Covid’s Back! Does Anyone Care?

‘What Happens This Season Is Largely Up To Us’ Says WH Coronavirus Response Coordinator (7:20)

I was getting blood drawn for my annual check up a couple of weeks ago. In the room I was in were stacks and stacks of boxes marked something like “Covid tests.” I asked the nurse drawing my blood if they were just overstocked or were they going to use those? 

What she responded didn’t surprise me. She said they were using the tests faster than ever, that the virus is on the rise. We aren’t hearing this on the good old main stream media. We aren’t hearing it at all. Covid is still killing people at a rate of over 100,000 a year. Those who survive may face financial and medical problems.

The Biden Administration is doing what it can to get people to get their vaccinations. But they are running in to some really rough headwinds in the media that has shaped opinions to not only be against vaccines in general, but also against the Covid vaccine in particular.

You certainly want to take note that in the video above it was stated that most of the deaths currently caused by Covid still happen among the unvaccinated. Most of these folks are still unvaccinated due to disinformation that was spread on social media especially after the vaccines became available. Because of that disinformation they believe that getting vaccinated is more dangerous than not being vaccinated. In fact, they bet their lives on it.

As if serendipity favors the corona virus, at a time when truth is needed to slow down infections and death, here comes America’s newest purveyor of authoritarianism, Elon Musk, lifting the ban on disinformation about Covid being spread on his new toy, Twitter.   

“Twitter will no longer enforce its policy against Covid-19 misinformation, raising concerns among public health experts that the change could have serious consequences if it discourages vaccination and other efforts to combat the still-spreading virus.

Eagle-eyed users spotted the change on Monday night, noting that a one-sentence update had been made to Twitter’s online rules: “Effective November 23, 2022, Twitter is no longer enforcing the COVID-19 misleading information policy.”

By Tuesday, some Twitter accounts were testing the new boundaries and celebrating the platform’s hands-off approach, which comes after Twitter was bought by Elon Musk.”

The virus, meanwhile, continues to spread. Nationally, new Covid cases averaged nearly 38,800 a day as of Monday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University – far lower than last winter’s rate but a vast undercount because of reduced testing and reporting. About 28,100 people with Covid were hospitalized daily and about 313 died, according to the most recent federal daily averages.

Cases and deaths were up from two weeks earlier. Yet a fifth of the US population has not been vaccinated, most Americans have not gotten the latest boosters and many have stopped wearing masks.”

We can expect now that Republicans control one House of Congress that any funding for Covid related preventative measures will be blocked by the Republicans. That would mean no more free at home tests and updated vaccinations. Just a prediction based on experience.

Here in Iowa, once again Covid Kim is coming to the rescue of the poor downtrodden virus by joining in a lawsuit against the Biden Administration stop the policy of vaccine mandates for service members. Jeez, what does Biden want? Armed forces that are ready for battle or something?

From Progress Iowa’s High Five email of Wednesday 11/30/2022:

COVID KIM STRIKES…AGAIN: Gov. Reynolds joined 20 other Republican governors to ask that Pres. Biden remove the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for armed forces members, including National Guard. A move that would actually put our military at risk as COVID continues to kill thousands of Americans every week. Thankfully, it doesn’t appear that Pres. Biden will repeal the mandate anytime soon. Reynolds should get to work helping Iowans, not finding failed attempts to score political party points.

Maybe we should have warned Iowans about Covid Kim’s miserable record on the virus before the election? I think we did.

Our final thought on this subject and a thought that could cover much of what is going on in this country today does from the great scientist some 27 years ago in his book The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark:

“Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time—when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.”

About Dave Bradley

retired in West Liberty
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