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Federal government to halt funds for COVID-19 testing.

We have a President who thinks the numbers make him look bad so he wants less people to get tested.

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Congratulations everyone! We beat coronavirus! At least, that’s what I would assume since the federal government will no longer offer support and funding for coronavirus testing sites after June 30th.

Half the country is experiencing spikes in COVID-19 infections after reopening earlier than any scientist would recommend. We’re not on the precipice of a second wave because we never hit a valley after the first wave. If you don’t live in NYC/the Northeast, Seattle, or California, your area saw a steep increase in coronavirus infections followed by a slower increase, but that’s it. There was no downward trend in the United States at all, and the only reason the US graphs show any semblance of a decrease is because half of the initial infections were in NYC and NYC did a better-than-average job of flattening the curve, so our results brought brought down the rest of the country.

Now we have a President (and his braindead supporters in every comment section all over the internet) saying we should be doing less testing because more tests equal more infections.

So, great news for potential teenage moms everywhere: if we sell fewer pregnancy tests, there will be fewer babies!

As we’ve seen the past four years, nobody in government will stand up to the idiocy of this barely sentient sack of pepperoni juice, so now areas of the country will see even less testing when they desperately need more.

The federal government will stop providing money and support for 13 sites across five states which were originally set up in the first months of the pandemic to speed up testing at the local level.

Local officials and public health experts expressed a mixture of frustration, resignation, and horror at the decision to let federal support lapse.

Texas will be particularly hard hit by the decision. The federal government gives much-needed testing kits and laboratory access to seven testing sites around Texas. But in the state, which is seeing new peaks in cases, people still face long lines for testing that continues to fail to meet overwhelming demand.

(cont. TPM)

I was talking about “social bubbles” on Facebook with some of my friends earlier this morning, and I hadn’t realized how parts of the country are in such different places with regard to testing. She lives in Northern Michigan. I live in NYC. My social bubble probably has about 10 people in it, because both of my roommates have partners and we have a few other people we hang out with. I feel safe with that, because testing is so readily available here. It’s free, the lines are short (if there’s any line at all), and the NYC website encourages everyone to get tested, and to get re-tested if you think you might have been exposed:

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And there are testing sites everywhere. Everybody is in walking or biking distance to a site (and the subway is empty and clean, which means the train is perfectly safe), so we get tested a few days before hanging out or a few days after a protest, and it’s peace of mind to go along with our usual social distancing protocol.

That’s a far cry from the situation in Michigan.

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There should be a federal program for widespread, free, and fast coronavirus testing. We should all be able to drive up to a window, have someone collect a sample, and get a text later that day that says positive or negative. When someone has a positive test result, we should be able to trace the origin of that infection, and we should be able to isolate that person away from the public. We should have access to all of this without insurance.

Instead, we have a President who thinks the numbers make him look bad so he wants less people to get tested.

Wear your masks. Wash your hands. We have a long road ahead of us.

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99% of COVID deaths in the US are unvaccinated.

Get vaccinated.

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I’m vaccinated. I caught the coronavirus bug in March 2020 right at the beginning of the pandemic, before we really knew what was going on. I thought I had the flu until reports came down that a lack of taste and smell were associated with COVID-19. When I was able to get a test for antibodies, I had a whole gang of em (and I kept making antibodies for the next year, right through my vaccination appointment). I was pretty sick, but I was never near death. Before I got vaccinated, I personally was never all that afraid of dying, because I’d contracted COVID and kicked it just fine. I was living life with my antibodies and felt pretty safe going about my day. When I got vaccinated, it was more out of a responsibility to everyone around me — the vaccine made it less likely that I would contract COVID-19, which means I would be less likely to spread it around the community to people who weren’t vaccinated. Now that the Delta variant has become the dominant strain in the US, I’ve gone back to wearing my mask whenever I go inside a business because it’s more contagious than the original strain and people who are vaccinated are testing positive for the virus. Am I afraid of dying or getting sick? No. Am I afraid of catching it and passing it on to others? Yes.

To me, this is how you behave in a civilized society. You do things you may not need to do for yourself, but those actions would potentially benefit those around you. I’m not wearing a mask for myself. I didn’t get vaccinated for myself. I did it to keep other people from getting sick because those people may not have the relatively easy experience with COVID that I had last year, or they may be unvaccinated and more susceptible to contracting it in the first place.

That’s one reason to get your vaccine — protecting others. The other reason is the knowledge that vaccinated people aren’t dying of COVID, so if you get vaccinated and contract the coronavirus, it’s a pretty safe bet that you won’t die. Neither of those reasons make space to make fun of a vaccine that could save your life and the lives of those around you, so I don’t make space to feel bad for people who play stupid games and win stupid prizes.

Meet Stephen Harmon who thinks the vaccine is ridiculous.

He doubts the necessity of the vaccine because it’s not 100% effective. As you know, if something is not 100% effective, there is no reason to do it. You may still die if you get into a car crash wearing your seatbelt, so why wear it at all? You can still get shot in the head if you’re wearing a bulletproof vest, so why even bother?

^The math ain’t mathing, but y’all already know that. He doesn’t want a vaccine and this is the United States, not France, so we can’t make him get one.

That was July 8th. One day later we have…

…an introspective COVID journey already? Life, and Miss Rona, comes at you fast. And the hits just keep on coming.

I really want Black people to set themselves free of the chains holding us to a blind allegiance to Christianity with no critical thinking. Even if you are the most devout Christian, you can still believe that DOCTORS and SCIENCE are tools by GOD to help save you.

The miracle was the vaccine. Asking God for a miracle after you scoffed at the one he sent you is punching your ticket straight to the other side to tell him to his face why you ignored the perfectly good resources he already sent.

The critical choice was months ago when he could’ve gotten the vaccine and didn’t. Had he gotten it, he wouldn’t have been in a hospital bed giving doctors permission to intubate him. And he’d be alive right now.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. This is what happens when you don’t get vaccinated because you don’t understand science, believe you know better than the people who’ve devoted their lives to studying infections diseases, and pray to God instead of trusting the doctors God already sent. (I’m an atheist — I just grew up in the church.) I don’t care that this guy is dead any more than I care about all of the other stubbornly unvaccinated people on ventilators. I care that they have selfishly left their loved ones to deal with their totally preventable death. I care that they are walking around infecting other people before their symptoms are bad enough to send them to the hospital. But I don’t have any space to care that they got what they signed up for.

 

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CNBC: WHO urges fully vaccinated people to continue to wear masks as delta Covid variant spreads

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The World Health Organization on Friday urged fully vaccinated people to continue to wear masks, social distance and practice other Covid-19 pandemic safety measures as the highly contagious delta variant spreads rapidly across the globe.

The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that about half of adults infected in an outbreak of the delta variant in Israel were fully vaccinated with the PfizerBioNTech vaccine, prompting the government there to reimpose an indoor mask requirement and other measures.

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Which is why I still wear a mask when I go to the store.

Am I worried about dying of COVID? No.

Do I want to avoid contracting COVID and helping to transmit it through the population to other people who might die? Yes. So I wear a mask when I go inside a business, even when they have a little sign that says I don’t have to. It’s really not that inconvenient.

 

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WaPo: Coronavirus infections dropping where people are vaccinated, rising where they are not, Post analysis finds

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Today in “Duh!”…

States with higher vaccination rates now have markedly fewer coronavirus cases, as infections are dropping in places where most residents have been immunized and are rising in many places people have not, a Washington Post analysis has found.

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Who knew having people get vaccinated against a disease would ((checks notes)) prevent people from getting that disease? What a shocking development. I wonder if they’ve studied the link between drinking water and not being thirsty anymore…

 

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