemic! It would be irresponsible and reckless. This could well surpass what we know as a super-spreader event! My doctor feels I had covid in Jan before they were even testing for it. I thought I was dying!! I don’t feel like I would survive it a second time as I’m still having trouble with my lungs ten months later! I’m extremely disappointed in the shortsightedness of the event organizers.”

Not interesting enough to risk your neck

Many other readers chimed in with similar sentiments. A few raised the “freedom and rights” argument, suggesting that they’ll personally attend, or would do so if they were in the neighborhood. We’ll be particularly interested to see just what the turnout is like, but we can assure you, we’ll be doing our checking from outside the venue. Both of us are in that group who fears COVID-19 for good reasons. The Quartzsite RV show is always interesting, but not interesting enough to risk our necks over.

Interestingly, we’ve been watching the town and surrounding desert areas to try and get a feel for what the winter might hold. There are folks coming to the area, but the numbers are decidedly down, even for early November. We’ll have a much better handle on it with the traditional “rush” marked at the end of the Turkey Day holiday. Meantime, we’ve been doing some spotting of those who are on hand.

Strictly non-scientific observations

While we can’t provide scientific results, it seems like many of the snowbird arrivals are acting in a health-conscious manner. It wasn’t too difficult for us to differentiate locals from snowbirds, and not just by eyeballing license plates. During the hot, non-visitor months, it was typical to see most everyone at the post office – other than Reuben behind the counter – were maskless. In July, one of us took a bit of a drubbing from a clerk at the local Dollar General Store when a probably badly-timed question was asked about mask wearing. A recent visit to that same store revealed nearly everyone in the store wearing masks – with the exception of store employees. The majority of them were bare-faced.

The story wasn’t the same at the “other” dollar-squeezing outlet, Family Dollar. Everyone – and we mean everyone – was masked up, and a sign on the door indicated you couldn’t come in if you didn’t have one. Whereas in July the competing Dollar General had a similar sign – not so anymore. All’s fair in love and merchandising for them. The older pump jockey at Patty’s RV Park happily fueled our LP cylinders, making dark comments about his fellow employees who refuse to mask up. The older fellow, now 78 years young, told us he wasn’t taking any chances.

So if the Quartzsite RV Show must go on, maybe, just maybe, the majority of those who do run the risk of rolling through with the [potential] crowds will at least not be “spreaders” by virtue of their mask-wearing habits. We hope so. Living at ground-zero of a potential super-spreader event may not keep us awake at night stewing, but it’s far from a comfortable thought.

Photo, tent: Quartzsite Sports, Vacation, and RV Show

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Cheryl Bacon
17 days ago

We as a world, are just going to have to learn to live with COVID and do what is needed to protect ourselves (wear a mask, wash your hands and use hand sanitizer). We cannot stop our lives indefinitely or wait for a vaccine to be proven to work. Even if a vaccine comes available, it will be on a limited basis for a long time. Every poll taken, more people say they will not get it. You need at least 75% of the population to get the vaccine to achieve herd immunity. There are only a limited number of ways,(in the US) people can be forced to get a vaccine and they are easy enough to avoid.

Jane
18 days ago

I am here today 11/8. Not a mask in sight. So…..

Gordy
17 days ago
Reply to  Jane

Feel lucky, you don’t know when or where but it will catch you.

Philip Sponable
18 days ago

…only a small percentage will die, of course I’ll be there.

KellyR
18 days ago

Why is it with this human race that boondockers that can’t stand crowded RV parks want to get together in the deserts by the thousands to park and stand shoulder to shoulder, virus or not – and then go on-line to buy stuff? All other animals on this planet must be laughing at us..

Mel Kirkland
18 days ago

At this point in time we’ll count ourselves in the “won’t go” group. Just too risky for someone with our health issues and age.

Jerry X Shea
18 days ago

Have joined the LTV (Leasure Travel Vans) group the last 2 years boondocking about 5 miles out of town. Had originally planned to go back again for 2021. Then this summer had a 2nd thought that no way would I walk into a “Covid Tent.” The comment below that the Spices made really holds true (please read it). However, if we don’t go to the tent or that area, then joining my LTV group just may be in order. However, if the “community” of Quartzsite is going to be “Cavalier” about Covid-19, then maybe we will indeed just “pass” for this year.

Gordy
17 days ago
Reply to  Jerry X Shea

From what I have heard, just going to Quartzsite will be courting danger. Those who go to the show will be coming back all over the area and who knows who may be infected.

Wayne
18 days ago

If 1.4 million died in 2019 from TB….which is a fairly consistent number. Why were or are we not compelled to wear masks because of a TB threat?
Just asking.

John T
18 days ago
Reply to  Wayne

Because there is no threat of TB in the USA.

Paul
18 days ago
Reply to  Wayne

In 2019,* a total of 8,920 CASES of TB disease were reported, a 1.1% DECREASE from 2018. per one hundred thousand people, a 1.6% DECREASE from 2018. In 2017, 515 DEATHS were attributed to TB. Without treatment, 1 IN 10 PEOPLE with latent TB infection will develop TB disease.

TB in the United States 2019 – CDC

tim palmer
17 days ago
Reply to  Wayne

Didn’t you get a shot for TB when you were in grade school? That’s why. No shot for Covid.

Cheryl Bacon
17 days ago
Reply to  tim palmer

A TB vaccine is not widely used in the US. Here is the link by the CDC. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/tb/index.html

Shannon
18 days ago

We live in AZ so often find ourselves driving to Quartzsite for the show but we will definitely be skipping this year. It baffles us that it is still being held.

The Spices
18 days ago

Unfortunately there have been fewer and fewer things of RV interest at the show each year. We shake our heads when walking through the tent. Now it is mostly jewelry, pain killers, pots and pans, micro fiber, gizmos and people hawking many things except RV specific items. It seems like the main interest for going to the show now is to go to Big Al’s for pizza. The virus is reason enough for us not to go this year.

Greg R
18 days ago

What did you put quotes around “freedom and rights”, like it’s a non-existent consideration?!?!? If we don’t protect our freedom & rights, they will erode one-by-one until one day we find we have none. I praise those who stand up for my freedom & rights. We fought many wars, lost many good people so that we would remain free. To me, downplaying this issue insults them. We each have a choice to make; others cannot make it for you. Why argue over Quartzsite? Go if you want to, don’t go if you don’t. Wear a mask or not. It’s your choice. Protect yourself if needed, but don’t make everyone else conform to your decision. Freedom baby. It’s a beautiful thing!

Greg Giese
18 days ago
Reply to  Greg R

Agreed. Wearing a mask is a hardship for some folks. Granted you may save your life or another’s. But still you gotta wrap those strings around your ears. Who-wee. Life is tough.

tim palmer
17 days ago
Reply to  Greg Giese

People who won’t wear a mask can’t stand the smell of their own breath.

Greg R
16 days ago
Reply to  Greg Giese

I think you’ve assumed a few things or I probably was not clear. Freedom should be paramount and top-of-mind for us all. Otherwise we lose those freedoms. That’s it. I was put off by the editors suggesting that freedom takes a back seat. Now, if Quartzsite does indeed go ahead as planned this year, and they require a mask, I will wear one. If they don’t, I may or may not (probably not). No reason to be sarcastic. If you don’t want to attend, then don’t.

want2racer
8 days ago
Reply to  Greg R

be sure if you catch this and end up in a hospital to tell the nurse trying to save your life that you had the right to not wear a mask. Rooms are booking up quickly you may want to make advanced reservations at the hospital. Along with your rights you might want to find something called common sense. We apparently lost that in this country. If you catch this and spread it to others unknowingly and a loved one or family member dies be sure to put on their headstone that it was your right not to wear a mask, I am sure they will feel better. The nurses and doctors have been run ragged try to save the lives of people in America. Make sure you wave that flag of rights and freedom high. If you end up in a hospital bed confined for months trying to recover. Let me know how that freedom thing worked out for you.

I don’t hide in my basement, I hate masks, but I do wear a mask.
Wearing a mask isn’t a total solution but it’s the only proven effective deterrent we have until we have a vaccine.

Nanci Dixon
18 days ago

I look forward to the Quartzsite show every year. This year, masked or not, will not be going. It was great to hear that the desert was a bit less crowded though. Will go to boondock for a week or so. Hmmm, lets see…Roadrunner, Dome rock, Plomosa, Hi-Jolly