PSA: Stay-Away From Possum Hollar This Holiday Season

First the good news (and it really is good news):

The United States reached a significant milestone late Wednesday, with more than 200 million people now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus — about 60 percent of the population.

In the past week, an average of 1.92 million doses per day were administered — a 35 percent increase over the week before — according to data from The Washington Post’s tracker.

And now for the bad:

However, the achievement comes as the nation’s tallies of daily deaths and new cases rose in the past week and hospitalization rates jumped by 10 percent. The looming threat of the newly identified omicron variant of the coronavirus also hangs over the country as it enters the holiday season.

Omicron cases have been detected in 21 states so far, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracker, most recently in Texas on Wednesday.

It’s the predicted blow-back from Thanksgiving, ya’ll. Even here in the highly educated People’s Republic of Seattle, the infection rate jumped 51%+; hospitalization rate jumped 10%+, but so far our death rate is about the same as before (but it is a lagging indicator, give it a couple of weeks). And this is because people went back to the ‘Hollar for Thanksgiving or invited their unvaccinated family to visit.

Here’s the point: it is still way dangerous out there, too many idiots remain unvaccinated, and very likely you are going to run into them over the Christmas Holidays if you travel or entertain. We are not outta the woods yet. The OMGicron variant of the Trump-Virus is 4.2 times more transmissible.

If you can stay at home and stay isolated, you should. There’s no sane reason that you need to see your Facebook Rage Uncle, and you have the perfect excuse not to.

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8 Responses to PSA: Stay-Away From Possum Hollar This Holiday Season

  1. Only 8 ICU beds available in all of Pima County. (2% of the total)

    “Intensive care units in Pima County’s hospitals are now as busy with COVID-19 patients as they were in early February, when cases here were surging and the vaccines were not yet widely available.”

    https://tucson.com/news/local/only-8-icu-beds-are-available-in-pima-county/article_88b92dac-5799-11ec-93a2-7f45421d9d83.html

    These MAGAt’s are bound and determined to kill us all, aren’t they?

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    • Jimmy T says:

      “These MAGAt’s are bound and determined to kill us all, aren’t they?” Yes and no. I don’t think they see that as a goal to be achieved. I don’t think they think much at all. If they did, they might take some actual precautions, but Darwin said it best, “Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.”

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  2. Jimmy T says:

    Good advice that I think all scissorheads will take to heart. Unfortunately, Covid isn’t a sprint, it’s an endurance contest that will try our patience again and again, but the good news is that if you avoid the usual suspects, get vaccinated, and wear a mask you and yours should be good to go when this is in the rearview mirror. One thing I’ve always appreciated about MPS is the near universal acceptance of science and reality…

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  3. Jimmy T says:

    Oh, and we’re number one…

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  4. MDavis says:

    I’ve a friend in Seattle metro whose hubby was injured badly enough to really need an ICU bed. The hospital worked around that need since their ICU units are at capacity. Overflow is being relegated to other resources. (he’s okay, considering. btw)
    Deaths that are due to the ICU overload are not counted as COVID deaths, but there should be a designation for this, like drunk driving deaths counting as a different category of traffic accident deaths.

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  5. whocares says:

    Oh [censored]. If that study holds up then the Omicron just bypassed the Measles in how transmissible it is. Which means no herd immunity through vaccination alone.

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    • Be aware that the much-ballyhooed ‘study’ that said the Pfizer lost 80% of it’s protective effect is based ONLY on circulating antibody levels, and had an N of like 24 samples. It is the most basic of ‘test tube’ studies, and is only a crude measure of vaccine efficacy.

      Circulating antibodies are only really prevalent upon a significant exposure, infection or immediately after vaccination and it is normal to drop (within months) after exposure.

      What this study didn’t measure (and not ONE FUCKING WORTHLESS NEWS ARTICLE MENTIONED ) is that circulating antibodies are only one small part of the full immune response. Your body readily and quickly makes antibodies against a known antigen upon exposure; and it’s those parts that the vaccine also trains. so the panic of OMIGAWD the vaccines doesn’t work is…bullshit.

      (note the prompt response of Pfizer to note that people with boosters have much higher ‘neutralizing antibody levels’ makes absolute sense…boosters weren’t available until very recently, and anyone with a booster will have generated a lot of circulating antibodies that haven’t declined over time yet.)

      Again: barring exceptional circumstances (predominantly being immunocompromised) all the vaccines have so far shown very very good protection against severe disease, hospitalization and death (near 100% for the latter two).

      Until assholes started not vaccinating their kids against measles we had very very GOOD herd immunity against measles.

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