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    Quote Originally Posted by blastula View Post

    Republicanism killed her.

    At a Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates meeting in December, Zuern spoke about a report on the use of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment of the COVID-19 virus. Zuern questioned why some doctors were not allowed to use the medicine on patients.

    "That's just a concern of mine that politics has gotten into the way of really helping people who are sick," she said during the meeting, which was her last as an assembly member.
    She wouldn't take the vaccine but spoke out for hydroxychloroquine.
    Here's another case of Trumpism being bad for your health. This one may be more insane even.

    To Trump’s hard-core supporters, his rallies weren’t politics. They were life. - The Washington Post

    When Randal Thom, a 60-year-old ex-Marine with a long gray mustache, fell severely ill with a high fever and debilitating congestion, he refused to go to the hospital. He was a heavy smoker who was significantly overweight and knew he faced an increased risk of severe effects from covid-19. Still, he refused to take a coronavirus test and potentially increase the caseload on Trump’s watch: “I’m not going to add to the numbers,” he told me. Thom survived the scare, but died months later in a car accident while returning home to Minnesota from a Trump boat parade in Florida.

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    Quote Originally Posted by repoman View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy Higgins View Post
    I was talking with my Doc Father-in-Law and he was saying those who were infected, most likely had the best protection.
    Generally it's true, but in this case it looks like the mrna vaccines are providing better protection against variants compared to infection alone. On the other hand, infection plus vaccine works better than either infection or vaccine alone, and that applies to the infected getting only one vaccine dose.

    The moral of the story is to go out and get infected then get your one-and-done vaccine.*

    */snark tag disclaimer
    I have been shouted down for saying that. Though I did not get infected and got two shots myself.
    I should have added that there is another advantage vaccine immunity has, that it is more consistent from person to person, but infection immunity varies more from person to person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blastula View Post

    Here's another case of Trumpism being bad for your health. This one may be more insane even.

    To Trump’s hard-core supporters, his rallies weren’t politics. They were life. - The Washington Post

    When Randal Thom, a 60-year-old ex-Marine with a long gray mustache, fell severely ill with a high fever and debilitating congestion, he refused to go to the hospital. He was a heavy smoker who was significantly overweight and knew he faced an increased risk of severe effects from covid-19. Still, he refused to take a coronavirus test and potentially increase the caseload on Trump’s watch: “I’m not going to add to the numbers,” he told me. Thom survived the scare, but died months later in a car accident while returning home to Minnesota from a Trump boat parade in Florida.
    No surprise--for them it's all about the message, not reality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ideologyhunter View Post
    Covid hospitalizations are virtually all (97%) of unvaccinated Americans.
    Top three states for new cases of covid in the past week: Florida, Texas, Missouri, with respective vax rates of 47%, 43%, and 40%.
    Republicans love the power of consumer choice. Why not allow hospitals to add a stupidity surcharge to the bill for emergency covid care for those who are unvaxxed by choice? Insurance won't cover it....
    Are hospitals or insurance companies allowed to ask for proof of vaccination?

    If there's a rule against that, then (to paraphrase a Charles Dickens character) "The rule is a ass — a idiot."

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    Who Would have thunk?

    Some people embrace reality. Some people have reality thrust upon them. and some people...

    I guess reality has finally struck the LA Governor and in a way that's very interesting!

    Alabama Republican Gov. Ivey says 'start blaming the unvaccinated folks' for rise in Covid cases

    Washington (CNN)Alabama Republican Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday called out "the unvaccinated folks" for the rise in Covid-19 cases in her state, a remarkable plea at a time when many GOP leaders are refusing to urge people to get vaccinated even as Covid-19 cases surge in many parts of the country.

    "Folks are supposed to have common sense. But it's time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks, not the regular folks. It's the unvaccinated folks that are letting us down," Ivey told reporters in Birmingham.
    https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/23/polit...vid/index.html

    That's a huge WOW for a Louisiana Republican.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ideologyhunter View Post
    Covid hospitalizations are virtually all (97%) of unvaccinated Americans.
    Top three states for new cases of covid in the past week: Florida, Texas, Missouri, with respective vax rates of 47%, 43%, and 40%.
    Republicans love the power of consumer choice. Why not allow hospitals to add a stupidity surcharge to the bill for emergency covid care for those who are unvaxxed by choice? Insurance won't cover it. You, the proud individual unvaxxed, unmasked American, can determine if you want to risk your coin.
    If stupidity surcharge is too impolite, or too accurate, then call it The We're Just So Goddamned Tired of Seeing You Superstitious Nimrods Staggering in the ER Entrance, Signed, the Health Care Professionals of America Surcharge. That's nicer, innit?
    It must be so frustrating for left wing authoritarians when the plebs simply won't do as they are told.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TSwizzle View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ideologyhunter View Post
    Covid hospitalizations are virtually all (97%) of unvaccinated Americans.
    Top three states for new cases of covid in the past week: Florida, Texas, Missouri, with respective vax rates of 47%, 43%, and 40%.
    Republicans love the power of consumer choice. Why not allow hospitals to add a stupidity surcharge to the bill for emergency covid care for those who are unvaxxed by choice? Insurance won't cover it. You, the proud individual unvaxxed, unmasked American, can determine if you want to risk your coin.
    If stupidity surcharge is too impolite, or too accurate, then call it The We're Just So Goddamned Tired of Seeing You Superstitious Nimrods Staggering in the ER Entrance, Signed, the Health Care Professionals of America Surcharge. That's nicer, innit?
    It must be so frustrating for left wing authoritarians when the plebs simply won't do as they are told.
    It must be frustrating when right wing conservatives learn the hard way that using freedom irresponsibly comes with a heavy cost sometimes.

    That's exactly what we're seeing here. Had Trump and his supporters clamped down on the primitive methods for slowing down C19 15 months ago, we wouldn't be going through all this crap, including the economic disaster, that we are now.
    Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by southernhybrid View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Bosch View Post
    Could someone tell me what the objection is to wearing a mask? They honestly don't bother me in the least. I don't like wearing one when I work out. But that's about it. I've been told that I look better with a mask on! What's the big deal?

    I think most of it is political. Since masks are now optional at the place where I work out, I don't wear one, but about half of the women are still wearing masks while they exercise. I still wear one when in a store because I live in an area where there are a lot of people who refuse to take the vaccine and I don't even want a mild case of COVID, nor do I want to accidentally give it to anyone else, not even some idiot who refuses to be vaccinated or wear a mask when in public.

    My biggest concern are the medical professionals who are having to care for these fools. They were already overwhelmed before the vaccine. Now there's a vaccine that has a high rate of preventing COVID, but we have a large percentage of people, mostly younger people and Republicans who refuse to take the vaccine. It's both sad and dangerous that so many people believe nonsensical propaganda over science.
    I don't mind them in cooler weather but in warmer, more humid months (like now), they are not nearly as comfortable. For people who must wear them all day because they need to wear them at work, it is even more annoying. And...some days, it just bothers me to have anything, including a stray hair from my own head touching my face. Mostly, I was able to deal with masks because I rarely went anyplace public where I would be spending time indoors.

    Cotton is more comfortable than any other material I've found, but some of the masks that stand away from your face are pretty decent. Some people have trouble with rashes, acne, etc.

    Where I live, the mask mandate is lifted and we have one of the higher rates of vaccination in the US--still pathetically low, but higher than a lot of places. Few people wear masks. I get looks when I wear one and at least one comment: well, if she had gotten her vaccination, she wouldn't need a mask....Of course, I took the very earliest opportunity to be vaccinated. But that is still part of the tacit deal: If you are fully vaccinated, you don't need to wear a mask....

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    Quote Originally Posted by TSwizzle View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ideologyhunter View Post
    Covid hospitalizations are virtually all (97%) of unvaccinated Americans.
    Top three states for new cases of covid in the past week: Florida, Texas, Missouri, with respective vax rates of 47%, 43%, and 40%.
    Republicans love the power of consumer choice. Why not allow hospitals to add a stupidity surcharge to the bill for emergency covid care for those who are unvaxxed by choice? Insurance won't cover it. You, the proud individual unvaxxed, unmasked American, can determine if you want to risk your coin.
    If stupidity surcharge is too impolite, or too accurate, then call it The We're Just So Goddamned Tired of Seeing You Superstitious Nimrods Staggering in the ER Entrance, Signed, the Health Care Professionals of America Surcharge. That's nicer, innit?
    It must be so frustrating for left wing authoritarians when the plebs simply won't do as they are told.
    You misspelled, "to average people that got vaccinated, that so many other people didn't get vaccinated, and we are seeing another surge in the US instead of a quelled pandemic."

    Really, it was a very bad spelling job on your part.

    And yeah, it is frustrating that our freedoms are curtailed as others abuse their constitutional rights to be utterly stupid.

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