Posts Tagged ‘COVID-19’

7 Doctors at Florida Anti-Vax Summit Get COVID

November 24, 2021

7 Doctors at Florida Anti-Vax Summit Get COVID

Days after anti-vax doctors met in Florida, seven of them came down with COVID-19. The fringe medicos met on November 6th at Ocala’s World Equestrian Center, so naturally they pushed ivermectin horse de-wormer as a coronavirus cure. As the Daily Beast points out, the Equestrian Center requires all participating ponies to be vaccinated against Equine Herpes Virus and Equine Influenza. Florida law prevents vaccine mandates for two-legged participants.

“Florida Summit on Covid” participants listened to the 9 panel “experts” and lunched together, and $250 VIP admission tickets included a private reception and photo opportunity, a likely virus incubator.

More:

“Seven doctors contract Covid after attending Florida anti-vaccine summit,” Maya Yang, The Guardian

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Mask-Wearing Cuts Covid by 53%

November 23, 2021
Mask-Wearing Cuts Covid by 53%

Florence Nightingale, masked, after H. M. Bonham-Carter

A global research study published in BMJ shows that wearing facemasks is the most effective non-pharmaceutical measure reducing COVID-19 incidence and fatalities:

“Mask-wearing is the single most effective public health measure at tackling Covid, reducing incidence by 53%, the first global study of its kind shows.

Vaccines … do not confer 100% protection, most countries have not vaccinated everyone, and it is not yet known if jabs will prevent future transmission of emerging coronavirus variants.”

“Results from more than 30 studies from around the world were analysed in detail, showing a statistically significant 53% reduction in the incidence of Covid with mask wearing and a 25% reduction with physical distancing.”

— “Mask-wearing cuts Covid incidence by 53%, says global study,” Andrew Gregory, The Guardian

Related:

“As GOP Fights Mask and Vaccine Mandates, Florida Takes the Lead,” Patricia Mazzei, New York Times, via Yahoo News

“Mixed feelings as D.C. lifts mask mandate,” Chelsea Cirruzzo, Paige Hopkins, Cuneyt Dil, Axios

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Pro-COVID Republicans Help USA Stay Viral

November 9, 2021

Pro-COVID Republicans Help USA Stay Viral

North Dakota Republican State Representative Jeff Hoverson organized an anti-vaccine mandate rally in Bismarck, but couldn’t attend it. He’s got COVID. He’s treating it with horse de-wormer. Of course.

Ten Republican state attorneys general are suing to overturn Biden administration COVID vaccine mandates for federal contractors. GOP AGs from Texas, South Carolina, Louisiana, Mississippi and Utah have also sued to prevent the administration’s OSHA-enforced vaccine-or-test mandate for large companies. They claim that getting a deadly infection on the job isn’t a work-related injury. A 5th Circut federal court has issued a stay in the last matter.

More Republican AGs are suing to block the OSHA madate in the 11th Circuit and the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals saying it’s a states’ rights issue, and GOP governors are jumping on board. Claiming “states’ rights” in order to deprive citizens of human rights — or in this case, human life — is cruel, cynical, and politically-motivated.

America has a long history of vaccination mandates, and they have been highly effective in stemming epidemics. Refusing COVID vaccination means claiming the right to infect your family, co-workers, and neighbors. Unvaccinated people are 20 times more likely to infect others. 1,200 Americans are dying daily from COVID-19, most of them unvaccinated. COVID-19 has killed over 750,000 people in the United States. Expect many more if the GOP has its way.

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Vaccinated and I’m Ready for Love

November 7, 2021

“Vaccinated and I’m Ready for Love,” written and recorded by Maria Muldaur and Craig Caffall, 2021.

Maria Muldaur website

Craig Caffall website

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Florida Police: To Serve & Infect

October 27, 2021

Florida Police: To Serve & Infect

Florida’s pro-virus governor Ron DeSantis has invited vaccination-resisting cops fleeing vaccine mandates in other states to come and infect his state’s surviving citizens. He’s offered to pay unvacinated officers a $5,000 signing bonus. 58,933 Floridians have died of COVID while Ron DeSantis has been in office. So far.

This year, the number one cause of police deaths is COVID-19, not firearms.

In other Florida Man news, Florida’s surgeon general nominee won’t share his Covid-19 vaccine status.

More:

“As some police fight vaccine rules, DeSantis says Florida will pay them $5,000 to relocate: ‘We’ll treat you better,’” Andrea Salcedo, Washington Post

“Ron DeSantis Goes All In on Vaccine Skepticism,” Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

“Covid has killed more active-duty police officers than 9/11 did,” Phillip Bump, Washington Post

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Welcome to Florida

October 4, 2021

Governor Ron DeSantis welcomes you to Florida.

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Ron DeSantis Ramps Up Pro-COVID Health Policy

September 27, 2021

Ron DeSantis Ramps Up Pro-COVID Health Policy

Florida Republican governor Ron DeSantis’s pro-life beliefs don’t extend to his constiuients. He’s killed off 50,000 of them so far, forbidding the vaccine mandates and mask requirements that would keep them from dying of COVID-19.

Hospitals in the state are overwhelmed and 300+ people are dying each day, but the governor’s declaring victory, since even greater numbers were sick and dying a few weeks ago. 44% of Floridians still surviving are not fully vaccinated, so any lull in cases will be brief.

To ensure his citizen-reduction policy continues unabated, Mr. DeSantis has appointed a new State Surgeon General, Dr. Joseph Ladapo, who opposes vaccine madates, calls the COVID-19 vaccine “nothing special,” and has promoted the crank COVID “cures” hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin. He is also associated with “demon sperm” doctor Stella Immanuel.

Dr. Ladapo, who has no public health administrative experience, will also lead the Florida Department of Health. He’s being paid $250,000 a year, 72 percent more than his predecessor.

More:

“Florida’s new surgeon general skeptical of vaccines, opposes masks,” Ruth mole, Ars Technica

“DeSantis places a ‘COVID crank’ in charge of its response,” Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times 

“Florida’s new surgeon general, Dr. Joseph Ladapo, has ties to fringe group pushing bogus COVID cures,” Brett Bachman and Trish Rooney, Salon

“How a doctor who questioned vaccine safety became DeSantis’ surgeon general pick,” Arek Sarkissian, Politico

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Back-to-School with the Delta Variant

September 9, 2021


It’s Back-to-School time in America, but this year that doesn’t just mean pencil cases, it aslo means cases of Pediatric COVID-19, 250,000 in the last week. Kids in low-vaccination states are getting infected at greater rates. Emergency Room visits and hospital admissions in the states with the lowest vaccination coverage were 3.4 and 3.7 times higher than in states with the highest vaccination rates. Children’s hospitals are at or near capacity and asking for federal assistance. For the most recent reporting period, infections among children account for 22.4 percent of reported COVID-19 cases. That’s 204,000 infected kids in a week.

Even though most parents favor mask-wearing in schools, nine states prohibit school districts from setting mask requirements: Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah. Over 1,000 schools have closed due to COVID-19 outbreaks since late July.

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Ivermectin Cannot De-Worm Anti-Vax Brains

September 7, 2021

Ivermectin Cannot De-Worm Anti-Vax Brains
In the latest outbreak of Red State meme medicine, anti-vaxxers are visiting the Feed & Seed for the horse de-wormer Invermectin and gulping it down, trying to prevent or treat COVID-19, a viral infection for which there are proven preventative measures, i.e., vaccines. Result: over-taxed emergency health services are crowded with Invermectin OD cases.

Ivermectin has been found useless for treating Coronavirus, but that hasn’t stopped Fox pundits, wingnut politicos, and others who sow doubt for a living from proposing gobbling livestock de-wormer instead of getting vaccinated to survive the pandemic. Even Rand Paul, who risks his medical license by spouting Ivermectin nonsense, can’t resist running with the herd.

More:

“A human is not a horse. So why is a livestock drug sweeping America?” Arwa Mahdawi, The Guardian

“What the ivermectin debacle reveals about the hypocrisy of the anti-vaxxer crowd,” Chris Cillizza, CNN

“What is ivermectin, and how did people get the idea it can treat covid?” Allyson Chiu, Washington Post

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Motorcycle Rally Revs Up the Delta Variant

August 9, 2021

Motorcycle Rally Revs Up the Delta Variant

Last August, 460,000 bikers from all over the country headed to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota’s Black Hills. Many carried Covid-19 back home. Contact tracing was nearly impossible, but at least 649 Covid-19 cases were linked directly to the Sturgis rally, and they passed the virus around to friends and family. One estimate put cumulative infections from the event at 250,000 nationwide, generating public health costs of $12.2 billion.

The 2021 Sturgis Rally started Friday, with 700,000 riders expected, and something new has been added, the Delta Variant, which is more contagious, and makes people sicker. Sturgis is in Meade County, which has a 37 percent vaccination rate, and rates in the six bordering counties are even lower.

Naturally, pistol-packin’hard-drivin’snake-oil pushingTrump-touting former beauty queen and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem will be attending.

More:

“South Dakota’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally: A ‘cautionary tale’ in the age of Covid-19,” By Ray Sanchez, CNN

“Sturgis bike rally revs back bigger, despite virus variant,” Stephen Groves, Associated Press

“Sturgis Motorcycle Rally revs up, drawing thousands and heightening delta superspreader fears,” Timothy Bella, Washington Post

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