Health and Sanity category archive
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 . . . .
Elie Mystal minces no words. An excerpt:
The government can require people to be healthy. It cannot require people to get sick.
Via C&L, which has commentary.
A University of Georgia history professor does history.
Just read it.
To again quote my history professor from many years ago, Dr. Shade, “history is irony.”
Here the irony, at least as I see it, is that many Republicans are willing to let voters sicken and die because they think that doing so will help them win votes.
Microbiologist Michael LaGier is fed up with those who spread lies and disinformation during a public health crisis. A nugget; follow the link for the complete article.
Science is not the enemy here; the damn virus is. Attacking proven tenets of public health, items like mask wearing, and improved building ventilation, to combat a respiratory virus, is on par with attacking a firefighter for saying the smoke alarms in our homes will help decrease incidents and the severity of fires.
Rebecca Watson takes another deep dive, this time into truths and falsehoods about ivermectin, the livestock anti-worm medication.
She suggests that, even as falsehoods about ivermectin’s being a treatment COVID must be debunked, so too must falsehoods about its legitimate usage and possible side effects.
Methinks she has a point.
And it’s not just one state, folks.
And this would have been made much less likely, perhaps even prevented, if more people got their health information from authoritative sources, rather than from Republican governors and Fox News and “social” media, but, noooooooo, because we are a society of stupid.
Sociology Professor Jennifer Reich takes a close look at why people drink the snake oil–er—horse de-wormer. Their pretzel logic is astounding.
A nugget; follow the link for the rest.
David marvels at the depth and craziness of the COVID conspiracists.
We are a society of stupid.