STICK IT, Damn It!
2021-07-19 at 3:15 PM UTCABC News
Statistics show the stark risks of not getting vaccinated against COVID-19
As top health officials warn that COVID-19 has become a "pandemic of the unvaccinated," recent figures from states and cities throughout the United States reveal the extent to which the virus is impacting people who are not fully inoculated.
A stark case in point: During June, every person who died of COVID-19 in Maryland was unvaccinated, according to a spokesperson for the governor's office. There were 130 people who died of COVID-19 in Maryland in June, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
New COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations were also predominantly among unvaccinated people, the state said, at 95% and 93% respectively.
Other states have reported similar findings while urging people to get vaccinated as the more transmissible delta variant is driving up COVID-19 cases.
In Louisiana, 97% of the state's COVID-19 cases and deaths since February have been in unvaccinated people, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Friday. Between February and July, unvaccinated people in Louisiana were 20 times more likely to become infected with COVID-19, according to the state health department.
Those figures were reported as state health officials warned Louisiana is now in a "fourth surge" of the virus; as of Friday, the statewide average daily number of cases per 100,000 residents were up 177% over the past 14 days. The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations also doubled during that time, health officials said.
With the delta variant now the most dominant strain in Louisiana, about 46% of adults in the state are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
"We only have two choices, we are either going to get vaccinated and end the pandemic or we are going to accept death, a lot of it, this surge and another surge and possibly another variant,” infectious disease specialist Dr. Catherine O’Neal said during a state COVID-19 press briefing Friday.
In Alabama, over 96% of COVID-19 deaths since April 1 were in unvaccinated people, the state health department said on July 13, for 509 deaths out of 529 total. Over 42% of adults in the state are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
In Los Angeles County, nearly every COVID-19 case, hospitalization and death is in unvaccinated people, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported on July 12. Of the 1,059 new cases reported that day, nearly 87% were in people under the age of 50.
"The COVID-19 vaccines are the most effective and important tool to reduce COVID-19 transmission and the spread of variants like the highly transmissible delta variant," Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in a statement.
Due to a "rapid rise" in COVID-19 cases in the county, from 210 reported on June 15 to 1,537 two months later -- local officials reinstated a mandatory indoor mask mandate, regardless of vaccination status, over the weekend. Over 60% of county residents ages 16 and up are fully vaccinated.
New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi said the vaccines are "astonishingly effective" while sharing that over 98% of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths in the city between Jan. 1 and June 15 were in people who were not fully vaccinated. That included 8,069 deaths in people who were not fully vaccinated. Over 64% of NYC adults are fully vaccinated.
The national picture is unclear, through in mid-June, former White House COVID-19 adviser Andy Slavitt said in an interview with The Washington Post that "98, 99-plus percent of people that are being hospitalized and dying with COVID have not been vaccinated."
As parts of the country with low vaccination rates are seeing outbreaks of COVID-19, "there is a clear message that is coming through," CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during a press briefing Friday. "This is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated."
"Communities that are fully vaccinated are generally faring well," she added.
Over 56% of those ages 12 and up in the U.S. are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
Clinical trials showed that the COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at preventing serious disease and death. Breakthrough cases -- when a fully vaccinated person becomes infected with COVID-19 -- are rare after full vaccination; a recent CDC report found that they may occur in just 0.01% of all fully vaccinated people.
"The message, loud and clear, that we need to reiterate is that these vaccines continue to [provide] strong protection against SARS-CoV-2, including the delta variant," Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said during Friday's White House briefing, calling the delta variant "formidable." "It's so important for yourself, your family and your community to get vaccinated."
2021-07-19 at 3:19 PM UTC
2021-07-19 at 3:19 PM UTCThe part you're missing is "top health officials" lie like rugs.
2021-07-19 at 3:32 PM UTC
2021-07-19 at 3:40 PM UTCThe Hill
Juan Williams: The GOP is criminally reckless on COVID
Here comes trouble.
What happens if President Biden, facing a new surge in COVID, asks people to start wearing masks again? What happens if he suggests people stay home for a while to get the virus under control?
Here's my bet:
The Republican Party - and former President Trump - will exploit public frustration to stir up votes in the 2022 midterms.
They will exaggerate public anger and sound economic alarms. Their goal will be to amplify the backlash against any renewed safety measures as a campaign issue.
Of course, that requires GOP leaders to conveniently ignore that Biden got one shot of vaccine into nearly 70 percent of adults - and reopened an economy that was shut for over a year due to Trump's mismanaged federal response.
In a preview of these coming political games, many Republican politicians and conservative talk-show hosts are already trying to distract from the fact they've been discouraging Republicans from getting vaccinated.
Instead of admitting guilt for the virus gaining strength in Republican strongholds, the Trump crowd is positioning themselves as the lifesavers - betting that enough voters will forget they were the arsonists who started the blaze.
This grim political game is underway as 42 states have seen a spike in COVID-19 infections in the first week of July.
New daily cases have more than doubled in the past three weeks.
The single biggest reason is that millions of Republicans refuse to get vaccinated.
Overall, 86 percent of Democrats have had a least one shot of the vaccine, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll, but only 45 percent of Republicans have done so.
Ali Mokdad, of the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, told NPR he expects deaths to start climbing from 200 per day this summer to more than a 1,000 per day by fall.
If that happens, Biden will be constrained from taking steps to limit COVID's spread by fear of the political fallout. Biden and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top virus doctor, have already rejected the idea of a national vaccination mandate.
Meanwhile, Republicans are positioning themselves to blame Biden and Fauci if schools and workplaces have trouble opening in the fall.
"I'm perplexed by the difficulty we have in finishing the job," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) recently told reporters.
He appeared to never have heard the defiant, anti-vaccine message coming from so many Republicans, in statehouses, in Congress and in conservative media.
McConnell said he only speaks for himself when asked about vaccine skeptics within his own conference.
One such figure, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), recently held an event to attract television attention to people who said they had a bad reaction to a COVID shot.
Johnson's political act prompted Dr. David Kessler, the head of the White House COVID response, to say: "Look around with your own eyes and you can see the hundreds of millions of vaccines that have taken place with a remarkable safety record."
McConnell also had nothing to say when a right-wing crowd at this month's Conservative Political Action Conference cheered the assertion that the government was trying to "sucker" Americans into getting vaccinated.
"It's horrifying," Dr. Fauci told CNN, of the crowd's reaction.
"I mean, they are cheering about someone saying that it's a good thing for people not to try and save their lives...I just don't get that. I mean, and I don't think that anybody who's thinking clearly can get that. What is that all about?"
The answer is the GOP refuses to stand up to conspiracy theories, beginning with Trump's "Big Lie" about the 2020 election.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), a former QAnon backer, tweeted last week: "Thousands of people are reporting very serious life changing vaccine side effects from taking covid vaccines...Social media is censoring their stories...Just say NO!"
Similarly, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) is playing on the GOP appetite for grievances.
Biggs, chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, recently lashed out at Biden for a "blatant abuse of government authority" because Biden called for volunteers to encourage vaccinations "community by community...door to door."
There will be no mention in the Trump-media echo chamber of this bad faith if the virus continues to spread.
And there will also be no mention of Missouri Gov. Mike Parsons (R) signing a bill in June to limit local governments from calling for restrictions to prevent COVID's spread.
By early July, the highly contagious Delta variant of Covid was deeply rooted in Missouri, making up about 70 percent of the state's new cases in some areas.
The Missouri story is reflected nationwide.
In counties won by Trump, only 35 percent of the population is fully vaccinated compared to 47 percent in counties that Biden won, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
And 99.5 percent of all the Americans now dying from COVID-19 are people who are not vaccinated.
I understand mistrust of big government - particularly on matters of health, given our sordid history with tragic episodes like the Tuskegee Experiment.
But healthy skepticism is very far from a crass political game in which Republicans put the lives of people listening to them at risk in order to stir up votes for the midterms.
2021-07-19 at 3:41 PM UTCI'm sure they are screwing with the numbers because they want to shut us up in our homes because they want us scared right now because the audit fraud info is about to drop
2021-07-19 at 3:51 PM UTC
2021-07-19 at 3:52 PM UTCdying is the least of my concerns right now I gotta figure out how to fix this sink
2021-07-19 at 4:15 PM UTC
Originally posted by POLECAT I'm sure they are screwing with the numbers because they want to shut us up in our homes because they want us scared right now because the audit fraud info is about to drop
You wouldn't accept the truth if it put you on a ventilator, would you?
That's OK. Stay unvaccinated. And die.
2021-07-19 at 4:54 PM UTCRemember... these are the exact same clowns who spewed RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA!!! every waking minute of the day for four years, non-stop, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, until Mueller and his 17 angry Democrats finally admitted it was complete bullshit. That's the kind of people you are actually dealing with here. Chronic liars, who will say ANYTHING to get what they want.
2021-07-19 at 5:21 PM UTCI'm sorry. Did you say something stupid again?
Mueller Report: Conclusions
Robert Mueller found crimes, corruption and cover-ups.
On May 29, 2019, Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced at a press conference that he concluded his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
A redacted version of Mueller’s report was released to the public on April 18, 2019. It detailed his findings on conspiracy and obstruction of justice. It consists of two volumes and 448 pages.
The following are highlights from the report.
VOLUME 1: CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY
Mueller’s investigation established that the Russian government wanted Donald Trump to win the presidential election and worked with his senior campaign officials to make it happen. The report also showed how Trump tried to use his relationship with the Kremlin put more money in his own pockets.
The Russian government believed it benefitted from Trump winning the election, so it hacked Democrats’ computers and ran a massive disinformation campaign online. [Vol. 1, pg 5]
Donald Trump and his campaign invited Russian interference in the election and his campaign repeatedly communicated with Russia and Wikileaks, which hacked Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee and spread the stolen data. [Vol. 1, pg 5, 49]
Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, repeatedly met with an individual linked to Russian military intelligence and provided internal strategy plans to target voters in key Midwestern states. [Vol. 1, pg. 136, 138, 140]
Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort personally met with a Russian lawyer to receive damaging information about Hillary Clinton to help Trump win the election. [Vol. 1, pg. 110]
Trump and his campaign had advanced knowledge of the release of stolen information, and his campaign planned press strategy around it. [Vol. 1, pg. 54]
Trump lied during the campaign about his business ties to Russia. Through the Republican primary, Trump’s team was secretly working with Kremlin officials to build a Trump Tower Moscow, including signing a Letter of Intent and secretly planning trips to Russia. [Vol. 1, pg. 70-79]
Trump and his campaign repeatedly signaled that his administration’s foreign policy would be favorable to Russia. [Vol. 1, pg. 5-7]
VOLUME 2: OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE
Mueller reported that his federal investigation was undermined because Trump officials destroyed evidence and lied to investigators.
His team found multiple times in which Donald Trump personally sought to obstruct and interfere with the investigation.
Prosecutors agree that the only reason that Donald Trump was not charged with a crime was because a Department of Justice policy that protects sitting presidents.
The report found that Trump fired FBI Director James Comey shortly after Comey refused to end the investigation into Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser. [Vol. 2, 75]
Trump tried to get Attorney General Jeff Sessions to protect him by limiting the investigation into himself and his associates. [Vol. 2, pg. 97, 112, 113]
Trump ordered White House Counsel Donald McGahn to fire Special Counsel Mueller, but McGahn refused to carry out the order. Trump then ordered McGahn to lie about the attempted firing and create false records. [Vol. 2, pg. 89, 120]
Trump actively discouraged his senior aides charged with crimes from cooperating with federal investigators by suggesting the possibility of pardons or threatening them in public and in private. [Vol. 2, pg. 120-128, 144-152]
The report concludes that President Trump personally helped write a false statement for his son to give the public about a meeting with Russian operatives at the Trump campaign headquarters. He falsely claimed the meeting was to discuss adoption policy, rather than the real purpose of the meeting, which was to get information benefiting his campaign and damaging his opponent. [Vol. 2, pg. 101-103]
THE MUELLER REPORT IS AN IMPEACHMENT REFERRAL
Citing the policy that prevents sitting presidents to be indicted, Mueller concluded that it would be inappropriate to accuse Trump of crimes without providing him the opportunity to defend himself in court. The Special Counsel, however, offered another solution by explicitly stating that Congress should be the body to determine if Trump obstructed justice.
“…Congress may apply obstruction laws to the President’s corrupt exercise of the powers of office accords with our constitutional system of checks and balances and the principle that no person is above the law.” [Vol. 2, pg. 8]
“…Congress has authority to prohibit a President’s corrupt use of his authority in order to protect the integrity of the administration of justice.” [Vol. 2, pg. 8]
“In the case of the obstruction-of-justice statutes, our assessment of the weighing of interests leads us to conclude that Congress has the authority to impose the limited restrictions contained in those statutes on the President ‘s official conduct to protect the integrity of important functions of other branches of government.” [Vol. 2, pg.177]
In short, the Mueller report is an impeachment referral. It is now up to the U.S. House of representatives to start an impeachment investigation.
2021-07-19 at 6:07 PM UTCIt seems like people don't trust the media.
I wonder why?
It must be all one person's fault. One scapegoat. Conveniently coloured.
2021-07-19 at 6:42 PM UTCMore double speak from England.
COVID-19: 60% of people being admitted to hospital with coronavirus have been double-jabbed-but that's ok because the vaccine works so good.
2021-07-19 at 6:43 PM UTChave a look at israel's vaccination and infection rates - them specifically because they're probably the most densely vaccinated population on earth, save maybe the orthodox
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2021-07-19 at 6:53 PM UTC
2021-07-19 at 7 PM UTCMueller Trump indictments = 0
Says it all right there.
2021-07-19 at 7:01 PM UTC
Originally posted by AngryOnion Here you go.
They're giving people Covid with the gene therapies.
2021-07-19 at 7:10 PM UTCJ3wtrix, all of it.
Get the jab = profit.
Get the jab and get sick = profit.
Get the covid = profit.
Get the covid and die = profit.
None of the above = no profit.
2021-07-19 at 10:26 PM UTCStl1 is fr that guy that actually voted.
Then he actually selected Biden.