Travel van owners are rallying to spread the word about the new coronavirus, but one of them is having a hard time believing the hysteria.
Steve Jones, who owns a travel agency in California, is one of those who says he has had a lot of trouble keeping a straight face when it comes to the pandemic.
“There’s been a lot more concern than the first two years, but now people are saying we’re gonna die, we’re going to die, it’s over,” Jones told Fox News.
“We’re going through this thing, you know?
And they’re like, ‘You don’t know what you’re doing.’
And I’m like, I don’t even know what to say.
I’ve just been through it all.”
Jones, whose business has been through three major crises in the past 10 years, said he’s had more than 100 calls from customers worried about the pandemics and the consequences they could face.
“I’ve had people in the US saying, ‘I’ve got to get out of the country,’ and I’m just like, well, what are you doing?
What are you going to do?”
“They’re just really worried about it.
They’re scared to death of contracting COVID and I just don’t understand it.”
You just don ‘t know what’s going on.
You don’t get a handle on it, so how do you know what they’re saying and how they’re thinking?
“There are so many things going on that you don’t, as a businessperson, get the answer to.”
Jones has had his share of challenges, including a car crash that left him in a coma.
“It was a really traumatic accident and it was my first time going to hospital.
I’m a very cautious person,” Jones said, noting that he had a very strict doctorate program.”
But I knew how to deal with it and that I had good insurance and that was really important to me.”
Jones said he was also working with an insurance company to keep costs down, but he’s still struggling to keep a straight head when it’s all over.
“Everybody says, ‘Oh you have to buy insurance,’ but you can’t because of the pandes,” Jones explained.
“So I’m trying to stay ahead of the curve with that.”
Jones’ business is not alone.
In Texas, more than 10,000 people have contracted COVID in the last two months alone, according to the state’s Department of State Health Services.
“My insurance is paying me $1,000 a day for COVID,” Jones added.
“It’s not the first time I’ve been through that.
I had it in the car wreck and it killed me.”
A few days ago, Jones posted a video on Facebook about the virus and how it was affecting his business.
He said he received a barrage of messages and texts from people all over the country asking him to get them vaccinated, but not knowing where to go or what to do.
Jones said it’s been tough to keep his head above water in the wake of the outbreak.
“When I think about it, I’m in a very, very precarious situation,” he said.
“I’ve been in this for four years, I’ve lived in this country, I have two kids and it’s a little bit different now.”
He said if people are scared of COHIV, they should get tested, and if they do, he’ll be able to afford his own vaccines.
But that’s not how things are going in California.
State health officials are warning people to expect the worst in the coming weeks and months, and the California State Assembly is scheduled to consider legislation on Tuesday that would ban travelers from any state with an outbreak of COV-19, unless they are vaccinated.
The Assembly passed the bill last week, with two Republican senators joining the Democrats to support the measure.
Jones has been receiving calls from friends who are considering leaving the state.
“Just the fact that there’s this huge influx of people coming in and going out, and you can already see some of the symptoms in the news, I mean, they’re all really scary,” Jones, 60, said.
Jones plans to go back to work, but has had to deal a few bumps along the way.
“The worst thing is that you’re so far away from home, you can get a little cold, you’re getting sick,” Jones recalled.
“You don ‘ t know where you are and you don ‘ re feeling well.”
Jones plans on keeping his family together, and is hoping to be able return to his wife and three children soon.
“In my mind, I am going to be ok,” Jones laughed.