Health and Sanity category archive
At the Portland Press-Herald, Bill Nimitz tells the tale of a couple who went from wanting vaccination to spurning it to numbers on a list. Here’s a bit of the article:
Then they were exposed to something as dangerous as the disease itself – a so-called health practice that, according to their son, led Robert and Barbara Finch away from common-sense caution and into the shadows of dangerous quackery.
Finch is not ready to name the facility. “I’m still getting my ducks in a row,” he explained.
But he wants the world to know that if his parents could fall victim to wild, unfounded claims that the vaccines are a hoax, anyone can. And if he can stop it from happening again, that’s precisely what he’s going to do.
Field seems concerned that our media and, for that matter, our polity don’t have their eyes on the right ball.
Here’s a bit of the artist’s commentary:
The second someone, like the president, states the truth and publicly blames unvaccinated Americans for the predictable rise in infections the civility scolds. I’m looking at you Jake Tapper, spout off about how finger-pointing is unproductive. Nonsense. There is a segment of the population that has been radicalized and no matter what you say or what you do, no matter how many friends and family members they watch slowly suffocate will they ever get the vaccine.
Idaho’s hospitals are filling up with COVID patients, so much so that the state is implementing a plan that involves rationing care. Here’s a bit of the story (emphasis added); details at the link.
The move activates a plan that gives hospitals legal guidance and protection for how to provide care outside of the norm. According to the plan, scarce and potentially life-saving treatment can be rationed with a focus on saving those with the best chance of living — in hopes of saving the most lives possible.
Meanwhile, Mistermix looks for the common denominator among the states with the worst COVID numbers.
Writing at The Colorado Sun, Mike Littwin argues the anti-vaxs, anti-mask crowd has a strange and dangerous notion of “liberty.” A snippet (emphasis added):
I mean, look at Douglas County, where the commissioners voted unanimously to end their decades-long association with the Tri-County Health Department because the Tri-County board ordered masks for all students and staff in public schools. In Douglas County, it’s all about the liberty — the liberty for parents to choose to put not just their own kids at risk, but also other people’s kids. And everyone’s kids, as we know by now, seem to be far more vulnerable to the delta variant, not to mention teachers and staff.
Follow the link for his reasoning.
(Broken link fixed.)
Robin Alcarian is also fed up with the governors of what blogger Ted McLaughlin has dubbed “The Petri Dish States.” A nugget:
Republican governors are already foaming at the mouth to sue Biden for what they see as unconstitutional overreach. They were already worked up over his directive to the education secretary to use the weight of the federal government against governors who have blocked and intimidated local school officials from imposing mask mandates. (The hysteria on display by mask-hating parents at school board meetings across the country has become a social media genre all its own.)
In response to legal threats by Republican governors like Kristi Noem of South Dakota, Biden was blithe: “If those governors won’t help us beat the pandemic,” he said last week, “I will use my power as president to get them out of the way.”
The refusal of otherwise healthy people to vaccinate is, in fact, a trampling of common sense, decency and the very idea that any of us owes a measure of respect to those around us.
David dissects the duplicity, which does, indeed, defy description. (Warning: Short commercial at the end.)
The Arizona Republic’s Laurie Roberts has a question for persons who insist that vaccine requirements somehow violate their “rights”:
Follow the link for the rest.
Gwynne Dyer notes a disturbing–and ironic–trend.
“Auto-eugenics” is the just-named phenomenon (you’re welcome) in which the excessively gullible or intellectually challenged are weeding themselves out. It’s most prominent in the United States, where 28 percent of Americans say they do not plan to get vaccinated against coronavirus or are unsure whether they will do so.
The only country in the developed world where vaccine refuseniks are more numerous is Russia, where they at least have the excuse that the state lies to them about everything all the time. Typically, however, American vaccine refusal is twice as high as in other OECD countries — and so, of course, is the COVID-19 death rate.
Follow the link for her discussion of some of its manifestations and implications.
At the San Francisco Chronicle, a doctor speaks. A nugget; follow the link for the rest.
As a doctor who has spent much of the past 20 months working with COVID-19 patients, let me assure you, there isn’t a single person in health care who derives any joy from seeing story after story of anit-vaxxers gasping for breath in the ICU. . . .
Instead, our rage is directed at the disinformation profiteers — those bad actors with the big platforms who are behind each and every one of these deaths. Some of them run state governments, some have M.D. next to their names, others are millionaires who smugly sit on their Fox News perches and some spew bile from their radio pulpit. They are the ones who have helped drive us back into the throes of this pandemic.
And while we’re on the subject . . . .