The Next Pandemic

By James Rumpel

“It’s amazing,” said the county’s chief contagious disease expert. “The severity of this new virus is determined by the personality of the individual who is infected.”

“Yes,” replied his assistant, “the virus has very little effect on the people who are most arrogant and self-centered. Also, the more obtuse you are the less likely you are to contract the disease.”

The chief smiled and shrugged. “Well, I know what we have to do. We need to make a statement that it is important to wear masks to help keep other’s safe. That should work for everyone, one way or another.”


James Rumpel is a retired high school math teacher who enjoys spending his free time trying to change some of the many odd ideas in his head into stories.

3 thoughts on “The Next Pandemic

  1. It’s pretty easy to figure out where the author is going with this, but arrogance and self-interest can be equally expressed both by the so-called “anti-maskers/anti-vaxxers” and those who derive their “virtue” from lecturing others on masking, social distancing, and getting the vaccine. This entire pandemic/lockdown has taken on an emotional and political life of its own. Personally, I tend to respond better to hard data rather than an emotional spin.

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