Even here in Massachusetts people are dropping masks. Bad idea, folks. If you are vaccinated, it almost certainly won’t kill you, but it might kill someone else you pass it on to. (Irony: the careful are protecting the foolish.)
Also, I know a person who had a “breakthrough” case despite being vaccinated, and she was “knocked out” for ten days. A bad case of flu-like symptoms is nothing to ignore, either.
Remarkable. You’ve been quite the busy little troll. For the record:
- The Irish suffered no discrimination comparable to African-Americans in this country. Period. There was no equivalent to being treated as property, no equivalent to being treated as three-fifths of a person for representation purposes, no equivalent to Jim Crow laws. The Irish moved rapidly into positions of authority in numerous cities while people of color were still being blocked from voting. (I’m also Irish – my ancestors came over some time ago, and my grandfather was a leading attorney who went to Yale with the Bushes in the early 20th century – a lot harder for people of color.)
- And there is a difference between those choosing to refuse vaccination and mistrust science ignorantly (e.g., white Republicans) and those who have been abused by the medical establishment sufficiently that they have legitimate reasons to be mistrustful (e.g., African-Americans). Even now, part of the issue is that they are being refused access or find it harder to get to it, which is, again, not the same.
Absolutely. In their idiotic claims of “freedom,” by which they mean “I can do whatever I want regardless of its effect on others,” they have rejected any responsibility.
Well, we could do it old-school – the ancient Greeks went Full Monty for their Olympics, often with a coating of olive oil, in part because it was a celebration of the human form.
Or we could let people wear what they freaking want to wear. Forcing women to wear REVEALING bikinis when their male equivalents wear shorts is simply open sexism.
P!nk has volunteered to pay their fines, by the way.
Thank GOD I live in Massachusetts (63.6% fully vaccinated, 72.2% one shot), but even then we’re not at the levels necessary for herd immunity yet, and even we have enough Trumpanistas to refuse it to make it difficult.
Meanwhile, my family in Georgia (38% fully, 45.1% one) and Alabama (34.1% fully, 42.2% one) are at active risk, even though they are vaccinated, let alone the chances of the idiot anti-vaxxers acting as Petri dishes for more variants.
We quit need to coddling these people who are active threats to our national security, and tell them to get vaccinated and get masked, or remove themselves from the rest of us. (And no, I am not referring to those with legitimate reasons not to get vaccinated – they are a very small part of the population compared to those refuseniks.)
The problem is that even the vaccinated can get “breakthrough” cases, especially, it seems, of Delta, which is 70% more infectious than the original COVID-19 virus. While the vaccinated are protected from the extremes – very few need hospitalization, virtually no one dies – they can still potentially spread it to the unvaccinated or those who cannot yet be vaccinated (e.g., children). Plus, it’s no fun to be “knocked out” for ten days like a serious case of flu, as happened to a person I know personally. The Delta variant is showing up in younger people a lot more than the original, so they are definitely not protected by reason of youth anymore – if they ever were. And there are many more being eyed by the experts that could be worse. We really need to get a majority vaccinated to try and “starve out” the virus.
For democracy, dummy. Also, you don’t know how to spell hypocrisy.
I understand the impulse, but we are ALREADY paying for the uninsured. The emergency room option is paid for by taxpayers, and because people without insurance often lack the money to get preventative doctors’ visits (whether they want them or not), that means it has to be more serious by the time they get there. And let’s not forget that the fundamental problem is that we have a boneheaded healthcare “system” where it is primarily a benefit of jobs, administered through a huge network of insurance companies which impose highly variable restrictions and paperwork on us and on doctors. So young people without good jobs are scraping by, sometimes passing on insurance because they cannot afford it.
My sympathies for your troubles, but no one ever said the vaccine was safe for everyone. That’s why it was rolled out in stages, and that’s why they warned people who they thought were at risk. It was given an emergency approval by the FDA because the risk of COVID-19 appeared to be higher than the risk of known side effects, and that has been true for the vast majority of people. I don’t know your wife’s issues with the vaccine, but you imply that there were good reasons that people already knew that she did not know, and was not told. I was briefed and questioned before I got mine, and this is just good procedure. I think I’d blame the people who administered the first shot without confirming issues first.
Here’s the data: In the US, 4,434 deaths have been reported as happening around a vaccination (which may or may not have to do with the vaccine – causality has NOT been established, and given the average age, it is very likely that only half the cases or fewer are actually attributable to the vaccine), but even if every single one was caused by the vaccine, that’s over a period in which 259 MILLION people got vaccinated. That’s .00171 PERCENT of vaccines. I am sorry your wife was one of those who was sensitive, but if you asked most people if that was safe, I think they would say yes.
As for judging people as a group, you just judged #45 supporters as a group (I know some who got the vaccine, but I know a significant number who did not), as well as people on the left. It is a fact that the majority of those who did not get the vaccine are Republican and supporters of #45. That’s not judging them as a group, that’s looking at the statistics. And it isn’t an accident, given the anti-vaccine messages coming from the Republican Party and much of Fox News (except Steve Doocy, and bravo to him for that).
Evidence that vaccine-hesitant people are supporters of #45: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/04/17/us/vaccine-hesitancy-politics.html
According to a news report I saw yesterday, 83% of the COVID-19 cases in this country are the new, FAR more infectious, Delta variant.
99.2% of all cases in this country are among the unvaccinated.
If the unvaccinated merely took their choice and died, that would be one thing. But they infect others, and provide a breeding ground for new variants. That’s bad for everyone – particularly those who cannot get a vaccine yet.