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Title: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 12, 2021, 12:44:36 AM
This thread is to discuss COVID-19 in America.   
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 12, 2021, 12:48:25 AM
Right wingers wanted kids in school unmasked with a deadly Delta variant and these are the deadly results thanks to them, especially Ron DeathSantis, the failed Governor of Florida.   

COVID-related childhood deaths in Florida double in a month
https://www.businessinsider.com/covid-related-childhood-deaths-in-florida-double-in-a-month-2021-9
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 12, 2021, 01:07:03 AM
Right wingers were railing against New York for the COVID crisis they faced in March and April. New York is the main traveling hub in the United States and also has the largest population, so it was obvious that a virus outbreak would cause many deaths to occur. But that didn't stop right wingers making it political when it never should have been. Let's not forget that former Gov. Andrew Cuomo couldn't get any resources until an emergency was declared and Criminal Donald waited until March 11 until he declared an emergency when he knew since November 2019 that this virus could be catastrophic. By the time the emergency was declared, New York had a full blown disaster and many people were dying. But over a year later, failed Trump stooge Governor Greg Abbott has done everything possible to kill Texans and caused a COVID crisis to occur in his state. Each day there's over 300-400 people dying a day in Texas with over 20,000+ new cases a day. Texas now has more deaths and cases than New York and right wingers now have nothing to say. This is what failed Republican lack of leadership brings you, both disaster and death.

As of today 9/11/21:

Total COVID cases:
TEXAS: 3,823,178
NEW YORK: 2,403,582

Total COVID Deaths
TEXAS: 60,331
NEW YORK: 55,187

323 new deaths in Texas today and Greg Abbott is attacking mask and vaccine mandates which will save lives. 
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 12, 2021, 10:15:08 AM
Mississippi teachers beg for help after more than 18,000 students catch COVID-19 in one month: 'At what point do we protect children over the economy?'


More than 18,000 Mississippi students have caught COVID-19 in the first month of the school year.

Teachers told Insider the state of education in Mississippi is a tragedy and they want a mask mandate.

"There is no discussion around at what point do we protect children over the economy," one teacher said.

Esther Newell, a public school teacher in Jackson, Mississippi, said her job is difficult under normal circumstances, but with the Delta variant tearing through Mississippi, "that difficulty has turned to tragedy."

"The schools are chronically underfunded for decades, so I'm concerned about soap in the bathroom," Newell told Insider.

She said she had concerns at "every level" as she prepared for the start of this academic year, especially since Mississippi doesn't have a statewide school mask mandate to protect kids from the coronavirus.

Last month, an eighth-grader at a Mississippi middle school died from COVID-19 just days after Republican Gov. Tate Reeves held a press conference claiming that the virus only causes "sniffles" in children under 18. Reeves speculated that maybe one or two children had died from the virus in the state since the beginning of the pandemic, before state Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs corrected him. To date, seven children have died of COVID-19 in Mississippi.

According to state data, at least 18,825 students have tested positive for COVID-19 within the first month of school and more than 15,000 had to quarantine last week alone.

Only 46% of Mississippians 12 and older, who are eligible to get the coronavirus vaccines, are fully vaccinated — one of the worst vaccination rates in the country.

Several Mississippi teachers told Insider that they want Reeves to issue a mask mandate for public schools, saying they see no other way to avoid disruptions in the learning process and ensure schools can stay open.

So far, Reeves has resisted. At a press conference on August 19, Reeves said reporters in the room who asked about the coronavirus and schools were making masks and vaccines into a political issue to grow their Twitter following.

Reeves' office didn't respond to Insider's multiple requests for comment in time for publication.

"There is no discussion around, at what point do we protect children over the economy," Newell told Insider. "It seems like a question [Reeves] is successfully avoiding, and every level of it is concerning to me."

George Stewart, a middle school Spanish and special intervention teacher in Jackson, said he thinks Reeves understands that masks are effective but is trying to play to a small political base that opposes them.

"He said he's not playing to no damn political agenda, but in my opinion, he's playing to a political agenda," Stewart said.

Hannah Gadd Ardrey, who was Mississippi's Teacher of the Year in 2020, is the choir director at a high school in northern Mississippi. While she said her school district has its own mask mandate in place, she's afraid that the local school board could overturn it.

"We definitely make sure we're socially distanced," she told Insider. "We always wear masks whenever we sing, but every 10 minutes we let them go outside or spread out and take a mask break so no one gets light-headed."

Ardrey said she wished the governor would "take a second look at the science, look at the numbers, and see that Mississippi students need to be safe."

"Silence and compliance is worse than anything when you're a leader," she said.

Teachers said kids don't mind wearing masks but social distancing is hard with class sizes over 30

Newell is a theater teacher at Jackson's Ida B. Wells Academic and Performing Arts Complex, a public art school that takes in students from surrounding high schools and middle schools throughout the day.

She said teachers at the school receive a "no admit" list of students who are not allowed to come onto campus each week. But Newell said there's been "no efficient or clear communication" informing teachers which of those students may have tested positive for COVID-19.

A spokesperson for the Jackson Public School District told Insider that it notifies teachers when a student tests positive for COVID-19 so they can assist with contact tracing.

"The breakdown in communication that I've been experiencing, I've also heard other teachers in different districts tell me similar stories of how their administration is being very unclear and not really listening to teacher's voices," Newell said.

Stewart, who is also the president of the Jackson Association of Educators, said teachers in the area also are concerned that they won't be able to social-distance enough in their classroom to keep students from spreading the virus to each other.

"The class size hasn't changed, so you're still talking about 30+ kids in a classroom with no ability to social distance," Stewart said.

He cited the example of an autistic student in his school district who has difficulty wearing masks. It's important that other children wear masks to protect such vulnerable students, Stewart said, and in his experience they're generally willing to do so.

"We have students who, from time to time, want to pull their masks down for whatever reason," Stewart said. "But I think the fact that I haven't heard of any case of a child here having to be quarantined speaks to the vigilance of the educators and staff here."

Ardrey said her students were also willing to wear masks because they didn't want to put other people around them at risk of catching the virus.

"Students are trying their best to make it work," Ardrey said. "People like to put on a front that they've kind of got it figured out, but really we don't. We are just trying to do our very best every day."

https://www.insider.com/mississippi-teachers-want-mask-mandate-after-thousands-kids-get-covid-2021-8
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Richard Smith on September 12, 2021, 03:24:02 PM
Cases are up 300% under Biden from this time last year.  Even with the vaccine widely available.  Like everything else that Biden has touched, it is a complete disaster.  He has chosen to politicize masks and vaccines and vilify those who are skeptical.  Instead of reaching out to those reluctant to be vaccinated, he has instead decided to force it upon them.  Thereby ensuring that they will harden in their position. Mandates will be tied up in courts for years to come.  It is clear that he is not interested in results but using the pandemic for political purposes.  It worked to get him elected and with everything else under his administration in a death spiral it is the only trick left in his bag. The Dems are praying for the red wave in 2022 so that all these disasters can be blamed on the republicans.   
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Tom Scully on September 12, 2021, 06:23:05 PM
Cases are up 300% under Biden from this time last year.  Even with the vaccine widely available.  Like everything else that Biden has touched, it is a complete disaster.  He has chosen to politicize masks and vaccines and vilify those who are skeptical.  Instead of reaching out to those reluctant to be vaccinated, he has instead decided to force it upon them.  Thereby ensuring that they will harden in their position. Mandates will be tied up in courts for years to come.  It is clear that he is not interested in results but using the pandemic for political purposes.  It worked to get him elected and with everything else under his administration in a death spiral it is the only trick left in his bag. The Dems are praying for the red wave in 2022 so that all these disasters can be blamed on the republicans.

You are in the grip of "TBS," Trump BullS*** Syndrome.

Covid-19 cases are up where they would be expected to be, Delta mutation is much more contagious than the mutation you are comparing, and cases are expected to be up in flyover states because logic "flies over" residents of all races in those states.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/us/covid-cases.html?name=styln-coronavirus&region=TOP_BANNER&block=storyline_menu_recirc&action=click&pgtype=LegacyCollection&variant=1_Show&is_new=false

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Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 12, 2021, 11:06:10 PM
Cases are up 300% under Biden from this time last year.  Even with the vaccine widely available.  Like everything else that Biden has touched, it is a complete disaster.  He has chosen to politicize masks and vaccines and vilify those who are skeptical.  Instead of reaching out to those reluctant to be vaccinated, he has instead decided to force it upon them.  Thereby ensuring that they will harden in their position. Mandates will be tied up in courts for years to come.  It is clear that he is not interested in results but using the pandemic for political purposes.  It worked to get him elected and with everything else under his administration in a death spiral it is the only trick left in his bag. The Dems are praying for the red wave in 2022 so that all these disasters can be blamed on the republicans.

100% false.

President Biden entered office with the worst health and economic crisis in American history. On day one, he got to work ordering millions of doses of vaccines for ALL Americans which Criminal Donald refused to do. He made getting a vaccine easy and accessible for every county in every state. 4 million shots per day was a record number and cases and deaths were at an all time low. Medical experts warned that unvaccinated people will suffer mass infection and death if they don't get vaccinated. And that's what we are seeing today with right wingers dying in mass numbers because they choose to listen to false right wing propaganda.

President Biden has done all he could to make the case to get vaccinated and people are still refusing. As a result children are dying, hospitals are maxed out and doctors/nurses are overwhelmed. President Biden never politicized anything because a virus is not political. The right wing media and right wing Republicans have politicized masks and vaccines right out of the gate. They turned the narrative into a "freedom issue" instead of the health crisis that it is.

The fact is over 81 million people voted for President Biden to end this pandemic and the overwhelming majority of Americans support vaccine mandates because we want life to return to normal. That is exactly what the President is doing. What the American people want. As long as right wingers refuse to get vaccinated we will no longer have our freedoms to live a normal virus free life.

"Praying for a red wave"? :D. Where do you come up with this stuff?           

Sorry, mandates will not be "tied up in courts" because the Supreme Court already ruled in 1905 that vaccine mandates are perfectly constitutional with the Jacobson v Massachusetts ruling and that sets precedent for future mandates. In that ruling it says "one man's liberty cannot deprive his neighbors of their own liberty" — in this case by allowing the spread of disease. The court’s ruling makes clear that a community in danger has every right to protect itself. This is what elected officials are supposed to do but right wingers refuse to protect the community at large and President Biden is stepping in. American citizens have the right and freedom to live free from an infectious disease and these anti vaxxers are infringing upon our rights as they claim they have the "freedom" to kill others with a deadly virus. That ruling was 7-2 so right wing Governors have no leg to stand on which is why they are outraged.         
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 12, 2021, 11:13:51 PM
Why do Republicans and anti vaxxers insist on killing innocent children? They whine about a fetus in the womb but have no regard for living breathing humans. What an absolute disgrace. Republicans are not pro life. This is why we need vaccine mandates to protect children's lives.


4-year-old girl dies from COVID-19 hours after developing symptoms -- now mom regrets being anti-vaxx

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A Texas preschooler died from COVID-19 just hours after first showing symptoms.

The girl's mother, Karra Harwood, was diagnosed Monday with the coronavirus and isolated from her children, including 4-year-old daughter Kali Cook, but the girl developed a fever around 2 a.m. Tuesday, which her family gave her medicine to relieve, and she died in her sleep before 7 a.m., reported The (Galveston County) Daily News.

"She was so funny and sassy," Harwood said. "She wasn't your average little girl. She'd rather play with worms and frogs than wear bows. She was just so pretty and full of life."

"I would rather her be a name than just a little girl," she added, sobbing. "She was beautiful."

Kali never tested positive for the virus, but an autopsy revealed she had died from a COVID-19 infection, and her mother said she'd never been diagnosed with an immune disorder or other health conditions, although she tended to get sicker than her siblings.

"We are all so broken and lost and just trying to figure out how we are gonna get through this life without her light. Our family has covid and is out of work due to it , so we are overly stressed and hurting. Anything will help and kali would be so thankful to rest in comfort and wait to see us all again," the family wrote in a GoFundMe campaign.

"This is a terrible thing, but I think people need to know about it," said the county's local health authority, Philip Keiser.

Children don't usually experience serious symptoms, but Keiser said those who show any symptoms should receive medical care as soon as possible.

"It's very important, if your kids are sick, not to say, 'Oh, they're going to be okay,'" Keiser said. "If your kids are sick, go seek out medical care."

Kali was last at her preschool on Sept. 1, nearly a week before she died, and contact tracing showed no children or adults who had come into close contact with her has tested positive for the virus.

The girl was too young to be eligible for vaccines, and Kali's mother said she regrets not being among the 60 percent of the county's eligible residents to get vaccinated.

"I was one of the people that was anti, I was against it," Harwood said. "Now, I wish I never was."

https://www.rawstory.com/kali-cook/


Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 12, 2021, 11:58:06 PM
The main thing we need to be concerned about is having this Delta variant mutating into a more deadly variant where the vaccine will no longer be able to protect vaccinated Americans. The Delta Variant is a new version of the original COVID virus and as along as red states are heavily infected there's a good chance that will happen. Then everybody's life will be at risk. We can't allow anti vaxxers to commit murder and put the entire country at risk. That's why vaccine mandates are necessary and if they refuse to comply, they need to be banned from entering any public places without proper identification showing they have been vaccinated. This isn't being done for fun, this is serious business. We can't allow a minority of the population to destroy the majority with a deadly virus that can be prevented with a vaccination.     


COVID ravages the Republican Party as 21 out of 23 most infected states voted for Trump

Last week, the hashtag "GOPDeathCult" was trending on social media as Republican governors continued to refuse to take precautions to keep their states safe. The recent COVID-19 numbers now show that out of the 23 worst states for the virus in the country, 21 of them voted for Donald Trump in the last election.

The Washington Post revealed that of the 23 states in the country exceeds the national COVID average, and all but two of those are from Republican states.

"This isn't a game," President Joe Biden said Friday about governors who aren't taking the pandemic seriously.

Sadly, the same high numbers for COVID cases apply to COVID deaths. Of the 18 states that have higher death rates than the national average, 14 voted for Trump. For vaccinations, the statistic shows the 17 least-vaccinated states (except for Georgia) voted for Trump.

The chain of correlation makes it "much harder to assert that politics is not playing a role," wrote the Post's correspondent Philip Bump.

"Republicans have been less concerned about the virus, less likely to embrace practices such as masking, more likely to express opposition to vaccination and (obviously) voted more heavily for Trump," said Bump. "States that are seeing the most new cases and deaths are states that are less heavily vaccinated and were more supportive of Trump last year."

There are still many Republicans who say that they will never get the vaccine, which could lead to further red-state infections and deaths. Those who haven't been vaccinated may have survived COVID-19, but given the rapid pace that the virus is evolving, it's possible people could begin getting it again.

Read the full piece at The Washington Post:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/09/10/inescapable-overlap-pandemic-politics/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 13, 2021, 01:34:11 AM
What's the connection with all these states below? All of them are red states except for Arizona and Georgia. All of these states have Republican Governors who are Trump stooges that banned mask and vaccine mandates. As a result, their states and local communities are under siege with COVID-19. Children are in school unmasked and most of them are becoming infected just as every expert predicted. Hospitals have reached full capacity to where no new patients are able to be treated for other ailments which is resulting in deaths. An Alabama man had a heart attack and was turned away because the hospital was full. He died shortly after. This is going to be a serious problem all across America. That's why President Biden took the initiative to implement vaccine mandates. The only ones who need to be turned away are the anti vaxxers who don't care if they get covid. They shouldn't be taking up hospital beds for people who actually need them. Their refusal to get vaccinated is resulting in mass death, infection, filling up our hospitals, and killing innocent people. They know the risks involved but want to be defiant instead trying to "own the libs". They don't deserve medical care when they don't care about spreading a virus. Let them eat horse paste instead. They refuse the vaccine but then beg for it as they take their last dying breaths. This is insane. All they had to do was get vaccinated in the first place and this all would have been avoided.             


Florida COVID-19 update: 9,148 cases added. Florida nears 3.5 million cases
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/coronavirus/article254166183.html

COVID-19 updates: Dallas County reports new infant death caused by the virus
https://www.wfaa.com/article/news/local/coronavirus-covid-19-september-10-updates-dallas-county-new-pediatric-death/287-e71fd169-9ae3-49b4-b2ec-cd47a748d087

Alabama man dies after 43 hospitals with full ICUs turned him away; family urges COVID-19 vaccines
https://fox8.com/news/alabama-man-dies-after-43-hospitals-with-full-icus-turned-him-away-family-urges-covid-19-vaccines/

Mississippi seeks doctors, nurses and ventilators as Covid patients pack ICU beds
https://www.cnbc.com/2021/08/13/mississippi-seeks-doctors-nurses-and-ventilators-as-covid-patients-pack-icu-beds.html

COVID-19 cases on college campuses in Georgia are steadily increasing
https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/covid-19-cases-college-campuses-georgia-is-steadily-increasing/UCP44GKNVND4HFKV746X3WU52A/

Tennessee breaks another record for COVID-19 hospitalizations
https://www.wkrn.com/news/tennessee-breaks-another-record-for-covid-19-hospitalizations/

South Dakota Covid cases quintuple after Sturgis motorcycle rally
Meade County, home to Sturgis, has had a more than 1,500 percent increase in cases in the past 14 days

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/south-dakota-covid-cases-quintuple-after-sturgis-motorcycle-rally-n1277567

North Dakota reports 4 COVID-19 deaths as outbreak worsens: The latest surge driven by the highly contagious delta variant of COVID-19 has put the state on a trajectory for a harsh fall. North Dakota has close to 1,000 more active cases now than it did at the same time last year
https://www.grandforksherald.com/newsmd/coronavirus/7187364-North-Dakota-reports-4-COVID-19-deaths-as-outbreak-worsens

In COVID-slammed Idaho, schools risk buckling hospitals
https://apnews.com/article/business-health-education-public-health-coronavirus-pandemic-0fa72d0302063e07ed45159a3aeffea3

Arizona reports 2,988 new COVID-19 cases, 6 new deaths as hospitalizations remain high
https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-health/2021/09/10/sept-10-arizona-covid-19-update-2-988-new-cases-6-new-deaths/8273957002/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Richard Smith on September 13, 2021, 06:58:37 PM
100% false.

President Biden entered office with the worst health and economic crisis in American history. On day one, he got to work ordering millions of doses of vaccines for ALL Americans which Criminal Donald refused to do. He made getting a vaccine easy and accessible for every county in every state. 4 million shots per day was a record number and cases and deaths were at an all time low. Medical experts warned that unvaccinated people will suffer mass infection and death if they don't get vaccinated. And that's what we are seeing today with right wingers dying in mass numbers because they choose to listen to false right wing propaganda.

President Biden has done all he could to make the case to get vaccinated and people are still refusing. As a result children are dying, hospitals are maxed out and doctors/nurses are overwhelmed. President Biden never politicized anything because a virus is not political. The right wing media and right wing Republicans have politicized masks and vaccines right out of the gate. They turned the narrative into a "freedom issue" instead of the health crisis that it is.

The fact is over 81 million people voted for President Biden to end this pandemic and the overwhelming majority of Americans support vaccine mandates because we want life to return to normal. That is exactly what the President is doing. What the American people want. As long as right wingers refuse to get vaccinated we will no longer have our freedoms to live a normal virus free life.

"Praying for a red wave"? :D. Where do you come up with this stuff?           

Sorry, mandates will not be "tied up in courts" because the Supreme Court already ruled in 1905 that vaccine mandates are perfectly constitutional with the Jacobson v Massachusetts ruling and that sets precedent for future mandates. In that ruling it says "one man's liberty cannot deprive his neighbors of their own liberty" — in this case by allowing the spread of disease. The court’s ruling makes clear that a community in danger has every right to protect itself. This is what elected officials are supposed to do but right wingers refuse to protect the community at large and President Biden is stepping in. American citizens have the right and freedom to live free from an infectious disease and these anti vaxxers are infringing upon our rights as they claim they have the "freedom" to kill others with a deadly virus. That ruling was 7-2 so right wing Governors have no leg to stand on which is why they are outraged.       

It is a fact that cases are up 300% under Biden despite being gifted the cure by Trump.  Trump was held responsible for the deaths and cases that arose under his administration even before the vaccine was developed.  So I'm just applying your standard to the current situation.  It is also simply a fact that multiple states, employers, and private individuals are going to sue to stop the mandate.  That will be tied up in court for years regardless of the eventual outcome.  Biden and his administration know that but don't care.  They are doing this for purely political motives and the timing coincides with the California recall election.  They know with absolute certainty that not one additional person will be vaccinated for years to come as the result of this mandate.  In fact, many of those who are skeptical of the vaccine will be all the more reluctant to take it.  What they are attempting to do is distract from the multitude of disasters unfolding elsewhere such as the recent Afghanistan debacle.  Biden's cratering poll numbers are indicative of the widespread loss of confidence in him and he wants to deflect away from his obvious incompetence and weakness.  Unfortunately, he has badly bungled even the pandemic despite have the solution gifted to him even before taking office.  He is the weakest and most inept president since Jimmy Carter. 
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 13, 2021, 10:57:13 PM
It is a fact that cases are up 300% under Biden despite being gifted the cure by Trump.  Trump was held responsible for the deaths and cases that arose under his administration even before the vaccine was developed.  So I'm just applying your standard to the current situation.  It is also simply a fact that multiple states, employers, and private individuals are going to sue to stop the mandate.  That will be tied up in court for years regardless of the eventual outcome.  Biden and his administration know that but don't care.  They are doing this for purely political motives and the timing coincides with the California recall election.  They know with absolute certainty that not one additional person will be vaccinated for years to come as the result of this mandate.  In fact, many of those who are skeptical of the vaccine will be all the more reluctant to take it.  What they are attempting to do is distract from the multitude of disasters unfolding elsewhere such as the recent Afghanistan debacle.  Biden's cratering poll numbers are indicative of the widespread loss of confidence in him and he wants to deflect away from his obvious incompetence and weakness.  Unfortunately, he has badly bungled even the pandemic despite have the solution gifted to him even before taking office.  He is the weakest and most inept president since Jimmy Carter.

More false comments. 

COVID cases are up because right wing Trump supporters refuse to get vaccinated and GOP Governors are allowing the virus to spread. ​If he "gifted" them with a vaccine then they should be taking it. The fact is Criminal Donald had nothing to do with the vaccine. The vaccines were funded and developed by other countries and scientists and Criminal Donald falsely tried to take credit for it because he is a fraud.   

Right wingers can sue all they want but they will lose. Like President Biden said, "have at it". Jacobson V Massachusetts already made clear that vaccine mandates are perfectly constitutional.

Again, you are making up nonsense. President Biden ran on ending this pandemic and that's why the overwhelming majority of Americans elected him. That's why he is implementing mandates.

All these disasters you speak of is a result of the weakness and faliures from 4 years of Trump who created them and handed them off to President Biden to take care of. The covid crisis, economic crisis, and the Afghanistan deal were all because of Trump.           

Same old lame recycled line of "Biden being weak". President Biden took on the right wing media and the most dangerous regime in history and easily defeated them. And a 52% approval rating with 61% of Americans supporting mandates has his back and are determined to end this pandemic.

Are you vaccinated Richard?   
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 13, 2021, 11:10:08 PM
Another Qanon lunatic is dead for believing in bogus conspiracy theories instead of taking a safe and effective vaccine. This woman used to go to stores and harassed employees and customers refusing to wear a mask as she recorded it on video. Her ignorance allowed her to contract Covid-19 and end up in the ICU taking up a bed from someone that really needed it. Quack Trump lawyer Lin Wood demanded that doctors give her Ivermectin which a horse dewormer for livestock animals that does nothing to cure the virus. So, these idiots make up all kinds of lies about the vaccine, and when they get really sick, they take medicine for horses believing that will cure them. You can't make this stuff up. These people are insane. If she would have taken the vaccine she still would be alive today.       


QAnon conspiracist dies from COVID-19 -- and Trump-loving attorney accuses hospital of 'medical murder'


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A QAnon conspiracist has died from COVID-19 after becoming the center of a harassment campaign against the Chicago hospital where she was being treated for the deadly virus.

Veronica Wolski died early Monday after spending weeks at Amita Resurrection Hospital, which was targeted for harassment by pro-Donald Trump conspiracists Lin Wood, Sidney Powell and Michael Flynn over doctors' refusal to treat her with ivermectin instead of proven therapies, reported Newsweek.

"I have just learned that Veronica Wolski saw the face of God this morning at 12:44 a.m.," Wood posted on his Telegram account.

Wood had asked his more than 800,000 social media followers to call the hospital to demand ivermectin for Wolski, who he now claims was murdered by medical personnel there for withholding the medication used to treat parasitic infections and is unproven as a treatment for COVID-19.

"It is our responsibility to ensure that these medical murders stop NOW and the perpetrators be brought to justice," Wood posted. "Veronica will be on her bridge in Heaven looking down on us. We must do our best to make sure Veronica did not leave this Earth in vain."

https://www.rawstory.com/veronica-wolski/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 13, 2021, 11:13:12 PM
5 Southern California siblings lost both unvaccinated parents to COVID-19 within weeks

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 75% of U.S.-based adults have been at least partially vaccinated for the COVID-19 coronavirus. But the pandemic continues to be deadly in the United States — especially among the unvaccinated — and more than one family member can easily be affected. In Southern California's Inland Empire east of Los Angeles, for example, five siblings lost both of their parents to COVID-19 within weeks.

Génesis Miranda Miramontes, a reporter for Los Angeles' KTLA-TV Channel 5, explains, "Daniel Macias, a 39-year-old middle school teacher, was diagnosed with COVID-19 soon after his wife, Davy Macias, a 37-year-old San Bernardino County nurse who had recently given birth to their fifth child before dying from COVID-19 late last month. The couple leaves behind their newborn daughter and four other children, ages seven, five, three and two. The children are being cared for by their grandparents, family members said."

According to Miramontes, Daniel Macias "was diagnosed not long after his wife" and "was hospitalized soon after, according to family members."

"His wife, Davy, was a labor and delivery nurse at Kaiser Permanente in the city of Fontana," Miramontes notes. "She had worked throughout the pandemic until she was hospitalized with the coronavirus while seven months pregnant, family members said."

The current COVID-19 surge in the U.S. is being driven largely by the highly contagious Delta variant, which is what Daniel and Davy Macias were infected with, according to a GoFundMe page.

Miramontes reports, "The couple tested positive for COVID-19 after having traveled to the beach and a water park with their children, Davy's brother, Vong Serey, told KTLA. Around the time Davy was 34 weeks pregnant, six days after she was hospitalized, the doctor delivered the baby about six weeks early, Serey said. Davy never got the chance to meet her newborn daughter, according to the GoFundMe page."

Serey was reluctant to be vaccinated for COVID-19 but changed his mind after Daniel and Davy Macias were infected.

Serey told KTLA, "COVID doesn't play by the rules. It doesn't matter — you're young, old — it can hit anybody at this point…. I did change my mind. When it hits this close to home, it does, it really affects you. It opens your eyes."

https://www.rawstory.com/5-southern-california-siblings-lost-both-un-vaccinated-parents-to-19-within-weeks/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 13, 2021, 11:20:40 PM
Trump stooge failed Florida Governor Ron DeSantis aka DeathSantis is covering up the death totals in the state because he doesn't want known how many people he actually is killing daily in Florida.     


Florida Won't Release Number of COVID Deaths in Individual Counties Despite Surge in Cases

The exact number of COVID deaths in counties in Florida remains unconfirmed as the state reportedly will not reveal the data as cases surge amid the highly transmissible Delta variant.

Florida releases data related to COVID deaths on a state level, but hasn't been disclosing the number of deaths on a county level for three months, The Palm Beach Post reported.

According to the outlet, people in Florida will find it difficult to know the exact number of COVID deaths in each of the state's 67 counties due to the shortcomings and inconsistencies in data published on federal websites.

The state's health department points to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for county deaths, but the CDC number doesn't represent an accurate state tally and its county-level-COVID-deaths map shows only blanks for each county.

The department used to report county death tolls on a daily basis before it began in June releasing weekly reports, which lack those local death counts, according to the Post.

The department's spokesperson, Weesam Khoury, told the Post that the department is "not hiding anything."

"When we give it to the CDC, it's there," Khoury said, referring to the CDC's provisional data of COVID death counts in U.S. counties. However, deaths in 33 Florida counties are reportedly less than the state health department's last county report in June, according to the news outlet.

The CDC and the state's department of health have been reporting different numbers of COVID deaths statewide. For instance, in its weekly report, the state health department reported a total of 46,324 COVID deaths in Florida during the period between August 27 and September 1, while the CDC reported 42,731 COVID deaths through September 2.

Jean Malecki, a former Palm Beach County health department director, explained that the way Florida currently reports COVID death counts "hides the reality of what people are facing and that's just wrong."

"Anytime (the government) hides information, you question what's going on. And you don't trust. And when you lose the trust of the people you serve and the people's lives you're responsible for, that's wrong," Malecki told The Palm Beach Post.

The Delta variant remains dominant in the Sunshine State, but hundreds of cases of the new Mu variant have recently been recorded. The Mu variant is reportedly more transmissible and potentially more resistant to vaccines compared to other strains.

On September 6, there were 10,162 new cases in Florida, including 305 confirmed Mu variant cases, according to data from the Outbreak.info website.

Newsweek contacted the Florida Department of Health for comment but did not hear back in time for publication.

https://www.newsweek.com/florida-wont-release-number-covid-deaths-individual-counties-despite-surge-cases-1628067
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Richard Smith on September 14, 2021, 01:11:38 AM
More false comments. 

COVID cases are up because right wing Trump supporters refuse to get vaccinated and GOP Governors are allowing the virus to spread. ​If he "gifted" them with a vaccine then they should be taking it. The fact is Criminal Donald had nothing to do with the vaccine. The vaccines were funded and developed by other countries and scientists and Criminal Donald falsely tried to take credit for it because he is a fraud.   

Right wingers can sue all they want but they will lose. Like President Biden said, "have at it". Jacobson V Massachusetts already made clear that vaccine mandates are perfectly constitutional.

Again, you are making up nonsense. President Biden ran on ending this pandemic and that's why the overwhelming majority of Americans elected him. That's why he is implementing mandates.

All these disasters you speak of is a result of the weakness and faliures from 4 years of Trump who created them and handed them off to President Biden to take care of. The covid crisis, economic crisis, and the Afghanistan deal were all because of Trump.           

Same old lame recycled line of "Biden being weak". President Biden took on the right wing media and the most dangerous regime in history and easily defeated them. And a 52% approval rating with 61% of Americans supporting mandates has his back and are determined to end this pandemic.

Are you vaccinated Richard?

That is a fake narrative being perpetuated by Dems.  Trying to pit the vaccinated against the unvaccinated like they do with race, gender, and income as though Americans are enemies.  They do this solely for political purposes.  Obviously, no one who is reluctant to take the vaccine will be convinced to do so by being told they are evil, stupid, and racist.  That just hardens them into their position.  The Dems are smart enough people to realize that.  But that is not the objective.  The objective is not to convince more people to get vaccinated, but to use the pandemic for political gain.  Thus, the timing of the mandate to coincide with the California recall where the mandate is popular among voters.  I've been vaccinated for many months just like President Trump who was among the first advocates for a vaccine while dems were casting skepticism upon it when it was to their political benefit to do so.
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 14, 2021, 02:25:11 AM
That is a fake narrative being perpetuated by Dems.  Trying to pit the vaccinated against the unvaccinated like they do with race, gender, and income as though Americans are enemies.  They do this solely for political purposes.  Obviously, no one who is reluctant to take the vaccine will be convinced to do so by being told they are evil, stupid, and racist.  That just hardens them into their position.  The Dems are smart enough people to realize that.  But that is not the objective.  The objective is not to convince more people to get vaccinated, but to use the pandemic for political gain.  Thus, the timing of the mandate to coincide with the California recall where the mandate is popular among voters.  I've been vaccinated for many months just like President Trump who was among the first advocates for a vaccine while dems were casting skepticism upon it when it was to their political benefit to do so.

The coronavirus doesn't care what age, race, gender, or political party you belong to.

Democrats are trying to save American lives by getting everybody vaccinated so we can end this pandemic and return back to life as we knew it.

Republicans have stood in the way since day one pushing lies, conspiracy theories, and making it a "freedom" issue instead of the health crisis that it is.

There is nothing political about wearing a mask to stop the spread of the virus. There is nothing political about getting vaccinated to save lives. Republicans are making masks and vaccines political. All they have to do is encourage masks and vaccines and they refuse to do so. Instead they are fighting it because the minority of the population which is their base would turn on them if they told them to do it. So they are letting people die just so they can get some votes in the next election.     

Criminal Donald never advocated for vaccines. He called the virus a "hoax" and pushed bogus remedies like Hydroxychloroquine, UV lights, and bleach for months. When he was informed that the vaccines were about ready to be rolled out he then said vaccines were going to be in use and he tried to take credit for it because he thought he could gain a few votes.           

Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 14, 2021, 03:01:09 AM
Here's another hateful right winger who pushed lies and is now dead from COVID. Cue Freddie Mercury and Queen.

Colorado pastor who mocked AIDS deaths and spread vaccine conspiracy theories dies from COVID-19

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Christian radio host Bob Enyart became infamous during his career for reading obituaries from people who died of AIDS while playing the Queen song "Another One Bites the Dust."

Now he's the one who is gone.

After contracting COVID, Enyart ended up in the hospital after caring for his wife with the virus, and he lasted less than two weeks with the disease. The announcement was made by Real Science Radio co-host Fred Williams, the FriendlyAtheist reported. Williams posted the news on Facebook.

He was "one of the smartest, and without question the wisest person I've known," said Williams.

Enyart not only refused to get a COVID vaccine, he believed a false conspiracy theory that researchers "tested these three products [vaccines] on the cells of aborted babies." Testing vaccines on anything dead wouldn't work because there would be no blood to deliver the vaccine to the system.

LGBTQ broadcaster Dan Savage tweeted that he actually "teared up" at the news, saying, "My friends who died of AIDS were mocked and condemned by this asshole and others like him. Each and every one of my dead friends would've been first in line to get vaccinated against HIV to protect themselves and others. AND OTHERS. Not just themselves. And this guy couldn't be bothered to get vaccinated against COVID even to protect himself. He encouraged others to put themselves at risk. To put others at risk. He was the moral equivalent of some as*hole poking holes in condoms in 1986."

"This is a guy who filed a lawsuit against Colorado's COVID restrictions, only to have a Trump-appointed judge grant a temporary restraining order that allowed indoor churches to open to the masses without having to wear masks. How many people caught the virus because of that irresponsible lawsuit?" the FriendlyAtheist asked.

https://www.rawstory.com/christian-bob-enyart/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Richard Smith on September 14, 2021, 04:42:30 PM
The coronavirus doesn't care what age, race, gender, or political party you belong to.

Democrats are trying to save American lives by getting everybody vaccinated so we can end this pandemic and return back to life as we knew it.

Republicans have stood in the way since day one pushing lies, conspiracy theories, and making it a "freedom" issue instead of the health crisis that it is.

There is nothing political about wearing a mask to stop the spread of the virus. There is nothing political about getting vaccinated to save lives. Republicans are making masks and vaccines political. All they have to do is encourage masks and vaccines and they refuse to do so. Instead they are fighting it because the minority of the population which is their base would turn on them if they told them to do it. So they are letting people die just so they can get some votes in the next election.     

Criminal Donald never advocated for vaccines. He called the virus a "hoax" and pushed bogus remedies like Hydroxychloroquine, UV lights, and bleach for months. When he was informed that the vaccines were about ready to be rolled out he then said vaccines were going to be in use and he tried to take credit for it because he thought he could gain a few votes.         

So much revisionist history.  It was Trump who advocated the quick development of a vaccine.  He created Operation Warp Speed to facilitate the vaccine.  Biden and Harris expressed skepticism of the vaccine.  Trump did everything he could within his powers as president to encourage the development and distribution of the vaccine.  When Biden took over the vaccine was already being distributed to the public.   What Trump didn't do is force the vaccine on anyone for political purposes.  Anyone can view the video of Nancy Pelosi, Fauci, and Biden just a few months ago confirming that there could be no legal mandate for the vaccine.  They have changed direction once again purely for political reasons to shift the discussion away from the unfolding disasters under Biden. 
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 15, 2021, 12:34:34 AM
So much revisionist history.  It was Trump who advocated the quick development of a vaccine.  He created Operation Warp Speed to facilitate the vaccine.  Biden and Harris expressed skepticism of the vaccine.  Trump did everything he could within his powers as president to encourage the development and distribution of the vaccine.  When Biden took over the vaccine was already being distributed to the public.   What Trump didn't do is force the vaccine on anyone for political purposes.  Anyone can view the video of Nancy Pelosi, Fauci, and Biden just a few months ago confirming that there could be no legal mandate for the vaccine.  They have changed direction once again purely for political reasons to shift the discussion away from the unfolding disasters under Biden.

So much made up nonsense.

Criminal Donald had nothing to do with the vaccine. Pfizer was funded and developed by Germany. I've told you this many times and you keep posting the same nonsense.

Criminal Donald never once told his base to get vaccinated when the vaccines became available. The right wing media began pushing vaccine lies and he never did nothing to refute those lies.

Criminal Donald is a pathological liar, so of course President Biden and Vice President Harris would not trust anything Trump said. They waited until the CDC confirmed the vaccines were safe then they were both vaccinated last December before Christmas. President Biden and Vice President Harris then began urging all Americans to get vaccinated unlike Criminal Donald.

There are no "unfolding disasters" under Biden, all the disasters happened under Trump and Biden is cleaning up the mess he was given.

Saving lives is not political. But somehow you don't seem to understand that.

The #1 priority of a President is to keep Americans safe and that's what President Biden is doing by mandating vaccines to end this pandemic. Nothing about that is political.           
             
A few months ago, there was no Delta variant which was killing children and now there is. Experts are worried that a new variant will mutate into an even deadlier variant so vaccine mandates are now required.

Teachers, schools, doctors are all demanding vaccine mandates. 61% of Americans want vaccine mandates. President Biden is doing what Americans want.

Red states like Mississippi have strict vaccine mandates for disease like measles, mumps etc. but they object to a Covid 19 vaccine? They are doing that for political reasons.

You have no argument on this. President Biden and Democrats are saving lives while Republicans are killing their own supporters by refusing to do anything. They have no business being elected officials when they allow disease and death to ravage their states in communities while doing nothing.

President Biden ran on ending this pandemic, and that's what he's doing, and the overwhelming majority of Americans support him.               
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 15, 2021, 01:41:31 AM
If Faux Propaganda can implement vaccine mandates then red states can as well. So, these right wing hacks at Faux who rail against vaccine mandates are required to be vaccinated by their own network. This is the SAME mandate that President Biden is implementing. This right wing hypocrisy is killing their own viewers. 


Fox News implemented vax requirements -- and now '90% of full-time employees are fully vaccinated': internal memo

Fox News hosts may complain about about companies requiring their employees to either get vaccinated or submit to weekly tests -- but their own network has implemented just such a program and it's worked incredibly well.

CNN's Oliver Darcy has obtained an internal memo from Fox Corporation human resources chief Kevin Lord that claims "90 percent of full-time employees reported they are fully vaccinated" weeks after the company required them to upload their vaccination status into a central data base.

What's more, the memo says that Fox will introduce "daily" COVID tests for the remaining ten percent of employees who have not been vaccinated, which is essentially the same policy that President Joe Biden is pushing every business with more than 100 employees to adopt.

An internal Fox News memo obtained by Ad Week last month gave details about how the network planned to get as many of its employees vaccinated as possible ahead of a return to the office.

Specifically, the memo asked all Fox employees, including those who are working remotely, to upload their vaccination status to a central database, where it will be used for "space planning and contact tracing purposes in conjunction with CDC/state/city health and safety guidelines."

https://www.rawstory.com/fox-news-vaccine-mandate-2655024748/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Richard Smith on September 15, 2021, 06:49:22 PM
If Faux Propaganda can implement vaccine mandates then red states can as well. So, these right wing hacks at Faux who rail against vaccine mandates are required to be vaccinated by their own network. This is the SAME mandate that President Biden is implementing. This right wing hypocrisy is killing their own viewers. 


Fox News implemented vax requirements -- and now '90% of full-time employees are fully vaccinated': internal memo

Fox News hosts may complain about about companies requiring their employees to either get vaccinated or submit to weekly tests -- but their own network has implemented just such a program and it's worked incredibly well.

CNN's Oliver Darcy has obtained an internal memo from Fox Corporation human resources chief Kevin Lord that claims "90 percent of full-time employees reported they are fully vaccinated" weeks after the company required them to upload their vaccination status into a central data base.

What's more, the memo says that Fox will introduce "daily" COVID tests for the remaining ten percent of employees who have not been vaccinated, which is essentially the same policy that President Joe Biden is pushing every business with more than 100 employees to adopt.

An internal Fox News memo obtained by Ad Week last month gave details about how the network planned to get as many of its employees vaccinated as possible ahead of a return to the office.

Specifically, the memo asked all Fox employees, including those who are working remotely, to upload their vaccination status to a central database, where it will be used for "space planning and contact tracing purposes in conjunction with CDC/state/city health and safety guidelines."

https://www.rawstory.com/fox-news-vaccine-mandate-2655024748/

All these endless rants trying to deflect blame from clueless Biden don't change the simple facts.  Virus cases are up 300% under Biden despite having public access to the cure for the entirety of his presidency.  He has bungled it by politicizing the vaccine and casting blame instead of finding solutions.  And, of course, the highest percentages of unvaccinated are among minorities and younger people.  Most of whom are his supporters.  President Trump was a proponent of the vaccine, did everything in his power as president to facilitate its development and made it available to the public before he left office.  He has taken it himself.  He differs from Biden only in that he leaves it to the individual rather than corrupt governmental bureaucrats to make their own health decisions. 
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 15, 2021, 11:37:07 PM
All these endless rants trying to deflect blame from clueless Biden don't change the simple facts.  Virus cases are up 300% under Biden despite having public access to the cure for the entirety of his presidency.  He has bungled it by politicizing the vaccine and casting blame instead of finding solutions.  And, of course, the highest percentages of unvaccinated are among minorities and younger people.  Most of whom are his supporters.  President Trump was a proponent of the vaccine, did everything in his power as president to facilitate its development and made it available to the public before he left office.  He has taken it himself.  He differs from Biden only in that he leaves it to the individual rather than corrupt governmental bureaucrats to make their own health decisions.

:D :D :D

The point is you aren't providing any facts here. You are simply posting the right wing spin you listen to on television.

All you do is deny, protect Trump, and blame Biden for Trump's failures. This is a Republican policy since they all do the same thing.   

The fact is Donald Trump and the GOP has done nothing to combat the coronavirus and allowed it to ravage the United States.

President Biden and Democrats have taken strong action to end this pandemic.

The overwhelming majority of infections and deaths are coming from unvaccinated Trump supporters. That is an absolute fact.

Criminal Donald did nothing to promote the vaccine. He pushed quack cures like Hydroxychloroquine, disinfectant, and UV lights.       

President Biden has been a champion for the vaccine and is mandating vaccines so we can end this pandemic.

Red states mandates vaccines for diseases and it's not left up to the individual. They can mandate vaccines for COVID as well.

Fox News mandates vaccines and it's the same program that President Biden has initiated.

The government has the power and authority to stop diseases and a deadly pandemic.

It's clear the GOP has no interest in doing their job to keep their constituents safe from a deadly virus.

Richard is vaccinated but why would he want unvaccinated people carrying a deadly virus around him which could infect him with a breakthrough virus?

Why would he want this Delta variant to mutate to where the vaccine he took would no longer be effective?

This is what President Biden and Democrats are trying to prevent from happening.

Also, the minority of the population does not get to dictate to the majority when health is at risk. These same people tried this with seatbelts.               
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 16, 2021, 01:17:19 AM
Below is the result of failed lack of leadership from Republican Governors.

Thousands of new COVID-19 infections amongst unvaccinated Trump supporters are happening each day. More mass death is occurring in their states each day. Children in schools are being infected with the virus which they spread to their families at home. Children are dying from the virus. Hospitals in all these states are in crisis mode with most filled up to capacity. That means people with other ailments are being turned away which results in death. An Alabama man with a heart ailment was turned away from over 40 hospitals because they were full. He died from a heart attack right after. This should not be happening in America. And it will only get worse as more people get deathly ill from being unvaccinated.     

What is the Republican plan to end this pandemic? Nothing. They don't have a plan. They refuse to combat this deadly virus. All they are doing is allowing the virus to spread resulting in more mass infection and death. This is their only plan to allow more death and infection. And this is coming from the party who pretends to be "Pro Life".       

The overwhelming majority of Americans are angry and demand action. Over 61% of Americans support President Biden's vaccine mandates and Republicans are trying to block him from ending this pandemic. They want the virus to keep surging because they don't want President Biden to get credit for defeating the pandemic. They want to use this as a political issue for 2022 and 2024. So, Republicans are killing off their own supporters in order to try to get into power.

Republicans have no business even being in office because they refuse to do the job they took an oath to do. They don't care about the health and safety of their constituents. They don't care about the liberty and freedom of vaccinated people who's liberty and freedoms are being taken away by unvaccinated virus spreaders. Every person has the right to live in a virus free community and Republicans are preventing that from happening.

That's why Republicans need to be defeated in a total landslide in 2022 just like what happened out in California last night. This is the only way we will be able to defeat this pandemic, preserve our democracy, and pass the legislation the American people demand. Republicans are obstructionists and will continue to block anything beneficial for Americans. Vote them all out up and down the ballot in every state so we can make real progress in America. The Republican Party has made it quite clear they have no interest in working for the American people, their only allegiance is to an orange criminal lunatic who tried to start a nuclear war with China.                     


COVID-19 report shows hundreds of new cases in Southeast Texas
https://kfdm.com/news/local/covid-19-report-shows-hundreds-of-new-cases-in-southeast-texas

Florida COVID update: 10,723 cases added, state nears 50,000 total deaths
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/coronavirus/article254263558.html

Georgia public health officials: Most COVID-19 outbreaks now in schools
https://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta-news/georgia-public-health-officials-most-covid-19-outbreaks-now-in-schools/TMJBT4Q33ZFYZLJXQ7TRCK7RNE/

Alabama adds 3,651 COVID cases, 66 deaths to total
https://www.al.com/news/2021/09/alabama-adds-3651-covid-cases-66-deaths-to-total.html

Mississippi COVID-19 deaths reach 9,100 and continue to rise
https://www.wapt.com/article/mississippi-reports-2353-new-covid-19-cases-39-additional-deaths/37607816

Arkansas: 36 New COVID Deaths And 1,544 New COVID-19 Cases
https://www.ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-36-new-covid-deaths-and-1544-new-covid-19-cases

CDC reports 42 more COVID-19 deaths in Oklahoma; more than 1,900 new cases added
https://www.koco.com/article/cdc-reports-42-more-covid-19-deaths-in-oklahoma-more-than-1900-new-cases-added/37610569

Idaho adds 25 COVID-19 deaths, 2,700 cases Monday; hospitalization rates hit new peak
https://www.idahostatesman.com/news/coronavirus/article254221083.html

Arizona reports 2,432 additional COVID cases, 29 more deaths
https://apnews.com/article/health-arizona-coronavirus-pandemic-tucson-flagstaff-9b9321f96d00790bb27f4254ecc8f49c
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Richard Smith on September 16, 2021, 01:29:07 AM
:D :D :D

The point is you aren't providing any facts here. You are simply posting the right wing spin you listen to on television.

All you do is deny, protect Trump, and blame Biden for Trump's failures. This is a Republican policy since they all do the same thing.   

The fact is Donald Trump and the GOP has done nothing to combat the coronavirus and allowed it to ravage the United States.

President Biden and Democrats have taken strong action to end this pandemic.

The overwhelming majority of infections and deaths are coming from unvaccinated Trump supporters. That is an absolute fact.

Criminal Donald did nothing to promote the vaccine. He pushed quack cures like Hydroxychloroquine, disinfectant, and UV lights.       

President Biden has been a champion for the vaccine and is mandating vaccines so we can end this pandemic.

Red states mandates vaccines for diseases and it's not left up to the individual. They can mandate vaccines for COVID as well.

Fox News mandates vaccines and it's the same program that President Biden has initiated.

The government has the power and authority to stop diseases and a deadly pandemic.

It's clear the GOP has no interest in doing their job to keep their constituents safe from a deadly virus.

Richard is vaccinated but why would he want unvaccinated people carrying a deadly virus around him which could infect him with a breakthrough virus?

Why would he want this Delta variant to mutate to where the vaccine he took would no longer be effective?

This is what President Biden and Democrats are trying to prevent from happening.

Also, the minority of the population does not get to dictate to the majority when health is at risk. These same people tried this with seatbelts.             

Fact - the vaccine was developed during Trump's administration. 
Fact - Trump has taken the vaccine and advocated that others do so. 
Fact - the highest percentage of unvaccinated people are minorities and younger people (i.e. democrats). 
Fact - Biden and Harris expressed skepticism of the vaccine. 
Fact - Biden, Pelosi, and Fauci indicated just a few months ago that it was not possible or legal to mandate vaccines. 
Fact - Virus cases are up 300% under Biden despite having the vaccine available from day one of his presidency. 
Fact - if you are vaccinated, as I am and as Trump is, then the risk of a "breakthrough" infection is small (that is the entire purpose of the vaccine that the Dems are forcing on people) but if it does happen the symptoms will be mild. 
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 16, 2021, 02:37:55 AM
Fact - the vaccine was developed during Trump's administration. 
Fact - Trump has taken the vaccine and advocated that others do so. 
Fact - the highest percentage of unvaccinated people are minorities and younger people (i.e. democrats). 
Fact - Biden and Harris expressed skepticism of the vaccine. 
Fact - Biden, Pelosi, and Fauci indicated just a few months ago that it was not possible or legal to mandate vaccines. 
Fact - Virus cases are up 300% under Biden despite having the vaccine available from day one of his presidency. 
Fact - if you are vaccinated, as I am and as Trump is, then the risk of a "breakthrough" infection is small (that is the entire purpose of the vaccine that the Dems are forcing on people) but if it does happen the symptoms will be mild.

We just saw your fiction so now here are the facts:

1.Trump happened to be in office at the time of the vaccine development but the funding and development came from other countries. He had nothing to do with it.   

2.Trump secretly took the vaccine just like Faux News hacks who all rail against it. Trump told his supporters to take the vaccine only once at a rally a couple of months ago and he was promptly booed. He then meekly and weakly told them "they didn't have to take it if they didn't want to."

3.The largest percentage of the unvaccinated are Trump supporters from Red states.     

4. President Biden and Vice President Harris did not believe pathological liar Donald Trump. They believed medical experts, the CDC, FDA and are both advocates for the vaccine.

5. There was no Delta variant a few months ago and now there is. Jacobson V Massachusetts allows vaccines to be mandated.

6. The virus infections and deaths were at an all time low from April-June under President Biden. After the 4th of July, the Delta variant exploded amongst unvaccinated Trump supporters in red states which is what every medical expert and scientist predicted would happen.

7. The risk of a breakthrough infection with the Delta variant is not "small" and if a new variant mutates it could be deadly to every vaccinated person.

Nice attempt at re-writing history again. Unfortunately for you, history is always documented so you can't get away with it.
 

Germany funded the development of Pfizer’s COVID vaccine—not U.S.’s Operation Warp Speed

It’s said that success has many authors, and the encouraging data from Pfizer Inc.’s experimental COVID-19 vaccine had plenty of people in Washington lining up to take credit.

Vice President Mike Pence was among Trump administration officials saying support from the government’s Operation Warp Speed program helped accelerate the development of the vaccine, which was found to be more than 90% effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 infections in an interim analysis.

The truth is that Pfizer didn’t receive any funding from Operation Warp Speed for the development, clinical trial and manufacturing of the vaccine. Rather, its partner, BioNTech SE, has received money -- from the German government.

BioNTech is credited for contributing the messenger RNA technology, which prompts the body to make a key protein from the virus, creating an immune response. The biotechnology company already had a history of working with Pfizer on influenza vaccines, and in March they clinched a deal to co-develop a shot to prevent against COVID-19 at research sites both in the U.S. and Germany. The two companies began human testing of the vaccine in April, before the existence of Operation Warp Speed was revealed publicly.

Berlin gave the German company $445 million in an agreement in September to help accelerate the vaccine by building out manufacturing and development capacity in its home market.

https://fortune.com/2020/11/09/pfizer-vaccine-funding-warp-speed-germany/

Trump booed at Alabama rally after telling supporters to get vaccinated
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-booed-alabama-rally-after-telling-supporters-get-vaccinated-n1277404

Republicans take to mask wars as virus surges in red states
https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-health-coronavirus-pandemic-fcd36bc56f03fcd46d9ad5839a7b5702

COVID-19 is crushing red states. Why isn’t Trump turning his rallies into mass vaccination sites?
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/fixgov/2021/07/29/covid-19-is-crushing-red-states-why-isnt-trump-turning-his-rallies-into-mass-vaccination-sites/

COVID-19 has hit people in Republican-led states hardest, study finds
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/covid-19-has-hit-people-in-republican-led-states-hardest-study-finds

How New York City Got Control of COVID-19 — and Where It Goes from Here
https://www.healthline.com/health-news/how-new-york-city-got-control-of-covid19

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have a seven-point plan to beat COVID-19 and get our country back on track
https://joebiden.com/covid19/

The Surprisingly Strong Supreme Court Precedent Supporting Vaccine Mandates: In 1905, the high court made a fateful ruling with eerie parallels to today: One person’s liberty can’t trump everyone else’s
https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2021/09/08/vaccine-mandate-strong-supreme-court-precedent-510280

Biden: U.S. COVID deaths lowest since April 2020

May 17, 2021

President Joe Biden said Monday the nation’s coronavirus death toll is at its lowest since April 2020.

“For the first time since the pandemic began, COVID cases are down in all 50 states,” Biden said in a live White House address. “Deaths are down from COVID by 81%,” crediting the nation’s massive coronavirus vaccination effort.

“We’ve gone from 6% to almost 60% of American adults who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine,” Biden said in the address. “If the unvaccinated get vaccinated, they’ll protect themselves and everyone around them.”

Also Monday, Biden said the U.S. will share an additional 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines with the world in the next six weeks as domestic demand for shots drops and global disparities in distribution have grown more evident.

The doses will come from existing production of Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine stocks, marking the first time that U.S.-controlled doses of vaccines authorized for use in the country will be shared overseas. It will boost the global vaccine sharing commitment from the U.S. to 80 million.

"We know America will never be fully safe until the pandemic that’s raging globally is under control,” Biden said.

The announcement comes on top of the Biden administration’s prior commitment to share about 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is not yet authorized for use in the U.S., by the end of June. The AstraZeneca doses will be available to ship once they clear a safety review by the Food and Drug Administration.

Biden also tapped COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients to lead the administration’s efforts to share doses with the world.

“Our nation’s going to be the arsenal of vaccines for the rest of the world,” Biden said. He added that, compared to other countries including Russia and China that have sought to leverage their domestically produced doses, “we will not use our vaccines to secure favors from other countries.”
https://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/biden-us-covid-deaths-lowest-since-april-2020/MA7M5OIWHNDY5ONZ2ZKWRG6LPY/

COVID-19 Cases Hit Lowest Point In U.S. Since Pandemic Began
June 3, 2021

https://www.axios.com/coronavirus-cases-infections-vaccines-success-fa7673a1-0582-4e69-aefb-3b5170268048.html

U.S. reports lowest number of new COVID-19 cases in nearly a year
May 24, 2021

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-reports-lowest-number-new-covid-19-cases-nearly-year-2021-05-24/

A Few Mutations Away': The Threat of a Vaccine-Proof Variant
https://www.webmd.com/vaccines/covid-19-vaccine/news/20210730/threat-of-vaccine-proof-covid-varian
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 16, 2021, 08:46:50 AM
Every state needs to follow California's model to defeat COVID 19. What this proves is wearing masks and getting vaccinated works to reduce the virus transmission which will eventually lead to eradication. There is no argument to be made against this and other states need to follow suit immediately.

California only state to advance out of high transmission category for COVID

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California is now the nation's only state that is not in the highest category for transmission of the coronavirus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows California mapped in orange meaning there is "substantial community spread" while the rest of the country is covered in red meaning  there is "high community transmission."

Nationwide the US is seeing an average of 295 cases per 100,000 people and a positivity rate of 9.5 percent. California is seeing 20 new cases per 100,000 residents and a positivity rate of 4.4 percent.

California has handled mask and vaccine requirements differently than other states throughout the pandemic.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, widespread adaptation of health orders and an impressive vaccination rate are factors in driving case rates down. California reported an average of 9,281 cases a day for the seven-day period that ended Tuesday, compared to about 13,400 cases a day two weeks ago.

In July, the CDC said that vaccinated teachers and students don’t need to wear masks inside school buildings, but California said its mask guidance for schools would remain in place.

California residents are also more likely to be vaccinated than residents in other states.

At the end of August, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced that 80 percent of eligible residents in the city had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, marking one of the highest vaccination rates for a major city within the US.

https://www.ktvu.com/news/california-only-state-to-advance-out-of-high-transmission-category-for-covid
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Richard Smith on September 16, 2021, 04:46:44 PM
We just saw your fiction so now here are the facts:



7. The risk of a breakthrough infection with the Delta variant is not "small" and if a new variant mutates it could be deadly to every vaccinated person.





I didn't realize that you are a vaccine skeptic.  The science actually confirms that the vaccine is extremely effective against the virus including Delta.  Isn't that why Dems are forcing everyone to take it.  If it is not effective, as you suggest here, why force it on people? I guess your opinion, like Fauci's, varies from day to day instead of relying on the actual science. 
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 16, 2021, 11:47:22 PM
I didn't realize that you are a vaccine skeptic.  The science actually confirms that the vaccine is extremely effective against the virus including Delta.  Isn't that why Dems are forcing everyone to take it.  If it is not effective, as you suggest here, why force it on people? I guess your opinion, like Fauci's, varies from day to day instead of relying on the actual science.

Nice false narrative and anti vaccine stance.

The vaccines are completely effective with the original COVID strain. 

The Delta Variant is more contagious and deadly which can cause breakthrough infections in some people including those with compromised immune systems. That is an absolute fact.   

That's why medical experts and Democrats are trying to get everybody vaccinated so another deadlier variant doesn't mutate to where the vaccine will no longer work.

The unvaccinated does not have the freedom to put other people's lives at risk and spread disease.     
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 17, 2021, 01:10:32 AM
All of this could have been avoided if people wore masks and got vaccinated. Instead these morons had their kids burn masks a few months ago in Idaho. Now their hospitals are in a crisis mode. These are all Trump supporters.

US state with lowest COVID vaccination rate rationing ventilators

Idaho, the US state with the lowest Covid vaccination rate in the country, announced Thursday it was rationing medical care and would turn patients away from ventilators if they aren't likely to recover.

The northwestern state's health department said it had enacted the measure because of "the massive increase of COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalization" which had "exhausted" existing resources.

"The situation is dire," said health department director Dave Jeppesen in a statement.

"We don't have enough resources to adequately treat the patients in our hospitals, whether you are there for COVID-19 or a heart attack or because of a car accident," he added, calling on more Idaho residents to get vaccinated.

The department's statement explained that under the rationing guidelines, patients admitted to hospital may find beds unavailable or be treated in repurposed settings like conference rooms.

What's more, "someone who is otherwise healthy and would recover more rapidly may get treated or have access to a ventilator before someone who is not likely to recover."

Only 46 percent of Idaho's population of nearly 1.8 million have received one or more doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, according to the Covid Act Now tracker.

This puts it at the bottom of the table among 53 US states or territories. For reference, 63 percent of the US population has received one or more doses, with table topping Puerto Rico at 77 percent.

More than 630 people are hospitalized with Covid in the state, compared to around 90 in early July. Around 20 are dying per day, equal to the worst surge seen in December, and the figure could rise further.

Vaccines, as well as other Covid mitigation measures like masks and distancing, are politically polarizing issues in the United States, with uptake much lower in conservative-leaning regions.

https://www.rawstory.com/us-state-with-lowest-covid-vaccination-rate-rationing-ventilators/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 17, 2021, 02:30:12 AM
Under Gov. Ron DeSantis, Covid Deaths in Florida will surpass American deaths during *ENTIRE* Vietnam war. The GOP does not care about how many people they are killing each day. And this is from the party who claims to be "Pro Life".   

Florida Is Vietnam

Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Richard Smith on September 17, 2021, 03:31:37 PM
Under Gov. Ron DeSantis, Covid Deaths in Florida will surpass American deaths during *ENTIRE* Vietnam war. The GOP does not care about how many people they are killing each day. And this is from the party who claims to be "Pro Life".   

Florida Is Vietnam


Yes, the illegals that are pouring across the border and being distributed throughout the south without being vaccinated or tested have resulted in a huge surge in cases.  The mandate to take the vaccine is only being applied to US citizens.  And, of course, the highest percentage of unvaccinated are minorities and younger people (i.e. mostly democrats).

"The percent of White people who have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose (52%) was roughly 1.2 times higher than the rate for Black people (43%) and 1.1 times higher than the rate for Hispanic people (48%) as of September 7, 2021."
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Richard Smith on September 17, 2021, 03:42:47 PM
Nice false narrative and anti vaccine stance.

The vaccines are completely effective with the original COVID strain. 

The Delta Variant is more contagious and deadly which can cause breakthrough infections in some people including those with compromised immune systems. That is an absolute fact.   



Who is disputing that the virus is contagious and that "some" people with compromised immune systems should take it?  Talk about a strawman.  That is not what Biden is mandating.  He is mandating that EVERYONE regardless of circumstances be forced to take the vaccine.  And you are really arguing that everyone should take the vaccine while suggesting it is not effective against Delta? Wow.  You sound just like an anti-vaxer.
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 17, 2021, 10:53:43 PM
Who is disputing that the virus is contagious and that "some" people with compromised immune systems should take it?  Talk about a strawman.  That is not what Biden is mandating.  He is mandating that EVERYONE regardless of circumstances be forced to take the vaccine.  And you are really arguing that everyone should take the vaccine while suggesting it is not effective against Delta? Wow.  You sound just like an anti-vaxer.

When someone claims "strawman" they've already lost the argument.

Red states already mandate vaccines against diseases but suddenly they won't mandate a covid vaccine? Faux Propaganda mandates vaccines at their network which is the same program implemented by President Biden. This is all right wing hypocrisy and they are doing this for political purposes to hurt President Biden because they don't want him to have the credit for ending this pandemic so they are killing their own supporters to do it.

Again as usual, you purposely misrepresented what I said. I never said the vaccine isn't effective against the Delta variant. I said it's less effective for people with compromised immune systems.     
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 18, 2021, 12:09:26 AM
Vaccine nasal sprays aim to 'shut door' on virus

Could delivering Covid-19 immunity directly to the nose -- the area of the body via which it is most likely to be transmitted -- help conquer the pandemic?

The World Health Organization says clinical trials are underway to evaluate eight nasal spray vaccines that target Covid-19.

The most advanced effort so far by China's Xiamen University, the University of Hong Kong and Beijing Wantai Biological Pharmacy has completed phase-2 trials.

"When the virus infects someone it usually gets in through the nose," said researcher Nathalie Mielcarek who is working with the Lille Pasteur Institute to develop a nasal spray vaccine against whooping cough.

"The idea is to shut the door."

An article published in Scientific American in March urged developing nasal spray vaccines because they have an immediate effect on the virus in an infected person's mucus.

There they trigger production of an antibody known as immunoglobulin A, which can block infection.

"This overwhelming response, called sterilising immunity, reduces the chance that people will pass on the virus," said the article.

The vaccines currently available offer strong protection against severe forms of Covid-19 but are less reliable at preventing the spread of the virus.

Stimulating immunity directly in the nose "lowers the risk of infecting other people", said Mielcarek.

"From there you have less of the virus infecting the lungs and so fewer severe cases since the viral load is lower," she added.

An article published in March by Gavi the Vaccine Alliance noted other advantages, including the fact that the sprays don't need refrigeration and don't need to be administered by health professionals.

"People would be able to self-administer them at home," the article says, adding "they are likely to be more popular for the millions of people who don't like needles".

And in a French study on mice presented last week, 100 percent of subjects vaccinated with the spray survived infection by Covid-19 while all unvaccinated mice died.

"The vaccinated animals... showed low levels of the virus so they are not contagious anymore -- that's one of the advantages of the nasal spray," Philippe Mauguin, CEO of the French institute that hopes to patent the vaccine told AFP.

Isabelle Dimier-Poisson who led the research has high hopes.

"It could allow us to get back to life before the pandemic, without social distancing, and without masks," she said.

https://www.rawstory.com/vaccine-nasal-sprays-aim-to-shut-door-on/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 18, 2021, 01:58:38 AM
Just more right wing hypocrisy. But this hypocrisy is contributing to deaths. Failed right wing South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem refuses to mandate masks for children in school to keep them from infection and death but wants to mandate them to pray. Another right winger who is attempting to shred our Constitution refusing to abide by separation between church and state. These far right religious extremists are nothing but hypocrites and a detriment to society.

Governor Kristi Noem hints at putting prayer back in public schools
On Friday, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem was in Des Moines, Iowa speaking at the conservative Family Leadership Summit. During her speech, she noted putting prayer back in schools in the state for the first time

https://www.kotatv.com/2021/07/20/governor-kristi-noem-hints-putting-prayer-back-public-schools/

South Dakota governor continues to defend not enforcing statewide mask mandate
https://ktiv.com/2021/01/28/south-dakota-continues-to-defend-not-enforcing-statewide-mask-mandate/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 18, 2021, 02:05:37 AM
Anti-vaxxers trying to hurt Biden in the short term — and they have a nefarious long-term goal​​

Vaccine mandates have been around as long as the United States, and resisters have been around for about as long.

Resisters are hardly a monolithic group, and their differences are informed by cultural, political and religious perspectives, but the coronavirus pandemic has forged temporary alliances between those various factions to achieve short-term partisan goals and long-term exemptions, according to CNN contributor Nicole Hemmer.

"Over the past few decades, the right has increasingly funneled policy resistance through the framework of religious exemptions: opposition to marriage equality, to trans rights, to reproductive health care under the Affordable Care Act," writes Hemmer, an associate research scholar at Columbia University. "The Supreme Court broadened the scope of religious exemptions available to for-profit companies in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby in 2014, ruling that the craft store chain had a sincerely held religious belief that would be unduly burdened by offering contraceptive coverage as part of its employee health insurance benefits. That victory underscored for conservatives that religious exemptions could be a powerful way to undercut policies they opposed."

The right, however, is hoping to leverage the small but very vocal opposition to vaccine mandates to get what they want in electoral politics and in the broader culture war.

"It is little wonder then that some right-wing vaccine resisters would now turn to religious exemption as a way around vaccine mandates, even though the Supreme Court has previously ruled that religious belief does not automatically exempt people from following laws like vaccine requirements," Hemmer writes. "The effort is in part aimed at getting the court to rethink its stance on the balance between public health and religious belief (something the Supreme Court, which earlier this year overturned New York's pandemic restrictions on indoor religious ceremonies, has shown that it is open to doing)."

"But it also is part of a much broader effort to, in the short term, scotch the Biden administration's attempts to bring the pandemic under control and, in the long term, make religious exemptions a primary, powerful tool for undermining as many liberal policies as possible," she adds.

https://www.rawstory.com/vaccine-opponents/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 19, 2021, 11:39:49 PM
ROCKET CITY TRASH PANDAS FINAL HOME GAMES CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19

The cancelation ends the Trash Pandas' inaugural season

The final home series for the Rocket City Trash Pandas were canceled.

Saturday and Sunday's games will not take place because of COVID testing and contact tracing within the Rocket City Trash Pandas organization.

"We adhered to Major League Baseball’s health and safety protocols, and it was determined the best course of action for the safety of players and coaches was a cancellation of the remaining games," the Trash Pandas said in a statment.

This puts an end to the Trash Pandas' inaugural season with a record of 54-56.

Fans are still welcome to go to Toyota Field Saturday to watch the Auburn vs. Penn State football game on the video board. There will be live music before the game and a firework show taking place at halftime.

Tickets for this weeks game can be exchanged for future home games in April or May 2022. However, that excludes Opening Day on April 12.

https://www.waaytv.com/content/news/Trash-Pandas-final-home-game-series-canceled-575345671.html


Trash Pandas, Blue Wahoos games canceled for Saturday and Sunday

https://whnt.com/news/trash-pandas-blue-wahoos-games-canceled-for-saturday-and-sunday/

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Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 19, 2021, 11:48:02 PM
So a family protecting their infant from COVID was kicked out of a restaurant but anti mask vaxxers are allowed to spread disease wherever they want with no repercussions. And these right wingers still pretend to be "Pro Life". The restaurant "Hang Time" in Rowlett, Texas needs to be boycotted. 

Texas restaurant kicks out family because they were wearing masks to protect at-risk infant

A Texas restaurant required a family to remove their masks even though the couple's 4-month-old infant is immunocompromised.

Natalie Wester told KTVT that the incident occurred while she was dining with her husband at Hang Time restaurant in Rowlett.

Wester said that they chose to wear masks even though they are vaccinated to protect the health of their 4-month-old son.

“Our waitress came over, sat down next to me and said, 'Our manager told me to come over because I am nicer than he is… But this is political and I need you to take your masks off,'" Wester recalled.

The owner of the business, who identified himself as "Tom," defended the no-mask policy.

“I have spent my money on the business, my blood sweat and tears in this business, and I don't want masks in here," he explained. “So when they put their masks on the other night, they were reminded that at the front to take it off. They didn't want to, and so we asked them to leave."

Watch the video clip below.

https://www.rawstory.com/texas-restaurant-no-masks/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 20, 2021, 12:01:34 AM
This is what you call "fake freedom". Right wingers feel they can do whatever they want including spreading a deadly virus and killing others with COVID under their twisted definition of "freedom". They have no right to rob other citizens of their freedom which is why mandates will be implemented.   

'You’re killing people': Doctors warn business sponsors ahead of Kansas anti-vax rally

TOPEKA — A prominent anti-vaccination group has planned a “freedom rally" for Monday in Lenexa with the sponsorship of a nursing agency, midwifery, dental office, chiropractors, pharmacies and businesses that promote the healing properties of elderberries, tea biotics, red light therapy, hemp and gluten-free baked goods.
Kansans for Health Freedom identified 16 “professional partners" in emails to its followers in advance of the annual all-day rally. An $89 ticket gains entry to a church where political figure Kris Kobach will join a stable of speakers with a history of downplaying the pandemic and sowing disbelief in the safety and efficacy of vaccines.

The lineup includes a street preacher from Alberta, Canada; a pastor-physician from Houston who attributes some health failings to aliens and witches; and an Ohio attorney known for filing incomprehensible lawsuits based on dubious claims about COVID-19.

SPONSORS

Kansans for Health Freedom identifies the following as its “professional partners." These sponsors “receive a HUGE packet of KSHF materials and goodies," among other benefits, when they sign up for annual fee of $150.

Back to Nature in Hutchinson Covenant Health & Diagnostics in Newton
Scoby Tea Biotics in Olathe
OO Bakes in Lawrence
Trinity Nursing in Salina
Hendrickson Chiropractic in Hesston
Empower Life in Topeka
KMS Enterprises in Inman
CK Pharmacies in Moundridge, McPherson and Peabody
Hari Om Hemp in Shawnee
Kansas City Dental Works in Lenexa
Salt City Chiropractic in Hutchinson
Simply Midwifery in Colby
The Law Office of William D. Mize in Overland Park
Thrive Chiropractic in Topeka
Whispering Elm Farm in Paola

This misinformation conclave coincides with a surge in hospitalizations and deaths caused by the highly contagious delta variant of COVID-19 and individuals who refuse a free, safe and effective vaccine. The surge has overwhelmed hospitals, jeopardizing vaccinated residents who need treatment for conditions not related to the virus.

State officials reported 308 deaths from COVID-19 between Sept. 1 and Friday. Just 59.4% of eligible Kansans are fully vaccinated.

Physicians who spread lies about the virus risk losing their medical license. Different standards may apply to other types of medical professionals, like the ones who sponsor Kansans for Health Freedom.

None of the sponsors responded to emails from Kansas Reflector asking questions for this story. They include the faith-based Trinity Nursing in Salina.

“Most likely these providers aren't those that are in the trenches every day seeing dying patients," said Dena Hubbard, a neonatologist and board member of the Kansas chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

“They aren't in ICU with patients begging their families by facetime or video to get the vaccine before they get intubated and will likely die, wishing they had gotten theirs but it's too late," Hubbard said. “They aren't caring for the pregnant mom on the ventilator in the ICU. They aren't discharging premature infants to a home with a mother that died from COVID."

Jennifer Bacani McKenney, a Fredonia physician who serves as the Wilson County health officer, said Kansans for Health Freedom and its sponsors are hurting Kansans.

Last year, she said, “we were all scared together and just tried our best." This year, there are vaccines. But physicians aren't just fighting the virus anymore — “we're fighting misinformation and anti-vaxers and ivermectin, conspiracy theories, and all this stuff."

“It's not OK to spread misinformation," Bacani McKenney said. “It's not OK to sponsor people who are spreading misinformation, whether you're a business or whether you're somebody on social media. It's not OK. That's my message to the businesses: It's not OK. You're hurting people. And you're killing people by supporting groups like this that are anti-vax, that are doing things that do directly hurt Kansans and hurt our friends and family members and neighbors."

Kansans for Health Freedom identifies itself as a nonprofit, grassroots organization promoting parental rights and religious freedom, using a name and language nearly identical to groups in other states. In its new Truth to Freedom podcast, the group says it was formed by three “praying grandmothers" in 2019.

Each episode of the podcast concludes with this notice: “This podcast is for informational purposes only and is not to be used as medical advice."

The group has lobbied at the Statehouse for changes in state law that would strip the health secretary of the ability to require certain vaccines for school children. Another proposal would have banned the use of vaccine passports.

On Sept. 11, the group issued a “call to action" to supporters, asking them to urge legislative leaders to call a special session and ban vaccine mandates.

The group provides advice for workers whose employers require them to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

“Work to build a file/case with your employer that could be used in a discrimination or unemployment suit in the future, if needed," the group said in an email to supporters. “The more pieces of correspondence and documents you send, the more you build that file/case."

Workers are advised not to quit: “Make them fire you."

The group provided email guidance to parents before this school year on how to avoid having their children receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The group provides a sample letter that parents can send to school leaders making clear that a vaccination will be considered “battery on my child."

“Make sure you TALK TO YOUR CHILDREN about how to respond to bullying, bribery, and coercion!" the group wrote in an email. “ 'No thank you' is a complete sentence. They do NOT have to explain themselves — even to their friends, teacher, school nurse, or school principal!"

The group claimed in emails to legislators that improvements in water quality — not vaccines — were responsible for the rapid decline in typhoid fever, measles, scarlet fever, whooping cough and diphtheria during the 20th century.

Other emails attack the credibility of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention while misinterpreting CDC data to support claims that vaccines are not safe. The group promotes exaggerated numbers of vaccine-related deaths from unverified, self-reported claims to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. (In reviewing deaths, the CDC found “available clinical information, including death certificates, autopsy, and medical records, has not established a causal link to COVID-19 vaccines.")

Kelly Sommers, director of the Kansas State Nurses Association, said the leaders of Kansans for Health Freedom are taking advantage of people who are at high risk of serious illness from COVID-19.

“We see that some of that messaging has caused people to not get the vaccination, with information that is not correct, and it's not science-based or peer reviewed," Sommers said. “We're seeing hospitalizations, we're seeing some deaths, and we're seeing those with long-term effects. And that has put a stress on all of our health care system — not just hospitals. It has put a stress on the nursing profession as a whole and what it's going to do to nursing going forward."

Kansans for Health Freedom claimed in emails in March that children “are at virtually zero risk of dying or becoming seriously ill with COVID-19."

Children accounted for 28.9% of reported cases of COVID-19 in the week ending Sept. 9. More than 5 million children have tested positive since the pandemic began.

More than 500 children nationwide have died from COVID-19.

“So some children dying is OK?" Hubbard, the neonatologist, said. “I don't understand this argument, and since when did 'virtually zero risk of dying or becoming seriously ill' become good enough? What if it was your child? Is it not a problem unless you are personally affected? What about 'love thy neighbor'?"

Physicians have empathy for residents who may be influenced by groups like Kansans for Health Freedom.

Kristie Clark, a pediatrician from Jetmore who serves as president of the Kansas chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said parents just want to keep their kids safe. You can be an educated, highly intelligent person who wants to do the right thing and still be scared, she said.

For Clark, keeping her kids safe meant taking her teenage sons to get a COVID-19 vaccine immediately after it was approved for children ages 12 and older.

“That's the most important thing I can tell you," Clark said. “And I can tell you that night, my 12-year-old played in a baseball game, and he pitched, and they won. And I can tell you my 15-year-old went back to work at the mechanic shop. Neither of them had any side effects. I think of all the data I can give you, that's the most powerful thing I can tell you."

She said two children in her county have died from COVID-19.

“There's less than 1,000 people in my town," Clark said. “Those are kids that didn't need to die."

CREDIBLE INFORMATION

Connie Satzler, of the Immunize Kansas Coalition, provides the following guidance for verifying sources of information:

The mission of the Immunize Kansas Coalition is to protect all Kansans from vaccine preventable diseases. As part of our mission, we provide reliable data from verified sources and information related to vaccine efficacy and safety, to counter misinformation.

Anyone can make a claim on social media or a website. When you see a claim, check the source, the date, and the motive. Some questions to ask are, what is the source? If a health professional, are they currently licensed and what is their specialty? Is the source just looking for anything that supports their worldview, or is there an abundance of support within the medical and scientific community for their claim? Are they known for conflating facts and opinions? If an article, what is the date? Is more recent information available?

Throughout this pandemic, what we know has evolved based on the latest evidence, and recommendations are updated accordingly. Medical scientific consensus supports that vaccines are safe and highly effective, and vaccines support thriving businesses, economies, and communities. Most importantly, vaccines protect the people we love. We now have a solution to fight this pandemic, and we can all be part of it.

Kansas Reflector is part of States Newsroom, a network of news bureaus supported by grants and a coalition of donors as a 501c(3) public charity. Kansas Reflector maintains editorial independence. Contact Editor Sherman Smith for questions: info@kansasreflector.com. Follow Kansas Reflector on Facebook and Twitter.

https://www.rawstory.com/kansas-freedom-rally/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 20, 2021, 12:04:50 AM
Right wing Alabama Governor Kay Ivey is killing off her own base and shrinking the population in her own state.

'Our state literally shrunk': Alabama makes history as deaths outnumber births in 2020

Alabama made history in 2020 when more deaths were recorded than births, The New York Times reported. Saturday.

At a Friday press conference, state health officer Dr. Scott Harris announced, "Our state literally shrunk in 2020."

Harris said records going back to 1900 show that did not happen during either World War or the 1918 pandemic.

"Nationally, the birthrate declined for the sixth straight year in 2020, and some experts say the pandemic may be accelerating that trend. A study from the University of New Hampshire found that half of the 50 U.S. states had more deaths than births in 2020, compared with only five states with more deaths than births in 2019," The Times reported.

In 2020, Alabama reported 64,714 total deaths and 57,641 births. Among deaths, 7,182 were attributed to coronavirus.

"Alabama has recently averaged about 60 deaths a day, according to a New York Times database, and only 41 percent of the state's eligible population is fully vaccinated," the newspaper reported.

Read the full report.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/18/world/covid-alabama-deaths-birthrate.html
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 20, 2021, 12:49:55 AM
Key data on U.S. J&J, Moderna COVID-19 boosters weeks away, Fauci says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Data needed to determine the advisability of booster shots of the Moderna Inc and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines is just weeks away, President Joe Biden's chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said on Sunday.

Health officials signaled they expected boosters would ultimately be recommended for a broad swath of the population, but urged Americans not to seek booster doses until they have FDA approval.

"We recommend that people wait until you get to the point where you fall into the category where it's recommended," he told CNN.

On Friday, a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel recommended a third shot https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-covid-19-booster-debate-moves-fda-vaccine-advisory-committee-2021-09-17 of the two-dose Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for people age 65 and older or at high risk of severe COVID-19, but declined to endorse boosters for the wider population.

Though the FDA is not bound by the panel's recommendation, it will take it into consideration when deciding whether to recommend a third round of shots.

"This is not the end of the story," Fauci told CNN's "State of the Union" program. "They're going to continue to look at this, literally in real time," Fauci added.

People who have received the two-dose Moderna vaccine or one-dose J&J vaccine are still awaiting guidance on possible booster shots.

"The actual data that we'll get (on) that third shot for the Moderna and second shot for the J&J is literally a couple to a few weeks away," Fauci told NBC's "Meet the Press" program.

"We're working on that right now to get the data to the FDA so they can examine it and make a determination about the boosters for those people," Fauci added.

More data may also show a broader need for booster shots across the general U.S. population, Fauci said.

The United States leads the world in total reported COVID-19 cases and deaths. Nearly 676,000 people have died during the pandemic in the United States, figures compiled by Reuters https://graphics.reuters.com/world-coronavirus-tracker-and-maps/countries-and-territories/united-states showed. An increase in U.S. cases and deaths in recent months has been most acute in areas with lower vaccination rates even as federal health officials implore vaccine holdouts to get their shots.

Biden announced in August https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/speeches-remarks/2021/08/18/remarks-by-president-biden-on-fighting-the-covid-19-pandemic-2 the government's intention to roll out booster shots for people age 16 and older, pending approval by the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention experts.

The FDA's decision-making process does not negate the White House's position favoring boosters, Fauci said, saying the plan was always contingent on FDA's regulatory process.

Dr. Francis Collins, director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, said on the "Fox News Sunday" program that he expects it would "become clear over the next few weeks that administration of boosters may need to be enlarged," citing existing data from the United States and Israel indicating waning vaccine effectiveness over time.

The officials also signaled the timeline for vaccine authorization for children from 5-11 years old is in the coming weeks.

"For kids 5 to 11, the data is supposed to come in at the end of this month, and FDA will be working 24-7 to go through it," Collins said. "So we all hope that can happen in weeks, and not months."

https://www.rawstory.com/key-data-on-u-s-j-j-moderna-19-boosters-weeks-away-fauci-says/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Richard Smith on September 20, 2021, 01:13:54 AM
So many words.  All anyone needs to know about this is that the number of cases have increased 300% under Biden EVEN with the vaccine available from day one of his presidency.  He has bungled this in the same way he bungled Afghanistan, immigration, crime, inflation, booster shots, and every single thing that he has touched.  A smoldering ruin.
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Jack Nessan on September 20, 2021, 01:26:27 AM
TRANSCRIPT:
According to Sanjay Gupta and Israeli Medical Paper, having had the disease provides better protection than the vaccine.

The biggest fallacy regarding the vaccine is that only the unvaccinated are spreading the virus. That is flat out wrong.


GUPTA: “And just real quickly, there was a study that came out of Israel about natural immunity. And basically, the headline was that natural immunity provides a lot of protection, even better than the vaccines alone. How — what do — what are people to make of that? So, as we talk about vaccine mandates, there are — I get calls all the time, people say, ‘I have already had Covid. I’m protected. And now the study says maybe even more protected than the vaccine alone.’ Should they also get the vaccine? How do you make the case to them?”

FAUCI: “You know, that’s a really good point, Sanjay. I don’t have a really firm answer for you on that. That’s something that we’re going to have to discuss regarding the durability of the response. The one thing the paper from Israel didn’t tell you is whether or not as high as the protection is with natural infection, what’s the durability compared to the durability of a vaccine? So, it is conceivable that you got infected. You’re protected, but you may not be protected for an indefinite period of time. So I think that is something that we need to sit down and discuss seriously, because you very appropriately pointed out it is an issue. And there could be an argument for saying what you said.”

 

https://news.grabien.com/story-dr-fauci-if-those-natural-immunity-should-get-vaccine-i-dont
https://air.tv/?v=cwTgKegSSUuuXvB0Lpi5pg
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 20, 2021, 02:36:56 AM
So many words.  All anyone needs to know about this is that the number of cases have increased 300% under Biden EVEN with the vaccine available from day one of his presidency.  He has bungled this in the same way he bungled Afghanistan, immigration, crime, inflation, booster shots, and every single thing that he has touched.  A smoldering ruin.

Cry me a river :D

All you need to know is that the overwhelming majority of Americans support President Biden and his mask and vaccine mandates. Right wing refusal to get vaccinated is what is keeping this virus going.

Fox News Poll: Majorities favor mask and vaccine mandates as pandemic worries increase
Three-quarters of registered voters are 'extremely' or 'very' concerned about the pandemic

https://www.foxnews.com/official-polls/fox-news-poll-majorities-favor-mask-vaccine-mandates-as-pandemic-worries-increase
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 20, 2021, 02:39:19 AM
TRANSCRIPT:
According to Sanjay Gupta and Israeli Medical Paper, having had the disease provides better protection than the vaccine.

The biggest fallacy regarding the vaccine is that only the unvaccinated are spreading the virus. That is flat out wrong.


GUPTA: “And just real quickly, there was a study that came out of Israel about natural immunity. And basically, the headline was that natural immunity provides a lot of protection, even better than the vaccines alone. How — what do — what are people to make of that? So, as we talk about vaccine mandates, there are — I get calls all the time, people say, ‘I have already had Covid. I’m protected. And now the study says maybe even more protected than the vaccine alone.’ Should they also get the vaccine? How do you make the case to them?”

FAUCI: “You know, that’s a really good point, Sanjay. I don’t have a really firm answer for you on that. That’s something that we’re going to have to discuss regarding the durability of the response. The one thing the paper from Israel didn’t tell you is whether or not as high as the protection is with natural infection, what’s the durability compared to the durability of a vaccine? So, it is conceivable that you got infected. You’re protected, but you may not be protected for an indefinite period of time. So I think that is something that we need to sit down and discuss seriously, because you very appropriately pointed out it is an issue. And there could be an argument for saying what you said.”

 

https://news.grabien.com/story-dr-fauci-if-those-natural-immunity-should-get-vaccine-i-dont
https://air.tv/?v=cwTgKegSSUuuXvB0Lpi5pg

100% false

Unvaccinated people are spreading the virus and killing each other off. If they all got vaccinated there would be no virus to spread. You are posting disinformation here.     
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Jack Nessan on September 20, 2021, 06:09:50 AM
100% false

Unvaccinated people are spreading the virus and killing each other off. If they all got vaccinated there would be no virus to spread. You are posting disinformation here.   

No. It was a paper authored by the Isreal Medical community and endorsed by Sanjay Gupta.

Isreal has the highest percentage vaccination rate and currently is considered to have the highest covid infection rate. How do you explain that?

Massachusetts was found to have 75% of the current covid positive tests were people who had been vaccinated. That pretty much explains the vaccinated are spreading the virus as well as the unvaccinated. How do you explain that.
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 20, 2021, 09:13:15 AM
No. It was a paper authored by the Isreal Medical community and endorsed by Sanjay Gupta.

Isreal has the highest percentage vaccination rate and currently is considered to have the highest covid infection rate. How do you explain that?

Massachusetts was found to have 75% of the current covid positive tests were people who had been vaccinated. That pretty much explains the vaccinated are spreading the virus as well as the unvaccinated. How do you explain that.

 :D :D :D

The virus spreaders are the unvaccinated who can infect a vaccinated person with a possible breakthrough infection. Vaccinated people are not spreading a virus they don't have. That's the purpose of getting vaccinated and wearing a mask.   

The fact is unvaccinated people are infecting and killing each other and it's why hospitals are at full capacity in unvaccinated states. If everybody gets vaccinated there is no virus to spread. Not sure why people can't figure that out.     ​

Science stated it and the facts confirm it. Mask mandates and vaccine mandates work. Blue states with high vaccination rates and mask mandates have the lowest infection rate in the country. Red states like Florida that are doing nothing have the worst infection rate and people are getting sick and dying in mass numbers. It's common sense folks. Get vaccinated and wear a mask!


California reports lowest COVID-19 case rate in the country

California, which at one point was the country's epicenter of COVID-19, is now the state reporting the lowest positivity rate per 100,000 people, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. As of Saturday evening, 24.99 new confirmed cases were reported for every 100,000 people in California, Johns Hopkins University data found.

The state reported a daily average of 8,172 new cases over the past eight weeks, and averaged 92 deaths due to COVID-19 complications per day during that same time period, according to the California Department of Health. As of Saturday, more than 77% of California's population is vaccinated, according to the state's Health Department.

California Governor Gavin Newsom: "Over 70% of Californians are vaccinated with at least one dose. We now have the lowest COVID case rate in the nation. Vaccines are how we end this pandemic."

Trailing close behind California in positivity rates are Maryland, reporting 25.34 new cases for every 100,000 people, and New Jersey, reporting 26.74. Florida currently has the highest positivity rate in the country, with 262.30 of every 100,000 people testing positive for COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/california-lowest-positivity-rate-in-us/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Richard Smith on September 20, 2021, 02:48:11 PM
Cry me a river :D

All you need to know is that the overwhelming majority of Americans support President Biden and his mask and vaccine mandates. Right wing refusal to get vaccinated is what is keeping this virus going.

Fox News Poll: Majorities favor mask and vaccine mandates as pandemic worries increase
Three-quarters of registered voters are 'extremely' or 'very' concerned about the pandemic

https://www.foxnews.com/official-polls/fox-news-poll-majorities-favor-mask-vaccine-mandates-as-pandemic-worries-increase

Biden's numbers are falling like a rock but who cares about polls?  Only one number matters about the pandemic.  A 300% increase in the number of cases under Biden even with the widespread availability of the vaccine.  Just one of many disasters unfolding.
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Jack Nessan on September 20, 2021, 04:03:44 PM
:D :D :D

The virus spreaders are the unvaccinated who can infect a vaccinated person with a possible breakthrough infection. Vaccinated people are not spreading a virus they don't have. That's the purpose of getting vaccinated and wearing a mask.   

The fact is unvaccinated people are infecting and killing each other and it's why hospitals are at full capacity in unvaccinated states. If everybody gets vaccinated there is no virus to spread. Not sure why people can't figure that out.     ​

Science stated it and the facts confirm it. Mask mandates and vaccine mandates work. Blue states with high vaccination rates and mask mandates have the lowest infection rate in the country. Red states like Florida that are doing nothing have the worst infection rate and people are getting sick and dying in mass numbers. It's common sense folks. Get vaccinated and wear a mask!


California reports lowest COVID-19 case rate in the country

California, which at one point was the country's epicenter of COVID-19, is now the state reporting the lowest positivity rate per 100,000 people, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. As of Saturday evening, 24.99 new confirmed cases were reported for every 100,000 people in California, Johns Hopkins University data found.

The state reported a daily average of 8,172 new cases over the past eight weeks, and averaged 92 deaths due to COVID-19 complications per day during that same time period, according to the California Department of Health. As of Saturday, more than 77% of California's population is vaccinated, according to the state's Health Department.

California Governor Gavin Newsom: "Over 70% of Californians are vaccinated with at least one dose. We now have the lowest COVID case rate in the nation. Vaccines are how we end this pandemic."

Trailing close behind California in positivity rates are Maryland, reporting 25.34 new cases for every 100,000 people, and New Jersey, reporting 26.74. Florida currently has the highest positivity rate in the country, with 262.30 of every 100,000 people testing positive for COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/california-lowest-positivity-rate-in-us/

No, the vaccinated are carriers and can infect whoever and are basically asymptomatic. The vaccine works to somewhat protect the individual but does not stop the spread of the virus. The vaccine wears out over time. People who have had the disease are thought to have a lasting immunity against all variants.

You cannot have a positive test and not be infectious. That is what was learned in Massachusetts and Israel. Australia and Israel both consider a positive test the same as being vaccinated.  The vaccine will never stop corona virus. The only thing that can stop it is individual immunity.

 What would be interesting to know is if a positive test, after having the vaccine, is the same as having the virus and getting over it.
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 20, 2021, 11:16:45 PM
No, the vaccinated are carriers and can infect whoever and are basically asymptomatic. The vaccine works to somewhat protect the individual but does not stop the spread of the virus. The vaccine wears out over time. People who have had the disease are thought to have a lasting immunity against all variants.

You cannot have a positive test and not be infectious. That is what was learned in Massachusetts and Israel. Australia and Israel both consider a positive test the same as being vaccinated.  The vaccine will never stop corona virus. The only thing that can stop it is individual immunity.

 What would be interesting to know is if a positive test, after having the vaccine, is the same as having the virus and getting over it.

Sorry, you can't "carry" a virus that you don't have. The unvaccinated are the carriers and spreaders of the virus.

Red states with a high unvaccination rates are a disaster. People are dying in mass numbers including children, babies, and pregnant women.

You don't see this in states with a high vaccination rates because people are protected against the virus. And the more people who get vaccinated helps to eradicate it.

I just posted the article above that shows California with the lowest COVID infections and deaths in the country. That's because over 70% of the state has been vaccinated. You simply can't argue against science and the facts. Masks and vaccines work.           
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 20, 2021, 11:22:04 PM
Biden's numbers are falling like a rock but who cares about polls?  Only one number matters about the pandemic.  A 300% increase in the number of cases under Biden even with the widespread availability of the vaccine.  Just one of many disasters unfolding.

Gonna keep playing this broken record? :D

Falling like a rock? That's not what the FOX News poll says. Biden has a 50% approval rating.  The overwhelming majority of Americans support President Biden's vaccine mandates.

Tell right wingers to get vaccinated and tell right wing elected officials to start mandating vaccines because they are the ones causing this COVID disaster.

Most Americans Support Vaccine and Mask Mandates, Fox News Poll Finds
Two-thirds want businesses to require face coverings for workers and customers

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2021/09/most-americans-support-vaccine-and-mask-mandates-fox-news-poll-finds/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 20, 2021, 11:51:37 PM
Once again, masks and vaccines work to eradicate COVID-19. El Paso has a high vaccination rate which is why they have the least amount of infections and deaths in the entire state of Texas unlike the rest of Covid riddled Texas which remains unvaccinated. 


The delta variant is wreaking havoc on most of Texas — but not El Paso. Here’s why

El Paso resident Carlos Martinez was relieved in June when the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths were dropping in his community.

Martinez, 25, started going to restaurants for the first time in months, seeing friends and going out again after being careful for more than a year.

Then the highly contagious delta variant began to take hold across Texas and the rest of the nation in July, and the numbers started to climb again across the state.

Martinez, who is vaccinated, said he went back into isolation to help reduce the spread of the virus in El Paso, where COVID-19 killed so many people late last year that the county had to use inmates to help with the overflow of bodies at the morgue.

But while delta raged through most of the state's 254 counties in July and August, breaking records and overwhelming hospitals in both rural conservative areas and sprawling liberal metros, El Paso — with one of the highest vaccination rates in the state — has been relatively unscathed by the most recent surge.

"We held our breath after July Fourth, but we didn't see the increase we thought we'd see in terms of hospitalizations," said Martinez, a local government employee.

While some other metro areas like Austin reported record high numbers of COVID-19 patients in their area hospitals just last month, and while statewide hospitalizations came close to eclipsing the January peak of 14,218, El Paso-area hospitals, which serve nearly a million West Texas residents, haven't come close to their previous highs.

El Paso's peak for COVID-19 hospitalizations was just over 1,100 in mid-November, said Wanda Helgesen, director of BorderRAC, the state's regional advisory council for local hospitals. On Thursday, the number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 in El Paso was 127. In fact, the city's daily hospitalization numbers haven't broken 200 since March, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. Hospitals are seeing an increase in patients, have occasionally seen their ICUs fill up and are having the same staffing problems as the rest of the state, she said, but have so far been able to handle the uptick. Most of the pressure is related to non-COVID patients, many of whom had been waiting to get treatment for other problems, she said.

"We do have a surge of patients but not to the extent that other parts of Texas are having," she said.

Helgesen and others say much of the credit can be attributed to the area's high vaccination rate, widespread compliance with masking and social distancing, and a strong partnership among local community and health care leaders.

"It is amazing," Helgesen said. "It is absolutely a credit to our community. I really think it was an all-out effort."

The share of COVID-19 tests in El Paso that come back positive is hovering around 6%, while the statewide positivity rate is three times that at 18%.

And while COVID-19 patients, most of whom are unvaccinated, took up more than 30% of hospital capacity in some areas and more than 20% statewide last week, in El Paso they accounted for only 7% of patients in local hospitals.

For a city with one of the state's highest per-capita COVID-19 death counts, the numbers present a rare glimmer of good news for the traumatized residents of this West Texas border city.

"Compared to the rest of Texas, we're in heaven," said Gabriel Ibarra-Mejia, assistant professor of public health at the University of Texas-El Paso. "That doesn't mean we are free from COVID, but we're doing much, much better than most of the rest of the state. The numbers don't lie."

Civic and health leaders say they aren't ignoring one important fact: El Paso's surges have been weeks behind the rest of the state throughout the pandemic, so it's possible that the region's own delta-fueled spike could still be ahead.

"We aren't letting our guard down," Helgesen said.

El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser, who lost his mother and brother to COVID during the winter surge, said the reason the city and county have enacted recent mask mandates, in defiance of Gov. Greg Abbott's ban on them and in spite of lower numbers, is because the potential for another surge is still real.

"We do worry and we want to make sure that we don't have any spikes," he said. "You always want to be proactive and you always want to be prepared."

Sense of community helps COVID response

El Paso was in the national spotlight in November when it had one of the highest COVID-19 death rates in the country.

Images of county jail trustees in black-and-white stripes moving body bags into eight mobile morgue trucks outside the understaffed medical examiner's office were a shocking illustration of the heavy toll the virus took on the community.

During the fall, the number of hospitalized coronavirus patients in El Paso shot up nearly tenfold between September and November, at a time when the numbers dropped and restrictions were relaxed in most other parts of the state.

El Paso's COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations remained relatively high well into the early springtime while the rest of the state was experiencing a decline as vaccines became available.

"Today, El Pasoans may be taking the delta surge more seriously than residents in other areas that were less hard hit because of that traumatic time," said Chris Van Deusen, spokesperson for the Texas Department of State Health Services.

"El Paso experienced one of the biggest crises of the pandemic with hospitals absolutely overrun by COVID patients last year, and the communal memory of that period and the measures that helped the city and region cope may be helping people take the current situation more seriously," he said.

There are several other factors that likely play into El Paso's relative success at keeping the delta variant at bay and people out of the hospital, state and local health officials and residents say.

The city's geography is also a factor: It is hundreds of miles from the nearest major population center, and it borders New Mexico, which has one of the highest vaccination rates in the nation at 61% fully vaccinated.

And the Walmart mass shooting two years ago, in which 23 people were killed on Aug. 3, 2019, contributed to an increased sense of community and empathy that tends to lend itself to widespread compliance with masking and vaccinations, said local resident Steven Wysocki.

"That El Paso Strong thing has been resonating ever since the Walmart shooting," he said. "So that's another thing. 'Let's protect our community.' It's on a personal level. It's a strong sense of family and community responsibility. Even though El Paso's population is close to a million, we're still a small town."

Van Deusen said the tragedy likely engendered trust in the local pandemic response.

"There does seem to be a sense of community and trust in local leaders and public health … that can go a long way to helping promote a cohesive community response to a crisis," he said.

When Abbott lifted statewide mask mandates and business limits in March, civic leaders in El Paso begged their residents to keep wearing masks, and most businesses continued to limit their services voluntarily throughout the spring, Leeser said.

Wysocki, a 51-year-old disabled Army veteran, says most people seem to be taking the latest statewide surge seriously.

"Any store I go to, every place I go, people have got their mask and they put it on," he said.

El Paso among most vaccinated counties in Texas

But it's the high vaccination rate in El Paso that most are saying is the main factor in the community's relative success at tamping down the impact of the delta surge.

Nearly 62% of all El Paso's residents are fully vaccinated, compared with 49% statewide. Of those who are eligible to get the vaccine, ages 12 and up, the rate of fully vaccinated residents climbs to nearly 75%. And almost 97% of all El Pasoans age 65 and older, the age group at the highest risk of hospitalization and death, have had at least one shot.

By contrast, only about one-third of residents in the Panhandle and East Texas are fully vaccinated.

"We've done a really, really good job of making sure our community was vaccinated, and that's made a huge difference," Leeser said. "And when we talk about 'we,' it's not just the city of El Paso. It's the county, the county judge, University Medical Center, the private providers, everyone in the area. We all rallied together, and it's been one continuous message we've been getting out to the community."

The COVID-19 vaccines do not guarantee that recipients won't get the virus, but they are highly effective at keeping infected patients out of the hospital and almost 100% effective at preventing death from the virus.

Wysocki got his vaccine as soon as he could, as did the rest of his family.

He caught the virus several months before the vaccine came out and was bedridden for several days, an episode he said motivated his whole family.

"Everyone in our family immediately got the shots [when they were available]," Wysocki said. "No one wanted to go through that."

El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego said a big part of the success is because El Paso residents are used to looking out for each other.

"We know how to do this," he said. "We know how to come together. We've done it before, and we're going to do it again."

https://www.rawstory.com/the-delta-variant-is-wreaking-havoc-on-most-of-texas-but-not-el-paso-heres-why/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 21, 2021, 12:00:14 AM
Regulators expected to OK Pfizer boosters for older Americans this week

(Reuters) - U.S. regulators are expected to authorize a third booster shot of the Pfizer Inc/BioNTech SE COVID-19 vaccine for older and some high-risk Americans early this week in time for the government to roll them out by Friday as hoped.

The Food and Drug Administration is expected to give the nod to the shots for at least this group in the days ahead of a meeting of advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. The CDC panel will discuss more precise recommendations for how the shots will be administered.

On Friday, an FDA advisory committee voted to recommend emergency authorization of the additional Pfizer shots for Americans 65 and older and those at high risk of severe illness.

The panel had earlier decided against recommending broader approval, saying there was not enough evidence to support broad use, and that they wanted to see more safety data, especially concerning the risk of heart inflammation in younger people after vaccination.

The FDA is not bound to follow the panel's recommendation but usually does.

The agency could revisit the booster shots for a broader authorization in the future. Top FDA members have been split on the necessity of the boosters, with interim head Janet Woodcock backing them and some of the agency's top scientists arguing they are not needed yet.

Despite the narrowed scope of the proposed authorization, the panel's recommendation would cover most Americans who got their shots in the earliest stages of the U.S. vaccination campaign and whose immunity may be waning.

Norman Baylor, chief executive of Biologics Consulting and former director of FDA’s Office of Vaccines Research and Review, said the decision gives FDA additional time to understand what data is required to approve booster shots broadly.

"It does give them some space," Baylor said.

Health officials signaled they expect boosters will ultimately be recommended for a broad swath of the population, but advised Americans not to seek booster doses until they have the nod from the FDA.

President Joe Biden's chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, told CNN on Sunday that the data needed to determine the advisability of booster shots of the Moderna Inc and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines is just weeks away.

Some countries, including Israel and Britain, have already begun COVID-19 booster campaigns. The United States authorized extra shots for people with compromised immune systems last month and some 2 million people had already received a third shot, according to the CDC.

https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/regulators-expected-ok-pfizer-boosters-older-americans-this-week-2021-09-20/


Pfizer/BioNTech say data show COVID-19 vaccine safe and protective in kids

(Reuters) - Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE said on Monday their COVID-19 vaccine induced a robust immune response in 5 to 11 year olds, and they plan to ask for authorization to use the vaccine in children in that age range in the United States, Europe and elsewhere as soon as possible.

The companies said the vaccine generated an immune response in the 5-to-11 year olds in their Phase II/III clinical trial that matched what they had previously observed in 16-to-25 year olds. The safety profile was also generally comparable to the older age group, they said.

"Since July, pediatric cases of COVID-19 have risen by about 240 percent in the U.S. – underscoring the public health need for vaccination," Pfizer Chief Executive Albert Bourla said in a news release.

"These trial results provide a strong foundation for seeking authorization of our vaccine for children 5 to 11 years old, and we plan to submit them to the FDA and other regulators with urgency."

Top U.S. health officials believe regulators could make a decision https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/exclusive-us-decision-pfizer-covid-19-shot-kids-age-5-11-could-come-october-2021-09-10 on whether the shot is safe and effective in younger children within three weeks of the companies submitting a request for authorization, two sources told Reuters earlier this month.

COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths have surged in the United States in recent months due to the highly contagious Delta variant. Pediatric cases are also up, particularly as children under 12 are all unvaccinated, but there is no indication that, beyond being more transmissive, the Delta virus is more dangerous in kids.

A rapid authorization could help mitigate a potential surge of cases in the fall, especially with schools already open nationwide.

The companies' vaccine, called Comirnaty, is already authorized for use in children as young as 12 in many countries, including the United States. The vaccine was originally authorized for emerenecy use in people 16 or older in the United States in December 2020 and received full U.S. approval in that age group last month.

The 5-to-11 year olds were given two shots of a 10-microgram dose of the vaccine, one-third the dose size that has been given to people 12 and older. The companies expect data on how well the vaccine works in children 2-to-5 years of age and children 6 months-to-2 years of age as soon as the fourth quarter of this year.

Unlike the larger clinical trial the drugmakers previously conducted in adults, the 2,268 participant pediatric trial was not primarily designed to measure the vaccine's efficacy by comparing the number of COVID-19 cases in vaccine recipients to those who received a placebo.

Instead, the trial compares the amount of neutralizing antibodies induced by the vaccine in the children to the response of older recipients in the adult trial.

A Pfizer spokesperson said the companies may later disclose vaccine efficacy from the trial but there had not been enough cases of COVID-19 yet among the participants to make that determination.

The vaccine was around 95 percent effective in the adult clinical trial, but Pfizer has said that immunity wanes some months after the second dose. U.S. regulators are expected to authorize a third, booster dose of the vaccine for older and high-risk Americans early this week.

The companies said the vaccine was well-tolerated, with side effects generally comparable to those observed in participants 16 to 25 years of age.

Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been linked by regulators to rare cases of heart inflammation in adolescents and young adults, particularly young men. Pfizer said they did not see any instances of heart inflammation in the trial participants

https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/pfizerbiontech-say-data-show-covid-19-vaccine-safe-protective-kids-2021-09-20/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 21, 2021, 02:06:33 AM
New vaccine data prove 'right wing media are killing off their own audiences': Former GOP consultant

Former Republican consultant Matthew Sheffield on Monday pointed to new polling data on the COVID-19 vaccine from Pew Research showing that Republican voters are almost singlehandedly keeping America from ending the COVID-19 pandemic.

Overall, the poll shows that just 60 percent of Republican or Republican-leaning voters report getting at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, compared to 86 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters and 73 percent of American adults overall.

(https://www.pewresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/PS_2021.09.15_covid19-restrictions_A-02.png)

https://www.pewresearch.org/ps_2021-09-15_covid19-restrictions_a-02/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Richard Smith on September 21, 2021, 03:03:47 PM
So many words.  Results are the only thing that matter.  The disconnect between the Biden administration and reality is stark in every context - Afghanistan (everything went according to plan), immigration (nothing to see there don't believe your own eyes), and the pandemic (an incredible 300% increase in cases despite having the vaccine available for the entirety of the Biden presidency).  Incompetence and weakness compounded by outright lies or ignorance.  Old Joe is hiding in Delaware while praying that the repubs take back control of Congress so that he can blame them for his endless failures.  Kamala has completely disappeared in an attempt to distance herself from Biden.  Nothing like this has happened since the darkest days under Carter. 
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Jack Nessan on September 21, 2021, 04:04:56 PM
Sorry, you can't "carry" a virus that you don't have. The unvaccinated are the carriers and spreaders of the virus.

Red states with a high unvaccination rates are a disaster. People are dying in mass numbers including children, babies, and pregnant women.

You don't see this in states with a high vaccination rates because people are protected against the virus. And the more people who get vaccinated helps to eradicate it.

I just posted the article above that shows California with the lowest COVID infections and deaths in the country. That's because over 70% of the state has been vaccinated. You simply can't argue against science and the facts. Masks and vaccines work.           

Israel had the highest vaccination rate in the world and now has the worst problem. California's problems are not behind them.

The vaccine is not a cure all and people who are vaccinated can be and are contagious. That is what a break through infection is. Vaccinated people are basically asymptomatic and it appears are the breeding ground for new variants. The vaccine appears to basically moderate the symptoms.

This virus will not be eradicated anymore than the flu virus was eradicated. It will just be part of the landscape same as the flu and we will learn to live with it. We can thank Dr Fauci for this.
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Richard Smith on September 21, 2021, 05:30:10 PM
Israel had the highest vaccination rate in the world and now has the worst problem. California's problems are not behind them.

The vaccine is not a cure all and people who are vaccinated can be and are contagious. That is what a break through infection is. Vaccinated people are basically asymptomatic and it appears are the breeding ground for new variants. The vaccine appears to basically moderate the symptoms.

This virus will not be eradicated anymore than the flu virus was eradicated. It will just be part of the landscape same as the flu and we will learn to live with it. We can thank Dr Fauci for this.

There are also 200K+ illegal immigrants coming across the border each month now.  These people are not being vaccinated or tested for the virus.  They are being released all over the US.  In five months time (200K x 5), the number of such folks will exceed the population of the ten least populated states in the US (e.g. Wyoming has 500K).  An astounding development given that no one even knows who these people are much less their virus status. 
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Jack Nessan on September 21, 2021, 06:30:12 PM
There are also 200K+ illegal immigrants coming across the border each month now.  These people are not being vaccinated or tested for the virus.  They are being released all over the US.  In five months time (200K x 5), the number of such folks will exceed the population of the ten least populated states in the US (e.g. Wyoming has 500K).  An astounding development given that no one even knows who these people are much less their virus status.

You can easily see why the rest of the world thinks we are nothing but an ongoing train wreck. As bad as the corona virus is it is the least of our problems.
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 21, 2021, 10:30:58 PM
So many words.  Results are the only thing that matter.  The disconnect between the Biden administration and reality is stark in every context - Afghanistan (everything went according to plan), immigration (nothing to see there don't believe your own eyes), and the pandemic (an incredible 300% increase in cases despite having the vaccine available for the entirety of the Biden presidency).  Incompetence and weakness compounded by outright lies or ignorance.  Old Joe is hiding in Delaware while praying that the repubs take back control of Congress so that he can blame them for his endless failures.  Kamala has completely disappeared in an attempt to distance herself from Biden.  Nothing like this has happened since the darkest days under Carter.

The facts are Afghanistan is Trump's disaster, COVID was Trump's disaster, the economy was a disaster which President Biden inherited. Covid is rapidly decreasing in blue states while it's exploding in red states because right wing Republicans refuse to do anything about it. That's on your Republicans and it's why President Biden took the initiative to mandate vaccines. The overwhelming majority of Americans support President Biden and you are in the minority.         
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 21, 2021, 10:40:50 PM
There are also 200K+ illegal immigrants coming across the border each month now.  These people are not being vaccinated or tested for the virus.  They are being released all over the US.  In five months time (200K x 5), the number of such folks will exceed the population of the ten least populated states in the US (e.g. Wyoming has 500K).  An astounding development given that no one even knows who these people are much less their virus status.

There are also 200K+ illegal immigrants coming across the border each month now.  These people are not being vaccinated or tested for the virus.  They are being released all over the US.  In five months time (200K x 5), the number of such folks will exceed the population of the ten least populated states in the US (e.g. Wyoming has 500K).  An astounding development given that no one even knows who these people are much less their virus status.

Absolutely false. President Biden is deporting Hatians in mass numbers and mass vaccination sites have been set up.  ​

The Biden administration is using a Trump-era policy to justify mass deportations — only Biden is doing it at a faster pace.
https://theintercept.com/2021/09/20/biden-haiti-deportations-texas-del-rio/

The U.S. Has Set Up A Mass Vaccination Site For Afghans Arriving In Virginia
 https://www.npr.org/2021/08/27/1031827480/afghan-evacuees-vaccination-dulles-virginia
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 21, 2021, 10:42:52 PM
2 doses of J&J vaccine provide 94% protection, study says; US reaches death toll of Spanish flu: COVID-19 updates

Johnson & Johnson released new data Tuesday showing a booster dose of its vaccine given two months after the one-shot vaccine provides 94% protection against moderate-to-severe COVID-19 symptoms.

J&J, citing three studies of the vaccine, said the booster shot offers 100% protection against severe or critical symptoms, the company said in a statement. A booster dose given six months after the single shot provides even more protection, the company said. The results are in line with data from studies of Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines.

The one-dose J&J vaccine alone has been found to be 66% protective against moderate-to-severe disease overall worldwide, and 72% protective in the U.S.

"A single-shot COVID-19 vaccine that is easy to use, distribute and administer, and that provides strong and long-lasting protection is crucial to vaccinating the global population,” said Dr. Paul Stoffels, chief scientific officer at Johnson & Johnson. “A booster shot further increases protection against COVID-19 and is expected to extend the duration of protection significantly.”

The data comes on the heels of Pfizer-BioNTech releasing the results from a study showing their vaccines are safe and effective for children 5 to 11 at one-third the dose used in adolescents and adults.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2021/09/21/johnson-booster-vaccine-effectiveness-spanish-flu-deaths-covid-updates/5792266001/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 21, 2021, 11:19:26 PM
This woman should have gotten vaccinated and she still would be alive today. Instead she refused and was pushing bogus anti mask and vaccine conspiracy theories. Now she's dead from Covid and leaves behind 4 kids. Not much "freedom" is it? Sadly, more ignorant people will die needlessly due to sheer stupidity. Get vaccinated!     

California woman who said she was ‘unmasked, unmuzzled, unvaccinated, unafraid’ has died of Covid-19, aged 40: On Facebook, Kristen Lowery had proclaimed herself a ‘free thinker’ who wanted to ‘give a voice to the vaccine injured’

A vocally anti-mask, anti-vaccine woman in California has died of Covid-19.

Kristen Lowery, 40, was the mother of four school-age children in Escalon, California. In her Facebook posts, she proclaimed herself a “free thinker” who was “unmasked, unmuzzled, unvaccinated, unafraid”. In one photo, she held up a protest sign reading “Give a voice to the vaccine injured”.

In September, her sister wrote that Ms Lowery had been hospitalised with the coronavirus.

“My sister, Kristen, is in the hospital fighting for her life against Covid and pneumonia,” she wrote. “My sister has a long life left. We need you here, sissy. Your kids love and miss you so much. Please don’t give up.”

The sister also added a warning.

“I do not care about your opinion on vaccinated or not [sic],” she wrote. “This is not political.”

On 15 September, multiple family members announced that Ms Lowery had died, and a GoFundMe was set up for her funeral expenses.

“My beautiful niece has lost her battle against Covid,” an aunt wrote. “My heart is breaking for her 4 kids ... So many people need her here, but God must have special plans for her in heaven.”

The tragedy is one of many such deaths, as Americans refusing Covid vaccines succumb to the virus. The latest stage of the pandemic, fuelled by the highly contagious Delta variant, is almost entirely limited to Americans who have not been vaccinated. According to a Times analysis, as few as 0.1 per cent of the Covid hospitalisations in some states have been of fully vaccinated people.

And yet, enough Americans have refused vaccines that some states are facing their worst rates of Covid hospitalisations and deaths since the pandemic began. At this point, as many Americans have died of Covid-19 as from the 1918 Spanish flu. About one out of every 500 Americans has died of the virus.

All three of the Covid vaccines authorised for use in the US – produced by Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and Moderna – have proven highly safe and effective. Many vaccine refusers who died of Covid have expressed regret at not getting the shot.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/california-mother-unvaccinated-dies-covid-b1924322.html
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 21, 2021, 11:35:40 PM
Here's another fine example showing the difference between counties with high vaccination rates and using masks compared to counties with low vaccination rates and people going unmasked.

The Bay area and L.A. county have high vaccination rates and people wear masks. As a result, the covid numbers and hospitalizations have plummeted.

In the right wing counties, vaccinations are low and people go unmasked thus spreading the virus. As a result infection rates and deaths are high with hospitals filled up in crisis mode.

Right wingers are dragging down the state of California even though it has the lowest COVID rate in the nation. The rate would be even lower if more people were vaccinated. If the whole country got vaccinated we would end this pandemic in record time and we could get life back to normal again. Right wingers are bringing down our country and are keeping us in this deadly pandemic.           


California has the lowest coronavirus rate in the nation. Here’s what we know: Unvaccinated residents are far more likely to be infected than vaccinated Californians

California has the lowest coronavirus case rate of any state, federal figures show, illustrating the progress made in the ongoing battle against the highly infectious delta variant.

The state has been among the national leaders in that metric for the last week, as the number of newly confirmed coronavirus infections continues to tumble from a peak earlier this summer. But while infections have plummeted in highly-vaccinated Bay Area and Southern California, hospitals are struggling to keep up with a crush of cases in the Central Valley, underscoring how vaccines are so critical in combating serious illness.

California’s new case rate per 100,000 people is less than half of neighboring states, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some hard-hit states have more than quadruple California’s numbers.

Statewide

As of Monday, California’s seven-day case rate was 95.3 per 100,000 people. The next-closest state was Connecticut at 126.5.

The comparable rates over the same period were 385.1 cases per 100,000 people in Texas, 287.2 in Florida, 250.1 in Arizona, 234.7 in Oregon, and 202.5 in Nevada, federal data show. West Virginia was the country’s highest at 715.8.

With the latest update, California’s coronavirus transmission level has once again fallen to “substantial,” according to the CDC. Every other state currently remains in the “high” transmission category.

The federal figures illustrate the recent success California has had in turning the tide of the delta variant-fueled coronavirus wave.

Over the last week, the state has reported an average of 8,849 new cases per day — down about 33% from two weeks ago, according to data compiled by The Los Angeles Times.

COVID-19 hospitalizations, too, have plummeted lately. At the height of the current surge, more than 8,300 coronavirus-positive patients were hospitalized at one time statewide. Now, that daily census has fallen to just about 6,000, state data show.

But the progress has been uneven. While the Bay Area, in general, experienced the least-severe summer surge and Los Angeles has had success with new measures to slow the delta variant, the Central Valley and parts of rural Northern California have been harder hit.

Bay Area

According to the state dashboard, the 7-day daily average case rate in Santa Clara County is 10.6 per 100,000. In San Mateo County, it’s 9.9 cases, and in San Francisco it’s 11.1 cases. In Alameda County, it’s 12, and in Contra Costa County, it’s 16.7 cases. Statewide, it’s 19.9 cases per 100,000, meaning the region is faring better than California as a whole.

Hospitalizations in the region have also started to decline. Santa Clara County had 151 COVID-19 patients in the hospital as of Sept. 19, down from 250 at the start of the month. Alameda County had 147, down from above 200. Contra Costa County had 133, down from more than 220 in late August. San Francisco had 72, down from north of 120 in mid-August, and San Mateo had 34, down from around 60 in late August.

Still, hospitalizations remain far above where they were in May and June. In late May, John Muir Health had just five COVID-19 patients at its Concord hospital and zero at its Walnut Creek facility. On Monday, said spokesman Ben Drew, the system had a total of 43 COVID-19 patients at the two acute care medical centers. While that number is slightly higher than the 36 people hospitalized Friday, Drew said, “it has been a downward trajectory for the past couple of weeks.”

L.A. County

Los Angeles County continues to report improvement in weekly COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

About a month ago, the county was averaging more than 3,400 new coronavirus infections a day over a one-week period, according to a Times analysis of state data. But over the last week, L.A. County averaged nearly 2,200 new cases a day.

And as of Sunday, 1,034 coronavirus-positive patients were hospitalized countywide — down roughly 42% from the month prior.

Central Valley

But the situation remains grim elsewhere. Hospitals throughout the San Joaquin Valley — which the state defines as Calaveras, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Benito, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare and Tuolumne counties — have reported having less than 10% of their cumulative staffed adult ICU beds available for 19 straight days.

Some health care facilities in the region are still so overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients that some critically ill people are waiting days to be transferred into the intensive care unit from the emergency room, officials said.

One Fresno area hospital had nine critically ill patients who were unable to get into the intensive care unit for more than three days, interim health officer Dr. Rais Vohra said at a news conference last week. This forces emergency room staff to treat patients needing ICU care, disrupting the health care of other patients with less severe illness.

“We’re basically really straining what the emergency department has to do,” Vohra said. “We still anticipate at least a few more weeks of thoroughly impacted operations” in ICUs and emergency rooms.

Hospitals in Fresno County are teetering on the need to ration health care and implement “crisis standards of care,” Vohra said. In these situations, hospitals conclude that they no longer can provide the same standard of health care to everyone and must choose whose lives to prioritize in order to keep as many patients alive as possible.

In Fresno County and the greater San Joaquin Valley, hospitals remain extremely busy, said Dan Lynch, director of the Central California Emergency Medical Services Agency. Most of Fresno County’s hospitals are running at 108% to 110% of standard capacity, while Clovis Community Medical Center near Fresno has been running at 130% of capacity.

https://www.mercurynews.com/2021/09/20/california-has-the-lowest-coronavirus-rate-in-the-nation-heres-what-we-know/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 21, 2021, 11:48:25 PM
Israel had the highest vaccination rate in the world and now has the worst problem. California's problems are not behind them.

The vaccine is not a cure all and people who are vaccinated can be and are contagious. That is what a break through infection is. Vaccinated people are basically asymptomatic and it appears are the breeding ground for new variants. The vaccine appears to basically moderate the symptoms.

This virus will not be eradicated anymore than the flu virus was eradicated. It will just be part of the landscape same as the flu and we will learn to live with it. We can thank Dr Fauci for this.

The numbers and statistics speak for itself.

California has the lowest COVID transmission rate and lowest numbers in the nation. Blue states are also seeing success as well and that's due to high vaccination rates and wearing masks.

COVID riddled states like Texas, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Idaho all have right wing Governors who refuse to do anything about COVID in their states. They also have high percentages of unvaccinated people who don't wear masks and are spreading the virus and killing each other off.     

If everybody got vaccinated nobody would have infections or a possible "breakthrough infection". Most breakthrough infections are mild unlike an unvaccinated person who is taking up an ICU bed from someone who actually needs it for another medical emergency.

You have no argument and blaming Dr. Fauci is an absolute joke when it's right wing Republicans and anti vaxxers who spread made up bogus vaccine lies to keep this pandemic going.             
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 21, 2021, 11:52:01 PM
Conservative calls out fellow right-wingers for 'dying to own the libs' with hardcore vax resistance

Writing in The Washington Post this Tuesday, columnist Sonny Bunch says that it's undeniable that the majority of people forgoing COVID-19 vaccines are Republicans, and that resistance to vaccines is directly inflating death rates.

While Republicans try to deflect blame for lagging vaccination to other demographic groups, Bunch contends that the data says something different:

"Sixty percent of those who have received at least one dose are White, while 61 percent of the population is White; 17 percent of those who have received at least one dose are Hispanic, while 17 percent of the population is Hispanic; 10 percent of those who have received at least one dose are Black, while 12 percent of the population is Black."

As a result. Bunch writes, people in Republican-leaning states "(and folks in Republican-leaning media) are dying in greater numbers."

Bunch then points to a recent op-ed in Breitbart where John Nolte argues that shaming anti-vaxxers is not the correct strategy to get people vaccinated.

"I wish Nolte nothing but the best in convincing Trump-backing Republicans that the path to electoral success and continued lib-ownage is to get vaccinated," Bunch writes. "If he can get his audience to finally take to heart the fact that 99.5 percent of those who are dying of covid-19 are unvaccinated, more power to him. But I do wish he spent more time exploring how negative polarization became the be-all and end-all in the Republican Party, to the point that it is a deadly phenomenon."

https://www.rawstory.com/anti-vaxxer-2655070600/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 22, 2021, 01:55:59 AM
Trump stooge wannabe Ron DeSantis has destroyed Florida with COVID 19 and now he's installed a dangerous conspiracy theorist as surgeon general. These right wingers hire the worst of the worst for important positions.   


DeSantis just hired a surgeon general with a history of questioning COVID vaccines and mandates

The newly appointed surgeon general for Florida has a history of questioning COVID-19 mitigation measures and vaccines, and even touted the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a potential treatment for the virus, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

"Florida will completely reject fear," Dr. Joseph Ladapo once told reporters. "It doesn't lead to good decisions."

He also once signed a declaration that said natural infection was the best path to COVID herd immunity.

"The most compassionate approach … is to allow those who are at minimal risk of death to live their lives normally to build up immunity to the virus through natural infection, while better protecting those who are at highest risk," stated the declaration, which was slammed by the scientific community, which called it "a dangerous fallacy unsupported by scientific evidence... It is not feasible to restrict uncontrolled outbreaks to particular sections of society."

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed from June, Ladapo wrote, "Some scientists have raised concerns that the safety risks of Covid-19 vaccines have been underestimated" and went on to argue that COVID vaccines could be linked to an increase in deaths in some countries. He also wrote another op-ed arguing against vaccine mandates.

"It isn't practical to punish adults who have no symptoms. … Doctors and public health officials used to understand that stopping spread is usually not practical," he wrote.

https://www.rawstory.com/ron-desantis-surgeon-general/


New Ron DeSantis surgeon general appeared in video with notorious 'alien DNA' doctor

The man whom Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed as his next surgeon general has a long history of questioning the science behind mask wearing and vaccinations as ways to combat the COVID-19 pandemic -- but that's apparently just the tip of the iceberg.

Newsweek reports that newly minted Florida surgeon general Dr. Joseph Ladapo appeared in a hydroxychloroquine-promoting video last year that was organized by a fringe group of medical professionals whose work was subsequently promoted by then-President Donald Trump.

"In July 2020, Ladapo appeared in a 43-minute viral video as part of a group called America's Frontline Doctors," writes Newsweek. "The video promoted hydroxychloroquine as a "cure" for COVID-19, even though studies haven't substantiated that claim. The video also said that masks do not slow the virus' spread and that COVID-19 is less deadly than the flu. Both claims are untrue."

Also making an appearance with Ladapo in the video was Dr. Stella Immanuel, who gained notoriety last year for her theories about demons coming to Earth and impregnating human women, as well as about physicians using "alien DNA" to treat their patients.

Despite Immanuel's wild theories, Trump last year said he was "very impressed" with her and thanked her for promoting hydroxychloroquine, which has not been proven effective as a treatment for COVID-19.

https://www.rawstory.com/ron-desantis-surgeon-general-2655071056/


DeSantis Taps Anti-Mask Vax Skeptic to Be Florida’s Next Surgeon General
https://www.thedailybeast.com/ron-desantis-taps-dr-joseph-ladapo-an-anti-mask-vax-skeptic-to-be-floridas-next-surgeon-general

Florida man dies of COVID-19 just minutes before his first grandchild is born[/]
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/09/20/florida-man-dies-covid-minutes-before-becoming-grandpa/5786607001/

Tuesday Florida COVID update: 13,201 more cases added to state tally
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/coronavirus/article254413113.html
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Jack Nessan on September 22, 2021, 03:58:32 PM
The numbers and statistics speak for itself.

California has the lowest COVID transmission rate and lowest numbers in the nation. Blue states are also seeing success as well and that's due to high vaccination rates and wearing masks.

COVID riddled states like Texas, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Idaho all have right wing Governors who refuse to do anything about COVID in their states. They also have high percentages of unvaccinated people who don't wear masks and are spreading the virus and killing each other off.     

If everybody got vaccinated nobody would have infections or a possible "breakthrough infection". Most breakthrough infections are mild unlike an unvaccinated person who is taking up an ICU bed from someone who actually needs it for another medical emergency.

You have no argument and blaming Dr. Fauci is an absolute joke when it's right wing Republicans and anti vaxxers who spread made up bogus vaccine lies to keep this pandemic going.           

"If everybody got vaccinated nobody would have infections or a possible "breakthrough infection". Most breakthrough infections are mild unlike an unvaccinated person who is taking up an ICU bed from someone who actually needs it for another medical emergency."

This makes no sense, but it shows you realize the vaccinated are spreading the virus with "breakthrough infections"

Everybody being vaccinated will not stop "breakthrough infections." Asymptomatic is as mild as it gets, people with any infection mild or severe can advance the virus and vaccinated people with "breakthrough infections" are spreading the virus. The vaccine looses its effectiveness in a short period of time and the person is once again at risk. Natural immunity lasts indefinitely.

Dr Fauci is running from his involvement in the Wuhan Lab and bat studies. He needs to retire.
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Richard Smith on September 22, 2021, 03:59:13 PM
Absolutely false. President Biden is deporting Hatians in mass numbers and mass vaccination sites have been set up.  ​

The Biden administration is using a Trump-era policy to justify mass deportations — only Biden is doing it at a faster pace.
https://theintercept.com/2021/09/20/biden-haiti-deportations-texas-del-rio/

The U.S. Has Set Up A Mass Vaccination Site For Afghans Arriving In Virginia
 https://www.npr.org/2021/08/27/1031827480/afghan-evacuees-vaccination-dulles-virginia

LOL. Mass vaccination sites in Virginia have nothing to do with the illegals flooding across the border.  The Afghans arriving in VA are presumably coming legally in the aftermath of another Biden fiasco.  The reality is that 200K illegals are now coming across the border EACH month.  Approximately the population of Wyoming every two months.  And those are only the known crossings.  Many more come across without any contact with the border patrol.  The situation is out of control.  Anyone with eyes can see that.  Spinning it just makes you look foolish.  If Trump were placing Haitians under a bridge and forcing them to live in grass huts, the media would be screaming racism and demanding that he be impeached.
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 22, 2021, 11:00:18 PM
LOL. Mass vaccination sites in Virginia have nothing to do with the illegals flooding across the border.  The Afghans arriving in VA are presumably coming legally in the aftermath of another Biden fiasco.  The reality is that 200K illegals are now coming across the border EACH month.  Approximately the population of Wyoming every two months.  And those are only the known crossings.  Many more come across without any contact with the border patrol.  The situation is out of control.  Anyone with eyes can see that.  Spinning it just makes you look foolish.  If Trump were placing Haitians under a bridge and forcing them to live in grass huts, the media would be screaming racism and demanding that he be impeached.

You can't impeach a President just because you disagree with him. Trump was impeached for committing crimes against the United States. Once again, you post far right propaganda. Trump said he would "end all illegal immigration" and he failed. He made a mess of everything and handed it all off to Biden.       
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 22, 2021, 11:04:38 PM
Houston firefighter put off getting vaccinated — now he needs new lungs to survive

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COVID-19 destroyed his lungs' | HFD firefighter, father of 3, needs transplant to survive


Houston firefighter who kept putting off vaccination will need new lungs to survive a weeks-long battle with COVID-19.

Wayne Davis caught the coronavirus on the job and has been hospitalized since the middle of last month, but his wife has watched his condition worsen knowing the worst symptoms could have been prevented, reported KHOU-TV.

"I was vaccinated and I just kept getting on him to go do it," said his wife, Caitlin Davis. "He would say, 'I'll go do it,' and kept putting it off. He just never did it."

The father of three remains ICU at Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center in desperate need of a bilateral lung transplant, and doctors say he won't survive without new lungs.

"The virus destroyed his lungs," his wife said. "It's just been a rollercoaster of emotions day-by-day, wondering if we're going to get the phone call that he's passed."

Four of Wayne's colleagues on the fire department have already died from COVID-19, and Caitlin Davis said her husband's life-threatening infection should serve as a wakeup call to others who've been hesitant to get vaccinated.

"Our story shows people that it isn't just older people," she said. "It can be your family very easily."

https://www.rawstory.com/houston-firefighter-lung-transplant/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 22, 2021, 11:11:09 PM
'We’re seeing the de-evolution of humanity': Idaho’s largest hospital CEO on Covid denial

The day before Idaho activated “crisis standards of care" statewide, St. Luke's Health System made a request for that last-resort declaration. It had no other choice.

The state's crisis standards activation committee was called to meet on Wednesday, Sept. 15, to consider the request.

The process had to move quickly. St. Luke's CEO Chris Roth presented to the committee by videoconference, from his daughter's bedroom. “It was a memorable place to be, during a really sobering call," Roth told the Idaho Capital Sun.

That day, St. Luke's had a record 281 COVID-19 patients in its hospitals — occupying more than half of its 475 staffed adult hospital beds.

The hospital system had already opened 93 beds in overflow areas. It ran out of physical beds “and would be treating patients on stretchers until the additional beds they have ordered arrive," the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare's declaration said. St. Luke's told the state's crisis standards committee that 58 of its 71 ICU patients had COVID-19, that it was starting to use pediatric ventilators for adult patients, and that it had to cancel surgeries such as “removal of low risk cancers, fractures with pain and hernia repairs," the declaration said.

Even then, St. Luke's couldn't keep up with the influx of patients, and its projections for the coming weeks were dire — reaching a point where it would have to choose between patients.

Roth talked with the Sun in a video interview Friday, the day after crisis standards were activated statewide. He talked about the health system's vaccine requirement, the disinformation that fuels the surge of COVID-19, and more.

We hired nearly 300 people this last Monday. We have another 100 next Monday, and another 100 the Monday after.

Chris Roth, CEO of St. Luke's Health System, in an interview Friday, Sept. 17, 2021

This interview is edited for length and clarity.

Idaho Capital Sun: How are you feeling about this surge, and the move to crisis standards?

Chris Roth: It's been a surreal 20 months. I stepped into this role in February of 2020. Lots of ups and downs, for sure. But I'm very proud of our organization. We're focused. I know we will get through this. We have an amazing team. I have a great support system — my kids, wife, a board that's behind me.

I'm sad, and I'm concerned for the people who are actually doing the work. I have a job, and I'm doing everything I can. But I'm not on the front lines. There's a helpless feeling — and our leaders feel this, and our board feels this — like, what more can we do to help the people who are providing care? There's a helplessness there. But there's also optimism, and there are a lot of bright spots, every day, just got to look for them.

Idaho Capital Sun: What do you think it's going to take for more Idahoans to take the risk of COVID-19 seriously?

Roth: What we're seeing in our community, in our society, is that too many are putting the individual before the community. I think one of two things is going to have to happen: The suffering is going to have to get more personal and closer to individuals — which is the worst case scenario — or, you know, I was talking with (Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley) last week, and he toured our ICU. And after that, he said he was able to convince, I think he said, five people to get vaccinated, which is awesome. It's incredible. So the other opportunity we have is that — individual communications to convince the people who are hesitant or skeptical, for whatever reason, to get vaccinated.

If people weren't scared to hear the news yesterday (about the move into crisis standards), they should be. At the same time, we don't want to communicate to the public that they shouldn't come in to receive care if they need it.

We need people to come in if they're sick, and we'll take care of them. Care may be delayed, probably will be delayed, but we can care for people today, and we will continue to do that.

Idaho Capital Sun: How are your employees doing, with the move to crisis standards and possibly making live-or-death choices for patients?

Roth: We're deeply concerned about our frontline caregivers, and they are just going through hell. Every day. And then they go out to the community, and it's business as usual — rodeos, fairs, football games, debates in the school boards.

I made the mistake, a couple weeks ago, of listening to all six and a half hours of the West Ada School District school board meeting, and (two St. Luke's chief physicians) were kind of sharing a perspective, and they literally got laughed at by some of the audience when they were talking about what's going on in the hospitals.

It's like we're seeing the de-evolution of humanity, right in front of our eyes.

Idaho Capital Sun: Where are you right now, on the vaccine requirement for staff?

Roth: We had a deadline of Sept. 1 for the first vaccination. That didn't mean that we were firing a bunch of people on Sept. 2. There's a whole process that plays out. We've been very, very pleased with compliance with our policy. Now, when I say “compliance," that's either getting the vaccine or having a valid exemption. And as of this morning, we are just above 97%.

We've hired 802 individuals over the past 60 days. And when we hire those people, they need to be compliant with the vaccine as well. Maybe some were vaccinated at St. Luke's but many (were vaccinated elsewhere), so we have to get those records. It takes time. We think that 97% is probably closer to 99%, a little higher than 99%.

I think we will have somewhere in the neighborhood of 150 to 200 individuals who are just going to refuse. That's out of 17,000 people.

– Chris Roth, CEO of St. Luke's Health System, on the staff's compliance with COVID-19 vaccine requirements

We made the decision yesterday, and we're communicating it today to our employees, that we are going to extend our timeline. We've always said we're going to put safety first. And when we announced the vaccine requirement, that was July 8, I believe. Delta was starting, but nothing like what we've seen (since then), and we did not anticipate we would be in crisis standards at this time.

We will take extra precautions to protect that (unvaccinated) staff. We're going to test them. We've got all the masking and (other precautions), but we're not going to initiate terminations of individuals, while we're in crisis standards. It's just not the responsible thing to do. But we are not backing off of the vaccine requirement, we're just extending the timeline.

The most pushback and criticism has come from people who don't even work at St Luke's.

– Chris Roth, CEO of St. Luke's Health System, on reaction to the system's COVID-19 vaccine requirement

It's difficult to say, “Look, we're not going to do surgeries for low-grade cancer and tumor removal," and at the same time, asking people to leave our organization. And not everybody's a frontline caregiver (who isn't yet vaccinated), we get that, but we want to treat everybody the same.

So that's where we are right now. Our progress has been phenomenal, and the support (within) the organization has been incredible.

Idaho Capital Sun: Did St. Luke's request crisis standards of care to keep from having to enforce the vaccine rule?

Roth: Absolutely not. But it's a fair question. I've thought about that myself, like, 'Oh, isn't that convenient.'

The driver for crisis standards was … our standard of care is eroding, and crisis standards enable our clinicians to make real time decisions (in an ethical framework). We have been seeing increasing levels of anxiety and concern with our frontline licensed caregivers. Their license is on the line, and they need to practice according to that license, and they have been on the edge, doing things that are not typical of their license and are not typical of our normal policies and practices.

So that's why we implemented crisis standards. The fact that we have a fraction of people who are still not compliant … we made the decision (to give an extension on compliance) because we need the people right now. But it's a fair question, and I'm sure the conspiracy theorists will say, “Well, there you go."

Sadly, we've had individuals who have been used by other groups, or other causes, like the 'health freedom' group. We've had some of our own people who have been put in front of the camera, and frankly they're just getting used for somebody else's cause, and that's unfortunate.

Idaho Capital Sun: Are the unvaccinated employees in areas where you have critical staffing shortages, like ICU nurses?

Roth: Our physicians are at 100%. Then you get to nurses and respiratory therapists and pharmacists, it's (also very high). Then you get to areas where we've struggled — environmental services, laundry, security, people who are answering the phone, scheduling, registration. Many of those are in contact with the public, and patients, but we see less compliance in those areas.

I've been asked, “Well, can you treat the two groups differently?" And what we've said from the beginning is that, you know, our frontline health care workers already feel like they've been carrying the burden of the pandemic for 20 months. And we don't want to send a message to them that, “Oh, this group of people are not part of the same team, or don't have the obligation." It's critically important that we say: we are a team. We either provide direct patient care, or we support those who do, and we're not going to bifurcate our organization that way.

Idaho Capital Sun: Do you think state and local government could do anything to help?

Roth: If we could rewind the clock, and rewind time, and make different decisions, I'm sure a lot of us would — maybe the governor, local leaders, others. I've been critical of state and public health district leadership, particularly in 2020.

But we're here where we are today. We can't ignore the politics that are going on in the community.

I'll start with the governor. I think he's doing a really good job, given the circumstances, and he has stood behind the employer's right to make decisions for their workforce. He stood behind government not intervening in things that are more local. Now, that cuts both ways, I get it. But if you look at who's in line to run against him … I think he needs to stay the course, in that way. It's almost like, what's the worst potential outcome?

I wish the health districts would go back to where we were last year. They had criteria, they had community spread criteria, they counseled people on group sizes and masks. I think that health districts have so many levers they can pull that they're not pulling, and I think that if anything's going to change, it's going to be at that level, not at the state level.

I also believe that the state and the Idaho State Board of Education could lean in further with the universities and high schools. I think the university presidents in particular are on an island, making big decisions about things like masking in schools and football games. I'm really concerned about the weight on principals, superintendents, university presidents, and I think they need more cover from the state. I don't know exactly what that looks like, but they need more support, because they're being left on an island right now.

Idaho Capital Sun: It seems like many Idahoans don't know whom to trust right now. Some of them are, unfortunately, looking to ideological groups and even some health care providers who are misleading them. What are your thoughts?

Roth: I think that the people who are intentionally spreading misinformation, for their own personal gain, are going to be held accountable. It's a matter of time. And that's probably all I have to say about those types of individuals.

I also think that we're reminded that elections matter. They matter a lot, and local elections matter.

Everything's political right now. But these health districts, particularly Central District Health, it's all about politics and not about public health. And, you know, we'll see what happens in the next election. People are going to have to choose whether and how that changes.

But I do believe that people spreading misinformation, particularly those who are licensed medical professionals who have taken an oath, will be held accountable.

Idaho Capital Sun: Do you know they will be held accountable? Or do you just hope so?

Roth: I hope they will be. But I would put money on it that they will be at some point. And it's a national problem, it's just not an Idaho problem. We have a very fragmented national system of boards of medicine and boards of nursing and others. That's been a problem for years. But I think that those individuals are going to get rooted out somehow, I hope.

Idaho Capital Sun is part of States Newsroom, a network of news bureaus supported by grants and a coalition of donors as a 501c(3) public charity. Idaho Capital Sun maintains editorial independence. Contact Editor Christine Lords for questions: info@idahocapitalsun.com. Follow Idaho Capital Sun on Facebook and Twitter.

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Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 22, 2021, 11:19:39 PM
"If everybody got vaccinated nobody would have infections or a possible "breakthrough infection". Most breakthrough infections are mild unlike an unvaccinated person who is taking up an ICU bed from someone who actually needs it for another medical emergency."

This makes no sense, but it shows you realize the vaccinated are spreading the virus with "breakthrough infections"

Everybody being vaccinated will not stop "breakthrough infections." Asymptomatic is as mild as it gets, people with any infection mild or severe can advance the virus and vaccinated people with "breakthrough infections" are spreading the virus. The vaccine looses its effectiveness in a short period of time and the person is once again at risk. Natural immunity lasts indefinitely.

Dr Fauci is running from his involvement in the Wuhan Lab and bat studies. He needs to retire.

You are posting debunked conspiracy theories.

There are very few "breakthrough infections" and vaccinated people are not massively spreading the virus.

Every single medical expert has stated that herd immunity will be reached when the population is vaccinated.

Hospitals are being overrun by the unvaccinated. Mass deaths are the result of the unvaccinated. They are the ones bringing our country down and keeping this virus surging.

Vaccinated people are not dying in mass numbers. Vaccinated people are not filling up our hospitals to full capacity. The only way they can possibly get sick is from an unvaccinated idiot who infects them.           
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 22, 2021, 11:27:18 PM
No surprise to see Montana being a COVID disaster state thanks to an anti vaxx and and anti mask right wing Governor. The anti vaxx morons in the state refuse to get vaccinated and wear masks. As a result, they have a serious hospital crisis and a severe COVID disaster on their hands. And yet there are clowns out there who want to blame President Biden for right wing failures to keep this disease from spreading. Pathetic.     


Horror stories emerge as unvaccinated patients crush Montana hospitals -- and threats 'have required a police response'

The hospital in Montana's largest city is in crisis as unvaccinated patients overwhelm the state's healthcare system.

"The state announced 1,209 new cases on Friday, and Yellowstone County, home to Billings Clinic, is seeing the worst of it. Last week, the county had 2,329 active cases, more than the next two counties combined," Nick Ehli reported for KHN on Tuesday.

"What's different from the early scenes of the pandemic is the public's response. Not so long ago, the cheers of community support could be heard from the hospital parking lot. Now, tensions are so strained that Billings Clinic is printing signs for its hallways, asking that the staff members not be mistreated," he explained.

Christy Baxter, the hospital's director of critical care, said the ICU was operating at 160% of capacity.

"Threats have on occasion required a police response. Screaming, profanity-laden insults are a daily occurrence. One patient threw his own feces at a doctor. Some, even in the face of an intubation tube, question the need to be vaccinated or the effectiveness of the medicine being prescribed," he reported.

Also on Tuesday, Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte announced that he was doubling the number of National Guard troops deployed to the hospital. He also announced deployments to hospitals in Bozeman, Butte, Helena and St. Vincent, the other hospital in Billings. He also deployed troops to Missoula county.

Under Gianforte and the GOP legislature, Montana is the only state to ban vaccine mandates for employees.

https://www.rawstory.com/montana-hospitals-icu-beds/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Richard Smith on September 22, 2021, 11:59:44 PM
You can't impeach a President just because you disagree with him.

I'm waiting for the lightning to strike.  You appear to be in the midst of some type of uncontrollable compulsion driven mania on the topic of Trump.  The sheer number and lengths of your posts is downright creepy.  Trump is no longer president.  Find a new hobby until 2024. 
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Richard Smith on September 23, 2021, 02:50:22 PM
Absolutely false. President Biden is deporting Hatians in mass numbers and mass vaccination sites have been set up.  ​



So this turns out to be another lie.  Large number of Haitians are being released into the US.  And there are reports that since Biden became president just 8 months ago (yes, it seems much, much longer given all the unfolding disasters) that over 600K illegal immigrants have been released into the US with the numbers increasing every month.  200K in July.  200K in August.  Basically the population of an entire state like Wyoming.  And those are only the ones who made contact with border patrol.  An untold number come through without being taken into custody.  A flood unleashed by Biden's weakness and promises made during the campaign.
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Jack Nessan on September 23, 2021, 03:50:25 PM
You are posting debunked conspiracy theories.

There are very few "breakthrough infections" and vaccinated people are not massively spreading the virus.

Every single medical expert has stated that herd immunity will be reached when the population is vaccinated.

Hospitals are being overrun by the unvaccinated. Mass deaths are the result of the unvaccinated. They are the ones bringing our country down and keeping this virus surging.

Vaccinated people are not dying in mass numbers. Vaccinated people are not filling up our hospitals to full capacity. The only way they can possibly get sick is from an unvaccinated idiot who infects them.           

Not one thing you have posted is even remotely true or factual. If you are going to portray yourself as some kind of an expert by posting stories from these hokum news outlet you read at least check to make sure any of it is really  true.

This CDC report completely contradicts everything you have posted.

CDC report details how vaccinated people may transmit virus

By Catherine Ho  7/30/2021

The delta variant of the coronavirus is extremely contagious, can be spread even by fully vaccinated people and is causing more breakthrough infections than anticipated, according to a report released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The report analyzes a July outbreak in Barnstable County, Mass., where 74%, or 346, of the 469 new cases were among people who were fully vaccinated. The delta variant was found in 90% of the cases, based on testing of 133 specimens.

Of the breakthrough cases, 79%, or 274 people, had symptoms, and five were hospitalized. Four of the five hospitalized patients were fully vaccinated. None of the hospitalized patients died.

The report also found that the cycle threshold — a marker of how much virus an infected person has in their nasal swab, and thus how contagious they are — is similar in vaccinated and unvaccinated people. This means vaccinated people with COVID, or breakthrough cases, may be able to spread the virus as easily as unvaccinated people with COVID. This lends credence to CDC recommendations announced this week that all Americans, vaccinated or not, start wearing masks again in indoor public spaces.

“Breakthrough infections may be as transmissible as unvaccinated cases. That’s a really important point,” said Dr. Charles Chiu, director of the UCSF-Abbott Viral Diagnostics and Discovery Center. “If you’re vaccinated it’s clear you’re less likely to get infected, so it does protect against infection. But if you do happen to get infected you are potentially as transmissible as an unvaccinated individual who got infected. And that means if you are unfortunate enough to get infected, you are at risk of transmitting the disease to others, probably mostly those who are unvaccinated.”

The Friday report echoes some findings from a separate set of new CDC data, first reported Thursday by The Washington Post, that indicates the delta variant spreads as fast as chicken pox and faster than smallpox, Ebola, the 1918 flu, MERS and SARS and the common cold. The new evidence is from an internal CDC document.

The document says an estimated 32,000 fully vaccinated people are getting symptomatic breakthrough infections each week among the 162 million vaccinated Americans. The research highlights the importance of communicating to the public that breakthrough cases should no longer be described as “rare” or “a small percentage” of cases.

Chiu noted that the new data makes messaging about the importance of getting vaccinated more challenging.
“I don’t envy the CDC right now. I think it’s a difficult message to get out there, and it’s going to be more difficult as we see a greater percentage of the vaccinated get infected,” he said.

Bob Wachter, chair of UCSF’s Department of Medicine, made a similar point on Twitter: A new communications challenge, he said, will be explaining to people whose attitude is: "I'm not getting vaxxed 'cuz I'm as likely to infect others as if I'm not vaxxed." It’s an incorrect view, he said, because the chances of getting an infection in the first place is far lower — one-eighth — for vaccinated people as compared to unvaccinated ones.

Reassuringly, the vaccines are continuing to hold up well against delta at preventing severe disease and death, the internal CDC report found.

However, among those who are hospitalized with COVID, a growing proportion of patients who have died are vaccinated, according to the CDC document. In April, vaccinated people made up 3.1% of in-hospital COVID deaths; by May it was 15.1%. The document does not include more recent figures after May.

The data reinforce what was already becoming clear anecdotally in the real world, including from recent clusters of new cases in the Bay Area: breakthroughs are increasingly common with delta.

Earlier this month, 28 of the 59 residents at a Santa Rosa homeless shelter who tested positive for COVID this month were fully vaccinated. Less than half of the shelter’s 153 residents were partially or fully vaccinated.

Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 23, 2021, 11:29:36 PM
So this turns out to be another lie.  Large number of Haitians are being released into the US.  And there are reports that since Biden became president just 8 months ago (yes, it seems much, much longer given all the unfolding disasters) that over 600K illegal immigrants have been released into the US with the numbers increasing every month.  200K in July.  200K in August.  Basically the population of an entire state like Wyoming.  And those are only the ones who made contact with border patrol.  An untold number come through without being taken into custody.  A flood unleashed by Biden's weakness and promises made during the campaign.

Keep trying. It's not working. :D :D :D

I'm waiting for the lightning to strike.  You appear to be in the midst of some type of uncontrollable compulsion driven mania on the topic of Trump.  The sheer number and lengths of your posts is downright creepy.  Trump is no longer president.  Find a new hobby until 2024.

When a person has no argument they go straight to personal attacks. 
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 23, 2021, 11:34:37 PM
Not one thing you have posted is even remotely true or factual. If you are going to portray yourself as some kind of an expert by posting stories from these hokum news outlet you read at least check to make sure any of it is really  true.

This CDC report completely contradicts everything you have posted.

CDC report details how vaccinated people may transmit virus

By Catherine Ho  7/30/2021

The delta variant of the coronavirus is extremely contagious, can be spread even by fully vaccinated people and is causing more breakthrough infections than anticipated, according to a report released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The report analyzes a July outbreak in Barnstable County, Mass., where 74%, or 346, of the 469 new cases were among people who were fully vaccinated. The delta variant was found in 90% of the cases, based on testing of 133 specimens.

Of the breakthrough cases, 79%, or 274 people, had symptoms, and five were hospitalized. Four of the five hospitalized patients were fully vaccinated. None of the hospitalized patients died.

The report also found that the cycle threshold — a marker of how much virus an infected person has in their nasal swab, and thus how contagious they are — is similar in vaccinated and unvaccinated people. This means vaccinated people with COVID, or breakthrough cases, may be able to spread the virus as easily as unvaccinated people with COVID. This lends credence to CDC recommendations announced this week that all Americans, vaccinated or not, start wearing masks again in indoor public spaces.

“Breakthrough infections may be as transmissible as unvaccinated cases. That’s a really important point,” said Dr. Charles Chiu, director of the UCSF-Abbott Viral Diagnostics and Discovery Center. “If you’re vaccinated it’s clear you’re less likely to get infected, so it does protect against infection. But if you do happen to get infected you are potentially as transmissible as an unvaccinated individual who got infected. And that means if you are unfortunate enough to get infected, you are at risk of transmitting the disease to others, probably mostly those who are unvaccinated.”

The Friday report echoes some findings from a separate set of new CDC data, first reported Thursday by The Washington Post, that indicates the delta variant spreads as fast as chicken pox and faster than smallpox, Ebola, the 1918 flu, MERS and SARS and the common cold. The new evidence is from an internal CDC document.

The document says an estimated 32,000 fully vaccinated people are getting symptomatic breakthrough infections each week among the 162 million vaccinated Americans. The research highlights the importance of communicating to the public that breakthrough cases should no longer be described as “rare” or “a small percentage” of cases.

Chiu noted that the new data makes messaging about the importance of getting vaccinated more challenging.
“I don’t envy the CDC right now. I think it’s a difficult message to get out there, and it’s going to be more difficult as we see a greater percentage of the vaccinated get infected,” he said.

Bob Wachter, chair of UCSF’s Department of Medicine, made a similar point on Twitter: A new communications challenge, he said, will be explaining to people whose attitude is: "I'm not getting vaxxed 'cuz I'm as likely to infect others as if I'm not vaxxed." It’s an incorrect view, he said, because the chances of getting an infection in the first place is far lower — one-eighth — for vaccinated people as compared to unvaccinated ones.

Reassuringly, the vaccines are continuing to hold up well against delta at preventing severe disease and death, the internal CDC report found.

However, among those who are hospitalized with COVID, a growing proportion of patients who have died are vaccinated, according to the CDC document. In April, vaccinated people made up 3.1% of in-hospital COVID deaths; by May it was 15.1%. The document does not include more recent figures after May.

The data reinforce what was already becoming clear anecdotally in the real world, including from recent clusters of new cases in the Bay Area: breakthroughs are increasingly common with delta.

Earlier this month, 28 of the 59 residents at a Santa Rosa homeless shelter who tested positive for COVID this month were fully vaccinated. Less than half of the shelter’s 153 residents were partially or fully vaccinated.

Again, this is false. The unvaccinated are the ones spreading the virus, being hospitalized, and dying from the virus. This is not happening amongst the vaccinated. And you didn't link a source to your "article". Just more anti vaccination propaganda.         
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 23, 2021, 11:39:41 PM
Once again, we have a red state with a low vaccination rate and as a result, there's a COVID crisis and the hospitals are overwhelmed with dying unvaccinated individuals. You don't see this in blue states or counties with high vaccination rates. That's because vaccines work.

Alaska, overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients, adopts crisis standards for hospitals


ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - Alaska, which led most U.S. states in coronavirus vaccinations months ago, took the drastic step on Wednesday of imposing crisis-care standards for its entire hospital system, declaring that a crushing surge in COVID-19 patients has forced rationing of strained medical resources.

Governor Mike Dunleavy and health officials announced the move as the tally of newly confirmed cases statewide reached another single-day record of 1,224 patients amid a wave of infections driven by the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant among the unvaccinated.

The Delta variant is “crippling our healthcare system. It’s impacting everything from heart attacks to strokes to our children if they get in a bike accident,” Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s chief medical officer, said at a news conference with Dunleavy.

Idaho, another one of several largely rural states where COVID-19 cases have overwhelmed healthcare systems in recent weeks, activated its own crisis-care standards statewide last Thursday, citing a spike in hospitalizations that "has exhausted existing resources."

Alaska’s health and social services commissioner, Adam Crum, announced that he signed an emergency addendum extending to the whole state standards of crisis care announced last week at the state’s largest hospital, Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

The new document limits liability faced by providers for crisis-level medical care in all Alaska hospitals.

Moreover, it acknowledges the realities of rationed care statewide, with scarce medical supplies and staff prioritized in a way that denies normal levels of care to some patients for the sake of others, depending on how sick they are and their chances for recovery.

Some critically ill patients, for example, have had to be treated outside intensive care units where they would typically be admitted, Zink said.

“Care has shifted in Alaska’s hospitals. The same standard of care that was previously there is no longer able to be given on a regular basis. This has been happening for weeks,” Zink told reporters.

To cope with the COVID-19 influx, Alaska has signed an $87 million contract to enlist hundreds of healthcare workers from out of state, officials said.

About one-fifth of Alaska hospital patients are infected with COVID-19, according to state data. But that figure understates the burden placed on the system as a whole as it "squeezes out" capacity to treat victims of car accidents, strokes, heart attacks and other ailments, Dunleavy said.

Paradoxically, back in April, Alaska had ranked among the top states getting COVID-19 vaccines into the arms of residents, helped in large part by efforts of the state's pandemic-conscious indigenous population.

Alaska has since slipped below the national average, with just 58% of residents aged 12 and older fully vaccinated, according to the state database. The vaccination slump coincided with significant political resistance to public health requirements.

In May, voters in Anchorage, the state’s largest city, elected a new mayor, Dave Bronson, who campaigned against health mandates and has repeatedly expressed his refusal to get vaccinated. Dunleavy has opposed any vaccine mandates.

At Wednesday's news conference, the Republican governor defended his positions, citing Alaska's third-lowest rate of COVID-19 deaths in the nation per capita.

https://www.rawstory.com/alaska-overwhelmed-by-19-patients-adopts-crisis-standards-for-hospitals/
     
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 23, 2021, 11:46:18 PM
Idaho man threatened to shoot doctor if she didn't treat his father-in-law's COVID-19 infection with ivermectin

The family member of an Idaho COVID-19 patient allegedly threatened a doctor who wouldn't treat the patient with invermectin, BuzzFeed News reports.

According to the Dr. Ashley Carvalho, police had to remove the man's son-in-law from the hospital after he told her, "If you don't do this, I have a lot of ways to get people to do something, and they're all sitting in my gun safe at home."

"I think it's just kind of a hopeless feeling," she said, speaking of the hostility that comes from some patients and their families directed at healthcare workers.

"Like other medical workers in her state, Carvalho is exhausted and exasperated," BuzzFeed News' David Mack writes. "Idaho currently has the lowest vaccination rate in the country, and the number of vaccine doses administered hasn't been climbing significantly — but infections have. As of Saturday, there were 686 patients hospitalized in the state with COVID, 180 of them in ICUs. That's hundreds more than what flooded hospitals during the previous surge in December 2020, before safe and effective vaccines were widely available."

Speaking to BuzzFeed News, Carvalho said she never thought she'd be more anxious about COVID-19 after the vaccine.

"Last year at this time, I was very anxious about COVID, and I was just hoping and hoping for the day when we'd have a vaccine," she said. "It never occurred to me that there would be a day when we have a vaccine, and I'm actually more anxious now because we have something that can really prevent this and people aren't taking it."





‘This is not complicated’: Maddow blasts anti-vaxxers as yet another GOP-led state rations hospital care

MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow was fed up with the unvaccinated overwhelming state hospital systems.

"We are following breaking news out of the great state of Alaska where Alaska's Republican governor, Mike Dunleavy has just announced that Alaska has now become the second state in the country to declare that all its hospitals statewide will now be shifting to crisis standards of care," Maddow reported.

"What that means, in English, is that hospital care is now being rationed at hospitals in Alaska. In practical terms, that means that people who are less likely to survive get moved down the priority list in terms of whether or not they get an ICU bed, whether or not they get certain intensive forms of treatment and care," she explained. "People less likely to survive will not get those resources, they will be moved down the line."

Maddow noted the crisis is not just in Alaska, but two other states with GOP governors.

She said that crisis standards of care "is a thing that we really haven't confronted before as a country. Now we've got it in place, though, in one of Montana's major medical centers — they moved to crisis standards of care this week. We've also got it in every hospital in the state in Idaho as of last week and in every hospital in the state in Alaska as of tonight."

Maddow said the unvaccinated were "effectively breaking the hospital systems in these states" and she warned other states are "teetering on the brink."

She went on to criticize those who say getting vaccinated is a personal decision.

"To put it in blunt terms, the personal decision by someone in Alaska to not get vaccinated right now ultimately results in someone else dying in Anchorage because that person can't get the dialysis treatment that would save their life and that they would otherwise be able to get if it weren't for the hospitals being overwhelmed by people who are sick specifically and only because they chose not to get the shot to protect them from Covid," Maddow said.

"Your decision whether or not to get vaccinated can be a life or death determining factor for somebody else who did get vaccinated, but gets in a car wreck or needs dialysis, or needs a heart catheterization procedure, something that they won't be able to get because of all the unvaccinated people filling up the hospitals," she explained. "This is not complicated math, and it is not -- yeah, it may be a personal decision, but it's a decision that has consequences way beyond your personal corporeal self."

Watch:

Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Richard Smith on September 24, 2021, 01:51:12 AM
Keep trying. It's not working. :D :D :D

When a person has no argument they go straight to personal attacks.

It's just a matter of math.  If there were over 12,000 Haitians under Biden's bridge and a couple of thousand were deported, then where are the other 10,000?  No one from the Biden administration is saying.  They are being released along with the 600K illegal immigrants that have been released into the US since Biden became President.  Those are demonstrable facts.  Denying facts is not a defense.  Why not be more intellectually honest and just support the policy of allowing open borders?
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 24, 2021, 04:15:45 AM
Trump sent a virologist to Nevada to investigate voter fraud -- all while ignoring the pandemic: leaked emails

Leaked emails reveal that virologist Steven Hatfill, who was directly involved in the Trump White House's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, regularly complained that he was not able to focus on the stopping the virus because he was assigned to investigate purported "voter fraud" cases.

The emails, which were obtained by the Washington Post, show Hatfill complaining in October 2020 that his work on the virus was "taking a backseat to election stuff," and then in November 2020 writing that he had "shifted over to the election fraud investigation in November" instead of working on a plan to contain the virus.

At the time, COVID-19 was at the beginning of a long winter surge that would culminate in January where the United States was averaging more than 3,400 deaths from the virus every day.

By January, even with cases surging and hospitals getting overrun, Hatfill still wasn't focusing on the virus.

When a colleague of his asked him why they weren't doing more to get COVID-19 under control, he replied, ""Because the election thing got out of control. I go where my team goes," and then talked about his efforts to overturn the election results in Nevada.

Read the full report here:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/09/23/trump-election-challenge-covid-response/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 24, 2021, 04:18:45 AM
COVID is changing Trump country: Alabama's population shrinks for the first time in history

Alabama's population is dwindling for the first time in state's history as a result of COVID-19's deadly spread throughout its residents.

"Our state literally shrunk in 2020, based on the numbers that we have managed to put together, and actually by quite a bit," State Health Officer Scott Harris said in a Friday press conference, according to The Guardian. "2020 is going to be the first year that we know of in the history of our state where we actually had more deaths than births."

Harris said that the state saw 64,714 deaths in 2020, which significantly outnumbered Alabama's 57,641 births that same year.

"We have data going back to the first decade of the 20th century – so, more than 100 years – and that's never happened before, nor has it ever even been close before," Harris added.

The health crisis in Alabama is just one among many throughout various parts of the South.

In Mississippi, one out of every 320 residents has died due to COVID-19, Rolling Stone reported. Over the past two months, the state has seen a staggering spike in daily cases, which at one point reached roughly 3,600.

However, on Monday, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves, a Republican, failed to name anything he'd do differently, instead citing President Biden's apparent federal overreaches.

"It is a very difficult situation that we as Mississippians and we as Americans find ourselves in," Reeves told CNN's Jake Tapper on Monday. "But we also have to understand as we look forward: if this president has the ability to mandate vaccines, what powers do we not grant this president? What does he not have the ability to do?"

"I'm often asked by some of my friends on the other side of the aisle about Covid… and why does it seem like folks in Mississippi and maybe in the Mid-South are a little less scared, shall we say," the conservative added. "When you believe in eternal life — when you believe that living on this earth is but a blip on the screen, then you don't have to be so scared of things."

Other states disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 include West Virginia, Florida, Kentucky, and Tennessee – where hospitalizations have reached a record high, according to The Intelligencer. This past week, Idaho announced "crisis standards of care" due to severe overcrowding in the state's hospital network, meaning that resources may have to be rationed toward patients with the highest chance of survival.

"The situation is dire," Dave Jeppesen, the director of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, told The New York Times. "We don't have enough resources to adequately treat the patients in our hospitals, whether you are there for Covid-19 or a heart attack or because of a car accident."

Total COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. is racing toward 700,000, with about 6% occurring over the last month, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Research Center. Meanwhile, CNN recently reported that roughly one in every 500 Americans have passed as result of the virus.

A large swath of scientific evidence suggests that more conservative – and incidentally Donald Trump-supporting – areas throughout America may be driving the spread of the disease.

In Florida, COVID-19 deaths since late June have proven about nine times higher in the reddest counties than the bluest countries. According to a San Francisco Chronicle analysis of California, "counties that voted heavily for Trump have seen higher death rates than their bluer counterparts since vaccines became widely available in June — a shift from the period before, when Democratic-leaning counties had higher death rates."

Utah State University last week observed a similar pattern when it comes to infection rates across the U.S., finding that higher concentrations of Donald Trump voters correlated with elevated infection rates per capita. The salience of political views in COVID-19 death was particularly pronounced in rural areas throughout the state, where the spread of the virus has been less studied.

https://www.rawstory.com/alabama-population/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Jack Nessan on September 24, 2021, 03:40:20 PM
Again, this is false. The unvaccinated are the ones spreading the virus, being hospitalized, and dying from the virus. This is not happening amongst the vaccinated. And you didn't link a source to your "article". Just more anti vaccination propaganda.       

The vaccine is working to reduce symptoms but it is not a cure all.

Enjoy the read on the vaccinated being infectious. Nothing as stimulating as reading a CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly report but here you are as requested.

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/pdfs/mm7031e2-H.pdf
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 24, 2021, 11:17:18 PM
The vaccine is working to reduce symptoms but it is not a cure all.

Enjoy the read on the vaccinated being infectious. Nothing as stimulating as reading a CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly report but here you are as requested.

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/pdfs/mm7031e2-H.pdf

As long as unvaccinated morons continue to spread the virus we are going to be in a deadly pandemic. That's why more people need to get vaccinated to stop the spread. 
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 24, 2021, 11:27:32 PM
‘We are breaking’: Idaho’s health care workers describe what it’s like going to war against COVID-19

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A man in cowboy boots and a cowboy hat checked in at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.

It was the morning of Sept. 16, and Idaho had just hit “crisis standards," a point of last resort for health care. Hospitals had so many patients with COVID-19, the state gave them permission to downgrade medical care for everyone. That could mean discharging patients faster than usual, or it could mean the unthinkable: choosing who gets an intensive care bed or oxygen.

But the hospital was calm, and so was the man in the cowboy hat. He placed his worn Bible on the front desk and leaned in for a temperature check. He wasn't at Saint Al's because he was sick, he told the woman screening him for a visitor pass. He was there to minister to a patient being taken off a ventilator. He picked up his Bible and headed for the elevator.

A few hours later, a few floors up in the ICU, another patient called his family over Zoom. He said what might be his last goodbye, as doctors, nurses and a respiratory therapist got him ready for intubation.

Since the fourth surge began, the Idaho Capital Sun has interviewed dozens of Idaho health care workers about what they've seen on the front lines of the war with COVID-19.

The Sun confirmed their employment but allowed some of them to speak anonymously — so they could speak freely and because the events now happening in Idaho hospitals are so similar as to be virtually interchangeable.

No health care worker revealed any patient's identity or private medical information.

Things are 'different' in the ER, but patients still get care
It was the weekend before Labor Day. As an ICU doctor and a member of Idaho's crisis standards committee, Dr. Rebecca Legg wasn't on vacation. She was waiting for a phone call.

“I've lived with this, now, for a year and a half," Legg said in an interview that weekend. “How are we going to do this?"

Not only was Legg treating COVID-19 patients for Saint Alphonsus Health System, she spent the pandemic immersed in ethical quandaries. She helped to write Idaho's framework for health care providers to use when a catastrophe forces them to make life-or-death choices.

That framework would guide Idaho through “crisis standards of care."

On Labor Day, Legg and the rest of Idaho's 33-member crisis standards committee got the call: Coeur d'Alene's Kootenai Health needed permission to ratchet down the quality of its medical care. It was so overloaded that hospital staff turned a classroom into a medical unit.

With the committee's recommendation, Idaho Health and Welfare Director Dave Jeppesen on Sept. 6 activated crisis standards for North Idaho.

Idaho's largest health system made its own request the following week, and Jeppesen on Sept. 16 expanded “crisis standards" to the entire state. Then, he experienced the crisis firsthand.

“My mom had a stroke Thursday morning, just a few hours after crisis standards of care was activated statewide," Jeppesen said during a press briefing this week. “Not only was it stressful that my mom had a stroke, there was added worry about the availability of health care when she went to the ER."

Jeppesen fought back tears and his voice quavered as he recounted the day.

“Things were different in the ER," he said. “There were other patients receiving care in the waiting room. My mom fell when she had her stroke, and there was a concern that she had broken bones. X-rays were done in a non-traditional X-ray area, with a longer wait than usual. Fortunately, she did not break any bones. Normally, a person in her condition would be held overnight for observation. Because of crisis standards of care, after she was stable, she was discharged later the same day from the ER."

Jeppesen said the emergency room team was “amazing" and “caring, empathetic and positive" even under intense pressure. He said his mother is recovering at home, with family as a de-facto nursing team.

Jeppesen pleaded with Idahoans — repeating words he's used for months. This time, his chin trembled as he spoke:

“We are so lucky to have such talented health care professionals in Idaho. And those same dedicated health care professionals across the state need our help. They need the unvaccinated to please consider choosing to get vaccinated. The vaccines work, they are safe and effective. And they need all of us to please wear a mask indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces."

Idahoans peddle misinformation, people get sick

The number of Idaho's coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths have risen for weeks. The daily body count has been in the double digits for a month. Idaho has now recorded more than 2,700 COVID-19 related deaths — about 490 since Aug. 1 alone.

Still, Idaho's vaccination rate remains stuck at well under half the population, the lowest rate in the U.S.

Interviews with doctors and nurses suggest Idaho is stuck in a perfect storm of distrust that is sending people to their deaths.

The pandemic was a growth opportunity for the cottage industry of health misinformation, including some local doctors, unlicensed practitioners and ideological groups who have spread unsupported claims about COVID-19 and vaccines.

They declare that health authorities who contradict their claims are lying and can't be trusted. So, many Idahoans follow their advice, reject the COVID-19 vaccine and ignore public health advice. And when they catch the coronavirus and end up hospitalized, these Idahoans argue with doctors and nurses, even as their organs fail and they can't breathe.

One of Legg's recent patients was an older woman with high blood pressure, diabetes and a suppressed immune system. She refused to go on a ventilator because she was convinced the hospital “would vaccinate her against her will," Legg said. The woman survived, but even as she left the hospital, she kept a tight grip on her belief that the vaccine “would be what killed her," Legg said.

Another patient, a middle-aged man, “just really fought against everything that we offered" to help him, Legg said.

He refused to be intubated until his heart was about to stop.

“Do you know the stress around trying to intubate a patient who was that desperate?" Legg said.

After he was on the ventilator, his family took up his battle.

“His family was just insistent that we were hurting him. And that what was going to save him was ivermectin," Legg said. “They threatened litigation against us. Ultimately, we allowed them to get a prescription for ivermectin and bring it in. And, of course, he died shortly afterwards anyway."

Dr. Jason Slade, a hospitalist at St. Luke's Nampa, recently had a patient for weeks who said he wasn't vaccinated because he was Christian and trusted God.

“God sends us a lot of miracles and things to use to deal with hard times. This may be a miracle God sent us," Slade said to the patient, who was unconvinced.

The man's health deteriorated. His lungs thickened and built up scar tissue. Oxygen couldn't make it through anymore. The damage probably would not heal, Slade told the man, who demanded the doctor talk to one of his family members about treatments.

The family member didn't know anything about the medications doctors were giving the man. Instead, she insisted they use “certain therapies" that don't work, Slade said.

When he asked what her role was in health care, she told him, “My role is a mom, and I've done my research, and I've talked with other medical professionals, and I know about your protocols, and I don't approve of them."

A few days later, the man's oxygen levels plummeted. Slade invited a family member to come to the hospital for what was likely to be a final visit.

“The whole family came down," Slade said. “I went out to explain to them (what was happening), and it was an unpleasant interaction. They had lots of accusations, demands."

The man eventually decided to go home with hospice care and died the day he went home, Slade said.

Slade, Legg and other health care providers are working overtime and witnessing death on a regular basis.

St. Luke's Health System averaged four COVID-19 deaths per day this month alone, St. Luke's Chief Physician Executive Dr. Jim Souza said Tuesday.

When patients and their families distrust health care workers, it adds to the emotional toll of these casualties.

“The health care system and health care workers, for all of our flaws — and we certainly have them — we still are here to help. We want you to live through an illness if you get it, we want you to survive," Legg said. “We just want to help. That's why we all went to medical school, that's why nurses went to nursing school."

I wish everyone could see. … It's not a gentle death'

The front lines of the COVID-19 war are hidden from view. The worst parts of the pandemic are happening inside the hospital walls.

The Idaho doctors and practitioners who are fomenting distrust in public health do not work with COVID-19 patients in hospitals.

And the public cannot see what's happening because of privacy laws and visitor restrictions.

“People, when they hear the word epidemic or pandemic, I think in their mind they think of something like the bubonic plague. 'Bring out your dead!' and people dying in the street," Slade said. “We have evolved in our society that the level of (suffering in) this pandemic has been able to be suppressed. You aren't seeing this up close and personal because it concentrates in the hospitals. People that you personally know, they show up at the hospital, along with everyone else in the neighborhood. (And) we're at a spot where we're running out of physical space."

The Sun visited Saint Alphonsus hospital in Boise the day Idaho declared crisis standards. Health care workers expressed relief that journalists were inside the hospital.

Until recently, Idaho health care workers, families of COVID-19 patients and COVID-19 survivors were the only ones who could bear witness — and, often, people would accuse them of lying.

“I want them to come and see how sick these people are," said one local nurse. “For the patients that don't want to be intubated and we watch them decline, it is like a slow descent into madness."

The high-flow oxygen masks feel like “sticking your face out of a car window," the nurse said, and it makes it hard to eat. So the patients lose weight and “just shrink into nothing," she said.

“I wish everyone could see. I really think that if some 40-year-old guys had to come help me clean up the 40-year-old patients who are incontinent … and pooping themselves," that might persuade them to get vaccinated, she said.

“It's not a nice way to die. It's not a gentle death," she said. “It's not a good death. It's a lonely death. … But at this point, this is what people are choosing."

'I wish that I could tell those patients' families … they mattered'

The lack of space is one reason Idaho moved into crisis standards.

Saint Alphonsus in Boise recently turned a physical therapy gym into a COVID-19 overflow unit.

St. Luke's and other hospitals are doing ER triage in the waiting room.

“I've got three patients up in the (medical-surgical) unit" who are on maximum oxygen flow, Slade told the Sun in an early September interview. “They look like they're tired and they're failing. We're full. We had to kind of Tetris who can go into a lower level of care."

The doctors and nurses came up with a plan. They moved patients to the ICU, one at a time. “We intubated three people that night," he said. “The patient that I intubated last night, the only reason she had a bed and ventilator available was because the patient who had been in that bed, on that ventilator, died."

I don't think people realize that we are breaking. The whole system is on edge.

One nurse in a Magic Valley hospital told the Sun that most shifts now end in tears. Even when she's away from work, she spends her time worrying about it.

Frontline worker in crisis? There is help

Idaho launched a dedicated, free hotline last year for frontline workers. It offers 24/7 crisis counseling and helps callers access short-term and longer term mental health care. Call 866-536-0239.

Another nurse who works in a local COVID-19 unit said the patients she cares for now “are incredibly, incredibly sick."

In normal times, the patients on her floor would be sent to the ICU, because that's where they really belong. But that's not always an option now.

“At the end of the day, if I've charted most everything, and they're alive, I'm happy. But nobody gets a bath every day," she said.

Some of the patients come to her floor after an ICU stay.

“They've got tubes in every orifice, literally every orifice. Some of these people are so sick and so weak, it is basic life-giving cares we are giving, it is not cares that we would like to give," she said. “These are brutal shifts."

Nurse managers have jumped in to help, which is rare, she said.

Her team starts each shifts looking for patients who might be ready for discharge, she said. Then, someone tells them the ER has dozens of people waiting, there are only three beds left in the hospital, “and the other hospitals are on divert. It's terrifying," she said. “How? How are we supposed to keep doing this?"

The nurse has lost many “really special" patients to COVID-19 over the past year and a half, she said. One sticks with her, an older man last year, who was worried about his dog. Would the dog's last memory of him be getting rolled into an ambulance? What would happen to his dog when he died?

She didn't know.

“I wish that I could tell those patients' families how much I've loved their family members, but it's HIPAA and all that," she said. “We get to write little cards and stuff. But how do you tell them almost a year later that you haven't forgotten their loved one, and that they mattered?"

What can you do to help?

Every health care worker the Sun interviewed said getting a COVID-19 vaccine is key. (And don't forget a flu shot.)

For people already vaccinated, there are other ways to help:

If you have a medical emergency, go to the emergency room. The ER staff will help you. Don't be surprised if there is a long wait. Try to be patient and cooperative. “Don't yell. Don't throw things. Understand the overall situation — that things are not normal now," one nurse said.If you're already vaccinated, share your story with people close to you who aren't. Explain why you chose to get the vaccine, and what your experience has been. Listen to their concerns. Encourage them to talk with a trusted, qualified medical professional about the vaccine.Continue to wear masks, especially in public places.Avoid crowded indoor spaces. Avoid large gatherings.Get tested frequently for COVID-19, especially before spending time with at-risk friends and family members. If you can, buy over-the-counter rapid tests to use at home.

https://www.rawstory.com/vaccine-idaho-2655088429/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 24, 2021, 11:34:55 PM
Well, we all knew this was the case but it's finally been officially confirmed. Criminal Donald didn't care how many people died of COVID because he didn't do anything to help to stop it. All he cared about was illegally seizing power through any means possible and used the pandemic was a way to do it. He needs to be in prison for treason against the United States of America and the purposeful killing of hundreds of thousands of Americans.     


REVEALED: Pandemic took 'back seat' to 'big lie' in Trump White House — even for medical experts

A Trump adviser acknowledged in numerous emails last year that the administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic was taking a "back seat" to efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Dr. Steven Hatfill, a virologist who was heavily involved in the Trump administration's COVID response, repeatedly described how "election stuff" was taking precedence over COVID-19, according to emails obtained by the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection, and shared with the Washington Post.

"Now with the elections so close, COVID is taking a back-seat, yet the disease is rearing it ugly head again," Hatfill wrote to a colleague in October 2020.

After the election, Hatfill wrote in another email that he had "shifted over (from COVID response) to the election fraud investigation in November."

"In other emails obtained by the subcommittee, Hatfill further detailed his role in the White House's election challenges, including traveling to Arizona in the wake of that state's close election, passing along a 'Plan B for Trump Legal Fight' and sharing debunked rumors of Joe Biden's supposed family ties with a voting machine company," the Post reports.

Asked by a colleague in January why he was not "fixing the pandemic," Hatfill responded by citing his efforts to challenge the election outcome in Nevada, writing, "Because the election thing got out of control. I go where my team goes."

Hatfill's emails also show that his views about the pandemic were shaped by politics. He used a slur to refer to non-Trump voting states in an email about COVID-19 fatality rates, promoted the unproven Trumpian drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for virus, and called for the removal of Dr. Anthony Fauci from the White House's COVID Task Force.

"I actually lost it and told Fauci he was full of crap a couple weeks ago," Hatfill wrote in September.

"Two members of the COVID-19 Task Force (Drs, Fauci and Hahn) need to be urgently replaced with a competent multidisciplinary team of doctors and public health experts actually experienced in operational medicine," Hatfill wrote to Trump's chief of staff, Mark Meadows, a few weeks later.

https://www.rawstory.com/trump-2655088009/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Jack Nessan on September 26, 2021, 05:08:34 PM
As long as unvaccinated morons continue to spread the virus we are going to be in a deadly pandemic. That's why more people need to get vaccinated to stop the spread.

You are probably not going to want to read this. There is a good chance the vaccine has already wore off of the early vaccinated. Now the reality is you and your vaccinated friends can infect each other. Time is now allowing for the assessment of the actual reality of what is really taking place with the vaccine and the virus. Good news though it looks like there with be pills available in a few months that will help with the symptons

https://sharylattkisson.com/2021/09/covid-19-natural-immunity-compared-to-vaccine-induced-immunity-the-definitive-summary/
The vaccine immunity problem

Hard data counters widespread public misinformation that claimed “virtually all" patients hospitalized and dying of Covid-19 are unvaccinated. Pfizer and Moderna had claimed their vaccines were “100% effective” at preventing serious illness. Many in the media even popularized a propaganda phrase designed to push more people to get vaccinated: "pandemic of the unvaccinated.”

Not so, says CDC and other data.


Recent CDC data found that 74% of those who tested positive for Covid-19 in a Massachusetts analysis had been fully-vaccinated. Equally as troubling for those advocating vaccination-for-all: four out of five people hospitalized with Covid were fully-vaccinated. And CDC said "viral load” — indicating how able the human host is to spread Covid-19 — is about the same among the vaccinated and unvaccinated. Contrary to the infamous misinformation by CDC Director Rochelle Walensky last May, vaccinated people can— and are— spreading Covid. (CDC officials later corrected Walensky's false claim.)



The bright side of recovering from Covid-19

But there’s promising news to be found within natural and acquired immunity statistics, according to virologists. As of May 29, CDC estimated more than 120 million Americans— more than one in three— had already battled Covid. While an estimated six-tenths of one-percent died, the other 99.4% of those infected survived with a presumed immune status that appears to be superior to that which comes with vaccination.

If doctors could routinely test to confirm who has fought off and become immune to Covid-19, it would eliminate the practical need or rationale for those protected millions to get vaccinated. It would also allow them to avoid even the slight risk of serious vaccine side effects.



Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 27, 2021, 12:05:01 AM
You are probably not going to want to read this. There is a good chance the vaccine has already wore off of the early vaccinated. Now the reality is you and your vaccinated friends can infect each other. Time is now allowing for the assessment of the actual reality of what is really taking place with the vaccine and the virus. Good news though it looks like there with be pills available in a few months that will help with the symptons

https://sharylattkisson.com/2021/09/covid-19-natural-immunity-compared-to-vaccine-induced-immunity-the-definitive-summary/
The vaccine immunity problem

Hard data counters widespread public misinformation that claimed “virtually all" patients hospitalized and dying of Covid-19 are unvaccinated. Pfizer and Moderna had claimed their vaccines were “100% effective” at preventing serious illness. Many in the media even popularized a propaganda phrase designed to push more people to get vaccinated: "pandemic of the unvaccinated.”

Not so, says CDC and other data.


Recent CDC data found that 74% of those who tested positive for Covid-19 in a Massachusetts analysis had been fully-vaccinated. Equally as troubling for those advocating vaccination-for-all: four out of five people hospitalized with Covid were fully-vaccinated. And CDC said "viral load” — indicating how able the human host is to spread Covid-19 — is about the same among the vaccinated and unvaccinated. Contrary to the infamous misinformation by CDC Director Rochelle Walensky last May, vaccinated people can— and are— spreading Covid. (CDC officials later corrected Walensky's false claim.)



The bright side of recovering from Covid-19

But there’s promising news to be found within natural and acquired immunity statistics, according to virologists. As of May 29, CDC estimated more than 120 million Americans— more than one in three— had already battled Covid. While an estimated six-tenths of one-percent died, the other 99.4% of those infected survived with a presumed immune status that appears to be superior to that which comes with vaccination.

If doctors could routinely test to confirm who has fought off and become immune to Covid-19, it would eliminate the practical need or rationale for those protected millions to get vaccinated. It would also allow them to avoid even the slight risk of serious vaccine side effects.

Just more vaccine disinformation being promoted by right wing hack Sharyl Attkisson. None of this nonsense is accurate.
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 27, 2021, 12:09:09 AM
So, these morons refuse to take a COVID vaccine shot but will they take a pill?

A daily pill to treat Covid could be just months away, scientists say

Within a day of testing positive for covid-19 in June, Miranda Kelly was sick enough to be scared. At 44, with diabetes and high blood pressure, Kelly, a certified nursing assistant, was having trouble breathing, symptoms serious enough to send her to the emergency room.
When her husband, Joe, 46, fell ill with the virus, too, she really got worried, especially about their five teenagers at home: “I thought, 'I hope to God we don't wind up on ventilators. We have children. Who's going to raise these kids?"

But the Kellys, who live in Seattle, had agreed just after their diagnoses to join a clinical trial at the nearby Fred Hutch cancer research center that's part of an international effort to test an antiviral treatment that could halt covid early in its course.

By the next day, the couple were taking four pills, twice a day. Though they weren't told whether they had received an active medication or placebo, within a week, they said, their symptoms were better. Within two weeks, they had recovered.

“I don't know if we got the treatment, but I kind of feel like we did," Miranda Kelly said. “To have all these underlying conditions, I felt like the recovery was very quick."

The Kellys have a role in developing what could be the world's next chance to thwart covid: a short-term regimen of daily pills that can fight the virus early after diagnosis and conceivably prevent symptoms from developing after exposure.

“Oral antivirals have the potential to not only curtail the duration of one's covid-19 syndrome, but also have the potential to limit transmission to people in your household if you are sick," said Timothy Sheahan, a virologist at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill who has helped pioneer these therapies.

Antivirals are already essential treatments for other viral infections, including hepatitis C and HIV. One of the best known is Tamiflu, the widely prescribed pill that can shorten the duration of influenza and reduce the risk of hospitalization if given quickly.

The medications, developed to treat and prevent viral infections in people and animals, work differently depending on the type. But they can be engineered to boost the immune system to fight infection, block receptors so viruses can't enter healthy cells, or lower the amount of active virus in the body.

At least three promising antivirals for covid are being tested in clinical trials, with results expected as soon as late fall or winter, said Carl Dieffenbach, director of the Division of AIDS at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who is overseeing antiviral development.

“I think that we will have answers as to what these pills are capable of within the next several months," Dieffenbach said.

The top contender is a medication from Merck & Co. and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics called molnupiravir, Dieffenbach said. This is the product being tested in the Kellys' Seattle trial. Two others include a candidate from Pfizer, known as PF-07321332, and AT-527, an antiviral produced by Roche and Atea Pharmaceuticals.

They work by interfering with the virus's ability to replicate in human cells. In the case of molnupiravir, the enzyme that copies the viral genetic material is forced to make so many mistakes that the virus can't reproduce. That, in turn, reduces the patient's viral load, shortening infection time and preventing the kind of dangerous immune response that can cause serious illness or death.

So far, only one antiviral drug, remdesivir, has been approved to treat covid. But it is given intravenously to patients ill enough to be hospitalized, and is not intended for early, widespread use. By contrast, the top contenders under study can be packaged as pills.

Sheahan, who also performed preclinical work on remdesivir, led an early study in mice that showed that molnupiravir could prevent early disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes covid. The formula was discovered at Emory University and later acquired by Ridgeback and Merck.

Clinical trials have followed, including an early trial of 202 participants last spring that showed that molnupiravir rapidly reduced the levels of infectious virus. Merck chief executive Robert Davis said this month that the company expects data from its larger phase 3 trials in the coming weeks, with the potential to seek emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration “before year-end."

Pfizer launched a combined phase 2 and 3 trial of its product Sept. 1, and Atea officials said they expect results from phase 2 and phase 3 trials later this year.

If the results are positive and emergency use is granted for any product, Dieffenbach said, “distribution could begin quickly."

That would mean millions of Americans soon could have access to a daily orally administered medication, ideally a single pill, that could be taken for five to 10 days at the first confirmation of covid infection.

"When we get there, that's the idea," said Dr. Daniel Griffin, an infectious diseases and immunology expert at Columbia University. “To have this all around the country, so that people get it the same day they get diagnosed."

Once sidelined for lack of interest, oral antivirals to treat coronavirus infections are now a subject of fierce competition and funding. In June, the Biden administration announced it had agreed to obtain about 1.7 million treatment courses of Merck's molnupiravir, at a cost of $1.2 billion, if the product receives emergency authorization or full approval. The same month, the administration said it would invest $3.2 billion in the Antiviral Program for Pandemics, which aims to develop antivirals for the covid crisis and beyond, Dieffenbach said.

The pandemic kick-started a long-neglected effort to develop potent antiviral treatments for coronaviruses, said Sheahan. Though the original SARS virus in 2003 gave scientists a scare — followed by Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, in 2012 — research efforts slowed when those outbreaks did not persist.

“The commercial drive to develop any products just went down the tubes," said Sheahan.

Widely available antiviral drugs would join the monoclonal antibody therapies already used to treat and prevent serious illness and hospitalizations caused by covid. The lab-produced monoclonal antibodies, which mimic the body's natural response to infection, were easier to develop but must be given primarily through intravenous infusions.

The federal government is covering the cost of most monoclonal products at $2,000 a dose. It's still too early to know how the price of antivirals might compare.

Like the monoclonal antibodies, antiviral pills would be no substitute for vaccination, said Griffin. They would be another tool to fight covid. “It's nice to have another option," he said.

One challenge in developing antiviral drugs quickly has been recruiting enough participants for the clinical trials, each of which needs to enroll many hundreds of people, said Dr. Elizabeth Duke, a Fred Hutch research associate overseeing its molnupiravir trial.

Participants must be unvaccinated and enrolled in the trial within five days of a positive covid test. Any given day, interns make 100 calls to newly covid-positive people in the Seattle area — and most say no.

“Just generally speaking, there's a lot of mistrust about the scientific process," Duke said. “And some of the people are saying kind of nasty things to the interns."

If the antiviral pills prove effective, the next challenge will be ramping up a distribution system that can rush them to people as soon as they test positive. Griffin said it will take something akin to the program set up last year by UnitedHealthcare, which sped Tamiflu kits to 200,000 at-risk patients enrolled in the insurer's Medicare Advantage plans.

Merck officials predicted the company could produce more than 10 million courses of therapy by the end of the year. Atea and Pfizer have not released similar estimates.

Even more promising? Studies evaluating whether antivirals can prevent infection after exposure.

“Think about that," said Duke, who is also overseeing a prophylactic trial. “You could give it to everyone in a household, or everyone in a school. Then we're talking about a return to, maybe, normal life."

KHN (Kaiser Health News) is a national newsroom that produces in-depth journalism about health issues. Together with Policy Analysis and Polling, KHN is one of the three major operating programs at KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation). KFF is an endowed nonprofit organization providing information on health issues to the nation.

https://www.rawstory.com/pill/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 27, 2021, 04:10:14 AM
The Rolling Stones advise fans to get vaccinated or tested as tour starts Sunday in St. Louis

In a recorded message to fans on its social media prior to its tour relaunching Sunday at the Dome at America's Center, the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger, Keith Richards are advising their fans to either get the COVID-19 vaccine, as they have themselves, or to get tested.

The goal is for everyone to have a safer night out at their concerts, “No. Filter Tour 2021”

To be clear, vaccines or negative tests are not required for entry into the concert Sunday. What is required is that face masks must be worn indoors at all times except while eating or drinking, as stated on the Explore St. Louis website.

The band says to go on and wear them as they’re no big deal.

BJC HealthCare is excited to be included Sunday at the Rolling Stones concert providing COVID-19 vaccines to interested concert goers.

The Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available free of charge at the concert via BJC HealthCare. Concert-goers interested will be directed to the First Aid room.

Show time for the “No Filter Tour 2021” is at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, and the Revivalists open.

https://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/music/kevin-johnson/the-rolling-stones-advise-fans-to-get-vaccinated-or-tested-as-tour-starts-sunday-in/article_b2990dbf-c801-5f03-a8e4-234df57925eb.html
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Jack Nessan on September 27, 2021, 03:20:17 PM
Just more vaccine disinformation being promoted by right wing hack Sharyl Attkisson. None of this nonsense is accurate.

That's the spirit. You don't care that the vaccine is waning and people who thought they were protected are not.  People can decide all over again to get vaccinated again or maybe they will have a pill by then to treat the symptoms, just like the flu.

Wasn't the vaccine supposed to be a cure all and now it looks more like a stop gap approach?
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 28, 2021, 09:01:08 AM
That's the spirit. You don't care that the vaccine is waning and people who thought they were protected are not.  People can decide all over again to get vaccinated again or maybe they will have a pill by then to treat the symptoms, just like the flu.

Wasn't the vaccine supposed to be a cure all and now it looks more like a stop gap approach?

The vaccine is not "waning". Just more anti vaccine disinformation pushed by right wing hacks in the media 
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 28, 2021, 09:02:51 AM
Pfizer begins study of oral drug for prevention of COVID-19

(Reuters) -Pfizer Inc said on Monday it has started a large study testing its investigational oral antiviral drug for the prevention of COVID-19 infection among those who have been exposed to the virus.

The drugmaker and its rivals, including U.S.-based Merck & Co Inc and Swiss pharmaceutical Roche Holding AG, have been racing to develop an easy-to-administer antiviral pill for COVID-19.

The mid-to-late-stage study will test Pfizer's drug, PF-07321332, in up to 2,660 healthy adult participants aged 18 and older who live in the same household as an individual with a confirmed symptomatic COVID-19 infection.

In the trial, PF-07321332, designed to block the activity of a key enzyme needed for the coronavirus to multiply, will be administered along with a low dose of ritonavir, an older medication widely used in combination treatments for HIV infection.

To date, Gilead Sciences Inc's intravenous drug remdesivir is the only approved antiviral treatment for COVID-19 in the United States.

Pfizer has also started another study of PF-07321332 in non-hospitalized, symptomatic adult patients.

Merck and partner Ridgeback Biotherapeutics recently launched a late-stage trial of their experimental drug molnupiravir for prevention of the COVID-19 infection.

Molnupiravir is also being studied in a late-stage trial in non-hospitalized patients to see if it reduces the risk of hospitalization or death.

https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/pfizer-begins-study-covid-19-antiviral-drug-2021-09-27/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 28, 2021, 09:08:32 AM
I've been 100% correct about this scumbag all along and more new evidence coming out confirms it once again. Criminal Donald did nothing to combat COVID-19.


Trump administration assumed 'everyone was going to get COVID anyway': Interview with ex-FDA chief reveals

An interview with former President Donald Trump's FDA Commissioner revealed that the administration was dismissive of any efforts to fight COVID-19 because they assumed "everyone" was going to get it anyway, and they essentially wanted to get it over with.

Speaking to CNN's Pamela Brown, Dr. Scott Gottlieb explained that he thinks the government should militarize viruses like this because it's a national security threat and existing structures aren't made to handle such a massive pathogen.

"I remember one White House official cavalierly saying to me, and this was around the time that then-President Trump was pushing for schools to reopen," Brown recalled. "They said, 'Well, we just need to get kids back in the class because everybody is going to get this virus at some point or another, and it's going to spread wildly, and there's no way to contain it.' It stuck with me how casual they were about that, as you just pointed out as one of the issues you didn't believe was actually true."

Brown also noted that after the H1N1 virus, processes were put in place to try and respond quickly to viruses like COVID. Gottlieb disagreed, saying that there was nothing in place to deal with a virus like COVID. He cited nasal swabs that weren't in the stockpile collection of items in the federal government's reserve. While there may have been medical equipment, ventilators, and a slew of other things, he said that they failed to anticipate the necessary things a virus like COVID would need, like the nasal swabs.
"I know we put in very detailed plans," said Gottlieb. "We were worried about a pandemic with the H1N1 flu. We prepped for a hypothetical pandemic, including influenza. We prepared for a pandemic, we just prepared for the wrong pandemic, and I think we found that in the preparations we put in place for a flu were not applicable to a coronavirus. And even insofar as they were applicable to a coronavirus, they weren't very good. The plans we put in place really weren't adequate. We tried to compile certain components we thought we would need but didn't consider a global crisis, and a pandemic is a global event, everywhere would need all the equipment at the same time, so all the supply chains would be demanded across the world and we would run out of them."

It was a surprising take because viruses don't stop at political borders. If a virus reaches pandemic status, that means it's a global disease. That would mean that everyone in the world would need the same medical equipment and materials at the same time.

The questions many had at the time were why the Trump administration was restricting access to things like building test kits or even running the tests from accredited university medical labs.

See the interview below:


Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Richard Smith on September 28, 2021, 03:23:28 PM
So many words.  Old Joe has blown the vaccine rollout.  He was gifted the vaccine from day one of his presidency and cases are up 300%! An incredible fiasco.  Just one among many.  What is declining?  The number of people getting vaccinated.  The lowest numbers this last week.  Minorities and younger folks in particular are refusing the vaccine.  Old Joe decided to politicize the vaccine and try to coerce and shame people into getting it.  That has backfired.  Those that were skeptical to begin with have hardened in their position because of this tactic. 
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Jack Nessan on September 28, 2021, 04:04:07 PM
The vaccine is not "waning". Just more anti vaccine disinformation pushed by right wing hacks in the media

Ok if you say so. I don't see the right wing inference in telling people the vaccine wanes over time but you would be the expert on that. Somebody should tell Old Joe he doesn't need it before he gets any more boosters.
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 28, 2021, 11:40:18 PM
So many words.  Old Joe has blown the vaccine rollout.  He was gifted the vaccine from day one of his presidency and cases are up 300%! An incredible fiasco.  Just one among many.  What is declining?  The number of people getting vaccinated.  The lowest numbers this last week.  Minorities and younger folks in particular are refusing the vaccine.  Old Joe decided to politicize the vaccine and try to coerce and shame people into getting it.  That has backfired.  Those that were skeptical to begin with have hardened in their position because of this tactic.

BS:

Same old debunked talking points over and over again.

President Biden took on the pandemic and secured enough vaccine for ALL Americans unlike Criminal Donald who refused to secure enough vaccine for ALL Americans.

President Biden's roll out was a major success with 4 million shots per day unlike Criminal Donald who never even had 1 million on consecutive days. 

President Biden got this pandemic under control from April-June where we had the lowest COVID infections and death rate since the start of the pandemic. That angered right wingers because they didn't want him to get credit for ending this pandemic so they started their anti vaccine assault pushing bogus disinformation and banning vaccine mandates. That allowed right wing voters to become brainwashed into not getting vaccinated, and as a result, they are getting sick and dying in mass numbers. So the GOP is cutting off their nose as their own voters will no longer be able to vote for them with their shrinking base.

The right wing media, GOP politicians, and Trump himself are the ones responsible for the deaths of their own voters by turning them off towards the vaccine because of nothing but lies. They continue keep this pandemic surging while taking away the freedoms and liberty from millions of Americans.       
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 28, 2021, 11:46:59 PM
Ok if you say so. I don't see the right wing inference in telling people the vaccine wanes over time but you would be the expert on that. Somebody should tell Old Joe he doesn't need it before he gets any more boosters.

Right wingers push anti vaccine disinformation keeping people from taking the vaccine. Bogus lies about micro chips implanted in the vaccine, alien DNA, and magnetic rays is just some of the nonsense being pushed that these uneducated morons believe. There would be no need for boosters if everybody got vaccinated. People now need boosters to get protection from the Delta variant. If this mutates into an even more deadly variant we are all screwed and right wingers don't care. These idiots are not pro life they are pro death. 
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 28, 2021, 11:49:48 PM
'Rewarding them for choosing not to get vaccinated': Physicians fire back at Tennessee governor’s pandemic policies

Doctors across the state, including one who serves on Gov. Bill Lee's COVID-19 advisory panel, are challenging his COVID-19 policies and cheering three court decisions to overturn his executive order allowing parents to opt out of school mask mandates.

Dr. Erica Kaye, a pediatrician, oncologist and palliative care physician at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, in August drafted a letter to Gov. Lee and signed by thousands of medical professionals encouraging him to reverse course. She called the decisions by three federal judges to block Lee's executive orders in Shelby, Knox and Williamson counties, “critical steps in the right direction."

“As pediatricians and healthcare professionals, our primary mission is to save the lives of children," Kaye said. “Gov. Bill Lee has the power and the responsibility to protect the lives of Tennesseans, especially vulnerable young children who cannot yet be vaccinated. Since he has declined to do so, we are grateful that the courts have heard the concerns of those families whose children are most endangered and protected all children in these school districts. Every child, teacher and employee deserves the freedom to be safe in school, without exceptions."

U.S. District Judge J. Ronnie Greer ruled Friday that Knox County Schools must put a mask mandate in place to protect children with health risks. U.S. District Judge Waverly Crenshaw ruled the same day that Williamson County and Franklin Special school districts would be able to enforce mask mandates without exceptions.

Those decisions came in the wake of a ruling by U.S. District Judge Sheryl Lipman to block Lee's mask opt-out order and issue a preliminary injunction in Shelby County.

Lee declined to comment last week on the pending litigation and also said he isn't sure whether he will renew the executive order when it expires Oct. 5.

The majority of Tennessee school districts opened in early August without universal mask rules, except for Shelby County Schools, Metro Nashville Public Schools and a couple of rural school systems. In the past two weeks, the state has reported nearly 18,000 pediatric cases of COVID-19, and about 33% of cases statewide are found in children.

Gov. Lee said this summer on Fox News that children don't catch COVID-19. He later amended that statement to say the disease doesn't have the same effect on children that it does on older, health-compromised adults.

At least 14 public school employees, including teachers, have died from COVID-19 since the school year began, the Tennessee Lookout previously reported. More than 14,000 people have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic started, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.

Dr. Sarah Cross, Infectious Disease director at Regional One Health in Memphis and a University of Tennessee Health Sciences physician, previously criticized the governor's executive order enabling parents to opt out of school district mask mandates. Now, she's taking aim at his policy prioritizing monoclonal antibodies for unvaccinated people, or those likely to be the sickest from COVID-19 and the Delta variant.

“It's a very difficult situation," Cross said Monday. “On the one hand we are saving lives by giving monoclonal antibodies to the unvaccinated population because they are certainly at the highest risk of dying. On the other hand, we are rewarding them for choosing not to get vaccinated, thus prolonging this pandemic – the worst public health crisis of our time."

Cross pointed out only 52% of the state's residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine. She noted Tennessee has used “a lot" of monoclonal antibodies because of low vaccination rates.

“There is not an unlimited supply of these antibodies, but physicians should be the decision makers on who gets this treatment – not Gov. Lee or Dr. Piercey," Cross said of the state's health commissioner.

Cross is a member of the Governor's Coronavirus Task Force, which hasn't met since summer 2020. Yet she is critical of his executive order on masks, which she contends put people in danger, as well as the directive on monoclonal antibodies.

“Our hospitals and frontline physicians see unvaccinated patients come in every day who are critically ill, filling up our ICUs and stretching the availability of life-saving equipment like ventilators and ECMO units. And this is entirely preventable," Cross said in a statement. “The problem is that Gov. Lee and some radical politicians have made this a political issue from the beginning, seeking to divide us for political gain, instead of treating this pandemic as the health crisis that it is."

When Cross first spoke out about the danger of the Delta variant in mid-August, 11,276 cases of COVID-19 infections had been reported among school-aged children, and 50 were hospitalized. Two died at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital and eight were in the intensive care unit there.

The problem is that Gov. Lee and some radical politicians have made this a political issue from the beginning, seeking to divide us for political gain, instead of treating this pandemic as the health crisis that it is.

– Dr. Sarah Cross, Infectious Disease director at Regional One Health in Memphis

Lee continued to defend his stance last week against mask requirements as well President Joe Biden's vaccine mandate for businesses with more than 100 employees, saying he thinks mandates “counteract" the state's efforts to quell the pandemic.

The governor noted he has encouraged people to be vaccinated, with more than 112,000 getting the shot in the past week. But he declined to be photographed taking the vaccine and said he would not be involved in commercials encouraging people to take the vaccine.

In addition, Lee stood by his administration's directive for monoclonal antibodies to be used on the unvaccinated but gave himself an out on two fronts.

He noted the state is following guidelines set by the National Institutes of Health but said the ultimate decision about who receives monoclonal antibodies lies with clinicians.

“The good news is that the supply we're receiving from the federal government exceeds our demand for it right now and has so for the last several weeks. We believe that will continue because our case counts are dropping and our need for monoclonal antibodies will drop as well as hospitalizations do, or as infections do," Lee told reporters.

Asked why the state is following the guidelines if there is no shortage of monoclonal antibodies, Lee reiterated that the state gives guidelines to clinicians, who make the decision whether to use them.

“So the state has not directed that clinician to follow a guideline. They have given and passed along the National Institutes of Health guidelines."

The number of cases in Tennessee jumped by 5,638 Monday from the previous day, and deaths went up by 85. Hospitalizations, in contrast, dropped by 142 from the previous day, although 2,957 remain in the hospital for COVID-19 treatment.

Testing increased by 30,124 since Sunday with a 15.9% positive rate. More than 9.7 million tests have been taken.

https://www.rawstory.com/tennessee-doctors/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 29, 2021, 12:08:38 AM
The right wing owned media and GOP politicians are fueling this deadly anti vaccine and mask rhetoric. As a result, they are killing off their own voters in mass numbers at a record pace. 


Republicans warned their self-destructive COVID behavior is 'killing off their voters faster than they think'

When COVID-19 was overwhelming New York City hospitals during the 2020 spring, a silly talking point in right-wing media was that residents of red states didn't need to worry about the pandemic because it only posed a threat to Democratic areas. But COVID-19, just as health experts predicted, found its way to red states in a brutal way. And the current COVID-19 surge is especially severe in red states that have lower vaccination rates. Journalist David Leonhardt, in an article published by the New York Times this week, examines a disturbing pattern: red states where residents are more likely to be anti-vaxxers and more likely to be infected with COVID-19 and die from it.

Leonhardt explains, "A Pew Research Center poll last month found that 86% of Democratic voters had received at least one shot, compared with 60% of Republican voters. The political divide over vaccinations is so large that almost every reliably blue state now has a higher vaccination rate than almost every reliably red state."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 75% of U.S.-based adults have been at least partially vaccinated for COVID-19. But vaccination rates can vary considerably from one state to another. The Mayo Clinic reports that rates for at least partial vaccination range from 77% in Vermont to 49% in Mississippi, 46% in Idaho and 52% in Alabama. Vermont is a deep blue state with a moderate Republican governor, while Mississippi, Idaho and Alabama are deep red states that former President Donald Trump won by a landslide in 2020.

"It's worth remembering that COVID followed a different pattern for more than a year after its arrival in the U.S.," Leonhardt explains. "Despite widespread differences in mask wearing — and scientific research suggesting that masks reduce the virus' spread — the pandemic was, if anything, worse in blue regions. Masks evidently were not powerful enough to overcome other regional differences, like the amount of international travel that flows through major metro areas, which tend to be politically liberal. Vaccination has changed the situation."

Leonhardt continues, "The vaccines are powerful enough to overwhelm other differences between blue and red areas. Some left-leaning communities — like many suburbs of New York, San Francisco and Washington, as well as much of New England — have such high vaccination rates that even the unvaccinated are partly protected by the low number of cases. Conservative communities, on the other hand, have been walloped by the highly contagious Delta variant."

The Times reporter notes that in many other developed countries, the pandemic hasn't been politicized to the degree that it has in the United States.

"What distinguishes the U.S. is a conservative party — the Republican Party — that has grown hostile to science and empirical evidence in recent decades," Leonhardt observes. "A conservative media complex, including Fox News, Sinclair Broadcast Group and various online outlets, echoes and amplifies this hostility. Trump took the conspiratorial thinking to a new level, but he did not create it."

Epidemiologist Eric Feigl-Ding, in a Twitter thread posted over the weekend, argues that Republicans are "killing off" their own voters by promoting anti-vaxxer and anti-masker views:

MISCALCULATION BY GOP—As an epidemiologist, I think Republicans might be killing off their voter base faster than they think. The #COVID19 death rate since June 30 in counties where Trump got >90% of the vote are 9.5x higher than where he got <10%—pretty strong. HT @charles_gaba

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2) To be clear, as an epidemiologist, I present this because I am worried for all public health. There are plenty of people of both political parties dying. But clearly there is a strong geographic political skew. People need to vaccinate and mask, or else it will hurt us all.

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Feigl-Ding points out that under far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil — not unlike red states in the U.S.— has suffered high COVID-19 infection rates:

3) This mass death trend in areas voting for authoritarians like Trump is also true in parts of Brazil 🇧🇷 that voted more of Bolsonaro. Not a coincidence conservatives in both US and Brazil are more often anti mask and anti vax.

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4.) vaccine rates heavily differ by red vs blue states. This is a main driver for sure. But also anti mask sentiments.

PUERTO RICO is now the most-vaccinated state/territory in the United States!

--Vermont falls to 4th as PR, CT & ME bypass it
--Oregon breaks 60%
--Am. Samoa breaks 50%
--Nevada on verge of 50%
--Louisiana on verge of 45%


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Leonhardt notes that the Delta variant has been especially deadly in Republican areas.

"Since Delta began circulating widely in the U.S.," according to Leonhardt, "COVID has exacted a horrific death toll on red America: In counties where Donald Trump received at least 70 percent of the vote, the virus has killed about 47 out of every 100,000 people since the end of June, according to Charles Gaba, a health care analyst. In counties where Trump won less than 32 percent of the vote, the number is about 10 out of 100,000."

https://www.rawstory.com/republican-voters-deaths/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Richard Smith on September 29, 2021, 01:23:42 AM
Yawn.
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 29, 2021, 05:05:26 AM
Americans are dying because no hospital will take them

During the current delta-driven Covid-19 wave, Americans are being transported hundreds of miles from their homes because no nearby hospital has room for them. Some of them have even died waiting for medical attention.

In other words, US hospitals are being forced — in the middle of a public health emergency — to ration health care for their patients.

Rationing has long been a dirty word in US health policy, used as an attack on any socialized health program that more centrally determines which medical services will be covered and for whom. The US health system has always rationed care through cost: It’s de facto rationing when a patient doesn’t get the medical care they need because they can’t pay out-of-pocket costs or because they live in a rural community without a facility nearby.

“We’re so used to rationing by ability-to-pay in this country that classic capacity rationing feels a bit foreign,” Hannah Neprash, a health economist at the University of Minnesota, said in an email.

The delta variant, more contagious and virulent than its predecessors, and America’s lagging vaccination rates are driving the current crisis.

The states with the worst outbreaks in confirmed cases per capita right now — Tennessee, Kentucky, Alaska, Wyoming, and West Virginia, according to the New York Times’s tracker — have either set new hospitalization records in the last several weeks or are near their previous highs from the winter wave. All of them have vaccination rates below the national average. Throughout the South, hospitals are reporting they have more patients in need of ICU care than ICU beds available, as the Times reported on Tuesday.

America, the richest country in the world, is not supposed to be a place where patients are left at the door to die. Yet that is exactly what’s happening now — 18 months into the pandemic.

The US health system wasn’t built to withstand a pandemic

Many parts of the American health system have struggled to handle the pandemic. The current hospitalization crisis is just the latest iteration of an institutional failure.

The United States still has a lot of unvaccinated people who are fully vulnerable to the delta variant of the novel coronavirus, which is more transmissible and may cause more virulent disease. One in four people over 18 still haven’t received any dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, and younger age cohorts have lower vaccination rates than their elders. As a result, there has been a shift in who’s being hospitalized: People over 65 made up more than half of hospitalizations in December and January; now they are about a third. Children under 12 still are not eligible for the vaccines, and pediatric hospitals are seeing their highest number of Covid-19 patients ever.

But while the demographics of the people being hospitalized may have shifted, the sheer number of people getting severely ill with Covid-19 and ending up in the hospital is almost as high as it has ever been.

Texas, to give one example, has nearly matched its winter peak with more than 14,200 people currently hospitalized with Covid-19. More than 90 percent of the state’s ICU beds are occupied, according to Covid Act Now. In Idaho, with about 88 percent of ICU beds in use, hospitals had to activate what is known as “crisis” standards of care. That gives them more discretion to prioritize the patients most likely to survive for ICU beds and other treatment.

In Bellville, Texas, 46-year-old military veteran Daniel Wilkinson was rushed to the emergency room. He was diagnosed with gallstone pancreatitis, which is treatable but which his local hospital was not equipped to treat, according to KPRC. The doctor called all over the region — to hospitals in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, among others — but could not find a hospital that would take him. Those states currently have some of the highest Covid-19 hospitalization rates in the country.

An ICU bed was eventually located at a Houston Veterans Administration hospital, more than an hour away from Bellville. But Wilkinson’s organs started failing on the helicopter ride there and he died. It had been more than seven hours since his mother first brought him to the local ER.

There are more stories like Wilkinson’s across the United States. On Monday, the Washington Post reported that a 73-year-old Alabama man died of a cardiac emergency after being turned away from more than 40 hospitals. The closest hospital that would take him was 200 miles away in Mississippi. Alabama is currently experiencing the second-most Covid-19 hospitalizations per capita in the nation.

Hospitals are trying to balance handling a new Covid-19 surge with providing medical care to all of the other patients who need their attention. But that has required them to make some hard choices.

Karen Joynt Maddox, a practicing physician and health policy researcher at Washington University in St. Louis, said her local hospital was instructed during the pandemic not to take patients from small rural facilities unless absolutely medically necessary, which at times has meant rejecting transfer requests made by family members.

The US does not have a lot of hospital beds compared to many other wealthy countries; about 2.9 per 1,000 people compared to the average of 4.6, according to the Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker.

There are some good reasons for that: Over the decades, more medical services have been shifted from inpatient to outpatient settings in order to save costs. But that still ended up shrinking the number of hospital beds available in a once-in-a-lifetime emergency.

We wouldn’t necessarily want the US health system to always be flush with excess hospital capacity, some experts contend. It would cost substantial funding to maintain. But even in normal times, urban hospitals will operate at near 100 percent capacity while rural hospitals sit with half their beds open.

“We have beds, just not in the right places,” Joynt Maddox said, “and with no system to try to use the available beds as rationally as possible.”

The current crisis has revealed how disorganized the US health system truly is. American hospitals don’t have a reliable revenue stream, as hospitals do in countries with budgets that pay providers a predictable amount of money every year.

And there is no central authority to help manage the patient load when US hospitals are overwhelmed; Daniel Wilkinson’s doctor made those calls on his own. As NPR reported, local hospital leaders across the country have been left making desperate pleas to other facilities hundreds of miles away.

Other wealthy nations were better equipped to handle their Covid-19 surges

That disorganization is what distinguishes the US from other wealthy countries with different health systems — and arguably contributed to some of these terrible outcomes.

America is not alone in being tested by the coronavirus. Other wealthy nations saw their hospitals strained in the pandemic, especially early on, when countries like Italy endured some of the worst initial coronavirus outbreaks.

But a year and a half into the pandemic, those other countries appear better equipped to handle the load, aided by both higher vaccination rates and more cohesive health systems.

The US is mediocre in terms of hospital capacity, but it’s not at the bottom among its economic peers. Both Canada and the United Kingdom, with government-run health programs for every citizen, actually have slightly fewer hospital beds per capita.

And they neared their limits during the worst waves of the pandemic. The UK’s National Health Service was forced to transfer ICU patients to less congested areas during the fall and winter surges. In Ontario, more than 2,500 patients have been moved to other cities in order to receive lifesaving care. Even in France, which has significantly more hospital beds per capita than the US, more than 100 Covid-19 patients had to be evacuated as Paris hospitals ran low on beds.

These are not quite the same horror stories as we are seeing in the US, however, because there was a stronger level of coordination among the hospitals. In all of these international cases, either the national or local government managed the movement of patients.

No such system exists in the US; it is largely done informally. I spoke with a California hospital executive last summer who had to call a nearby hospital himself, looking for a ventilator when his facility was running low on those lifesaving machines.

Other countries appear to have avoided unnecessary deaths because they have a real system to coordinate care. In Britain, hospitals are currently able to handle more emergency care than the average volume prior to the pandemic, according to recent research by the Nuffield Trust, though elective surgeries are still sometimes being canceled.

“Hospitals have been incredibly stretched but have always been able to offer urgent and emergency care,” Nick Scriven, a UK doctor and past president of the Society of Acute Medicine, told me. “People were not turned away if they needed a hospital bed.”

The pandemic laid bare how disastrously disorganized the US health system is. But that’s always been true. It just usually reveals itself in more subtle ways.

An overwhelmed ER in a downtown urban setting might lead to some patients leaving without being seen. Low staffing at certain times — US hospitals stand out from their international peers because they have more administrative staff and less medical staff — appears to lead to worse outcomes. And then you have the higher out-of-pocket costs borne by Americans, which have been shown to lead to people skipping or postponing necessary medical care.

As Ezra Klein wrote for Vox last year, in covering the UK’s National Health Service, every health system rations care. There are not unlimited resources. But while in the US that rationing occurs in subtle and haphazard ways, other countries have tried to build a more rational system for managing their medical capacity.

That left them better positioned to handle surges of sick patients during the pandemic. America is paying the price for its failure to do the same thing.

https://www.vox.com/coronavirus-covid19/2021/9/14/22650733/us-covid-19-hospitals-full-texas-alabama
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Jack Nessan on September 29, 2021, 04:07:48 PM
Right wingers push anti vaccine disinformation keeping people from taking the vaccine. Bogus lies about micro chips implanted in the vaccine, alien DNA, and magnetic rays is just some of the nonsense being pushed that these uneducated morons believe. There would be no need for boosters if everybody got vaccinated. People now need boosters to get protection from the Delta variant. If this mutates into an even more deadly variant we are all screwed and right wingers don't care. These idiots are not pro life they are pro death.

Viruses are always mutating. The use of the vaccine itself allows virus mutations to become prevalent that are resistant to the vaccine. That is not left wing or right wing that is mother nature.


The vaccine is nothing more than a tool and not an end all to the problem. Israel is a the best example of a fully vaccinated population continuing to have a problem.

Again the virus is also spread by the vaccinated, this is not an unvaccinated people problem alone. People who are vaccinated are also getting sick. As time goes by and the vaccine continues to wane and the virus continues to mutate this is only going to get worse. The vaccine is nothing more than a merry go round with an ever changing virus. New vaccines to protect against new variants.

Natural immunity is still the best but unfortunately the only way to achieve that is to roll the dice. It would be interesting to know if having the virus while having been vaccinated creates a natural immunity. That would be ideal.

 If there is hope on the horizon it is in the ability to treat the symptoms. Right now a huge group of people are being vaccinated that do not have problems with controlling the virus. Treating the symptoms will reduce the virus to the level of the flu.
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 30, 2021, 01:12:32 AM
Viruses are always mutating. The use of the vaccine itself allows virus mutations to become prevalent that are resistant to the vaccine. That is not left wing or right wing that is mother nature.


The vaccine is nothing more than a tool and not an end all to the problem. Israel is a the best example of a fully vaccinated population continuing to have a problem.

Again the virus is also spread by the vaccinated, this is not an unvaccinated people problem alone. People who are vaccinated are also getting sick. As time goes by and the vaccine continues to wane and the virus continues to mutate this is only going to get worse. The vaccine is nothing more than a merry go round with an ever changing virus. New vaccines to protect against new variants.

Natural immunity is still the best but unfortunately the only way to achieve that is to roll the dice. It would be interesting to know if having the virus while having been vaccinated creates a natural immunity. That would be ideal.

 If there is hope on the horizon it is in the ability to treat the symptoms. Right now a huge group of people are being vaccinated that do not have problems with controlling the virus. Treating the symptoms will reduce the virus to the level of the flu.

More disinformation.

The statistics and the evidence In the United States is clear: States with the highest vaccination rates have the least amount of COVID transmission. People who are vaccinated are not sick and dying in the hospital. States with the lowest vaccinations are overwhelmed with COVID and their hospitals are filled up to capacity with dying people.

The numbers and charts above prove it and you have no argument.     
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on September 30, 2021, 01:27:18 AM
Good news!

Anti-vaxxers defeated in New Jersey as judge declines to block Rutgers vaccine mandate

A federal judge declined to block Rutgers University's vaccine mandate Monday, ruling the anti-vaccine group that lodged the suit failed to demonstrate the action was likely to succeed or that the plaintiffs would face irreparable harm.

U.S. District Court Judge Zahid Quraishi denied the bid for an injunction to block the mandate sought by Children's Health Defense — an anti-vaccine group with ties to Robert F. Kennedy Jr. — and 12 current or future university students.

In his ruling, first reported by Law360, Quaraishi found the plaintiffs failed to meet all four bars it needed to meet for injunctive relief.

Without hearing oral arguments, Quraishi ruled the suit was unlikely to succeed, citing U.S. Supreme Court precedent for the enforcement of vaccine mandates that has gone largely unchallenged for more than 100 years.

That 1905 case, Jacobson v. Massachusetts, involved a state resident who refused to comply with a smallpox vaccine mandate, charging the state law requiring such vaccinations was unconstitutional.

Because Rutgers' mandate allows religious and medical exemptions to vaccinations, the university's mandate is less strict than the standard established in Jacobson, and the ongoing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic puts the policy on firm ground, Quraishi found.

Recent suits against vaccine mandates in Indiana and Massachusetts have also proven unsuccessful.

The timing of the plaintiffs' filing raised eyebrows. Though Rutgers announced it would require its students to be immunized against COVID-19 in March and adopted the policy the following month, the lawsuit was not filed until late July.

The vaccine opponents didn't seek an injunction until Aug. 30, only two days before the semester began. By delaying, the plaintiffs harmed themselves, the judge said.

He also found blocking the mandate would harm the university by forcing it to adopt costly measures to accommodate unvaccinated students. The increased spread of COVID-19 would harm the public interest, he ruled.

The suit is ongoing despite the lack of an injunction. The university is due to respond to the plaintiffs' complaint by Oct. 29.

Quraishi's decision is unsurprising. The suit against Rutgers' vaccine mandate always faced long odds, and those appear to have grown longer still after a plaintiff made an incorrect claim that she was told to get the vaccine because of a remote-learning class she was taking.

It turned out that student was set to attend a single class that could meet in person later in the semester and was not enrolled in a fully online degree program, according to Monday's ruling. Students enrolled in the all-remote program are not provided with university IDs, are not expected to ever come to campus, and are exempted from the mandate.

The plaintiffs earlier this month sought Quraishi's recusal, charging his time as an adjunct for the Rutgers University Law School could create the appearance of a conflict of interest, though they did not claim any such conflict exists.

Quraishi declined, citing numerous cases where sitting judges with ties to the Newark law school remained on cases involving the New Brunswick undergraduate college, which is named as a defendant in the vaccine suit.

https://www.rawstory.com/anti-vaxxers-defeated-in-new-jersey-as-judge-declines-to-block-rutgers-vaccine-mandate/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 01, 2021, 12:10:52 AM
Trump stooge Glenn Youngkin says he wants to ban mask mandates in Virginia. Than means more children will get sick and die from COVID-19. Youngkin will completely destroy Virginia if he is elected Governor.

10-year-old dies from COVID-19 just days after first developing a headache

A 10-year-old girl in Virginia died from COVID-19 just days after becoming ill.

Teresa Sperry, a fifth-grader at Hillpoint Elementary School in Suffolk, developed a headache Sept. 22 that lasted into the weekend, when she took a turn for the worse, reported WAVY-TV.

"On Sunday, she started getting sick, and she was coughing up so much that she started throwing up," said her father, Jeff Sperry. "I was trying to do chest compressions [and] I went in the room and she wasn't breathing while I was on the phone."

She got even sicker Monday at Children's Hospital for the King's Daughters, where her heart stopped.

"They came into room, and they told me it didn't look good, and then I watched them do chest compressions and they had a defibrillator or taking turns and trying to bring her back," said her mother, Nicole Sperry.

Teresa was pronounced dead Monday at 4:46 p.m., less than five full days since she first showed signs of illness.

Both of her parents have been vaccinated but Teresa was not yet eligible, and her mother said some parents in her area still don't understand the severity of the pandemic.

"While I was sitting next to my dead daughter, there was a Chesapeake School Board meeting, and people were saying, 'This does not affect healthy people, this does not kill healthy people, it is not going to take out children -- it's over,'" Nicole Sperry said. "Well, I am here to tell you it is not over. If it were over my daughter would still be alive."

Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 01, 2021, 12:24:09 AM
GOP lawmaker unloads on anti-vaxxers after mom dies from COVID: 'Killing people with misinformation'

An Idaho Republican lawmaker says he's haunted by his mother's death from COVID-19 after she chose not to get vaccinated.

"Acknowledging that what happened was a product of Mom's choice kind of throws a strange wrinkle in the grieving process," state Rep. Greg Chaney told the Idaho Statesman. "Because she didn't exactly choose to die. But she chose, based on her age and physical condition, that she was highly likely to end up there if she got COVID. It's a hard thing to wrap your brain around.

"Mom had worked at the Old Mercy Medical Center as a chaplain," Chaney added. "She worked in a doctor's office. She wasn't anti-medicine. She wasn't gullible. She had two post-secondary degrees. She was an intelligent person. She was, however, a very skeptical person."

Chaney's mother, 74-year-old Judy Teter-Page, reportedly refused to go to a hospital for two days because she was afraid of Idaho's newly enacted health-care rationing standards, which came in response to an influx of COVID-19 patients. Teter-Page had heard rumors that Idaho hospitals weren't resuscitating anyone — even though that portion of the standards only becomes a factor if ventilators are scarce.

"I was correcting some misconceptions about things like refusal to treat, can they turn us away, or can they just let her lay there and die," Chaney said, adding that his mother eventually became "too delirious" to refuse to go to the hospital.

She died at West Valley hospital on Sept. 20 — 15 minutes after Chaney arrived to visit her.

Chaney is now encouraging people to get vaccinated, and he "blames misinformation for convincing his mother that the side effects of the vaccine would be a greater risk to her health than COVID-19," the Statesman reports.

He said it was "emotionally taxing" for hospital staff to lose another patient, and he knows that unvaccinated patients are taking resources away from others who are sick.

"But moreover, it's the family members of these folks who are suffering the consequences of their decisions," Chaney said. "Frankly, there's some anger. I think there are people in our political realm … who are essentially killing people with misinformation. But they'll get away with it, because you can never really tell at what point somebody was convinced of a lie. Was it the fifth time it was repeated? Was it the 50th time? Was it the 500th time? Nobody really knows. But this politically motivated misinformation campaign that's out there is deadly."

https://www.rawstory.com/idaho-lawmaker-greg-chaney/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 01, 2021, 11:35:37 PM
"If everybody got vaccinated nobody would have infections or a possible "breakthrough infection". Most breakthrough infections are mild unlike an unvaccinated person who is taking up an ICU bed from someone who actually needs it for another medical emergency."

This makes no sense, but it shows you realize the vaccinated are spreading the virus with "breakthrough infections"

Everybody being vaccinated will not stop "breakthrough infections." Asymptomatic is as mild as it gets, people with any infection mild or severe can advance the virus and vaccinated people with "breakthrough infections" are spreading the virus. The vaccine looses its effectiveness in a short period of time and the person is once again at risk. Natural immunity lasts indefinitely.

Dr Fauci is running from his involvement in the Wuhan Lab and bat studies. He needs to retire.

I see this same nonsense being posted on Twitter all the time and it's blatant information. Now a new study had debunked this nonsense which is also common sense. Vaccinated people are not spreading Covid it's the unvaccinated morons who are. Read it and weep. 

Vaccinated people are less likely to spread Covid, new research finds

People who are vaccinated against Covid-19 are less likely to spread the virus even if they become infected, a new study finds, adding to a growing body of evidence that vaccines can reduce transmission of the delta variant.

British scientists at the University of Oxford examined national records of nearly 150,000 contacts that were traced from roughly 100,000 initial cases. The samples included people who were fully or partially vaccinated with either the Pfizer-BioNTech or the AstraZeneca vaccines, as well as people who were unvaccinated. The researchers then looked at how the vaccines affected the spread of the virus if a person had a breakthrough infection with either the alpha variant or the highly contagious delta variant.

Both vaccines reduced transmission, although they were more effective against the alpha variant compared to the delta variant. When infected with the delta variant, a given contact was 65 percent less likely to test positive if the person from whom the exposure occurred was fully vaccinated with two doses of the Pfizer vaccine. With AstraZeneca, a given contact was 36 percent less likely to test positive if the person from whom the exposure occurred was fully vaccinated.

The risk of transmission from a breakthrough infection was much higher if someone had received just dose of either vaccine.

The study was posted online Thursday and hasn’t yet been peer reviewed. But scientists not associated with the research said the findings were credible.

It’s the highest quality study we have so far on the question of infectiousness of vaccinated people infected with delta,” said Dr. Aaron Richterman, an infectious disease physician at the University of Pennsylvania, who was not involved in the research.

Susan Butler-Wu, a clinical microbiologist at the University of Southern California, called the study “well performed,” especially because it reflects real-world transmission since it tracked spread among close contacts.

Using cycle threshold (Ct) values, the researchers found a similar level of viral load in unvaccinated and vaccinated people who were infected with the delta variant, backing up prior studies. Even so, people who were fully vaccinated were still less likely to infect others.

“Transmission is much more complex,” Butler-Wu said, meaning the Ct value is just a snapshot in time and doesn’t reflect the entire course of illness.

It's likely that people who have been vaccinated clear the infectious virus from the body faster. A previous study from Singapore had found that although levels of the virus were initially the same in those infected with the delta variant regardless of vaccine status, by day seven, levels of the virus dropped quickly in those who were vaccinated, which may reduce the ability to spread illness.

There is emerging evidence that even though cycle threshold values may be the same regardless of vaccination status, people who are vaccinated may have less infectious virus in their bodies, potentially reducing transmission. Richterman pointed to a recent pre-print from China that found a large reduction in transmission in those who had received two doses of vaccine, compared to the unvaccinated.

Vaccines have the ability to prevent transmission of the virus in two ways, he said. The first is by preventing infection altogether. The other is by reducing the amount of infectious virus should somebody get sick.

“People who have been vaccinated will have immune systems at the ready that can coat the virus in antibodies much more quickly than unvaccinated people who have to build up an immune response,” Richterman said.
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 02, 2021, 12:12:51 AM
And yet right wingers lied to us claiming children can't get sick or die from COVID-19. They wanted children unmasked in schools like Trump stooge Glenn Youngkin who is running for Governor in Virginia. These right wingers continue to abort living children and they still claim to be "Pro Life".

2 Virginia children die from COVID-19 in 3-day span: 12 COVID-19-related child deaths have occurred in Virginia in 2021

Virginia child under the age of 10 died from COVID-19, a health official confirmed. The death occurred just days after a 10-year-old Virginia girl also died after contracting the virus.

Larry Hill, Virginia Department of Health (VDH) spokesperson, confirmed the unidentified child's death to the Richmond Times-Dispatch on Thursday morning but did not provide any further information.

The child's death occurred just days after 10-year-old Teresa Sperry died after contracting the virus.

According to Teresa's mother, Nicole Sperry, the child was assigned to help sick classmates to the nurse's office at Hillpoint Elementary School. She said the parents who allowed their sick children to come to school put her daughter's health in jeopardy and claimed it ultimately led to her death, according to her Facebook page.

When the school announced Teresa's death, the division superintendent included that parents should advise students to wash their hands and avoid touching their mouth and nose, among other preventive measures to reduce virus spread, according to a letter shared over social media.

Fox News has requested comment from Hillpoint Elementary School.

Nicole Sperry took to Facebook in response to the elementary school statement.

"My beautiful girl was taken from me because people are too damn selfish to care about what could happen to others," she wrote in a Facebook post, later adding, "We wore our mask because there are too many in our tribe who are at risk. My daughter was not at risk. And now she is gone."

Sperry urged others to "wear a damn mask, get vaccinated" and practice social distance to honor her late daughter.

Norfolk-based outlet Virginian-Pilot reported that more pediatric COVID-19 patients were admitted to Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters in Virginia over any other prior month in the pandemic.

According to the health department, the two pediatric deaths brings the total number of COVID-19 related children deaths in Virginia to 13 – 12 of which occurred in 2021.

https://www.foxnews.com/health/2-virginia-children-deaths-covid-19-3-day
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 02, 2021, 02:34:01 AM
Great news! Other states will be doing the same to save children's lives so we can defeat COVID-19 and end this pandemic. Red states mandate vaccines in schools for different diseases but right wingers want to make the COVID vaccine political

California Governor Gavin Newsom Imposes Country’s First K-12 Vaccine Mandate

The California governor said children in public and private schools must receive the coronavirus vaccine one semester after FDA approval for their age group


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California students in public and private schools will soon be required to receive a coronavirus vaccine, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday – a move that marks the first K-12 vaccine mandate in the U.S.

"There's still a struggle to get to where we need to be," the Democratic governor said, speaking from a middle school in San Francisco. "And that means we need to do more, and we need to do better."

The requirement would cover students in grades seven through 12, but it would not take effect until one semester after the Food and Drug Administration grants full approval to that age group.

As it stands, the Food and Drug Administration has only granted full approval to children 16 and up. Children aged 12 to 15 are eligible for the vaccine through the FDA's emergency use authorization – though public health experts expect the FDA to provide full approval for children 12 and up as early as next month, meaning the governor's order to take effect as soon as January 2022.

Other grades would be phased into the vaccine mandate as the FDA grants full approval to younger children. The agency is expected to authorize the vaccine for emergency use for 5- to 11-year-olds as soon as October.

The medical and religious exemptions allowed for the current slate of required K-12 immunizations would also apply to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

"We want to end this pandemic," Newsom said. "We are all exhausted by it."

The location of Newsom's announcement was significant: More than 90% of students and teachers there are vaccinated, and the school system has experienced no documented outbreaks more than a month into a school year that's seen thousands of schools in other parts of the country return to remote or hybrid learning due to the highly contagious delta variant.

Newsom underscored that the mandate is just like that for any of the 10 other vaccinations that have been required for decades to enroll in K-12 schools in the Golden State.

"This is just another vaccine," he said.

At least five school districts in California – including Los Angeles Unified, the country's second-largest school district – had previously already announced vaccination mandates of their own.

Notably, the announcement comes just weeks after Newsom's victory over a recall effort sought by Republicans upset with what they deemed to be overly restrictive COVID-19 safety protocols, including mask and vaccine mandates.

https://www.usnews.com/news/education-news/articles/2021-10-01/california-governor-gavin-newsom-imposes-countrys-first-k-12-vaccine-mandate
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 02, 2021, 05:57:11 AM
If we had a competent leader in office the pandemic wouldn't have gotten so bad. Unfortunately, we had a bunch of unqualified scumbags running the country who allowed a deadly virus to ravage America.   

SURPRISE: IVANKA TRUMP WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR HER FATHER’S DISASTROUS COVID ADDRESS

As the old saying goes, behind every great man is a great woman, though for the Trump era, the more appropriate adage would be, “behind every presidential f***up is a first daughter and son-in-law who have no idea what they’re doing but nevertheless think they should be advising the leader of the free world.” That’s not at all to say that Donald Trump wasn’t perfectly capable of destroying the country himself, just that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner clearly helped things along. Take COVID-19, for instance. Despite being neither a public health expert nor a doctor, and arguably a barely functioning adult, Kushner played a key role in the government’s pandemic response, which included reportedly telling Trump in March 2020 that the virus wasn’t a “health reality,” and responding, “that’s their problem,” when informed New York didn’t have adequate PPE supplies. Meanwhile, according to a new report, Princess Purses was the one who demanded her father deliver an address to the nation on a moment’s notice, the one which resulted in him telling millions of people, “The risk [of this virus] is very, very low.”

According to an excerpt from former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham’s new book, on March 11, 2020, a meeting was held in the Oval Office so the members of the Coronavirus Task Force could brief Trump on the latest information regarding COVID. In attendance were Anthony Fauci, M.D., Deborah Birx, M.D., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Robert Redfield, vice president Mike Pence, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, national security adviser Robert O’Brien, and, for some reason, Jared and Ivanka, who, unsurprisingly, didn’t have anything helpful to contribute:

In the middle of all the discussion, Ivanka kept chiming in, “But I think there should probably be an address to the nation tonight.” I let that pass because in my mind there was no way we could pull one off with no speech prepared, no communications strategy, no consensus on anything we had just started discussing, and only a few hours’ notice. We did a lot of random things in Trump World, but that just seemed too crazy even for us.

As the discussion continued, Mnuchin kept raising the potential impact on the economy. He felt that the recommendation to shut down the borders was far too severe and the financial impact to our country and the world would be something we would not recover from for years. The discussion got quite heated, especially between the secretary and national security adviser O’Brien, who at one point said to Mnuchin, “You are going to be the reason this pandemic never goes away.” Hope Hicks continued to chime in with questions and ideas that had been discussed weeks before. And Ivanka, the women’s rights / small-business / crisis communications / and now COVID expert, just kept repeating, “There should be an address from the Oval.”

Finally, Ivanka turned to her most powerful ally besides her father. “Jared, don’t you agree?” Any guesses as to what Jared replied? … At one point I called Ivanka out on her plan with what seemed an obvious question. “What is it we’d be saying?” Because if she had a message she wanted her father to deliver, it was still a mystery to me. She just looked at me, seemingly confused.… Ivanka was also doing her “my father” wants this and “my father” thinks that routine, making it impossible for staff members to argue a contrary view. At some point I think Birx decided she’d ridden on the crazy train long enough and excused herself to get back to work. I used that opportunity to leave as well.


After the meeting broke up, there were just hours left to write a speech, the duties for which, incredibly, fell to Jared Kushner. Which might have explained why it was a total joke:

After he wrote the speech, there was no time for fact-checking, vetting, or notifying friends and allies on the Hill or abroad. There was hardly any time for the president to read it and make changes to it. It was a total cluster**** from start to finish because Ivanka and her crew wanted her father to be on TV. And of course the speech that night contained a number of misstatements and sloppy wording—some caused by the president stumbling over a few phrases—that sowed confusion about such things as which countries would be affected by the new travel restrictions and if international trade would be banned. News outlets all over the world picked up on the discrepancies in the speech. People from various federal agencies started to call and ask us how to explain or clean up some of the things that had been said. Once again a line of reporters formed outside my office. Of course, it was our problem, not Jared’s or Ivanka’s or Hope’s. No, they were in the dining room off of the Oval Office, Trump’s usual hangout, congratulating themselves and telling the president how awesome he was.

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2021/10/ivanka-trump-stephanie-grisham-covid-address
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 03, 2021, 01:25:51 AM
Anti vaxxers love pushing this COVID talking point that "there's a 99% survival rate". That is false. The Delta Variant is more deadly than the orginial Covid strain and is killing people at a record pace. Not only that, people who were infected with the original strain are now suffering from serious effects from the virus including breathing problems, brain fog, and Parkinson like symptoms. People who were infected with the Delta variant and managed to survive will be on a  oxygen machine for life. Why would you make yourself sick and be in a situation like this when you don't have to? Also, other serious health problems are occurring including amputations.

Unvaccinated Texas man has double amputation after COVID-19 complications
https://www.kxan.com/news/coronavirus/unvaccinated-texas-man-has-double-amputation-after-covid-19-complications/


Why is Delta more infectious and deadly? New research holds answers.

Studies show that Delta replicates more quickly and generates more virus particles than other variants, but vaccines still protect against serious infections

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/why-is-delta-more-infectious-and-deadly-new-research-holds-answers
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 04, 2021, 03:39:52 AM
States with the highest COVID death rates during the Delta wave.

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Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Jack Nessan on October 04, 2021, 03:20:42 PM
I see this same nonsense being posted on Twitter all the time and it's blatant information. Now a new study had debunked this nonsense which is also common sense. Vaccinated people are not spreading Covid it's the unvaccinated morons who are. Read it and weep. 

Vaccinated people are less likely to spread Covid, new research finds

People who are vaccinated against Covid-19 are less likely to spread the virus even if they become infected, a new study finds, adding to a growing body of evidence that vaccines can reduce transmission of the delta variant.

British scientists at the University of Oxford examined national records of nearly 150,000 contacts that were traced from roughly 100,000 initial cases. The samples included people who were fully or partially vaccinated with either the Pfizer-BioNTech or the AstraZeneca vaccines, as well as people who were unvaccinated. The researchers then looked at how the vaccines affected the spread of the virus if a person had a breakthrough infection with either the alpha variant or the highly contagious delta variant.

Both vaccines reduced transmission, although they were more effective against the alpha variant compared to the delta variant. When infected with the delta variant, a given contact was 65 percent less likely to test positive if the person from whom the exposure occurred was fully vaccinated with two doses of the Pfizer vaccine. With AstraZeneca, a given contact was 36 percent less likely to test positive if the person from whom the exposure occurred was fully vaccinated.

The risk of transmission from a breakthrough infection was much higher if someone had received just dose of either vaccine.

The study was posted online Thursday and hasn’t yet been peer reviewed. But scientists not associated with the research said the findings were credible.

It’s the highest quality study we have so far on the question of infectiousness of vaccinated people infected with delta,” said Dr. Aaron Richterman, an infectious disease physician at the University of Pennsylvania, who was not involved in the research.

Susan Butler-Wu, a clinical microbiologist at the University of Southern California, called the study “well performed,” especially because it reflects real-world transmission since it tracked spread among close contacts.

Using cycle threshold (Ct) values, the researchers found a similar level of viral load in unvaccinated and vaccinated people who were infected with the delta variant, backing up prior studies. Even so, people who were fully vaccinated were still less likely to infect others.

“Transmission is much more complex,” Butler-Wu said, meaning the Ct value is just a snapshot in time and doesn’t reflect the entire course of illness.

It's likely that people who have been vaccinated clear the infectious virus from the body faster. A previous study from Singapore had found that although levels of the virus were initially the same in those infected with the delta variant regardless of vaccine status, by day seven, levels of the virus dropped quickly in those who were vaccinated, which may reduce the ability to spread illness.

There is emerging evidence that even though cycle threshold values may be the same regardless of vaccination status, people who are vaccinated may have less infectious virus in their bodies, potentially reducing transmission. Richterman pointed to a recent pre-print from China that found a large reduction in transmission in those who had received two doses of vaccine, compared to the unvaccinated.

Vaccines have the ability to prevent transmission of the virus in two ways, he said. The first is by preventing infection altogether. The other is by reducing the amount of infectious virus should somebody get sick.

“People who have been vaccinated will have immune systems at the ready that can coat the virus in antibodies much more quickly than unvaccinated people who have to build up an immune response,” Richterman said.

You may want to reread this article. It doesn't state they aren't infectious it states they may be less infectious. Kind of like being pregnant, either you are or you are not. Thanks for posting the article, at least it shows you understand the problem.

Depending on the manufacturer of the vaccine, the vaccines quickly wear off after 6 months. Apparently J&J is best but it has the clotting issue.



Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Richard Smith on October 04, 2021, 04:14:12 PM
So Trump had no vaccine when the pandemic struck.  Biden had the vaccine from day one and cases increased 300% under his administration but this is still Trump's fault.
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 05, 2021, 02:17:31 AM
So Trump had no vaccine when the pandemic struck.  Biden had the vaccine from day one and cases increased 300% under his administration but this is still Trump's fault.

Still pathetically trying to cover for Criminal Donald? 

Once again your 300% nonsense is false. We didn't have a more deadly Delta variant under Criminal Donald like we do now. And the cases are up in red states who have right wing Governors who ended vaccine and mask mandates. Cases are up in red states because morons refused to get vaccinated. In blue states, the transmission rate is lowest at any time during the pandemic.     

President Biden got this pandemic under control from April-June where we had the least amount of deaths and infections during anytime. Faux Propaganda and the right wing media told their sheep viewers not to get vaccinated. That's their own fault for listening to lies and propaganda. That's when Delta exploded through red states just like medical experts predicted would happen. Now cases are down again thanks to President Biden.     

New U.S. COVID cases are down 20%. See how your state is doing
https://fortune.com/2021/09/29/us-covid-cases-down-state-breakdown-data-coronavirus/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 05, 2021, 02:25:49 AM
Thanks to President Biden and vaccine mandates COVID hospitalizations are going down.

DHEC: COVID-19 hospitalizations down 19.7% compared to last week
https://www.wbtw.com/health/dhec-covid-19-hospitalizations-down-19-7-compared-to-last-week/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 05, 2021, 05:32:29 AM
Why is "Mr. Vaccine" hiding the fact he possibly got a booster shot from his deranged rabid base like he did when he got his first two shots?

CNN doctor speculates Trump has already gotten a COVID booster shot 'in secret'
https://www.rawstory.com/donald-trump-booster-shot/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 05, 2021, 05:35:26 AM
J&J to seek FDA authorization of booster shot this week: NYT

(Reuters) -Johnson & Johnson is planning to ask U.S. federal regulators this week to authorize a booster shot of its COVID-19 vaccine, the New York Times reported https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/10/04/world/covid-delta-variant-vaccine#johnson-johnson-will-seek-fda-authorization-for-a-booster-shot on Monday, citing officials familiar with the company's plans.

While scientists are divided over the need for booster shots when so many people in the United States and other countries remain unvaccinated, the Biden administration announced the push for an extra dose in August as part of an effort to shore up protection against the highly transmissible Delta variant.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week scheduled an Oct. 15 meeting of its expert advisory committee to discuss whether to grant emergency use authorization for a booster shot of J&J's vaccine.

Over 15 million Americans have received J&J's vaccine, which is administered as a single dose, according to the latest data https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#vaccinations_vacc-total-admin-rate-total from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The healthcare conglomerate last month said an additional second shot of its vaccine given about two months after the first increased its effectiveness to 94%, compared with 70% protection with the single dose.

J&J declined to comment on the NYT report and pointed to its press release dated Sept. 21, saying the company has submitted available data to the U.S. health regulator and intends to submit the data to other regulators.

The FDA has already authorized a booster dose of the Pfizer Inc and partner BioNTech vaccine for those 65 and older, people at high risk of severe disease and others who are regularly exposed to the virus.

Rival Moderna Inc also submitted its application seeking authorization for a booster shot of its two-dose vaccine last month and FDA's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee panel will hold a meeting on Oct. 14 to discuss the additional dose.
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 05, 2021, 10:22:40 AM
You may want to reread this article. It doesn't state they aren't infectious it states they may be less infectious. Kind of like being pregnant, either you are or you are not. Thanks for posting the article, at least it shows you understand the problem.

Depending on the manufacturer of the vaccine, the vaccines quickly wear off after 6 months. Apparently J&J is best but it has the clotting issue.

A vaccinated person that doesn't have COVID is not infectious. The only way they can be possibly infected is from an infected unvaccinated person. Something anti vaxxers clearly still don't understand.

Booster shots are required because of the severity of the Delta variant.   

 
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 05, 2021, 10:54:20 AM
Lots of maga morons in the areas of the dark and bright purple that didn't take COVID-19 seriously and refused to get vaccinated.

Right wing Governors in the south banned vaccine and mask mandates. Look at all the deaths because of them.

All the dark and bright purple areas are where conservatives live who believed the right wing anti vaccine lies and disinformation. 

So, Republican elected officials and the right wing media killed off their own voting base by lying to them and refusing to protect their lives. Isn't the GOP supposed to be pro life? What a joke.

Now when you look at the blue states with Democratic Governors we see nothing but light gray and small shades of darker gray.

What does that tell us? It tells us that Democratic leadership is doing their job by saving lives and Republicans are killing people off due to ignorance and lies. 

It also tells us that vaccine and mask mandates work to combat COVID since blue states are combating the virus. We can thank Democratic Governors and President Biden for saving millions of lives. 

If Republican officials followed Democratic leaders we would have already beaten this pandemic and life would be back to normal. Because of right wingers refusal to get vaccinated and wear masks we are still in this pandemic. They are obstructionists standing in the way of progress.   

Republicans are destroying our country and this map is a perfect example. That's why the GOP lost the White House, the House, and the Senate in 2020 and will continue to lose future elections because they do not know how to lead during a major crisis. The GOP does not keep you safe as the map indicates.           ​

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Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 05, 2021, 11:15:53 AM
States with the highest COVID death rates during the Delta wave.

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No surprise to see Florida the worst state in the nation with Trump stooge Ron DeSantis killing people off in his Covid riddled state. He is forcing schools to end mask mandates that save children's lives. These innocent children aren't able to get vaccinated yet and the only protection they have from getting deathly ill or dying is a mask. And this deranged lunatic DeSantis is forcing schools to take masks away from children. No wonder he's dropped so far down in the polls and people want him ousted as Governor.

The rest of the list consists of red states except for Nevada and Arizona, but Arizona has Trump stooge Doug Ducey who is a Covid friendly Governor.

So these red states are pulling America to the bottom and dragging our nation down. What you dont see on this list are blue states with Democratic Governors because mask and vaccine mandates work to save lives.

If we replaced these red states with Democratic Governors and voters, their states would be thriving just like the blue states are.

Republicans are the problem and that's a fact. This list proves that to be the case.         
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 05, 2021, 11:24:09 AM
Good! These Trump anti vaxx and mask lunatics are violent and psychotic. 

Merrick Garland orders FBI to monitor anti-maskers' threats against school staff around the country

On Monday, in a new letter reported by the Huffington Post's Ryan J. Reilly, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced new actions from the Justice Department and the FBI to protect educators around the country from what he described as a "disturbing spike in threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff" at public schools.

"Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our nation's core values," wrote Garland. "Those who dedicate their time and energy to ensuring that our children receive a proper education in a safe environment deserve to be able to do their work without fear for their safety."

Garland will be directing the FBI, in conjunction with U.S. attorneys, to "open up lines of communication" with schools to make it easier to report threats.

This action comes as the National School Boards Association issued an urgent plea to the DOJ to assist against threats, which have been driven in part by anger over mask mandates and other COVID-19 safety measures. Many recent town halls have been inundated by angry mobs, sometimes with Republican congressmen egging them on.

Feds will create “specialized training and guidance for local school boards and school administrators” to respond to the “increase in harassment, intimidation and threats of violence against school board members, teachers and workers” at public schools

Attorney General Merrick Garland ordered the FBI to meet with U.S. Attorneys around the country to open up lines of communication about threats against school administrators, board members, teachers and staff

Read the letter below:

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Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Jack Nessan on October 05, 2021, 02:26:05 PM
A vaccinated person that doesn't have COVID is not infectious. The only way they can be possibly infected is from an infected unvaccinated person. Something anti vaxxers clearly still don't understand.

Booster shots are required because of the severity of the Delta variant.   

 

Now you are just making things up. You just posted an article stating the vaccinated are infectious just not as infectious. Now you post this nonsense.

Booster shots are required because the vaccination shot looses its effectiveness over time. Depending on the manufacturer the loss of effectiveness is varied with J&J being the best but has clotting issues.
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 05, 2021, 10:39:31 PM
Now you are just making things up. You just posted an article stating the vaccinated are infectious just not as infectious. Now you post this nonsense.

Booster shots are required because the vaccination shot looses its effectiveness over time. Depending on the manufacturer the loss of effectiveness is varied with J&J being the best but has clotting issues.

A vaccinated person is not "infectious" unless they happen to get a breakthrough infection from an infected unvaccinated person. If everybody gets vaccinated there is no infection to spread. Why is this that difficult for you to understand?

False. Booster shots are required because of the Delta variant which is more contagious and deadly. The COVID vaccines were manufactured for the original COVID strain and not the Delta variant. Because the Delta variant lowers the effectiveness of the vaccine a booster shot is required. If there was no Delta variant we wouldn't need to get booster shots. Quit posting false disinformation.


Pfizer data suggest third dose of Covid-19 vaccine 'strongly' boosts protection against Delta variant

A third dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine can "strongly" boost protection against the Delta variant -- beyond the protection afforded by the standard two doses, new data released by Pfizer on Wednesday suggests.

The data posted online suggest that levels of antibodies that can target the Delta variant grow fivefold in people 18 to 55 who get a third dose of the vaccine.

Among people ages 65 to 85, the Pfizer data suggest that antibody levels that should protect against Delta grow 11-fold more than following a second dose.

Covid News: New Study Finds Pfizer Vaccine Provides Strong Protection Against Hospitalization
https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/10/04/world/covid-delta-variant-vaccine
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 06, 2021, 04:17:40 AM
These Republicans are mentally ill and sadly gullible maga morons will believe this garbage. It's nuts like GOP NH state Rep. Ken Weyler that brainwash GOP voters into not getting vaccinated. They are directly responsible for this COVID disaster and the deaths of GOP voters. What sane person would believe this garbage? Vote the GOP out...they are dangerous!     

GOP lawmaker says COVID deaths are a Vatican plot — and vaccines contain 'living organisms with tentacles'

According to New Hampshire public radio New Hampshire GOP state Rep. Ken Weyler is now facing bipartisan calls to be stripped of leadership — including from GOP Gov. Chris Sununu. According to the accusations, the state house Finance Committee chairman circulated a series of bizarre COVID-19 conspiracy theories laced with attacks on the Catholic church.

"Sununu's statement comes after Weyler, 79, emailed colleagues materials full of COVID conspiracy theories, including a discredited, false report that claims COVID deaths are driven by a plot orchestrated out of Vatican City, Washington D.C. and London," reported Josh Rogers. "'It's all one huge puppet theatre, where the majority of the people — even most of those who are complicit — haven't got the slightest clue what is going on, and how everyone is being played,' the report states. Among other false claims, the report says some COVID vaccines include 'living organism(s) with tentacles.'"

According to WMUR's Adam Sexton, Weyler also called the Catholic church a "criminal network" full of "Satanists" and "Luciferians" dabbling in "dark ancient spiritual practices."

Weyler also spread COVID-19 conspiracy theories in a hearing in September, where he flatly refused to believe the state health commissioner's data that 90 percent of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state were unvaccinated.

"Rep. Mary Jane Wallner, the ranking Democrat on the House Finance Committee, also criticized Weyler in a statement," said the report. "'The continued dissemination of disinformation on COVID from Rep. Weyler is a danger to public health in New Hampshire and to the credibility of the legislature as a whole,' she said."

https://www.rawstory.com/new-hampshire-republican-conspiracies/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 06, 2021, 04:41:10 AM
These maga scumbags are vile, hateful, violent, and evil. Donald Trump taught them to be this way. What an absolute disgrace. They refuse to wear masks and get vaccinated because they think they are "owning the libs", then they end up getting seriously ill requiring hospitalization, and then they assault the nurses and doctors that are trying to give them treatment. These hospitals should kick them out and let them suffer at home. It's sickening to see how America was destroyed in just 5 years time with these maga thugs.

Once lauded as heroes, health care workers are now spit on and 'threatened every day at work'

When Tom Kelsch heads to his job as a registered nurse in Mercy Health Muskegon's emergency department, he knows, almost without a doubt, that he'll be threatened by a patient or their family that day.

He knows he may see someone's fist in his face, as has happened in the past, or have to endure a barrage of angry words screamed at him.

“I get threatened every day at work," said Kelsch. “They say, 'I know where you live; I'll be visiting you.' They say they're going to come and kill me; they say, 'I know where you park and what you drive.' It's pretty awful what we deal with. I've been spit on."

These incidents are not new to Kelsch, or likely anyone who works in emergency medicine. Patients, facing extreme and life-threatening pain, can lash out, as can stressed and grieving families. Violence against health care workers has been on the rise nationally for years.

But during the COVID-19 pandemic, the frequency of these attacks have soared, Kelsch said.

“I started working in the [emergency room] 11 years ago, and every year it was slightly getting worse with patients verbally assaulting us, physically assaulting us — but since the pandemic started, it has gone up tenfold," he said.

Across Michigan, doctors, nurses and other medical professionals spoke to the Advance about workplaces increasingly filled with aggressive and violent patients and their family members: people who are angry over pandemic policies, such as mask requirements and visitor restrictions, and take it out on those trying to save their lives.

Workers described people throwing punches and hurling cascades of threats at them after long waits in understaffed emergency rooms. Others will yell at doctors because they don't believe their COVID diagnoses, and patients have threatened legal action if they don't receive ivermectin — a drug used to deworm horses that some prominent conservatives are pushing as a COVID-19 treatment despite a specific warning from the Federal Drug Administration not to do so.

It's a landscape filled with doctors and nurses exhausted by a pandemic that has now dragged on for more than a year and a half, staff who are leaving the field because they're burned out, and workers having to wear what essentially amounts to panic buttons so security can come running if they are attacked.

“There's a lot of anger towards health care workers in general," said Dr. Matthew Trunsky, a pulmonologist and the director of palliative care at Beaumont Hospital in Troy. “A year and a half ago, people were sending us party trays and food. All of a sudden, we're kind of the enemies. We're taking the brunt of families' anger."

“People are angry, and I think the anger is based on public misinformation on what works and what doesn't work to treat the disease," Trunsky added.

'When we are surging with COVID patients, we are experiencing a surge in aggression'

In the years leading up to the pandemic, health care workers across the country were increasingly reporting an uptick in physical and verbal attacks against them.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in 2018 that medical workers accounted for 73% of all nonfatal workplace injuries from violence. Data from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) shows health care employees were, on average, nearly four times more likely to experience violence at work than individuals in private industry overall between 2002 and 2013.

A 2018 survey of about 3,500 emergency physicians in the United States reported 71% of the doctors had witnessed an assault, and 47% of the physicians were physically attacked themselves. Meanwhile, 97% of those surveyed stated the main source of the assaults was patients, and 83% said a patient had threatened to return to the health care facility to harm them. Nurses take on even more of the brunt of this violence, according to the Emergency Nurses Association, with 70% of emergency nurses reporting being the victim of physical assaults while on the job.

In Michigan, attacks against health care workers were becoming so pronounced in the year before the pandemic that the Michigan Health and Hospital Association (MHA) formed a “workplace safety collaborative" in March 2019 that aimed to address this surge in violence through de-escalation training and other efforts.

“We launched it after hearing for many months that frontline caregivers were suffering from abuse from patients, from family members of patients," said Brian Peters, the CEO at the MHA.

“The reality was if we didn't get our arms around this issue, you'd see a rise in burnout and folks who would leave the field, and it would get in the way of frontline caregivers' ability to provide quality care," Peters said.

The mounting violence in health care settings, particularly hospitals, has been significantly intensified by the pandemic, according to medical personnel. There's been a confluence of misinformation about the pandemic, such as the false idea that masks don't work to prevent COVID's spread — something a trove of major medical studies have repeatedly proved otherwise; an increase in mental health issues, including substance abuse; and longer wait times in emergency rooms due to staffing shortages.

All that has led to an explosive environment in which health care workers are routinely dealing with abusive patients, according to health care professionals interviewed by the Advance.

Like hospitals across the state and country, Spectrum Health in West Michigan has seen a spike in both verbal and physical assaults. Before the pandemic, there were about 100 verbal or physical acts of aggression reported monthly at Spectrum; now, that number is close to 350 incidents each month, according to Dr. Joshua Kooistra, the senior vice president and chief medical officer at Spectrum Health.

To deal with this surge, Kooistra said they've implemented a “staff duress system" in which employees wear a button they can push that sends their location to security. Spectrum, which operates hospitals and other health care facilities throughout West Michigan, is also “training staff and security in de-escalation techniques" to calm irate patients or family members, Kooistra said.

At Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, staff would have to deal with about one or two aggressive patients daily prior to COVID. That has grown to six or seven patients being physically or verbally abusive every day during the pandemic, Sparrow Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Amy Brown said. Like Spectrum, Sparrow has worked to increase both staff and patient safety through de-escalation training, and Brown said the hospital brought on a “trained dog" to accompany security officers attempting to quell patient aggression beginning in June 2020.

“We haven't had to use the dog in an aggressive manner, but we've used the dog to de-escalate situations," Brown said. “If there's a dog with a security officer and a person is acting out, the presence of the dog calms the situation down."

Kooistra said the abuse that happens against health care workers at his workplace now rises with the number of COVID patients.

“When we are surging with COVID patients, we are experiencing a surge in aggression," Kooistra said.

He added that there has been a “definite increase in aggression around masking."

“I think people have firmly held beliefs about the utility of masks," he said. “In health care, we require them. That can lead to aggression towards health care workers as the messenger [that patients must wear masks]."

It's not just that people are battling illnesses, tired of the pandemic and becoming more violent in hospitals, some of those interviewed said. It's that hospital staff are increasingly having to work with unvaccinated patients because they are now overwhelmingly the ones who are coming down with serious COVID cases and dying.

At this point in the pandemic, attitudes towards vaccination are heavily rooted in partisanship — your party affiliation is far more likely than any other factor, including age, race or ethnicity, to determine whether you get the COVID vaccine, according to a Sept. 28 report from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

“The largest remaining gap in vaccination rates is by partisanship, with 90% of Democrats saying they have gotten at least one dose compared to 68% of independents and 58% of Republicans," wrote the San Francisco-based Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit focused on national health issues.

Those in conservative areas are also far more likely to die from COVID. Charles Gaba, a health care analyst based in Bloomfield Township, reported in September that, since June, the virus has killed about 47 out of every 100,000 people in counties where former President Donald Trump received at least 70% of the vote in 2020 against now-President Joe Biden. Meanwhile, COVID has killed about 10 out of every 100,000 people in counties where Trump garnered less than 32% of the vote.

With partisanship dominating views towards vaccination, that in turn lends itself to an unvaccinated population often aligned with a variety of attitudes around health care and the pandemic in general that are rooted in what the Washington D.C.-based think tank the Brookings Institute calls a “seemingly intractable cultural divide in American society between the parties." If you're an unvaccinated patient battling COVID-19 in the hospital right now, you're more likely than those who are vaccinated to be Republican and opposed to a variety of COVID-19 health measures, such as masking and vaccine mandates for workplaces.

“There's this divisiveness that's occurred in society," Kooistra said. “People have firmly held beliefs that they're unwavering on, and they're not having grace with one another. …The safety measures, such as masking, social distancing and some visitor restrictions — I'd ask the general public to be a little more understanding of why those are in place. Have grace with us. It's not the health care worker who's trying to take care of you who's responsible for those requirements."

But right now, some patients are not heeding calls for patience. At Beaumont, for example, patients have become angered over COVID diagnoses and refuse to believe they have the disease, Trunsky said. Some will say “you'll hear from my lawyer" if the hospital doesn't give them ivermectin — the horse dewormer that is now being pushed by some high profile Republicans as a treatment for COVID — while others will tell their caregivers that they would rather die than get the vaccine, Trunsky said.

“There was a woman whose husband died of COVID who said she would never feel comfortable recommending the vaccine for family and friends," said Trunsky, who has lost about 100 patients to COVID.

“Ninety percent of our [COVID] patients are unvaccinated; 90% of deaths are unvaccinated," he continued, referring to national statistics. “The vast majority of them are unnecessary. To argue in any way that the vaccine doesn't work is dishonest, and it's resulting in the deaths of fellow Americans."

'They are completely out-of-their-minds mad at the whole situation'

In addition to misinformation about the pandemic, health care workers cited an increase in mental health challenges during the pandemic and growing wait times in emergency rooms due to staff shortages playing roles in the surge of aggression from patients.

Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, for example, has seen an increase in patients with “mental health needs that are going untreated and increased abuse of alcohol and drugs; more people are coming in under the influence," said Brown, the hospital's chief nursing officer.

In Michigan, about two-thirds of adults reported feeling depressed, down or hopeless to varying degrees in September, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's “Household Pulse" survey. The bureau's ongoing survey aims to collect data on a wide variety of issues, from mental health to housing insecurity, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

About 20.8% of Michigan adults reported feeling that way every day over the course of two weeks in September, the survey said. Approximately 17.8% of Michigan adults reported feeling depressed, down or hopeless more than half the time in the past two weeks, while 29% said they felt that way several days a week over the same time period, according to the survey. About 32% of Michigan adults said they experienced no depression.

These numbers are far greater than pre-COVID statistics. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, one in 10 adults reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder in 2019. About 12% of adults nationwide reported drinking more during the pandemic, the Kaiser Family Foundation reported.

Kooistra said that Spectrum Health too can attribute some of the patient aggression to “an increase in mental illness" and a rise in substance use. Kelsch, the nurse at Mercy Health in Muskegon, attributes much of the rise in patient violence to individuals having difficulties accessing care from primary physicians during the pandemic and ending up seeking care in an understaffed emergency room.

Health care facilities state- and nationwide have struggled for years to find nurses; now, that shortage is even greater because pandemic burnout is pushing workers from the field, according to those interviewed by the Advance. Currently, there are some 12,000 listings on the job site Indeed.com for registered nurse positions in a variety of health care settings in Michigan, including hospitals.

“It's very difficult for patients to get in and see their primary care doctors," Kelsch said. “By the time they get to the ER, they're frustrated. The family is even more frustrated. They come to the ER, and they are completely out-of-their-minds mad at the whole situation."

“There have been multiple times when the patient is waiting four, five hours in the [emergency department] to be seen," he continued. “I have patients physically bring their fist up to me and punch me because they're mad that someone got [to be seen by a doctor] before them."

If Trinity Health, the parent company for Mercy Health in Muskegon, negotiated the nurses' contract that has been expired for more than two years, Kelsch said he believes the facility would be able to fill open positions with “competitive wages."

“We've been trying to sit down at the table with Trinity, but they won't," he said. “They refuse to give us a competitive wage. We stay because this is our community, and we want to be able to take care of the community we love. But pay us what we're worth, and you won't have a nursing shortage. The staff shortage is staff burnout."

In a statement provided to the Advance, Mercy Health said its “leadership has not declined to meet for contract negotiations."

“In fact, we initially commenced negotiations with SEIU in September 2019," the statement said. “Due to a representation election between our two nursing units, these negotiations were paused until after the election. Mercy Health has since been meeting with SEIU regularly since February 2021 to negotiate a contract for our registered nurses and are looking forward to signing an agreement with SEIU that is fair and sustainable for both parties."

A representative for SEIU, Kevin Lignell, backed Kelsch's statement and said Mercy Health is “stalling" on negotiations.

With regards to increasing nurses' pay, Mercy Health said, “unfortunately, until we reach an agreement, we are unable to make adjustments to wages." The hospital said it has “offered several bonus pay plans such as retention, critical staffing and COVID incentives for our nurses and other staff members, which the union has opposed."

Legislation aims to protect health care workers

Federal and state lawmakers have also begun taking aim at the increase in violence against health care workers.

In April, the U.S. House passed the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Services Workers Act — a bill introduced by Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) and co-sponsored by 145 other members, including five Michigan Democrats: U.S. Reps. Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.), Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), Dan Kildee (D-Flint), Haley Stevens (D-Rochester), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit).

The legislation, which garnered bipartisan support in the House and which the Senate has not voted on, would require OSHA to mandate that health care and social service employers develop and implement workplace violence prevention plans. It would also require that employers provide further training and education on workplace violence and adopt policies that protect employees from retaliation for reporting violent incidents. 

“Front line workers should be able to trust that they will be protected in the workplace and get home safely at the end of the workday," Kildee said in a statement to the Advance.

“This legislation will protect the brave health care and social services workers who are working tirelessly during this pandemic to keep Michigan families and communities healthy," he continued.

Also in April, state Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) introduced a bill that would require hospitals and public health departments to track and disclose incidents of violence, develop plans to prevent workplace violence with input from nurses and other frontline health care workers, and provide training and reporting procedures for employees. The bill stipulates that health care institutions must publish information about incidents of violence on their respective websites.

Should the legislation pass, it would require that hospitals report incidents of violence to a county prosecutor — something the lawmaker said they are currently reluctant to do because, often, those perpetrating the crimes “are their customers," Irwin said, referring to patients.

“There's a built-in incentive not to report these incidents or sweep them under the rug," Irwin said. “My bill focuses on preventing these instances. … If a prosecutor wants to look at a case and decide not to prosecute, that's one thing, but if a hospital is making that determination, that seems like a problem. The legislature needs to step in."

So far, no committee hearing has been scheduled for Irwin's legislation.

“I think the reason this legislation hasn't seen any action is because hospitals don't want this," Irwin said. “It requires them to post information they don't want to post."

But, ultimately, Irwin said, it only helps the public and hospitals to fully acknowledge and address violence against workers.

“Working in health care is always challenging, and has been especially challenging over the last couple of years," Irwin said. “There are a whole lot of leaders who say we need to respect these health care workers. One way the legislature can show a sign of appreciation is to pass legislation that protects them from violence."

“It's going to be hard to recruit people into these jobs if they're dangerous and the community doesn't have their back," Irwin added.

'Geez, I'm just going to throw in the towel': The toll of aggression

As the pandemic stretches on, unvaccinated individuals crowd hospitals and patients become increasingly violent. Health care workers are facing significant burnout that's pushing them from the field in Michigan and nationwide, those the Advance interviewed said.

“It's definitely exacerbating burnout," Kooistra said of the increased violence against hospital employees. “Our staff are taxed with increased patient care volumes and more limited resources. You put on top of that patients or families who are aggressive against team members, and you start to say to yourself, 'Geez, I'm just going to throw in the towel.'"

According to a study conducted by the American Medical Association, 49% of 21,000 frontline health care workers surveyed from May to October of 2020 reported experiencing burnout.

“That's a rate that's higher than any other sector I can think of," said Peters, the CEO of the Michigan Health and Hospital Association.

“Burnout is on the rise," Peters continued and said that can, in part, be attributed to patients and their family members “getting very frustrated and upset" over elective procedures being shut down at the beginning of the pandemic and restrictive visitor policies, which were put in place in order to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19.

“In too many instances, they took that out on hospital employees and, in some cases, got incredibly threatening and physically violent to the point where security had to intervene," Peters said. “That contributes to burnout."

On top of the violence is the fact that doctors and nurses have had to watch as their patients die from COVID-19, Peters said.

“We walk with nurses all the time who tell us they've held an iPad by the bedside so the family of a patient can watch their loved one die," Peters said. “You do that a dozen or more times, as many of our nurses and doctors have done, and now you're talking about a real potential for burnout. We have had over 20,000 Michiganders who have died from COVID — the story I just said is not just a dozen here, a dozen there. It's 20,000 of those."

Addressing this burnout is complicated. Hospitals are providing mental health support to their staff, Peters said, but he and others emphasized the public has to change for health care workers to begin healing from the trauma that has taken root during this pandemic.

“At the beginning [of COVID-19], our frontline caregivers would see the hero signs, banners and ads on TV and radio; that was uplifting," Peters said. “Some of that has faded, and unfortunately we see these instances of violence and distrust. We would harken back to the earlier days of the pandemic, when they were rightly hailed as heroes. They still are."

But it's more than just public recognition that's needed, Trunsky said. It's a public that is willing to recognize what it will take to ultimately end the pandemic: Getting the vaccine.

“The frustration is the vast majority of these illnesses are preventable," he said, referring to COVID-19. “… There's a social responsibility that I think is being overlooked in favor of individuals' civil rights, and as a country we're paying the price with hundreds of thousands of deaths."

https://www.rawstory.com/once-lauded-as-heroes-health-care-workers-are-now-spit-on-and-threatened-every-day-at-work/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Jack Nessan on October 06, 2021, 03:25:27 PM
A vaccinated person is not "infectious" unless they happen to get a breakthrough infection from an infected unvaccinated person. If everybody gets vaccinated there is no infection to spread. Why is this that difficult for you to understand?

False. Booster shots are required because of the Delta variant which is more contagious and deadly. The COVID vaccines were manufactured for the original COVID strain and not the Delta variant. Because the Delta variant lowers the effectiveness of the vaccine a booster shot is required. If there was no Delta variant we wouldn't need to get booster shots. Quit posting false disinformation.


Pfizer data suggest third dose of Covid-19 vaccine 'strongly' boosts protection against Delta variant

A third dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine can "strongly" boost protection against the Delta variant -- beyond the protection afforded by the standard two doses, new data released by Pfizer on Wednesday suggests.

The data posted online suggest that levels of antibodies that can target the Delta variant grow fivefold in people 18 to 55 who get a third dose of the vaccine.

Among people ages 65 to 85, the Pfizer data suggest that antibody levels that should protect against Delta grow 11-fold more than following a second dose.

Covid News: New Study Finds Pfizer Vaccine Provides Strong Protection Against Hospitalization
https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/10/04/world/covid-delta-variant-vaccine

Here is the article that you posted. Some how you are straying away from what it stated. Vaccinated people can be infectious. The covid virus is not politically motivated it just infects. An infectious person will infect whoever is nearby regardless of vaccination status. Regardless of vaccinated or unvaccinated. The vaccine has proven to be less effective over time.

The Delta variant is still the covid virus like the previous three variants. The only one posting misleading information is you. Maybe read the information you are posting.

Vaccinated people are less likely to spread Covid, new research finds

People who are vaccinated against Covid-19 are less likely to spread the virus even if they become infected, a new study finds, adding to a growing body of evidence that vaccines can reduce transmission of the delta variant.

British scientists at the University of Oxford examined national records of nearly 150,000 contacts that were traced from roughly 100,000 initial cases. The samples included people who were fully or partially vaccinated with either the Pfizer-BioNTech or the AstraZeneca vaccines, as well as people who were unvaccinated. The researchers then looked at how the vaccines affected the spread of the virus if a person had a breakthrough infection with either the alpha variant or the highly contagious delta variant.

Both vaccines reduced transmission, although they were more effective against the alpha variant compared to the delta variant. When infected with the delta variant, a given contact was 65 percent less likely to test positive if the person from whom the exposure occurred was fully vaccinated with two doses of the Pfizer vaccine. With AstraZeneca, a given contact was 36 percent less likely to test positive if the person from whom the exposure occurred was fully vaccinated.

The risk of transmission from a breakthrough infection was much higher if someone had received just dose of either vaccine.

The study was posted online Thursday and hasn’t yet been peer reviewed. But scientists not associated with the research said the findings were credible.

It’s the highest quality study we have so far on the question of infectiousness of vaccinated people infected with delta,” said Dr. Aaron Richterman, an infectious disease physician at the University of Pennsylvania, who was not involved in the research.

Susan Butler-Wu, a clinical microbiologist at the University of Southern California, called the study “well performed,” especially because it reflects real-world transmission since it tracked spread among close contacts.

Using cycle threshold (Ct) values, the researchers found a similar level of viral load in unvaccinated and vaccinated people who were infected with the delta variant, backing up prior studies. Even so, people who were fully vaccinated were still less likely to infect others.

“Transmission is much more complex,” Butler-Wu said, meaning the Ct value is just a snapshot in time and doesn’t reflect the entire course of illness.

It's likely that people who have been vaccinated clear the infectious virus from the body faster. A previous study from Singapore had found that although levels of the virus were initially the same in those infected with the delta variant regardless of vaccine status, by day seven, levels of the virus dropped quickly in those who were vaccinated, which may reduce the ability to spread illness.

There is emerging evidence that even though cycle threshold values may be the same regardless of vaccination status, people who are vaccinated may have less infectious virus in their bodies, potentially reducing transmission. Richterman pointed to a recent pre-print from China that found a large reduction in transmission in those who had received two doses of vaccine, compared to the unvaccinated.

Vaccines have the ability to prevent transmission of the virus in two ways, he said. The first is by preventing infection altogether. The other is by reducing the amount of infectious virus should somebody get sick.

“People who have been vaccinated will have immune systems at the ready that can coat the virus in antibodies much more quickly than unvaccinated people who have to build up an immune response,” Richterman said.

Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 07, 2021, 12:40:25 AM
Here is the article that you posted. Some how you are straying away from what it stated. Vaccinated people can be infectious. The covid virus is not politically motivated it just infects. An infectious person will infect whoever is nearby regardless of vaccination status. Regardless of vaccinated or unvaccinated. The vaccine has proven to be less effective over time.

The Delta variant is still the covid virus like the previous three variants. The only one posting misleading information is you. Maybe read the information you are posting.

Vaccinated people are less likely to spread Covid, new research finds

People who are vaccinated against Covid-19 are less likely to spread the virus even if they become infected, a new study finds, adding to a growing body of evidence that vaccines can reduce transmission of the delta variant.

British scientists at the University of Oxford examined national records of nearly 150,000 contacts that were traced from roughly 100,000 initial cases. The samples included people who were fully or partially vaccinated with either the Pfizer-BioNTech or the AstraZeneca vaccines, as well as people who were unvaccinated. The researchers then looked at how the vaccines affected the spread of the virus if a person had a breakthrough infection with either the alpha variant or the highly contagious delta variant.

Both vaccines reduced transmission, although they were more effective against the alpha variant compared to the delta variant. When infected with the delta variant, a given contact was 65 percent less likely to test positive if the person from whom the exposure occurred was fully vaccinated with two doses of the Pfizer vaccine. With AstraZeneca, a given contact was 36 percent less likely to test positive if the person from whom the exposure occurred was fully vaccinated.

The risk of transmission from a breakthrough infection was much higher if someone had received just dose of either vaccine.

The study was posted online Thursday and hasn’t yet been peer reviewed. But scientists not associated with the research said the findings were credible.

It’s the highest quality study we have so far on the question of infectiousness of vaccinated people infected with delta,” said Dr. Aaron Richterman, an infectious disease physician at the University of Pennsylvania, who was not involved in the research.

Susan Butler-Wu, a clinical microbiologist at the University of Southern California, called the study “well performed,” especially because it reflects real-world transmission since it tracked spread among close contacts.

Using cycle threshold (Ct) values, the researchers found a similar level of viral load in unvaccinated and vaccinated people who were infected with the delta variant, backing up prior studies. Even so, people who were fully vaccinated were still less likely to infect others.

“Transmission is much more complex,” Butler-Wu said, meaning the Ct value is just a snapshot in time and doesn’t reflect the entire course of illness.

It's likely that people who have been vaccinated clear the infectious virus from the body faster. A previous study from Singapore had found that although levels of the virus were initially the same in those infected with the delta variant regardless of vaccine status, by day seven, levels of the virus dropped quickly in those who were vaccinated, which may reduce the ability to spread illness.

There is emerging evidence that even though cycle threshold values may be the same regardless of vaccination status, people who are vaccinated may have less infectious virus in their bodies, potentially reducing transmission. Richterman pointed to a recent pre-print from China that found a large reduction in transmission in those who had received two doses of vaccine, compared to the unvaccinated.

Vaccines have the ability to prevent transmission of the virus in two ways, he said. The first is by preventing infection altogether. The other is by reducing the amount of infectious virus should somebody get sick.

“People who have been vaccinated will have immune systems at the ready that can coat the virus in antibodies much more quickly than unvaccinated people who have to build up an immune response,” Richterman said.



Vaccinated people are not infectious because they have to be Covid free in order to get vaccinated.

The only way a vaccinated person can get possibly get infected is through an infected unvaccinated person and those cases are rare.

Vaccinated people are not massively spreading the virus or dying in hospitals. That's unvaccinated people doing that. 

That's why if everybody got vaccinated nobody would be spreading the virus but you don't understand that simple concept. All you're doing is distorting the facts and trying to blame vaccinated people. 
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 07, 2021, 12:44:18 AM
Good riddance!

New Hampshire Republican resigns committee chair after sharing unhinged conspiracy about 'tentacle'-filled vaccines

New Hampshire GOP state Rep. Ken Weyler resigned as chairman of the House Finance Committee on Wednesday after generating controversy for sharing conspiracy theories full of anti-Catholic bigotry with his colleagues, New Hampshire Public Radio reports.

Weyler shared a document referred to as a "vaccine death report."

"The document contains conspiracy theories but also features blatant anti-Catholicism, including an allegation that top church leaders worship Satan. The 'report' alleges that multiple popes have answered to a hidden leader known as 'The Grey Pope.' The document also claims COVID-19 vaccines contain tentacled creatures and 5G technology intended for mind control," WMUR reports.

This was not the first time Weyler demonstrated what GOP Gov. Chris Sununu described as a "detachment from reality."

In September, Weyler pushed conspiracy theories after Health and Human Services Commissioner Lori Shibinette noted that 90% of coronavirus vaccinations are among the unvaccinated. Weyler falsely claimed that people he had spoken to told him that "90% of those admitted had the shot."

There's a lot of stuff in the document Rep. Ken Weyler, (R) Kingston, shared with the Fiscal Committee, but the anti-Catholic bigotry is blatant. It includes a conspiracy theory about multiple popes who (according to the document) control Catholicism and much more. #NHPolitics

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https://www.rawstory.com/ken-weyler/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 07, 2021, 12:48:43 AM
Another deranged Trump cult supporter. All these degenerates look like they crawled out from under a rock. 


Maryland anti-vaxxer murdered his pharmacist brother because he believed vaccines were poison: prosecutors

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Newly unsealed court documents allege that a Maryland man murdered his own pharmacist brother because he believed the COVID-19 vaccines he was distributing were killing people.

The Baltimore Sun reports that 46-year-old Jeffrey Burnham told his mother that he planned on confronting 58-year-old brother Brian Robinette because he was his own clients by getting them vaccinated against the novel coronavirus.

In addition to allegedly killing Robinette, he is also alleged to have killed 57-year-old sister-in-law Sue Robinette and and 83-year-old Rebecca Reynolds, a resident of Cumberland, Maryland whose car he stole and drove to his brother's house.

"According to the charging documents filed Wednesday against Burnham related to the Howard County murders, Burnham told another unnamed person that his brother was 'killing people with the COVID shot,'" reports the Baltimore Sun. "Burnham's mother Evelyn Burnham previously expressed concerns about her younger son's mental health. In charging documents filed against Burnham in Reynolds' death in Allegany County, Evelyn Burnham called Cumberland police twice last week because of her son's 'mental stability' after he made statements about the FBI 'being after' them both."

Burnham fled to West Virginia, but was eventually apprehended by police after he flagged down a local firefighter and told him that he "had been forced to kill three people."

https://www.rawstory.com/anti-vaxxer-2655240860/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 07, 2021, 12:59:41 AM
Colorado hospital system won't give transplants to unvaccinated patients in nearly all cases

A major hospital system in Colorado is now saying that it won't give transplants to any patients who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19.

CBS News reports that UCHealth this week said it's simply too risky to have unvaccinated patients undergo transplant operations, as they will be particularly vulnerable afterward if they happen to catch COVID-19.

"For transplant patients who contract COVID-19, the mortality rate ranges from about 20% to more than 30%," UCHealth explained in a statement to CBS. "This shows the extreme risk that COVID-19 poses to transplant recipients after their surgeries."

Leilani Lutali, a woman who needs to have a replacement kidney, told CBS News that she was caught off guard by the policy, which she said wasn't in effect even two months ago.

"At the end of August, they confirmed that there was no COVID shot needed at that time," Lutali said. "Fast forward to September 28. That's when I found out... they have this policy around the COVID shot for both for the donor and the recipient."

UCHealth says Lutali and her donors have 30 days to get vaccinated before they're removed from the hospital's transplant waiting list. The hospital system also notes that patients in the past have been required to receive hepatitis B and MMR vaccines ahead of surgeries.

https://www.rawstory.com/colorado-hospital-system-unvaccinated/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 07, 2021, 10:46:57 AM
President Biden's Vaccine Mandate Is Working

15 million shots have been given since the Biden vaccine mandate. Thank you Mr. President for taking the bull by the horns to defeat this pandemic.

Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 07, 2021, 11:00:48 AM
Covid-19 Vaccine Mandates Are Working—Here’s The Proof

Many employer-issued Covid-19 vaccine mandates in the United States have accomplished their objective of quickly increasing inoculation rates among workers, based on results reported from coast to coast.

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The hell with the carrot: President Biden announced new coronavirus mandates in September, ordering all businesses with more than 100 employees to require their workers to be vaccinated or face weekly testing.


Key Facts

New York City’s requirement that all public school educators be vaccinated compelled more than 15,000 teachers to get their first jab last week, pushing vaccination rates of NYC pedagogues above 95%, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday.

In California, managed care company Kaiser Permanente, which employs over 300,000 people, said its employee vaccination rate spiked from about 78% to 97% after the state declared healthcare workers needed to get vaccinated or submit to twice-weekly Covid-19 testing.

New York’s vaccination mandate for hospital and nursing home workers went into full effect last Monday and coincided with a roughly ten-percentage-point increase in the vaccination rate among those workers to 92% in the span of just a week, state officials said.

The vaccination rate for employees at the Mohawk Valley Health System in upstate New York soared from 70% over the summer to 95.6% by late September, and St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx reported a similar 17-point spike.

United Airlines, which became the first major airline to require workers to get immunized against Covid-19, announced last week that 99.5% of its workforce is inoculated.

In the two weeks following Delta Air Lines’ announcement of a $200 monthly health insurance surcharge for unvaccinated employees, roughly 16,000, or 20%, of the company’s unvaccinated employees got their first shot.

When Tyson Foods announced a mandate August 3, less than 50% of its workforce had been vaccinated; the share has since climbed above 90%, with a month to go before the November 1 deadline.

Even NBA star Andrew Wiggins, who had been adamant in his refusal to get his jab even after his application for a religious exemption was denied by the league, has been vaccinated, his coach said over the weekend, avoiding forfeiting more than $13 million in salary.

CRUCIAL QUOTE:
“Mandates, so far, seem to be the most effective thing we have to overcome the vaccine hesitancy,” Dr. Bradley Pollock, chair of Public Health Sciences at the University of California at Davis, told the Sacramento Bee. “It’s more than good; it’s very good.”

KEY BACKGROUND:
In early September, President Biden announced sweeping new coronavirus mandates, ordering all businesses with more than 100 employees to require their workers to be vaccinated or face weekly testing. At the time of the administration’s announcement, roughly 53% of the population was fully vaccinated, with approximately 80 million Americans eligible for jabs who had not yet gotten them. “We’ve been patient,” Biden said in remarks directed at the unvaccinated. “But our patience is wearing thin. And your refusal has cost all of us.” Last Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said more than 214 million people, including 77% of adults, have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. Some 67% of all U.S. adults are now fully immunized. “Mandates are working,” said John Swartzberg, a physician and professor at the School of Public Health at the University of California at Berkeley. “If you define ‘working’ by the percentage of people getting vaccinated and not leaving their jobs in droves,” Mayor de Blasio said last week, “I would urge every mayor in America: Do it now, get those vaccine mandates in place ahead of the cold weather, when things are going to get tougher. Do it now, or you will regret it later.”

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
Last Friday, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) announced that California would add the Covid-19 vaccine to the list of immunizations required for students to attend public schools in the state. Students ages 12 and over will likely have to meet the requirement by July 1. Newsom highlighted the success of the state’s healthcare worker mandate in arguing that a mandate for students will lead to higher vaccination rates.

BIG NUMBER:
99.99%. That’s the percentage of people fully vaccinated against Covid-19 who have not had a breakthrough case resulting in hospitalization or death, according to a recent CDC report.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tommybeer/2021/10/04/covid-19-vaccine-mandates-are-working-heres-the-proof/?sh=1eee91412305
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Jack Nessan on October 07, 2021, 03:47:29 PM
Vaccinated people are not infectious because they have to be Covid free in order to get vaccinated.

The only way a vaccinated person can get possibly get infected is through an infected unvaccinated person and those cases are rare.

Vaccinated people are not massively spreading the virus or dying in hospitals. That's unvaccinated people doing that. 

That's why if everybody got vaccinated nobody would be spreading the virus but you don't understand that simple concept. All you're doing is distorting the facts and trying to blame vaccinated people.

You are ignoring your own post at your own peril. Good luck with it.

Using cycle threshold (Ct) values, the researchers found a similar level of viral load in unvaccinated and vaccinated people who were infected with the delta variant, backing up prior studies. Even so, people who were fully vaccinated were still less likely to infect others.

“Transmission is much more complex,” Butler-Wu said, meaning the Ct value is just a snapshot in time and doesn’t reflect the entire course of illness.

It's likely that people who have been vaccinated clear the infectious virus from the body faster. A previous study from Singapore had found that although levels of the virus were initially the same in those infected with the delta variant regardless of vaccine status, by day seven, levels of the virus dropped quickly in those who were vaccinated, which may reduce the ability to spread illness.

There is emerging evidence that even though cycle threshold values may be the same regardless of vaccination status, people who are vaccinated may have less infectious virus in their bodies, potentially reducing transmission. Richterman pointed to a recent pre-print from China that found a large reduction in transmission in those who had received two doses of vaccine, compared to the unvaccinated.

Vaccines have the ability to prevent transmission of the virus in two ways, he said. The first is by preventing infection altogether. The other is by reducing the amount of infectious virus should somebody get sick.
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 07, 2021, 11:42:35 PM
You are ignoring your own post at your own peril. Good luck with it.

Using cycle threshold (Ct) values, the researchers found a similar level of viral load in unvaccinated and vaccinated people who were infected with the delta variant, backing up prior studies. Even so, people who were fully vaccinated were still less likely to infect others.

“Transmission is much more complex,” Butler-Wu said, meaning the Ct value is just a snapshot in time and doesn’t reflect the entire course of illness.

It's likely that people who have been vaccinated clear the infectious virus from the body faster. A previous study from Singapore had found that although levels of the virus were initially the same in those infected with the delta variant regardless of vaccine status, by day seven, levels of the virus dropped quickly in those who were vaccinated, which may reduce the ability to spread illness.

There is emerging evidence that even though cycle threshold values may be the same regardless of vaccination status, people who are vaccinated may have less infectious virus in their bodies, potentially reducing transmission. Richterman pointed to a recent pre-print from China that found a large reduction in transmission in those who had received two doses of vaccine, compared to the unvaccinated.

Vaccines have the ability to prevent transmission of the virus in two ways, he said. The first is by preventing infection altogether. The other is by reducing the amount of infectious virus should somebody get sick.


 :D :D :D

You are ignoring science, the facts, and reality.

Who is dying from COVID in mass numbers?  The Unvaccinated.

Who is getting infected in mass numbers from COVID? The Unvaccinated.

Which communities and states have the highest COVID transmission rates and deaths? States with low vaccination rates.

Who is not dying in mass numbers, getting infected in mass numbers or being hospitalized in mass numbers from COVID? Yes that's right, vaccinated people.

You have no argument. All you're doing is trying to ridiculously blame vaccinated people for the spread of COVID and trying to defend not to get vaccinated. Vaccinated people are not spreading the virus it's the unvaccinated that's doing it.       
COVID is not spreading due to vaccinated people. It's being spread through unvaccinated morons who are infecting each other and possibly causing breakthrough infections to vaccinated people. If everybody gets vaccinated there is no virus to spread. Why can't you understand this simple concept?     

It's no surprise since President Biden's vaccine mandate that cases and hospitalizations are going down. That's because vaccinations work to stop the spread of covid.   
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 07, 2021, 11:48:39 PM
Some US governors say Covid hospitalizations are going down but warn of what could come next if more people don't get vaccinated

Some governors are beginning to report encouraging signs in their state's Covid-19 numbers, but warn of what could come next if more people don't get vaccinated.

Covid-19 hospitalizations and ICU utilization have decreased over the past week in Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear announced at a Thursday news conference.

"We are in a decline and we hope it continues for people hospitalized because of Covid," the governor said.

"This is more people getting vaccinated. This is more people wearing their masks. Keep it up," Beshear added, warning Covid-19 hospitalization and ICU numbers in the state are still very high and could tick back up.

Also Thursday, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced the state's Covid-19 positivity rate has dropped 20% in the past month and hospitalizations are down 60% from their peak. On the same day, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said that while the state has seen a "significant decline in cases, hospitalizations and percent positive tests" in the past weeks, there could be another surge soon.

"Today, I want to emphasize the importance of not waiting until the next wave of Covid cases to get vaccinated," Kemp said. "Given that our increase in cases and hospitalizations in 2021 were similar in timing to surges seen in 2020, we can only assume that a winter increase is also possible."

Across the US, the rate of new Covid-19 deaths is expected to decrease over the next four weeks, according to an ensemble forecast from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And for the third week in a row, Wednesday's CDC forecast predicted hospitalizations will decrease as well -- a bit of hope as the more transmissible Delta variant continues to spread.

But currently, an average of nearly 2,000 people die and about 114,000 people are infected with Covid-19 every day, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

"We're going to lose a bunch more people," West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said at a news briefing Wednesday. "All I can possibly do, with a good conscience, is continue to urge you, in every way, to get vaccinated."

Roughly 55.5% of the US population is fully vaccinated, according to the CDC. Health experts can't say for sure what proportion of the population would need to be vaccinated to control the spread, but Dr. Anthony Fauci estimates that it would have to be the "vast majority."

Officials and experts are employing multiple strategies to try to increase vaccination protection.

Schools, businesses and employers have implemented mandates for students and employees to be vaccinated against the virus. And the FDA has authorized booster doses to increase vaccine protection for vulnerable populations.


About a third of parents say they'd vaccinate kids ages 5-11 right away, poll finds

Meanwhile, a slightly increasing proportion of parents may be open to children ages 5-11 getting a Covid-19 vaccine as soon as one is available to them, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll.

No Covid-19 vaccine is yet authorized for ages under 12 in the US. But both Pfizer and Moderna have been testing various doses of their Covid-19 vaccines in children under 12, and health experts have said one could be authorized for ages 5-11 later this fall if multiple federal agencies sign off.

In a Kaiser poll published Thursday, about 34% parents of children 5-11 said they would vaccinate their child as soon as a Covid-19 vaccine became available for that age group.

That's up from 26% who said the same thing in a July poll, the foundation said. About 32% of September's respondents said they would wait to see how the vaccine was working, against 40% who said the same thing in July.

The percentage of parents saying they definitely wouldn't seek the vaccine for their child this age group, however, has barely moved. About 24% of respondents said this in September, versus 25% in July, Kaiser said.

About 7% in September said they'd allow their child to get the vaccine only if required, against 9% who said the same in July.

Kaiser noted that the bulk of the interviews for September's poll happened before Pfizer announced on September 20 that its Covid-19 vaccine was safe and generated a "robust" antibody response in children ages 5-11. Pfizer is now submitting that data to the FDA ahead of anticipated attempt to seek the agency's authorization for vaccinating this age group.

The latest Kaiser poll was conducted September 13-22.

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/30/health/us-coronavirus-thursday/index.html
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 08, 2021, 12:14:31 AM
Thanks to President Biden and his vaccine mandates rural areas are now increasing the number of vaccinations. This will help slow the spread of covid.   

Rural Vaccinations Increase by Fastest Pace Since June
https://dailyyonder.com/rural-vaccinations-increase-by-fastest-pace-since-june/2021/09/28/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Richard Smith on October 08, 2021, 01:45:15 AM
Virus deaths in just the first 8 months of the Biden administration now exceed the total for 2020!  Incredible but nary a peep from the leftist media.  Biden has done the near impossible.  The number of deaths have increased under his administration despite having a vaccine available.  In other words the numbers under his administration are actually worse with the vaccine than they were in the prior year without the vaccine.   Where has the CNN on screen ticker gone as deaths skyrocketed under Old Joe?  Where is the media outrage?

Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 08, 2021, 05:42:50 AM
President Biden touts vaccine mandates for large businesses: 'These requirements work'

President Joe Biden renewed his call for private employers to require their workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19, saying "we are going to beat this pandemic" if more Americans get their shots.

"Without them, we face endless months of chaos in our hospitals, damage to our economy and anxiety in our schools and empty restaurants and much less commerce," Biden said during a speech in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, where he toured a construction site overseen by Clayco, which is one of the Midwest's largest construction companies and announced new vaccination requirements for its employees Thursday.

"I know these decisions aren't easy, but you're setting an example and a powerful example," he said of Clayco's new requirement.

Biden said that the U.S. is in a position to "leap forward" economically and that businesses "have more power than ever before to change the arc of this pandemic."

"I know that vaccination requirements are tough medicine, unpopular to some, politics for others, but they're life-saving, they're game-changing for our country," he said.

Biden's remarks came just hours after the White House released a new report outlining the importance of requirements in driving up vaccination rates and helping Americans return to work.

The 26-page report says more than 185 million Americans are now fully vaccinated and that "the unprecedented pace of the president’s vaccination campaign saved over 100,000 lives and prevented 450,000 hospitalizations."

"These requirements work," Biden said. "More people are getting vaccinated. More lives are being saved."

According to the White House, more than 3,500 organizations have already instituted some form of vaccine requirement, including 25% of businesses, 40% of hospitals, and colleges and universities serving 37% of all graduate and undergraduate students. They said thousands more businesses will institute requirements over the weeks ahead as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule for businesses with more than 100 workers is still being finalized.

White House COVID-19 Data Director Cyrus Shahpar also announced on Thursday that 78% of adults in the U.S. have now received at least one vaccine dose.

"Vaccination requirements work," Biden said. "And there's nothing new about them. They've been around for decades. We've been living with these requirements throughout our lives."

The president also met with United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby, who implemented a requirement for employees to be vaccinated in August and now boasts a 99% vaccination rate.

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/biden-illinois-push-vaccine-mandates-large-businesses/story?id=80460564
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 08, 2021, 06:10:31 AM
Trump stooge Governors Greg Abbott of Texas and Ron DeSantis of Florida have both unleashed a Covid disaster in their states as more of their voting base are dying in droves. The banning of mask and vaccine mandates are the cause of the deadly transmission rate of the COVID virus. Children and pregnant women are dying from COVID-19 but these phony "Pro Life" Republicans do not care. DeSantis went so far as to force school districts to stop mandating masks in schools which saves the lives of children since they are unable to be vaccinated. So these innocent children are being infected with a deadly virus and spreading it at home while others are dying in the hospitals. DeSantis is a very sick and deranged individual.

Right wingers used to attack New York for the horrible covid outbreak and deaths that occurred within the first couple of months. But that was due to Criminal Donald who allowed the virus to explode before he even declared a state of Emergency. A few months ago, I predicted that both Texas and Florida would surpass New York in both total cases and deaths. As of October 8, 2021, my prediction was absolutely correct due to the neglect and dereliction of duty from these two lousy Governors. Both Texas and Florida have surpassed New York in COVID cases and deaths. It also proves that mask and vaccine mandates work to stop covid. It also proved the stay at home orders worked to curb the COVID transmission rate as New York successfully did last year while covid was surging in both Texas and Florida as it still is.

COVID cases
Texas         4,124,402 
Florida       3,643,773   
New York   2,538,594

COVID Deaths
Texas         67,358
Florida       56,407
New York  56,151

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 08, 2021, 11:37:00 PM
Thanks to President Biden COVID rates are continuing to drop.

NEW: COVID-19 test positivity rate continues to drop; 33 deaths reported
https://www.8newsnow.com/news/health/coronavirus-health/new-covid-19-test-positivity-rate-continues-to-drop-33-deaths-reported/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Richard Smith on October 09, 2021, 02:08:57 AM
Thanks to President Biden COVID rates are continuing to drop.

NEW: COVID-19 test positivity rate continues to drop; 33 deaths reported
https://www.8newsnow.com/news/health/coronavirus-health/new-covid-19-test-positivity-rate-continues-to-drop-33-deaths-reported/

Once numbers reach a record high there is only one way to go.  Biden has done absolutely nothing except to divide people over the issue.  He owns more virus deaths than Trump now.  Just passed 700K.  And in only 8 months!  At least Old Joe beat Trump at one thing.  Inflation, crime, illegals pouring across the border all at record numbers under Biden.  His polls numbers are crumbling due to his weakness and incompetence while he sits at his tiny desk in his doll house version of the White House because his handlers won't allow him to speak from the real White House.  China has been emboldened to invade Taiwan under Biden's weakness and the money paid to Hunter.  Kamala is nowhere to be seen.  Hiding from all the unfolding disasters to distance herself from Biden.
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Jack Nessan on October 09, 2021, 05:20:19 PM
Vaccinated people are not infectious because they have to be Covid free in order to get vaccinated.

The only way a vaccinated person can get possibly get infected is through an infected unvaccinated person and those cases are rare.

Vaccinated people are not massively spreading the virus or dying in hospitals. That's unvaccinated people doing that. 

That's why if everybody got vaccinated nobody would be spreading the virus but you don't understand that simple concept. All you're doing is distorting the facts and trying to blame vaccinated people.

You have nothing to worry about, you are like teflon. Your vaccinated, it is impregnable and it lasts forever. You can now come out of the closet in the basement. It is all safe. The unvaccinated are the only ones at risk. Just don't read or believe anything that is contrary to your beliefs. Reality might creep in.
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 09, 2021, 11:59:04 PM
Another COVIDIOT that has easy access to a free and safe vaccine but chose to get sick with COVID-19 and treat it with quack cures that don't work. Here he is infected while speaking to a packed crowd of morons with no masks. These idiots will never learn.

Unvaxxed Allen West announces Covid symptoms that he is treating with hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin

In a series of tweets on Saturday morning, former GOP Rep. Allen West (R-FL) announced that he is showing symptoms of COVID-19 that he is treating with Hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin since he has not been vaccinated.

West who recently headed up the Texas GOP before stepping down, wrote on Twitter: "After taking COVID and flu shots, Angela West tested positive for COVID yesterday, Friday. Col. West is experiencing a low grade fever and light body aches. Out of concern for public health, Col. West is suspending in-person events until receiving an all-clear indication."

He added, "Col. West will be available through virtual means to do events until his family's health issue is rectified. He is already taking Hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin protocols. The West family thanks y'all for your prayers. 'God's blessings and Texas First!" before clarifying that he is not anti-vaxx, but believes it is a personal choice.

According to the Daily Beast, "On Thursday night, West spoke to a packed indoor crowd at a yacht club outside of Houston, without a mask in sight."

https://www.rawstory.com/allen-west-2655263286/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 10, 2021, 12:07:38 AM
Thank you President Biden! Vaccine mandates are working and it will help to end this pandemic.


Vaccine mandates are working, with vaccination rates topping 90%: Faced with losing their jobs, even the most hesitant are getting vaccinated

In the quest to get more Americans vaccinated, one thing is becoming increasingly clear: Vaccine mandates work.

Nowhere is that more apparent than at United Airlines. On Aug. 6, United became the first U.S. airline to tell its workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 if they wanted to keep their jobs.

The company says 99.5% of United employees have been vaccinated, not counting the roughly 2,000 who have applied for religious or medical exemptions. Elsewhere, other employers also report success with mandates. Tyson Foods, New York City schools, major hospital systems in Maine and the NBA are among those with vaccination rates topping 90%.

Taking the shot isn't an easy decision for many people. One of them was Margaret Applegate, a San Francisco-based customer service agent with United for 29 years. She was proud of how United had handled the pandemic up until then — the lengths the airline had gone to for keeping workers and customers safe, even partnering with Clorox on cleaning and disinfecting.

Now she no longer felt so proud.

Applegate, who is 57, had not gotten vaccinated. Like many people, she was scared. She'd heard from friends in the U.S. and abroad about bad reactions to the shots, and she worried that the vaccine could exacerbate her heart condition.

She was also uneasy about how quickly the COVID-19 vaccines had been developed and authorized for use.

"I thought that was a little bit too rushed. It just felt too rushed," she says.

Still, she wrestled with what to do. She was troubled by the death of a co-worker from COVID-19 and the diminished health of another co-worker who had been hospitalized with the virus and survived. She recognized the vaccine mandate as her company's final push to keep employees safe.

Deciding to get vaccinated involves getting the opinions of people you trust

With United's deadline approaching, Applegate finally settled on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. She reasoned that the technology behind the J&J shot was more established than the mRNA technology behind the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

Even then, she remained highly conflicted. She spoke with her doctor and her children, one of whom is a cancer researcher. The day before her appointment, Applegate connected with Lori Augustine, a former customer service agent who rose through the ranks to become a vice president at United. Though they are roughly the same age, Applegate thinks of her as motherly, someone whose opinion she trusts.

Sensing Applegate's lingering hesitation about the vaccine, Augustine did what a mother would do. She offered to take her to the appointment.

"When she offered, I could not really say no," says Applegate. "She genuinely cared."

Across industries, vaccine mandates are delivering results

After being denied a religious exemption, Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins reluctantly went for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

"The only options [were] to get vaccinated or not play in the NBA," Wiggins said at a news conference, sharing that it was a tough decision. "Hopefully it works out in the long run, and in 10 years I'm still healthy."

Even in places where there is not yet a vaccine mandate, just the anticipation of one seems to be having an effect.

Andre Bastian works as a federal contractor, guarding a prominent government building in Washington, D.C. After a slow start and a lot of opposition, almost all of his co-workers have now been vaccinated. Under President Biden's executive order, federal contractors must be vaccinated by Dec. 8.

"What it really comes down to is money," says Bastian, a former Marine, noting that private security pays well, leading even the most skeptical to "just bite the bullet and do it."

At United, Margaret Applegate is relieved to have the decision behind her. She wasn't ready to quit her job. She is loved by customers, who give her rave reviews. She, in turn, loves the challenge.

"I was planning on still going strong, maybe even at 70 if I can," she says.

https://www.npr.org/2021/10/07/1043332198/employer-vaccine-mandates-success-workers-get-shots-to-keep-jobs
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Richard Smith on October 10, 2021, 12:36:39 AM
Thank you President Biden! Vaccine mandates are working and it will help to end this pandemic.


Vaccine mandates are working, with vaccination rates topping 90%: Faced with losing their jobs, even the most hesitant are getting vaccinated

In the quest to get more Americans vaccinated, one thing is becoming increasingly clear: Vaccine mandates work.

Nowhere is that more apparent than at United Airlines. On Aug. 6, United became the first U.S. airline to tell its workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 if they wanted to keep their jobs.

The company says 99.5% of United employees have been vaccinated, not counting the roughly 2,000 who have applied for religious or medical exemptions. Elsewhere, other employers also report success with mandates. Tyson Foods, New York City schools, major hospital systems in Maine and the NBA are among those with vaccination rates topping 90%.

Taking the shot isn't an easy decision for many people. One of them was Margaret Applegate, a San Francisco-based customer service agent with United for 29 years. She was proud of how United had handled the pandemic up until then — the lengths the airline had gone to for keeping workers and customers safe, even partnering with Clorox on cleaning and disinfecting.

Now she no longer felt so proud.

Applegate, who is 57, had not gotten vaccinated. Like many people, she was scared. She'd heard from friends in the U.S. and abroad about bad reactions to the shots, and she worried that the vaccine could exacerbate her heart condition.

She was also uneasy about how quickly the COVID-19 vaccines had been developed and authorized for use.

"I thought that was a little bit too rushed. It just felt too rushed," she says.

Still, she wrestled with what to do. She was troubled by the death of a co-worker from COVID-19 and the diminished health of another co-worker who had been hospitalized with the virus and survived. She recognized the vaccine mandate as her company's final push to keep employees safe.

Deciding to get vaccinated involves getting the opinions of people you trust

With United's deadline approaching, Applegate finally settled on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. She reasoned that the technology behind the J&J shot was more established than the mRNA technology behind the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

Even then, she remained highly conflicted. She spoke with her doctor and her children, one of whom is a cancer researcher. The day before her appointment, Applegate connected with Lori Augustine, a former customer service agent who rose through the ranks to become a vice president at United. Though they are roughly the same age, Applegate thinks of her as motherly, someone whose opinion she trusts.

Sensing Applegate's lingering hesitation about the vaccine, Augustine did what a mother would do. She offered to take her to the appointment.

"When she offered, I could not really say no," says Applegate. "She genuinely cared."

Across industries, vaccine mandates are delivering results

After being denied a religious exemption, Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins reluctantly went for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

"The only options [were] to get vaccinated or not play in the NBA," Wiggins said at a news conference, sharing that it was a tough decision. "Hopefully it works out in the long run, and in 10 years I'm still healthy."

Even in places where there is not yet a vaccine mandate, just the anticipation of one seems to be having an effect.

Andre Bastian works as a federal contractor, guarding a prominent government building in Washington, D.C. After a slow start and a lot of opposition, almost all of his co-workers have now been vaccinated. Under President Biden's executive order, federal contractors must be vaccinated by Dec. 8.

"What it really comes down to is money," says Bastian, a former Marine, noting that private security pays well, leading even the most skeptical to "just bite the bullet and do it."

At United, Margaret Applegate is relieved to have the decision behind her. She wasn't ready to quit her job. She is loved by customers, who give her rave reviews. She, in turn, loves the challenge.

"I was planning on still going strong, maybe even at 70 if I can," she says.

https://www.npr.org/2021/10/07/1043332198/employer-vaccine-mandates-success-workers-get-shots-to-keep-jobs

LOL.  The cases numbers reached a 300% increase under Biden and deaths exceed those under Trump even though Old Joe has had access to the vaccine for his entire presidency.  But he is going a great job!  Stop being so good to us Joe!  We can't take much more of your successes.  Where is he today?  In the doll house?  Where is Kamala?
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 11, 2021, 04:23:57 AM
Thanks President Biden for defeating this deadly pandemic!

Hospitalizations down 64%; Alabama expects vaccines for kids 5-11 by next month
https://www.al.com/news/2021/10/hospitalizations-down-64-dr-scott-harris-to-give-latest-on-covid-19-pandemic.html
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Richard Smith on October 11, 2021, 03:55:07 PM
Biden's vaccine mandate has now resulted in the airlines grounding thousands of flights.  There are insufficient flight crews and air traffic controllers.  Also a shortage of truck drivers or workers to unload and distribute cargo.  The supply chain is breaking down.  Shelves are empty like something from a Soviet-bloc country from the 1950s.  An incredible failure of leadership.  And Old Joe is in a doll house.
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 12, 2021, 12:21:23 AM
Biden's vaccine mandate has now resulted in the airlines grounding thousands of flights.  There are insufficient flight crews and air traffic controllers.  Also a shortage of truck drivers or workers to unload and distribute cargo.  The supply chain is breaking down.  Shelves are empty like something from a Soviet-bloc country from the 1950s.  An incredible failure of leadership.  And Old Joe is in a doll house.

More bogus propaganda. Pathetic how the right wing media is so intent on destroying President Biden on false smears and Richard repeats like it's a fact. Lol. I do enjoy debunking right wing conspiracies.     


Here’s what’s behind the Southwest Airlines cancellations

Southwest canceled more than 1,800 flights over the weekend, causing a cascading effect of chaos throughout its network and leaving thousands of passengers stranded around the U.S. and Central America. Many more flights were delayed, and problems continued into Monday.

Southwest initially said on Saturday that the delays were caused by a combination of bad weather in Florida and air traffic control delays. The Federal Aviation Administration, which manages air traffic control, said that it did not have any active delays, causing confusion — Southwest later clarified that it was referring to after-effects from the Friday night delays.

https://thepointsguy.com/news/southwest-airlines-cancellations-causes/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 12, 2021, 12:28:54 AM
Make no mistake about it folks, the MAGA Trump crowd are nothing but a bunch of domestic terrorists. They spread a deadly virus and then when they require hospitalization they violently attack nurses and doctors.

'Are you going to keep me safe?' Hospital workers sound the alarm on rising violence

(https://www.rawstory.com/media-library/nurse.jpg?id=27646481&amp;width=980&amp;height=551)

The San Leandro Hospital emergency department, where nurse Mawata Kamara works, went into lockdown recently when a visitor, agitated about being barred from seeing a patient due to covid-19 restrictions, threatened to bring a gun to the California facility.

It wasn't the first time the department faced a gun threat during the pandemic. Earlier in the year, a psychiatric patient well known at the department became increasingly violent, spewing racial slurs, spitting toward staffers and lobbing punches before eventually threatening to shoot Kamara in the face.

“Violence has always been a problem," Kamara said. “This pandemic really just added a magnifying glass."

In the earliest days of the pandemic, nightly celebrations lauded the bravery of front-line health care workers. Eighteen months later, those same workers say they are experiencing an alarming rise in violence in their workplaces.

A nurse testified before a Georgia Senate study committee in September that she was attacked by a patient so severely last spring she landed in the ER of her own hospital.

At Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri, security was called to the covid unit, said nurse Jenn Caldwell, when a visitor aggressively yelled at the nursing staff about the condition of his wife, who was a patient.

In Missouri, a tripling of physical assaults against nurses prompted Cox Medical Center Branson to issue panic buttons that can be worn on employees' identification badges.

Hospital executives were already attuned to workplace violence before the pandemic struck. But stresses from covid have exacerbated the problem, they say, prompting increased security, de-escalation training and pleas for civility. And while many hospitals work to address the issue on their own, nurses and other workers are pushing federal legislation to create enforceable standards nationwide.

Paul Sarnese, an executive at Virtua Health in New Jersey and president of the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety, said many studies show health care workers are much more likely to be victims of aggravated assault than workers in any other industry.

Federal data shows health care workers faced 73% of all nonfatal injuries from workplace violence in the U.S. in 2018. It's too early to have comprehensive stats from the pandemic.

Even so, Michelle Wallace, chief nursing officer at Grady Health System in Georgia, said the violence is likely even higher because many victims of patient assaults don't report them.

“We say, 'This is part of our job,'" said Wallace, who advocates for more reporting.

Caldwell said she had been a nurse for less than three months the first time she was assaulted at work — a patient spit at her. In the four years since, she estimated, she hasn't gone more than three months without being verbally or physically assaulted.

“I wouldn't say that it's expected, but it is accepted," Caldwell said. “We have a lot of people with mental health issues that come through our doors."

Jackie Gatz, vice president of safety and preparedness for the Missouri Hospital Association, said a lack of behavioral health resources can spur violence as patients seek treatment for mental health issues and substance use disorders in ERs. Life can also spill inside to the hospital, with violent episodes that began outside continuing inside or the presence of law enforcement officers escalating tensions.

A February 2021 report from National Nurses United — a union in which both Kamara and Caldwell are representatives — offers another possible factor: staffing levels that don't allow workers sufficient time to recognize and de-escalate possibly volatile situations.

Covid unit nurses also have shouldered extra responsibilities during the pandemic. Duties such as feeding patients, drawing blood and cleaning rooms would typically be conducted by other hospital staffers, but nurses have pitched in on those jobs to minimize the number of workers visiting the negative-pressure rooms where covid patients are treated. While the workload has increased, the number of patients each nurse oversees is unchanged, leaving little time to hear the concerns of visitors scared for the well-being of their loved ones — like the man who aggressively yelled at the nurses in Caldwell's unit.

In September, 31% of hospital nurses surveyed by that union said they had faced workplace violence, up from 22% in March.

Dr. Bryce Gartland, hospital group president of Atlanta-based Emory Healthcare, said violence has escalated as the pandemic has worn on, particularly during the latest wave of infections, hospitalization and deaths.

“Front-line health care workers and first responders have been on the battlefield for 18 months," Garland said. “They're exhausted."

Like the increase in violence on airplanes, at sports arenas and school board meetings, the rising tensions inside hospitals could be a reflection of the mounting tensions outside them.

William Mahoney, president of Cox Medical Center Branson, said national political anger is acted out locally, especially when staffers ask people who come into the hospital to put on a mask.

Caldwell, the nurse in Kansas City, said the physical nature of covid infections can contribute to an increase in violence. Patients in the covid unit often have dangerously low oxygen levels.

“People have different political views — they're either CNN or Fox News — and they start yelling at you, screaming at you," Mahoney said.

“When that happens, they become confused and also extremely combative," Caldwell said.

Sarnese said the pandemic has given hospitals an opportunity to revisit their safety protocols. Limiting entry points to enable covid screening, for example, allows hospitals to funnel visitors past security cameras.

Research Medical Center recently hired additional security officers and provided de-escalation training to supplement its video surveillance, spokesperson Christine Hamele said.

In Branson, Mahoney's hospital has bolstered its security staff, mounted cameras around the facility, brought in dogs (“people don't really want to swing at you when there's a German shepherd sitting there") and conducted de-escalation training — in addition to the panic buttons.

Some of those efforts pre-date the pandemic but the covid crisis has added urgency in an industry already struggling to recruit employees and maintain adequate staffing levels. “The No. 1 question we started getting asked is, 'Are you going to keep me safe?'" Mahoney said.

While several states, including California, have rules to address violence in hospitals, National Nurses United is calling for the U.S. Senate to pass the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act that would require hospitals to adopt plans to prevent violence.

“With any standard, at the end of the day you need that to be enforced," said the union's industrial hygienist, Rocelyn de Leon-Minch.

Nurses in states with laws on the books still face violence, but they have an enforceable standard they can point to when asking for that violence to be addressed. De Leon-Minch said the federal bill, which passed the House in April, aims to extend that protection to health care workers nationwide.

Destiny, the nurse who testified in Georgia using only her first name, is pressing charges against the patient who attacked her. The state Senate committee is now eyeing legislation for next year.

Kamara said the recent violence helped lead her hospital to provide de-escalation training, although she was dissatisfied with it. San Leandro Hospital spokesperson Victoria Balladares said the hospital had not experienced an increase in workplace violence during the pandemic.

For health care workers such as Kamara, all this antagonism toward them is a far cry from the early days of the pandemic when hospital workers were widely hailed as heroes.

“I don't want to be a hero," Kamara said. “I want to be a mom and a nurse. I want to be considered a person who chose a career that they love, and they deserve to go to work and do it in peace. And not feel like they're going to get harmed."

KHN (Kaiser Health News) is a national newsroom that produces in-depth journalism about health issues. Together with Policy Analysis and Polling, KHN is one of the three major operating programs at KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation). KFF is an endowed nonprofit organization providing information on health issues to the nation.

https://www.rawstory.com/are-you-going-to-keep-me-safe-hospital-workers-sound-alarm-on-rising-violence-2655273823/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Richard Smith on October 12, 2021, 12:53:14 AM
More bogus propaganda. Pathetic how the right wing media is so intent on destroying President Biden on false smears and Richard repeats like it's a fact. Lol. I do enjoy debunking right wing conspiracies.     


Here’s what’s behind the Southwest Airlines cancellations

Southwest canceled more than 1,800 flights over the weekend, causing a cascading effect of chaos throughout its network and leaving thousands of passengers stranded around the U.S. and Central America. Many more flights were delayed, and problems continued into Monday.

Southwest initially said on Saturday that the delays were caused by a combination of bad weather in Florida and air traffic control delays. The Federal Aviation Administration, which manages air traffic control, said that it did not have any active delays, causing confusion — Southwest later clarified that it was referring to after-effects from the Friday night delays.

https://thepointsguy.com/news/southwest-airlines-cancellations-causes/

Yes, that's right it was not the weather which was perfect or the FAA.  They have no one to fly the planes.  Wonder why?  Think real hard.  I bet you can think of something that is happening that might impact their staffing levels. 
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 12, 2021, 01:10:53 AM
When President Biden entered office we had a full blown COVID disaster. The disatrous Trump vaccine roll out left tens of millions with no access to a vaccine shot. Those results were disastrous because we weren't even getting 1 million shots per day. There was no coordination, mass vaccination sites were sparsely set up, and we had a vaccine shortage. That was due to the incompetence of Criminal Donald who didn't care about defeating the virus and saving lives. All he cared about was trying to steal an election that he lost in a blowout.

On day one of President Biden's first day in office, he coordinated to get mass vaccination sites set up in every state. He worked with major pharmacies to get shots administered for millions of Americans. He ordered millions of doses of vaccines for ALL Americans. He got the pandemic under control from April-June. Then after the 4th of July, the unvaccinated spread the Delta Variant killing each other off. But with Biden's vaccine mandates and strong leadership, we are definitely seeing strong results.

Bottom line on COVID = progress 
-- nationally cases and hospitalizations are down;
-- 39 states see hospitalizations down;
--  vaccinations are up, nearing 80% of adults w/ at least one shot
-- 95% of seniors have one shot, 10% have booster

Thank you President Biden! That is what you call success. 
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Richard Smith on October 12, 2021, 05:29:35 PM
When President Biden entered office we had a full blown COVID disaster. The disatrous Trump vaccine roll out left tens of millions with no access to a vaccine shot. Those results were disastrous because we weren't even getting 1 million shots per day. There was no coordination, mass vaccination sites were sparsely set up, and we had a vaccine shortage. That was due to the incompetence of Criminal Donald who didn't care about defeating the virus and saving lives. All he cared about was trying to steal an election that he lost in a blowout.

On day one of President Biden's first day in office, he coordinated to get mass vaccination sites set up in every state. He worked with major pharmacies to get shots administered for millions of Americans. He ordered millions of doses of vaccines for ALL Americans. He got the pandemic under control from April-June. Then after the 4th of July, the unvaccinated spread the Delta Variant killing each other off. But with Biden's vaccine mandates and strong leadership, we are definitely seeing strong results.

Bottom line on COVID = progress 
-- nationally cases and hospitalizations are down;
-- 39 states see hospitalizations down;
--  vaccinations are up, nearing 80% of adults w/ at least one shot
-- 95% of seniors have one shot, 10% have booster

Thank you President Biden! That is what you call success.

Stop being so good to us Old Joe!  Virus cases were up 300% last month than from a year ago despite the availability of the vaccine for his entire presidency.  Deaths have now exceeded more than 700K Americans.  More deaths under Biden than Trump even after being gifted the vaccine from day one of his presidency.  That's a real bang up job he is doing with the virus.  Almost as good as with inflation, crime, Afghanistan, gas prices, the border crisis, supply chain breakdown, and on and on.  His WH doll house and tiny desk are real cute as well. 
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 12, 2021, 10:02:51 PM
President Biden continues to do amazing work defeating this pandemic.

The United States is now reporting 86,242 new coronavirus cases per day, the lowest seven-day average since August 2, according to data from @CNN and Johns Hopkins University.
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 12, 2021, 10:15:53 PM
Stop being so good to us Old Joe!  Virus cases were up 300% last month than from a year ago despite the availability of the vaccine for his entire presidency.  Deaths have now exceeded more than 700K Americans.  More deaths under Biden than Trump even after being gifted the vaccine from day one of his presidency.  That's a real bang up job he is doing with the virus.  Almost as good as with inflation, crime, Afghanistan, gas prices, the border crisis, supply chain breakdown, and on and on.  His WH doll house and tiny desk are real cute as well.

:D :D :D

As usual, none of this is true.

We had over 430,000 deaths under Criminal Donald and we were losing nearly 2,000 people a day when he disgracefully left office. President Biden had well under 1,000 deaths per day during April-June. And now the numbers are going down again all across America because of his strong leadership. Thanks again for reminding us of the disasters Criminal Donald left Biden with. Highest murder rate since 1997, his disastrous Afghanistan deal with the Taliban, highest illegal immigration, high gas prices, manufacturing recession, record job loss, inflation due to his bogus tariffs, busted economy and record slow growth. Thankfully those days are gone. 

New COVID Cases Down in October
https://www.thejournal-news.net/stories/new-covid-cases-down-in-october,74608
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 12, 2021, 10:53:30 PM
Biden's vaccine mandate has now resulted in the airlines grounding thousands of flights. There are insufficient flight crews and air traffic controllers. Also a shortage of truck drivers or workers to unload and distribute cargo. The supply chain is breaking down. Shelves are empty like something from a Soviet-bloc country from the 1950s.  An incredible failure of leadership.  And Old Joe is in a doll house.

 :D :D :D

You should pay attention to real news instead of parroting right wing disinformation that isn't even true. Southwest Airlines, the pilot union, and the FAA all said Biden's vaccine mandates had nothing to do with grounded flights. Empty shelves? Every shelf was full at the grocery store today. Just more fake right wing disinformation debunked.

It's disgusting how much hate these right wing Republicans in the media and in Congress have for President Biden who is trying to save lives and bring a swift end to this pandemic. Right wing elected officials are working hard against him to keep this pandemic going because they don't want President Biden to get credit for ending this pandemic. So, they push outright lies and implement anti mandate laws to keep the virus surging. As a result, Republicans are killing their own base including children and unborn babies. And this is from a party that claims to be "Pro Life". What an absolute disgrace. The GOP are obstructionists and are only there to coddle and do what Trump tells them to. Vote them all out because they refuse to do their jobs and have no regard for human life.         

Conservatives go wild over imaginary anti-vax Southwest pilots

Donald Trump and several right-wing Republican lawmakers claimed over the holiday weekend that hundreds of canceled and delayed Southwest Airlines flights resulted from pilots and other airline employees resisting vaccine mandates. But the airline, the pilots union and the FAA have all said that Southwest's vaccine requirements had nothing to do with this weekend's issues.

Southwest canceled more than 2,000 flights between Saturday and Monday and at least 1,400 other flights were delayed. The airline blamed severe weather, air traffic control staff shortages and a lack of hotel accommodations for employees for creating a cascading series of issues that led to inadequate staffing on more than one-fourth of Southwest's weekend flights. The union representing Southwest pilots blamed the airline's complicated technological system, which reassigns and reroutes pilots during disruptions, for causing a "domino effect" that forced the company to reassign more than 70% of its pilots over the weekend. Southwest saw a similar string of cancellations in June, which the airline later blamed on overly optimistic projections about how quickly it could scale up flights as passengers began to return over the summer.

This weekend's cancellations came just two days after the Southwest pilots' union asked a federal judge to block the company's vaccine mandate. Republican lawmakers, without evidence, quickly seized on an imaginary link, tying the travel chaos to the company's new policy and President Biden's call for a federal vaccine mandate.

"Joe Biden's illegal vaccine mandate at work. Suddenly, we're short on pilots & air traffic controllers," Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, declared on Twitter — while actually linking to a CNBC article that quoted an airline spokeswoman refuting his claim as an "unfounded rumor" and "inaccurate."

Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., claimed that Southwest employees were "standing up for their rights as Americans."

"You will NEVER be able to comply your way out of tyranny," she tweeted.

Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., said he stands with Southwest employees who are "fighting against these mandates."

"This isn't about a vaccine, this is about freedom," he wrote.

"Shut them down," wrote Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas.

Donald Trump also sought to link the issues to vaccine mandates, as well as his endlessly repeated false claims about the 2020 election.

"I think it has a lot to do with a lot of things. I think it has something to do with the election that was rigged," he said in a radio interview this weekend. "I think these are big fans of your favorite president, I think that this has something to do with that. I think it has something to do with the ... I think it has a lot to do with mandates."

Donald Trump Jr., also amplified the baseless claim on Twitter, claiming that employees had gone on "strike" over the mandates.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson amplified these unfounded claims to his primetime audience, saying that the flight cancellations were the "direct consequence" of Biden's vaccine mandate.

But there's no evidence of a strike or sick-out by airline employees. The pilots' union has said that pilots called in sick at a normal rate over the weekend.

Asked how much the company's vaccine mandate contributed to the cancellations, Southwest CEO Gary Kelly told CNBC, "Zero."

Kelly said that the rate of employee absences over the weekend was "very normal."

"Understand how airlines work," he said. "When you get behind, it just takes several days to catch up."

The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association said on Saturday that "our pilots are not participating in any official or unofficial action."

"There are false claims of job actions by Southwest Pilots currently gaining traction on social media and making their way into mainstream news. I can say with certainty that there are no work slowdowns or sickouts either related to the recent mandatory vaccine mandate or otherwise," union president Casey Murray said in a statement on Sunday, pointing instead to severe weather in the southeast United States, staffing shortages and the company's operating system, which he said has become "subject to massive failures under the slightest pressure."

The union said last week that it does not oppose vaccines but filed a lawsuit to block the mandate because Southwest had not consulted employees before making the decision.

Murray told the Dallas Morning News that pilot sick rates over the weekend "were exactly in line with where they were all summer with the same kind of operational disasters."

Incoming Southwest CEO Bob Jordan last month blamed the company's months-long issues predating the vaccine mandates on staffing shortages stemming from the pandemic, when thousands of employees accepted buyouts, early retirements or long-term leave.

Southwest COO Mike Van de Ven said in a video to employees that despite "a very aggressive hiring plan ... we are still not where we want to be with staffing," especially pilots.

Industry experts blamed the company's "point-to-point route network" for making the airline more susceptible to widespread issues than other airlines. Delays cause cascading issues at each flight's additional stops and the airline had scheduled more flights than it could handle, Henry Harteveldt, president of the Atmosphere Research Group, told NBC News.

"You screw up Florida, you screw up their whole network a whole lot more because it's connected to the rest of their system. Once it gets screwed up, airplanes are out of place, crews are out of place," added Mike Boyd, an aviation consultant at Boyd Group International. "The crew gets stuck in Omaha and ran out of time, they should be in Orlando. Getting that squared away takes time."

Cruz ignored all of the contradictory evidence and statements from the airline, the pilots and the FAA — which also said there is no evidence that "this weekend's cancellations were related to vaccine mandates" — to accuse the media of Democratic propaganda when his baseless claim was widely fact-checked. He then claimed he had not meant Southwest employees but was referring to air traffic controllers in Jacksonville, where local aviation authorities reported staffing issues over the weekend.

But the statement he posted explicitly refuted the "rumor" that it was impacted by an "organized walkout late Friday by controllers in response to the FAA's mandate that all employees get vaccinated." Instead, it blamed staffing issues on "normal approved leave" and controllers who are required to stay at home for 48 hours after getting vaccinated.

"If you believe the pilots unions, MANY MORE FLIGHT CANCELLATIONS ARE COMING (and not just SWA) because of Biden's illegal vaccine mandate," Cruz wrote.

Nearly all major airlines have now required employees to be vaccinated without encountering the same problems as Southwest, where the issues have persisted for more than four years, according to the pilots' union. While Republicans continue to attack Biden for urging vaccine requirements, most voters support such mandates and data shows that compliance rates have been exceptionally high.

United Airlines, the first airline to require vaccines for employees at a time when its overall vaccination rate was below 70% in August, says that all but about 300 of the company's 67,000 employees have been vaccinated or granted exemptions, a rate of more than 99.5%.

"I did not appreciate the intensity of support for a vaccine mandate that existed, because you hear that loud anti-vax voice a lot more than you hear the people that want it," United CEO Scott Kirby told The New York Times. "But there are more of them. And they're just as intense."

https://www.rawstory.com/conservatives-lose-their-mind-over-imaginary-anti-vax-southwest-pilots/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Richard Smith on October 13, 2021, 12:57:07 AM
President Biden continues to do amazing work defeating this pandemic.



Today's schedule for Old Joe.  No events.   When will his tireless efforts to stop the virus cease?  He has done absolutely nothing to lower the number of cases.  They go up and down as they did under Trump.  The only difference is that Shuffling Joe was gifted the Trump vaccine but still managed to somehow increase the number of cases and deaths to record highs. 
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 13, 2021, 01:04:02 AM
Today's schedule for Old Joe.  No events.  When will his tireless efforts to stop the virus cease?  He has done absolutely nothing to lower the number of cases. They go up and down as they did under Trump. The only difference is that Shuffling Joe was gifted the Trump vaccine but still managed to somehow increase the number of cases and deaths to record highs.

Blah, blah, blah. I just debunked you once again and you still parrot the same nonsense. Criminal Donald never had covid numbers going down. Thousands of people were dying a day because he did nothing. That's why he lost in a blowout. Now we finally have the pandemic under control.     
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 13, 2021, 01:18:24 AM
I wouldn't call it a Trump failure. It is simple neglect because he refused to do anything to combat the COVID pandemic. He also coordinated with his henchmen to block important information to be reported. Trump allowed the pandemic to ravage America because he thought that would help him win an election. 700,000+ American deaths are on his hands with his lies, disinformation, obstruction, and neglect. Children are without parents, parents are without children, husbands no longer have their wives because of Donald Trump. Just another example of his treason against the United States. He refused to uphold the oath he took to protect Americans.

Dr. Deborah Birx is talking to congressional investigators about Trump’s coronavirus failures

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Dr. Deborah Birx is speaking with congressional investigators about former president Donald Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The former White House coronavirus response coordinator is taking questions from the select committee investigating the Trump administration's handling of the pandemic, which has killed more than 715,000 Americans, two sources told Politico.

Birx has said since leaving the previous administration that her warnings about COVID-19 were censored, but she could provide specific information about Trump's response to the evolving science about the pandemic and share documents to show how the former president and his allies blocked scientists and public health experts from COVID-19 meetings.

https://www.rawstory.com/deborah-birx-news/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Richard Smith on October 13, 2021, 01:28:31 AM
Blah, blah, blah. I just debunked you once again and you still parrot the same nonsense. Criminal Donald never had covid numbers going down. Thousands of people were dying a day because he did nothing. That's why he lost in a blowout. Now we finally have the pandemic under control.     

There were approximately 370K virus deaths during 2020.  Now there are more than 730K deaths and climbing in less than nine months under Biden even with the vaccine widely available for his entire presidency.  Thus more total deaths per day under Biden.  Approximately 2K Americans were dying per day throughout September into last week.  That number has fallen slightly in the last few days.  Those are just facts that anyone can check Baghdad Rick.

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/

Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 13, 2021, 01:46:25 AM
There were approximately 370K virus deaths during 2020.  Now there are more than 730K deaths and climbing in less than nine months under Biden even with the vaccine widely available for his entire presidency.  Thus more total deaths per day under Biden.  Approximately 2K Americans were dying per day throughout September into last week.  That number has fallen slightly in the last few days.  Those are just facts that anyone can check Baghdad Rick.

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/

:D :D :D

That is false. 3K Americans were dying under Trump. The only reason people are dying from COVID-19 now is because they are anti vaxx idiots that listen to far right wing disinformation and refuse to get vaccinated. That is on them and the radical right. President Biden mandated vaccines for that reason to stop right wingers from dying and they viciously attack him for trying to save their lives. Sorry Richard, you can't rewrite history.   

The day Criminal Donald disgracefully left office we were losing nearly 3,000 people a day. The vaccine roll out was a disaster with less than 1 million shots per day. Plus we didn't even have enough vaccine to administer to adults. That type of disaster doesn't go away overnight and it takes time to control it. President Biden got to work on day one and secured enough vaccine for ALL American adults, hit his target mark of vaccinations, had 4 million shots per day, made vaccine access easily available to every person, and got the pandemic under control.         

Nearly all COVID deaths in US are now among unvaccinated
https://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-health-941fcf43d9731c76c16e7354f5d5e187

Covid deaths in U.S. hit lowest level in 10 months
Vaccines have been crucial to declining deaths and coronavirus cases, experts say.
May 12, 2021

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/covid-deaths-u-s-hit-lowest-level-10-months-n1267135

Pandemic's deadliest month in US ends with signs of progress
Deaths are running at about 3,150 per day on average, down slightly, by about 200, from their peak in mid-January.
February 1, 2021

https://www.abc10.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/january-2021-deadliest-covid-19-month/507-dee84e9b-44d0-40ab-a55b-c2dd45871238
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Richard Smith on October 13, 2021, 03:27:05 PM
:D :D :D

That is false. 3K Americans were dying under Trump. The only reason people are dying from COVID-19 now is because they are anti vaxx idiots that listen to far right wing disinformation and refuse to get vaccinated. That is on them and the radical right. President Biden mandated vaccines for that reason to stop right wingers from dying and they viciously attack him for trying to save their lives. Sorry Richard, you can't rewrite history.   

The day Criminal Donald disgracefully left office we were losing nearly 3,000 people a day. The vaccine roll out was a disaster with less than 1 million shots per day. Plus we didn't even have enough vaccine to administer to adults. That type of disaster doesn't go away overnight and it takes time to control it. President Biden got to work on day one and secured enough vaccine for ALL American adults, hit his target mark of vaccinations, had 4 million shots per day, made vaccine access easily available to every person, and got the pandemic under control.         

Nearly all COVID deaths in US are now among unvaccinated
https://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-health-941fcf43d9731c76c16e7354f5d5e187

Covid deaths in U.S. hit lowest level in 10 months
Vaccines have been crucial to declining deaths and coronavirus cases, experts say.
May 12, 2021

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/covid-deaths-u-s-hit-lowest-level-10-months-n1267135

Pandemic's deadliest month in US ends with signs of progress
Deaths are running at about 3,150 per day on average, down slightly, by about 200, from their peak in mid-January.
February 1, 2021

https://www.abc10.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/january-2021-deadliest-covid-19-month/507-dee84e9b-44d0-40ab-a55b-c2dd45871238

You criticized Trump citing the fact that "thousands" were dying per day.  And contrasting that to the situation under Shuffling Joe. That implies that "thousands" were not dying under Old Joe.  In fact, over two thousand people were dying each day in September.  Over a thousand people were dying each day just last week.  There are now over 730K COVID deaths.  And that is with the vaccine widely available thanks to the efforts of Trump.  It is simply a fact, confirmed by the data, that more people have died per day under Old Joe than under Trump in 2020.  It has been an unmitigated disaster for Biden reflected in his cratering poll numbers now down to 38%. 
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 13, 2021, 11:15:42 PM
You criticized Trump citing the fact that "thousands" were dying per day.  And contrasting that to the situation under Shuffling Joe. That implies that "thousands" were not dying under Old Joe.  In fact, over two thousand people were dying each day in September.  Over a thousand people were dying each day just last week.  There are now over 730K COVID deaths.  And that is with the vaccine widely available thanks to the efforts of Trump.  It is simply a fact, confirmed by the data, that more people have died per day under Old Joe than under Trump in 2020.  It has been an unmitigated disaster for Biden reflected in his cratering poll numbers now down to 38%.

You are missing the entire point and presenting a false narrative as usual arguing nonsense.

I've just posted documented evidence that over 3,000 people were dying per day under Criminal Donald last January.

There was not 2,000 per day dying in September.

There were more COVID deaths under Criminal Donald. Over 430,000 and it continues due to right wing disinformation.   

There should be no reason that anybody should be dying from COVID-19 now because we have a vaccine.

Right wing anti vaxx idiots refuse to get vaccinated and they are dying so that is not President Biden's fault.

That's why President Biden ordered vaccine mandates to stop them from dying, but people like you rail against the mandates that are issued to save lives.

You can't have it both ways Richard. You attack President Biden for COVID deaths because anti vaxx idiots refuse to get vaccinated which is not his fault. Then when President Biden takes action to stop them from dying by issuing vaccine mandates you rail against that too. It's ridiculous and all you want to do is smear and attack the President no matter what he does.         
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 13, 2021, 11:27:32 PM
Think a mild case of COVID-19 is no big deal? Think again

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More than 44.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Of them, over 715,000 have died.

But what about the millions who lived? Have they fully recovered?

According to new research, perhaps not.

We often talk about the symptoms of a disease as the immediate impacts such as a runny nose or fever. Yet, sometimes, we can't see the impacts to our health as internal signs of disease can go undetected for months or years. In this respect, COVID-19 might be of greater concern than initially realized.

Concerns about the long-term impacts of the virus aren't new. Particularly due to the presence of anosmia — a distinct symptom that causes a loss of smell — combined with reports of fatigue, “brain fog" and more, experts have been keenly aware of the potential impact on the brain and other systems. However, as the disease has only been around for less than two years, much has remained a mystery. This prompted several neurological studies over the last year to figure out just what was happening in the brains of COVID-19 patients.

A full understanding will require years of study, but researchers are starting to unravel some of the complexities. So far, a key theme is emerging: The range of impact is not limited to patients with moderate to severe symptoms, but rather cognitive deficits might be seen even in asymptomatic or mild cases. Given roughly a third of cases might be asymptomatic, this could have stunning implications.

Most recently, in one preliminary large-scale study, researchers used a biobank of 45,000 brain scans since 2014. They then followed up with patients who had since been diagnosed with COVID-19, and completed new scans and neurological assessments post-disease.

It's become incredibly clear that society has gravely underestimated the long-term impact of the virus.

After controlling for variables, a clear and concerning pattern emerged. Portions of the brain in patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 were found to have reduced gray matter, or fewer cell bodies, in several regions versus patients without infection. When accounting for normal changes with age, even mild cases continued to show loss of gray matter. The infected patients also showed cognitive decline on performance tasks, and the specific areas impacted led the team to suspect the possibility of increased susceptibility to aging diseases such as dementia or Alzheimer's.

This study is still in peer review, yet several other studies have yielded similar results. In one published by the Lancet in July, researchers found those who had been hospitalized with a ventilator showed cognitive declines that matched the equivalent of 10 years of aging compared to their peers, or roughly the equivalent of 7 points on the standard IQ scale. The same study also revealed mild cognitive decline for asymptomatic and mild cases, highlighting that even those who think they are “feeling fine" might not actually be fine.

Other studies are actively investigating declines in cognition and links with aging, while some doctors are warning that even asymptomatic cases are producing mild to moderate scarring on the lungs. This is often called a ground glass opacity on a chest X-ray, and it can appear as if one had smoked for years.

We've yet to find out if such changes will be permanent — it's possible the effects of the virus will improve with more time. However, it's become incredibly clear that society has gravely underestimated the long-term impact of the virus, and that leaders who sought to use death or hospital tallies as primary indicators for policy changes — versus loftier goals to substantially reduce or eliminate cases — may have destined millions to future health concerns.

This raises the question of what the coming years and decades might look like. Will there be a mass wave of aging diseases and cognitive disabilities among COVID-19 patients? Some experts suggest it's possible, a prediction that would require political leaders to prepare for millions of disabled Americans.

Few will come out of the pandemic unscathed, whether financially, physically or emotionally. But time and time again, we're reminded that no matter how much we are done with this virus, it is definitely not done with us.

https://www.rawstory.com/think-a-mild-case-of-19-is-no-big-deal-think-again/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 14, 2021, 01:19:15 AM
You criticized Trump citing the fact that "thousands" were dying per day.

Yes, 3,000 people were dying per day of COVID under Criminal Donald. He did nothing to combat COVID. 

One-day US COVID deaths top 3,000, more than D-Day or 9/11
December 10, 2020

https://apnews.com/article/public-health-new-york-new-york-city-coronavirus-pandemic-a203294d021661100b57ddaeaa08bda9


And contrasting that to the situation under Shuffling Joe.

You mean shuffling and feeble Donald who barely limps down a small ramp and needs a golf cart to get around because he's in poor health. President Biden works out, jogs, and rides a bike. More projection from Richard.     

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Trump rode golf cart while G7 leaders walked through Sicily
05/27/17 02:37 PM EDT

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/335424-trump-rode-golf-cart-while-g7-leaders-walked-through-siciliy
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President Biden
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(https://www.capegazette.com/sites/capegazette/files/2021/06/field/image/_DSC4284.jpg)

That implies that "thousands" were not dying under Old Joe.  In fact, over two thousand people were dying each day in September.  Over a thousand people were dying each day just last week.  There are now over 730K COVID deaths. 

People are dying due to their own ignorance and stupidity. That's their own fault. They refuse to take a free, safe, and effective vaccine that President Biden made widely available to every single American adult. That's not President Biden's fault when he has the right wing media, GOP politicians working against him to keep the virus surging. That's why he ordered vaccine mandates to save lives. Also, there was not 2,000 people dying per day in September.         

And that is with the vaccine widely available thanks to the efforts of Trump.  It is simply a fact, confirmed by the data, that more people have died per day under Old Joe than under Trump in 2020.  It has been an unmitigated disaster for Biden reflected in his cratering poll numbers now down to 38%.

 :D :D :D

Just more nonsense coming from Richard.   

Criminal Donald had nothing to do with the vaccine. Germany funded the vaccine.

President Biden made vaccines widely available for every American adult. He made vaccinations easily accessible in every county in the U.S. and coordinated with major pharmacies to administer vaccinations. This was absent under the failure known as Criminal Donald. Most people couldn't even get vaccinated when he was in office.     

Absolutely false. Over 3000 deaths per day came under Criminal Donald. President Biden had the pandemic under control until right wingers amped up their anti vaccine disinformation and anti vaxxers refused the vaccine.

President Biden has a 50% approval rating both conducted by CBS and CNN.

Criminal Donald and right wingers caused this disaster and we are still suffering because of it.

Germany funded the development of Pfizer’s COVID vaccine—not U.S.’s Operation Warp Speed
https://fortune.com/2020/11/09/pfizer-vaccine-funding-warp-speed-germany/

Biden will compel states to make all adults eligible for vaccines by May 1
https://www.statnews.com/2021/03/11/biden-compel-states-vaccines-available-for-all-adults-by-may-1/

Key Model Predicts More Than 410,000 Coronavirus Deaths in the U.S. by January: The model projects 3,000 deaths per day by December but predicts that deaths could be reduced by 30% if everyone wore face masks
Sept. 4, 2020
https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2020-09-04/key-model-predicts-more-than-410-000-coronavirus-deaths-in-the-us-by-january

U.S. Hits Highest 1-Day Toll From Coronavirus With 3,054 Deaths
December 9, 2020
https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/12/09/944844088/u-s-hits-highest-one-day-death-toll-from-coronavirus-with-3-054

COVID Deaths Continue to Decline in U.S.
April 30, 2021

https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2021-04-30/covid-deaths-continue-to-decline-in-us

U.S. weekly deaths from COVID fall to lowest in 14 months
May 17, 2021

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-weekly-deaths-covid-fall-lowest-14-months-2021-05-17/

Biden: U.S. COVID deaths lowest since April 2020
May 17, 2021

https://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/biden-us-covid-deaths-lowest-since-april-2020/MA7M5OIWHNDY5ONZ2ZKWRG6LPY/

Biden approval at 50 percent in CNN poll
10/13/31
https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign-polls/576558-biden-approval-at-50-percent-in-cnn-poll
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 14, 2021, 12:49:06 PM
'Stupidest nonsense I've ever seen': ESPN's Stephen A Smith drops angry rant about Kyrie Irving's vax refusal

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ESPN's Stephen A. Smith dropped an angry rant about Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving's refusal to get vaccinated against COVID-19, even after his team said he could not even attend practices until doing so.

During the Wednesday edition of ESPN's "First Take," Smith wasted no time tearing Irving apart.

"This is some of the stupidest nonsense I've ever seen," Smith began. "Just flat-out stupid! So let me get this straight... so you don't have a problem with taking the vaccine? Your position is you're going to sit up there and compromise the championship aspirations of an organization you signed on the represent, you coaxed Kevin Durant into signing on to represent, you played the role of coaxing James Harden into signing on and representing, you're going to compromise all that because you want to give voice to the voiceless?"

Smith then predicted that Irving's purportedly noble quest to stand up for the rights of vaccine refusers would end in humiliating failure.

"And how is that going to work out for you, Kyrie Irving?" he asked. "You're going to disappear from the game of basketball -- who the hell is going to be interested in what you have to say when you have proven you can't even be trusted to do your damn job!"

Watch the video below:

https://www.rawstory.com/kyrie-irving-vaccines/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 14, 2021, 01:11:22 PM
Thank you President Biden! Because of his strong leadership covid cases and deaths are declining once again. Vaccine mandates work and more people are getting vaccinated which prevents the virus from spreading amongst the unvaccinated. That's the key to defeating this pandemic.

CDC predicts continued declines in Covid-19 hospitalizations and deaths over next 4 weeks
https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/13/health/us-coronavirus-wednesday/index.html
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Richard Smith on October 14, 2021, 10:00:59 PM
You are missing the entire point and presenting a false narrative as usual arguing nonsense.

I've just posted documented evidence that over 3,000 people were dying per day under Criminal Donald last January.

There was not 2,000 per day dying in September.

   

LOL.  You suggested that there was improvement under Biden by noting that "thousands" were dying per day under Trump (at the time when there was no vaccine).  Implying that "thousands' were not still dying every day under Biden.  You were caught in yet another demonstrable lie.  Deaths in Sept routinely exceeded 2K per day.  And the groups with the highest percentage of unvaccinated are minorities and younger people (i.e. mostly dems).  Over a thousand people are still dying every day into October. There were over 1.8K deaths just yesterday!  You are living in some type of fantasy world in which facts don't matter if they don't support your political narrative.

Just a few examples below. 

Sept. 2 - 2,109 deaths;
Sept. 8 - 2,124
Sept. 9 - 2,444
Sept. 10 - 2,171
Sept. 14 - 2,377
Sept. 15 - 2,633
Sept. 16 - 2,330
Sept. 17 -2,289

Oct. 13 - 1,813
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 14, 2021, 11:23:40 PM
LOL.  You suggested that there was improvement under Biden by nothing that "thousands" were dying per day under Trump (at the time when there was no vaccine).  Implying that "thousands' were not still dying every day under Biden.  You were caught in yet another demonstrable lie.  Deaths in Sept routinely exceeded 2K per day.  And the groups with the highest percentage of unvaccinated are minorities and younger people (i.e. mostly dems).  Over a thousand people are still dying every day into October. There were over 1.8K deaths just yesterday!  You are living in some type of fantasy world in which facts don't matter if they don't support your political narrative.

Just a few examples below. 

Sept. 2 - 2,109 deaths;
Sept. 8 - 2,124
Sept. 9 - 2,444
Sept. 10 - 2,171
Sept. 14 - 2,377
Sept. 15 - 2,633
Sept. 16 - 2,330
Sept. 17 -2,289

Oct. 13 - 1,813

 :D :D :D

We had 3K dying a day under Trump. These people are dying due to their own ignorance because of their refusal to get vaccinated. Not President Biden's fault. Cases and deaths are going down because of mandates and more vaccinations. You failed with your false narrative.       
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 14, 2021, 11:34:48 PM
President Biden's vaccine mandates has helped prevent deaths and lowered new COVID-19 cases. As more people get vaccinated the closer we get to ending this pandemic. If these people would have gotten vaccinated months ago we wouldn't have had new COVID-19 outbreaks and the Delta variant would have been contained. And we have right wing Trump stooge Governors like Greg Abbott obstructing our progress by banning life saving vaccine mandates. The phony "Pro Life" GOP Party is Pro Death.   

Biden credits mandates for rise in US vaccination numbers: President focusing Covid-19 response on boosters, the unvaccinated and soon-to-be eligible kids

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US President Joe Biden on Wednesday touted the progress of his plan announced last month to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in the US.

Nationally, cases are down 47 per cent and hospitalisations are down 38 per cent.

"It's working, we're making progress," Mr Biden said.

Mr Biden's remarks came as the US Food and Drug Administration's advisory panel unanimously voted to recommend Moderna's booster shot for individuals aged 65 and older as well as high-risk individuals. The shots should be given six months after the initial inoculation, the panel said.

But 66 million Americans remain unvaccinated. Mr Biden said it is essential that this group gets vaccinated as the US begins to turn the corner.

The effort to inoculate children could also begin soon, with the FDA and Centres for Disease Control to deliberate on whether the vaccine should be authorised for youngsters between ages 5 and 11.

"Families will be able to sleep easier at night knowing their kids are protected as well," Mr Biden said.

Pfizer said a recent large-scale trial showed its pediatric vaccine is safe and effective for that age group.

Mr Biden last month announced policies requiring most healthcare workers and federal employees to get Covid-19 vaccinations and push large employers to have their workers inoculated or tested weekly, but the federal rules to put the mandate into effect are still being formalised.

Some states and large employers have mandated vaccines already.

United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby said his company had vaccinated 99.7 per cent of the airline's 67,000 US employees.

"Every day we see more businesses implementing vaccination requirements, and the mounting data shows that they work," Mr Biden said.

The White House increasingly has viewed employer vaccination mandates as critical to ending the pandemic, but the efforts have faced resistance in some states.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott Monday signed an executive order banning private employers and other entities from enforcing Covid-19 vaccination mandates. The mandates, Mr Abbott said, threaten an economic recovery by disrupting the workforce.

Mr Abbott's executive order will prove to be an early test for Mr Biden, whose plan last month requires roughly 100 million American workers to either get vaccinated or be subjected to weekly testing.

American Airlines and Southwest Airlines have both announced they will comply with the federal government mandate, defying Mr Abbott's order.

"Let's be clear. Vaccination requirements should not be another issue that divides us," Mr Biden said, referring to a recent disinformation campaign in which US conservatives launched unsupported claims that a Southwest flight disruptions were protests against the federal vaccination requirements.

Mr Biden has also made the accessibility of booster shots a key focus in his plan to combat the virus, which was announced as the Delta variant raged throughout the US this summer, reminding the public that they are free to any eligible American.

The FDA advisory committee will meet again on Friday to deliberate the need for Johnson and Johnson's booster vaccine. The panel will also discuss a study on mixing different vaccines, a practice that the US National Institutes of Health said is safe and effective.

Last month the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention approved the use of Pfizer's booster shot for some groups.

“We took a key step in protecting the vaccinated with booster shots, which our top government doctors believe provides the highest level of protection available to date,” Mr Biden said at the time.

To date, more than 700,000 in the US have died from the virus, data from Johns Hopkins University shows.

https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/us-news/2021/10/14/us-vaccination-rates-up-because-of-mandates-officials-say/


U.S. COVID-19 vaccine rates up thanks to mandates; cases and deaths down -officials

WASHINGTON, Oct 13 (Reuters) - Vaccination rates against COVID-19 in the United States have risen by more than 20 percentage points after multiple institutions adopted vaccine requirements, while case numbers and deaths from the virus are down, Biden administration officials said on Wednesday.

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/vaccine-requirements-raised-covid-19-vaccination-rates-by-20-percentage-points-2021-10-13/

Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 14, 2021, 11:46:36 PM
The state's that are dragging America down are red states that are infested with COVID-19. Those states have right wing Governors that are actively working against President Biden to keep this pandemic going strong. These Trump stooge Governors refuse to mandate masks and are banning life saving vaccine mandates. Their refusal to do anything is allowing more deaths to occur and allows the virus to keep surging. As you look at blue states, you see the COVID transmission rate has plummeted as well as deaths. That's due to vaccine mandates. A couple of red states are taking action and as a result cases are dropping. Vaccine mandates work and we have President Biden to thank for that. If there was no right wing media pushing anti vaccine disinformation and right wing Governors, this pandemic would have already been under control.

COVID numbers trending down in most parts of the four-states

NEWTON COUNTY, Mo./CRAWFORD COUNTY, Kan. – COVID numbers are starting to decline again across the four-states.

COVID numbers are beginning to trend down across the area with one or two exceptions. One of those exceptions, is Newton County. Newton County Health Department Administrator Larry Bergner says he believes the ups and downs are just the way of the pandemic right now. “We’ve seen, over the last several weeks it seems to be one week is a little bit of a bump, the next week will go down and then the next week goes up a bump, so it just seems to be the natural ebb and flow of this virus that you’ll have a little bit of a spike but not too bad, and then it will go down the following week.”

Across state lines in Crawford County, Pittsburg State University has reported zero new cases for the second week in a row and numbers in the county are trending downward. Crawford County Health Department Director Teddi Van Kam says “You know we are definitely seeing a trend down which we’re very happy to see and are hoping that that’s going to continue.”

Van Kam says the thing with COVID, is it’s a novel virus, meaning it’s new and there’s still a lot to figure out over the next several years. “So we’re learning as we go and I think the numbers, they’re trending down, I think they’ll continue to trend down, but we have to always be watchful.”

With the Merck announcement of a possible pill to treat COVID symptoms and vaccinations opening up to those ages 5-11, Bergner has high hopes for the future. “That hopefully will get us to a point where we can finally say that we are pretty well through the pandemic and then it becomes something similar to the flu, where we know it’s going to be here, hopefully it won’t be severe, and we can deal with it in an effective manner, to save lives and get people over the illness as quickly as possible.”

Both Bergner and Van Kam want to stress the best way to stay protected is by getting vaccinated as soon as possible.

COVID numbers for select counties. This is a “7 vs 7” list, numbers from the last 7 days compared to the prior 7 days. Data is from September 27th through October 10th.

Missouri Data Source: Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services

Kansas Data Source: Kansas Department of Health and Environment

NEWTON COUNTY
36 NEW – UP 12.5%
0 DEATHS – 0% CHANGE

MCDONALD COUNTY
17 NEW – DOWN 19%
0 DEATHS – 0% CHANGE

BARTON COUNTY
11 NEW – DOWN 56%
0 DEATHS – DOWN 100%

VERNON COUNTY
35 NEW – UP 20.7%
0 DEATHS – DOWN 100%

CITY OF JOPLIN
33 NEW – 0% CHANGE
0 DEATHS – 0% CHANGE

KANSAS:

CHEROKEE COUNTY
32 LAST – 41 PRIOR – DOWN 28%

CRAWFORD COUNTY
30 LAST – 36 PRIOR – DOWN 20%

BOURBON COUNTY
20 LAST – 37 PRIOR – DOWN 85%

NEOSHO COUNTY
29 LAST – 23 PRIOR – UP 20%

LABETTE COUNTY
10 LAST – 24 PRIOR – DOWN 140%
LAST CASE
REPORTED
10-6

https://www.koamnewsnow.com/covid-numbers-trending-down-in-most-parts-of-the-four-states/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 15, 2021, 12:25:14 AM
LOL.  You suggested that there was improvement under Biden by nothing that "thousands" were dying per day under Trump (at the time when there was no vaccine).  Implying that "thousands' were not still dying every day under Biden.  You were caught in yet another demonstrable lie.  Deaths in Sept routinely exceeded 2K per day.  And the groups with the highest percentage of unvaccinated are minorities and younger people (i.e. mostly dems).  Over a thousand people are still dying every day into October. There were over 1.8K deaths just yesterday!  You are living in some type of fantasy world in which facts don't matter if they don't support your political narrative.

Right wing idiots are dying from COVID-19 because they refuse to get vaccinated. That's not President Biden's fault. He made vaccines widely available to every single one of them and they still refuse because they listen to the lies from the right wing media and GOP politicians encouraging them not to get vaccinated.

You rail that there are COVID deaths and then when President Biden takes action to mandate vaccines you rail against that. All you want to do is falsely attack the President no matter what.

No, there is no "political narrative" coming from me. Just the facts which you ignore for your own political narrative.

Here are the facts. 3,000 Americans were dying per day from Covid under Criminal Donald. Documented facts.             

U.S. Hits Highest 1-Day Toll From Coronavirus With 3,054 Deaths
December 9, 2020

https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/12/09/944844088/u-s-hits-highest-one-day-death-toll-from-coronavirus-with-3-054

In April, President Biden got this pandemic under control where we had the least amount of deaths and cases since the pandemic began. More documented facts.   

COVID Deaths Continue to Decline in U.S.
April 30, 2021

https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2021-04-30/covid-deaths-continue-to-decline-in-us

U.S. weekly deaths from COVID fall to lowest in 14 months
May 17, 2021

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-weekly-deaths-covid-fall-lowest-14-months-2021-05-17/

Biden: U.S. COVID deaths lowest since April 2020
May 17, 2021

https://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/biden-us-covid-deaths-lowest-since-april-2020/MA7M5OIWHNDY5ONZ2ZKWRG6LPY/

Biden's pandemic success angered right wingers, so they amped up their anti vaccine disinformation campaign so people wouldn't get vaccinated and as a result right wing Republicans refused to get vaccinated. As a result, COVID exploded in red states and right wing communities as medical experts predicted. This is a Republican failure and disaster which allowed these deaths to occur.     
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Richard Smith on October 15, 2021, 03:12:26 PM
:D :D :D

We had 3K dying a day under Trump. These people are dying due to their own ignorance because of their refusal to get vaccinated. Not President Biden's fault. Cases and deaths are going down because of mandates and more vaccinations. You failed with your false narrative.     

LOL.  We also had days with less than 2K deaths per day under Trump.  So what?  You made a demonstrably false statement using the virus for political purposes and got caught.  There are "thousands" of virus deaths occurring every day under Biden.  From over 2K per day in September to over 1.6K per day average in the last week.  The number of virus deaths this year have already doubled from last year (even with the vaccine widely available) under Biden.  You are spinning a fake narrative that he has done something to improve this situation.  The case and death numbers went up and down under Trump and they have done the same under Biden. 
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 15, 2021, 10:50:23 PM
LOL.  We also had days with less than 2K deaths per day under Trump.  So what?  You made a demonstrably false statement using the virus for political purposes and got caught.  There are "thousands" of virus deaths occurring every day under Biden.  From over 2K per day in September to over 1.6K per day average in the last week.  The number of virus deaths this year have already doubled from last year (even with the vaccine widely available) under Biden.  You are spinning a fake narrative that he has done something to improve this situation.  The case and death numbers went up and down under Trump and they have done the same under Biden.

 :D :D :D

More spin and no facts.

People are dying because they are choosing to die by refusing to take a free, safe, effective vaccine. They are all right wingers that listen to right wing disinformation on vaccines. That's not President Biden's fault. That's why he mandated vaccines and people like you rail about it. COVID cases and deaths are rapidly declining like they did in April and May of this year thanks to Biden's vaccine mandates.       
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 15, 2021, 11:05:39 PM
Once again, thanks to President Biden's vaccine mandates COVID deaths and cases are dropping rapidly.

N.J. reports 19 COVID deaths, 1,577 cases. Hospitalizations down 23% over last month

New Jersey on Friday reported another 1,577 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 19 more confirmed deaths, while the number of coronavirus patients hospitalized statewide was under 1,000 for the ninth straight day.

The state’s seven-day average for newly confirmed positive tests dropped to 1,344, the lowest number since Aug. 11. That’s also down 8% from a week ago and 27% from a month ago and marks 22 consecutive days in which the average has dropped.

The statewide rate of transmission was 0.94 for the third straight day. Any transmission rate below 1 indicates that each infected person is passing the virus to less than one other person and the outbreak is no longer expanding.

There were 886 people hospitalized with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases across New Jersey’s 71 hospitals as of Thursday night, according to state data. That’s 12 more than the night before. But hospitalizations have dropped 23% over the last month.

There were 106 patients discharged in the 24 hours leading up to Thursday night. Of those hospitalized, 209 were in intensive care (five fewer than the previous night), with 118 of them on ventilators (three more).

Gov. Phil Murphy has noted statewide numbers are improving but is still urging people to get vaccinated to prevent another spike as weather gets colder and the holiday season arrives.

More than 5.95 million people who live, work or study in New Jersey — a state of about 9.2 million residents — have now been fully vaccinated. Gov. Phil Murphy said this week more than 75% of those eligible in the state have been fully vaccinated. Only six other states top that mark, he said.

More than 6.68 million people in the state have received at least one dose, and more than 283,200 people have received third-doses or boosters.

On Thursday, a panel of advisers to the federal Food and Drug Administration voted to recommend some Americans who received Moderna’s vaccine should get a half-dose booster.

In addition, Murphy told NJ Advance Media on Thursday officials haven’t ruled out the possibility of New Jersey both requiring proof of vaccination to dine at restaurants and attend entertainment events and requiring students be vaccinated to attend in-person classes, saying “everything” remains “on the table.”

Officials also said this week there have now been 33,963 breakthrough COVID-19 cases among those fully vaccinated in the state. Of those, only 672 people have been hospitalized and 182 have died.

From the week of Sept. 20-26, no coronavirus deaths in the state were among fully vaccinated people.

The statewide positivity rate for tests conducted Saturday, the most recent day available, was 5.72%. The positivity rate tends to be higher on weekends when fewer tests are conducted.

Through the first several weeks of the school year, districts in New Jersey have reported at least 96 in-school outbreaks, for a total of 521 cases as of Wednesday. That’s an increase of 27 new outbreaks since last week and a 69% increase in total cases.

In-school outbreaks are defined as three or more cases that are determined through contact tracing to have been transmitted between staff or students while at school. They do not include total cases among staff and students.

The delta variant of the virus continues to dominate cases in New Jersey, with nearly all of sampled cases in the four weeks ending Sept 18.

Fifteen of New Jersey’s 21 counties are listed as having “high” rates of coronavirus transmission, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Mercer, Somerset, and Union counties have all been downgraded to substantial transmission. But the CDC is recommending people in all 21 counties wear masks for indoor public settings regardless of vaccination status.

New Jersey, an early epicenter of the pandemic, has now reported 27,692 total COVID-19 deaths in slightly more than 19 months — 24,889 confirmed and 2,803 considered probable, according to the state dashboard. That’s the second-most coronavirus deaths per capita in the U.S.

The state has reported 1,024,061 total confirmed cases out of the more than 15.74 million PCR tests conducted since it announced its first case March 4, 2020. The state has also reported 154,875 positive antigen or rapid tests, which are considered probable cases.

At least 8,582 of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have been among residents and staff members at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, according to state data. There are active outbreaks at 165 facilities, resulting in 728 current cases among residents and 621 among staffers.

As of Friday, there have been more than 239.7 million positive COVID-19 cases reported across the globe, according to Johns Hopkins University, with more than 4.88 million people having died due to the virus. The U.S. has reported the most cases (more than 44.7 million) and deaths (more than 721,500) than any other nation.

There have been more than 6.57 billion vaccine doses administered globally.

https://www.nj.com/coronavirus/2021/10/nj-reports-19-covid-deaths-1577-cases-hospitalizations-down-23-over-last-month.html
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 15, 2021, 11:16:09 PM
Good. Major airlines and companies are ignoring Trump stooge Greg Abbott's ban on vaccine mandates. Abbott is the reason that Texas is the worst COVID state right along with Florida. Over 300 people are dying daily in Texas due to Abbott doing everything he can to kill more of his constituents including children. And this fraud pretends to be "Pro Life" trying to take away a woman's right to choose but has no problem killing living children with a deadly virus. Glad these corporations are ignoring this idiot. Right wing idiots like Greg Abbott are doing everything they can to keep this virus spreading so they can blame President Biden but they are failing as cases and deaths are dropping rapidly. 

Texas-based airlines brush off Gov. Abbott’s ban on vaccine mandate

Two Texas-based airlines said they will still require their workers to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, despite a new executive order from Gov. Greg Abbott (R) banning all vaccine mandates in the state.

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines said it will still seek to meet the Biden administration’s demand that contractors of the federal government get their workforce vaccinated.

Fort Worth-based American Airlines, which employed 102,700 people at the end of last year, said in a statement that Abbott’s order “does not change anything for American.”

Southwest CEO Gary Kelly expressed personal opposition to the Biden administration’s mandate during an interview with CNBC on Tuesday — but said it sees no other way to proceed. Southwest had more than 60,000 employees in 2019.

Kelly said the airline’s goal is to improve health and safety not to get people fired. “I’ve never been in favor of corporations imposing that kind of mandate. . . . But the executive order from President Biden mandates . . . all federal contractors, which covers all the major airlines, have to have a [mandate] in place by December the eighth.”

Abbott’s order, which will remain in effect until the Republican-dominated Texas legislature passes a law that formalizes it, means violators could be fined up to $1,000. The order says it is meant to protect Texans from “losing their livelihoods” if they object to receiving the vaccine “for reasons of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19.”

White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Tuesday that the federal mandate on vaccination supersedes state law.

Bruce Ackerman, a law and political science professor at Yale University, said in an email that the Constitution “couldn’t be clearer in providing that all federal statutes ‘shall be the Supreme law of the land’ — provided that they are within the powers granted Congress.”

“There can be no question as to Congress’ power to protect the nation’s health in a pandemic or the president’s authority to prevent states from interfering with his mandate,” he added.

American Airlines appeared to agree. “We are reviewing the executive order issued by Gov. Abbott, but we believe the federal vaccine mandate supersedes any conflicting state laws,” it said in a statement.

When asked why the White House felt Abbott would move toward banning vaccine mandates in this case, Psaki answered, “Politics.”

Ban on vaccine mandates in Texas sharpens political battle lines

Mandates imposed by private companies also help increase certainty in business, Psaki added, by reducing the number of workers out sick. “And that is good, ultimately, for businesses. It’s good for the economy,” she said.

Some small-business owners in Texas who spoke with The Washington Post expressed frustration with Abbott’s order to ban mandates.

David Zuniga, 51, a clinical psychologist in Austin, said he was frustrated that the order would prevent him from requiring vaccination from customers. “Gov. Abbott says he’s doing this for ‘freedom’ but his notion of freedom is an infantile notion of freedom,” Zuniga said in an email. “Freedom does not mean the freedom to do anything we want. We are a society of laws.”

Others said they were tired of the increasing politicization of the pandemic.

David Ogrin, 63, who owns a golf academy in New Braunfels, Tex., said Biden’s and Abbott’s vaccine policies didn’t directly affect him. While he is vaccinated, he has no plans to mandate vaccination on his fewer than 20 employees or for his customers. But he says he’s tired of the back and forth over mandates between the federal and state government.

“We’re all a little shellshocked and tired,” Ogrin said. “And I think that goes for everybody. I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t want this [coronavirus] to go away.”

“But it doesn’t care about your politics,” Ogrin added, noting how he has seen both conservative and liberal friends pass away from covid-19.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/transportation/2021/10/13/southwest-american-airlines-texas-vaccine-mandate-ban/
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Richard Smith on October 16, 2021, 03:01:50 AM
:D :D :D

More spin and no facts.

People are dying because they are choosing to die by refusing to take a free, safe, effective vaccine. They are all right wingers that listen to right wing disinformation on vaccines. That's not President Biden's fault. That's why he mandated vaccines and people like you rail about it. COVID cases and deaths are rapidly declining like they did in April and May of this year thanks to Biden's vaccine mandates.     

Then how is it Trump's fault that people died WHEN THERE WAS NO VACCINE?
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Richard Smith on October 16, 2021, 03:11:45 AM
Another 1,800 plus Americans died yesterday.  The equivalent of 9/11 every single day.  And Old Joe has had the vaccine available for his entire administration.   But somehow he is doing a great job according to Baghdad Rick because not quite as many people are dying as when the pandemic began and no one was vaccinated.  LOL.  Imagine if Trump were president and 2K were still dying every single day almost a year after the vaccine was made available. 
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 16, 2021, 05:28:53 AM
Another 1,800 plus Americans died yesterday.  The equivalent of 9/11 every single day.  And Old Joe has had the vaccine available for his entire administration.   But somehow he is doing a great job according to Baghdad Rick because not quite as many people are dying as when the pandemic began and no one was vaccinated.  LOL.  Imagine if Trump were president and 2K were still dying every single day almost a year after the vaccine was made available.

Richard is proven wrong yet again and that's why Richard calls me dumb names.       

Texas with 266 more deaths thanks to Trump stooge Greg Abbott banning vaccine mandates. Red state South Carolina with 118 deaths. Red states are dragging America down.   

More right wingers continue to die because they refuse to get vaccinated. More right wingers continue to die because they listen to anti vaccine disinformation pur out by the right wing media and GOP politicians. More right wingers continue to die because of GOP anti vaccine and mask mandates. That's their own fault. That's why President Biden took the initiative to mandate vaccines and it's working. But then Richard whines about vaccine mandates. He just wants to argue and attack President Biden no matter what. Sad.   

Data show coronavirus vaccine mandates work well
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/09/29/evidence-is-building-vaccine-mandates-work-well/

Active COVID cases continue to decline in West Virginia; three virus-related deaths reported
https://wchstv.com/news/local/active-covid-cases-continue-to-decline-in-wva-three-virus-related-deaths-reported
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 16, 2021, 05:55:16 AM
Right wingers love to rewrite history and push disinformation and propaganda. Fortunately, documented evidence exits where they can be easily debunked.

President Biden had this pandemic under control back in late April of this year. That was due to high vaccination rates, social distancing, and wearing masks. Right wing red states and communities refused to get vaccinated because they thought they were "owning the libs" and listened to all the right wing lies and vaccine disinformation. Medical experts predicted that COVID-19 would surge throughout the unvaccinated population in heavy red areas. And that's exactly what happened. Red states were ravaged with COVID and many died due to their own ignorance and stupidity. The Delta Variant exploded which made it even more deadly and right wing elected officials made that even more possible by banning vaccine mandates or absolutely refusing to do anything to combat the virus.

From late April to before July 4th President Biden had this pandemic under control. That angered right wingers because they are out to destroy President Biden and don't want him to have credit for ending this pandemic. Also, many of these right wingers like Rand Paul own stock in drugs that treat COVID like Regeneron. So, these scumbags amped up their anti vaccine disinformation rhetoric and turned millions of people off from getting vaccinated. They are killing off their own supporters to make profits off COVID and their hate for President Biden. Absolutely disgusting

It's no surprise that right after their vaccine disinformation campaign started, cases and deaths started increasing and vaccinations rates rapidly dropped to the lowest point at anytime. Millions of vaccines doses were ruined since right wingers refused the vaccine. President Biden mandated vaccines and now rates are falling once again. If it wasn't for these anti vax and anti American right wingers, we already would have had this pandemic under control.     

This article from May 5 shows how President Biden had this pandemic under control.

CDC projects a 'sharp decline' in Covid cases in the U.S. by July: The projection depends on high rates of vaccination, as well as continued wearing of masks and physical distancing when appropriate

May 5, 2021

The U.S. could be through the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic by July — if vaccinations continue at high rates and people wear masks and physically distance when necessary, according to projections published Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The projections are not definitive — and can certainly change if people's behavior changes in the next few months. However, they do fall in line with President Joe Biden's assertion that the United States will be able to reach some level of "normal" by Independence Day.

"A sharp decline in cases was projected by July 2021," the study authors wrote, "with a faster decline in the high-vaccination scenarios."

CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said the models suggest "an even faster decline if more people get vaccinated sooner."

"The results remind us that we have a path out of this and models, once predicting grim news, now offer reasons to be quite hopeful for what the summer may bring," Walensky said during a briefing Wednesday.

"If we can have relatively high vaccination coverage by the beginning of July, that can have an impact on transmission," said Michael Johansson, one of the study's authors and a co-lead for the Covid-19 response modeling team at the CDC.

But, he added, "it also depends on what we do," referring to continued mask-wearing and social distancing when appropriate over the coming months. "It's the combination of those things that we really need to make sure that we're in the best position possible come July," Johansson said.

The projections also suggest a reduction in Covid-19-related deaths, mainly because a majority of those most vulnerable — those over age 65 — have been vaccinated.

The models are based on what has already been observed during the pandemic, combined with the scientific understanding of how the virus spreads and is impacted by mitigation measures. Those factors put together gave modelers a good indication of what might occur under four different scenarios, accounting for vaccination rates and behaviors.

Six independent research teams — from Northeastern University, the University of Virginia, the University of Southern California, the University of Victoria in Canada and two groups from Johns Hopkins University— all came up with basically the same projection: Vaccines plus masking and physical distancing equal a much more manageable outbreak by summer.

Alessandro Vespignani, a computational epidemiologist at Northeastern University, was on one of the modeling teams. "On one side, it was encouraging because we were observing that even in the worst case, we were not going to experience again a huge wave, and the vaccine that was acting as a wall against B.1.1.7," he said, referring to the coronavirus variant dominant now in the U.S.

On the other hand, if we were moving too fast in the relaxation of nonpharmaceutical interventions, we projected a surge locally, in specific states," he said, referring to measures such as mask mandates and social distancing. "That is what happened during April," when, for example, Michigan experienced a significant surge in cases.

The models were based on data from late March — when the U.S. was seeing a seven-day average of more than 65,000 cases daily. It was around this time that CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky warned of "impending doom."

The models all projected that cases would continue to rise in April and peak sometime in May; in fact, cases in the U.S. have fallen since mid-April. The seven-day average of cases is now around 48,000 daily cases.

Still, upticks have been seen in some states, including Oregon and Washington.

"We've got a continuously changing situation on the ground," said Bill Hanage, an associate professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, who was not involved in the new research.

"The vaccination rollout has been more rapid in a lot of places than this would expect, but now we've hit a wall when it comes to vaccinations and probably got as far as we're going to get without substantial effort," he said.

The projections could also be altered by the Biden administration's new push to get at least one vaccine dose to 70 percent of the U.S. population by July. An expected authorization for children ages 12 to 15 to get the Pfizer vaccine in the coming weeks could also have an impact.

"This doesn't have us going completely back to normal," Hanage said. "But I think landing the plane is expected to require a certain amount of care over the summer of those things that work best," referring to vaccines and behaviors such as masking and physical distancing.

"The more you vaccinate, the less the other stuff is needed to maintain the same degree of public health benefit," he said. "In other words, get the shot."

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/cdc-projects-sharp-decline-covid-cases-u-s-july-n1266369
Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 16, 2021, 11:02:18 PM
The ivermectin craze is being fueled by medical front groups with ties to right-wing dark money

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Two years ago, ivermectin was an obscure drug consigned only to those who had the rare displeasure of contracting parasites like scabies or river blindness. American doctors wrote a mere 150,000 prescriptions for the drug in 2019 – roughly 0.1% of the prescriptions written for Lipitor, a widely used atorvastatin designed to lower cholesterol.

Last year, however, as the pandemic raged on and conservatives stood their ground against common sense public health measures like masks and vaccines, ivermectin became a household name. Despite lacking proper consensus from the scientific community, the drug has been widely touted by right-wing pundits, politicians, and entrepreneurs as the unofficial magic bullet for COVID-19.

In many ways, the right-wing frenzy around ivermectin can be traced back to that of hydroxychloroquine, which was last year baselessly extolled by Donald Trump and many of his supporters in media and congress. However, ivermectin appears to have taken a much stronger hold over Trump's following (and beyond), benefiting from a robust network of profit-seeking providers continuously selling it to thousands of Americans.

Over the last several months, much of the battle to normalize ivermectin as a legitimate COVID treatment has played out in courts, which have seen a sudden surge in lawsuits filed against hospitals unwilling to administer the drug. Such offensives have arisen in states like Louisiana, Illinois, California, Kentucky, Delaware, Texas, and more.

"I've never encountered this and I've been in practice over 40 years," Dr. Rodney Hood, who serves on the National Medical Association's COVID-19 Task Force on Vaccines and Therapeutics, told FiveThirtyEight. "You don't get treated based upon what you feel or think," Hood said. "There are certain approved treatment regimens for certain diseases. If [what a patient is demanding] doesn't fit within that regimen, then you cannot treat them."

In one of the most widely publicized cases from August, Julie Smith, the wife of a 51-year-old coronavirus COVID patient in Ohio, sued a Cincinnati-based hospital network for not administering the ivermectin to her husband, demanding that the hospital deliver a three-week course of the drug. That month, Smith saw a favorable ruling from Butler County Judge Gregory Howard, who formally ordered the hospital to administer the drug to her husband despite warnings from the Centers for Diseases Control that its use could be unsafe. In September, the decision was reversed by a different Ohio judge, who noted that "medical and scientific communities do not support the use of ivermectin as a treatment for COVID-19."

In May, Desareta Fype, the daughter of a 61-year-old woman with COVID-19, similarly sued an Illinois hospital after all of its affiliated doctors refused to administer ivermectin to her mother. A judge later told the hospital to "get out of the way" and allow any board-certified doctor to give Fype's mother the drug, according to The Daily Herald. The hospital's attorney, Daniel Monahan, said that 20 physicians and 19 other health care workers at the hospital all refused to deliver the medicine despite the ruling, ultimately prompting Fype to hire an outside doctor to administer the drug.

While many of the ivermectin suits have been filed by seemingly unconnected individuals throughout the country, there do appear to be several common threads.

One of these threads is Ralph Lorigo, who this year became the most "in-demand" attorney for plaintiffs looking to compel the use of ivermectin in hospital systems for their loved ones, according to The Daily Beast. Lorigo helms a general practice law firm in West Seneca, New York, and has reportedly worked on at least 60 ivermectin cases, per a Journal News report. The attorney, who represented both Julie Smith and Desareta Fype, claims to be "largely successful" in delivering wins, allowing patients to force ivermectin's use.

Citing an array of dubious studies, Lorigo told the Beast that his legal actions are aimed at delivering "last-ditch" treatment for patients that have exhausted every option. But many medical professionals argue that the suits put unnecessary strain on hospitals that are already buckling under the weight of a pandemic.

"Hospitals are dealing with the unvaccinated COVID-19 patients at a very high pace," Dr. Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, told the Beast. "And then you're going to burden them by filing a lawsuit or creating legal problems over them trying to provide the best care for these people who chose not to be vaccinated and who are now crushing their hospitals?"

Timothy Brewer, an epidemiology professor at UCLA, added that Lorigo's "why not?" approach is far from justified, largely because the studies proffered by Lorigo are hardly conclusive, potentially adding complications to drugs patients are already being given. For instance, many of the studies use statistically insignificant sample sizes, deliver unsafe doses of the drug, or were written by doctors with clear conflicts of interest.

In recent months, Lorigo, the chairman of New York's Erie County Conservative Party, has said that his business has become effectively consumed by ivermectin suits, telling SpectrumNews1 that he receives "somewhere between 80 and 150 emails and requests for information and help" on a daily basis.

"We freely give the information. I've been here seven days a week for the last seven weeks without a day off, trying to get people the information that they so desperately need," he added.

It remains unclear how much the attorney profits from each suit – or how the suits are structured. Asked who fronts the money, Lorigo refused to answer. According to Bloomberg Law, he alleges that he offers his services at a "reduced rate."

Aside from Lorigo, another common thread in the ecosystem of ivermectin litigation is America's Frontline Doctors (AFLD), a conservative political group founded by Dr. Simone Gold in 2019.

AFLD is arguably the most dominant force currently working to legitimize ivermectin as a valid COVID treatment, connecting hundreds of patients with drug providers happy to fuel what's become a multimillion-dollar industry in ivermectin sales, Time reported. The Intercept estimated that, between mid-July to mid-September of this year, AFLD and its partners raked in roughly $6.7 million in revenue by coordinating telehealth consultations for the drug. But in the process, the group reportedly bilked hundreds of unsuspecting customers out of thousands in consultation fees by, in many cases, failing to deliver the drug at all.

Irwin Redlener, who directs the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University said that the group AFLD is "the 21st century, digital version of snake-oil salesmen."

"And in the case of ivermectin, it's extremely dangerous," he added.

Throughout the pandemic, AFLD waged a whole host of right-wing disinformation campaigns. It advocated for the use of hydroxychloroquine, called lockdowns "mass casualty events," disputed the efficacy of mask-wearing, and alleged that death certificates were being forged to artificially inflate the pandemic death toll.

While Gold has reportedly labeled the group "grassroots," AFLD is led by a cavalcade of high-brass conservatives with roots in think tanks and advocacy groups like the Heritage Foundation, the American Legislative Exchange Council, and FreedomWorks. Its founding director, Jenny Beth Martin, is the co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, a right-wing group started in opposition to President Obama's domestic agenda before becoming a pro-Trump outfit.

On top of AFLD's connection to the Tea Party Patriots, the group is also affiliated with the Council for National Policy (CNP), a "shadowy coalition" founded in 1981 "that coordinates initiatives among conservative megadonors, political operatives, and media owners, many of them Christian fundamentalists," the Washington Examiner reported. Conservative businessman Richard Uihlein gave the group $4.3 million over a five-year period through 2020.

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Title: Re: COVID-19 in America
Post by: Rick Plant on October 16, 2021, 11:27:02 PM
Trump stooge Greg Abbott is a disaster with the worst COVID state right along with Florida. Abbott failed Texas and now he's banning vaccine mandates so more Texans can die. These right wingers are just a bunch of cowards  that constantly need to appease Trump and the radical right anti vaxxers. The GOP has been taken over by radical extreme conspiracy theorists and these elected GOP officials cater to them because they are afraid. So, they allow a minority of far right fringe kooks to hold our country hostage while we still have to suffer through this pandemic. That's why these anti vaxxers and MAGA lunatics are correctly labeled as 'domestic terrorists'.     

'Dangerous': Inside Greg Abbott’s crazy Lone Star rebellion

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Apparently, the Republican argument suggests, we should just forget about the coronavirus and ignore a disease that has killed 700,000 Americans, variously overrun our hospitals, interrupted jobs, businesses, and lives, and has spurred a strong political resistance movement.

Even as some courts have already endorsed the idea of government mandates for masks and protections against contagion, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is challenging the right of President Joe Biden to act for public health as "yet another instance of federal overreach."

It's apparently okay for Abbott to mandate against mandates not only for the state's employees but for its private businesses as well. But, by contrast, it's not okay for the federal government to tell Texas, Florida, or any state what to do about a pandemic that knows no bounds, or for companies with more than 100 employees.

That Texas is only now beginning to emerge from two months or more of spiraling covid cases, hospitalizations and deaths is not the focus of this dust-up over the rules. Rather, it's a bald political showdown.

Frankly, it's disgusting, no matter what one's politics are. No, this drawdown borders on insanity. Why do we have time, energy, and money available for endless court battles over who's really in charge?

Has Abbott not heard of the telephone, to simply call Biden and engage in some debate if they disagree?

In any event, airlines based in Texas are moving ahead with mandates anyway, guaranteeing more tumult, not less.

Why It's Strange

It is such a strange battlefield that we need to look at it for what underscores this continuing Texas rebellion, especially since it spreads so quickly to other Republican-led states. Several things that question our general understanding are coming to the surface simultaneously.

Discussion about countering a pandemic seems futile. Whenever one side of our cultural divide talks about medicine, the other is talking about rights, including the right to be as sick as one chooses and the right to infect others. We've passed the time of legitimate discussion about immediate health effects of vaccines; that is not even on the table in these moves by Abbott, who has been vaccinated and who has undergone a mild form of covid. The anti-vax position has become nearly fully a political one. By all medical standards, having had covid is no guarantee about carrying the contagion further or even to protection beyond some undetermined but finite time.

Blame for covid under anti-vax  is limited now only to the also endless debate over its origin from nature or from a man-made process in a China laboratory, either as the result or by-product of some National Health Institute grant over a study of interspecies transmission. There is no acknowledgment that keeping more than 30% of adult Americans unvaccinated is a problem that manifests as a continuing public petri dish of mutation. Meanwhile, the Right is actively blaming Biden for high gas taxes, for a messy withdrawal from Afghanistan, clogged supply lines and sagging international dominance—because they all are happening on Biden's watch.

Spending zillions of dollars on treatments for those who already have covid may blunt hospitalizations but does nothing to halt the spread of an airborne contagion. Yet, we're seeing tons of support across the political spectrum to spend $2,000 a dose for antibody treatments now emerging, even in pill form, rather than a $20 vaccine. For those who also argue against Biden's big-spending proposals as wasteful, this position seems, well, incongruous.

The legal arguments here are arcane, as well as, frankly, ludicrous to you and me and our jobs. Is this more about state power versus federal power in a constitutional republic than about a chance to jack up Biden and ignore a public health menace? The force of law seems to favor the federal government acting in an emergency. The practical concerns for businesses like American Airlines based in Dallas pulled among conflicting mandates from the feds, the state and demands of consumers are simply not as important to this governor as a political principle.

By all accounts from all political viewpoints, telling businesses what they cannot do is seen as antithetical to a "conservative" view that wants government restraint.

If It Quacks. . .

It is much more understandable to see the Texas challenge over covid mandates right alongside the Texas challenge over abortion, over voting rights, over the environment and even over issues of immigration.

That is, Texas politics demand that Abbott, running at least for reelection if not for president, must protect himself from absolutists even more right-wing than he himself believes. This week, we saw hardliner Republican candidate Allen West continuing to tweet from his covid hospital bed against vaccine mandates and for expensive alternative treatments. Don Huffines, a former Texas state senator who is challenging Abbott, tweeted that "Greg Abbott is a political windsock and today proves it, He knows conservative Republican voters are tired of the vaccine mandates and tired of him being a failed leader." Apparently, in response to a Huffines criticism that a state website to help teen suicide might be fostering trans discussions, Abbott had the site pulled.

About 15 million Texans have been fully vaccinated, or just over half, lagging the national average.

Why kowtowing to a minority of voters in hopes of reelection is a bit of a mystery to me. But the reason for anyone to run for governor or president should be to solve problems.

It's hard to see what problem this governor is solving other than his own political dreams.

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