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    Posted: July 26 2021 at 6:20am


monotreme1000 | July 24, 2021


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The current guidance from the CDC and other public health officials that people who are fully vaccinated can remove their masks in crowded, interior spaces without any fear of being infected, getting sick or dying amounts to a prescription for disaster.


I don't expect politicians to be experts on science. However, they are experts in human behavior. They know full well that once the public is told that only the unvaccinated people need to wear masks inside, pretty much everyone will take them off. I have seen this with my own eyes.

 Almost no-one is wearing masks now, even though about 50% of the public is unvaccinated. Of course, the delta strain will spread like wildfire in the unvaccinated. This was completely predicable and is largely a result of CDC policy. You can blame the unvaccinated for not wearing masks, but everyone knew that they would stop wearing them the second that the mask mandate was removed.


Most people who are getting very ill and dying are unvaccinated. This does not mean that you are perfectly safe if you are vaccinated. You are simply safer-er than the unvaccinated. You can still get sick and die from delta if you are vaccinated. Breakthrough infections are common. Serious illness and death amoung the vaccinated is increasing. Also, mixing the unvaccinated and the vaccinated in public spaces without masks is the ideal situation for creating a fully vaccine-resistant strain of virus. 

The stupidity of Dr. Walensky in creating the perfect environmnent for such a strain to evolve is shocking. Had this policy been enacted during the Trump administration, there would have been widespread condemnation by virologists, public health experts and the media. But because there is a democrat in the White House, there is little opposition to a policy that will certainly result in large numbers of Americans dying.


The Biden Administration is preparing to blame the unvaccinated for the coming disaster. This is partly just. If everyone was vaccinated, the spread of the virus would be much slower. However, the Biden Administration knows that making Dr. Fauci the chief communicator on vaccines guarantees that the people who are suspicious of vaccination will continue to refuse the vaccine. Yet, there he still is.


No children under 12 are vaccinated. Although they are less likely to die than adults of COVID-19, some of them will get sick and die if infected. And they are all going to get infected with the delta strain if the mask mandate is not re-instated. Will the Biden administration blame the dead children for their infection?


Removing the mask mandate and prematurely celebrating our "independence" from SARS-2 will go down in history as one of the worst decisions any American president has ever made. We can blame President Trump for the first 600,000 American deaths. But when we cross the line to 1,000,000 dead Americans, President Biden will have to assume full responsibility.



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https://news.yahoo.com/fauci-cdc-mask-mandate-155642381.html

The mask mandates will be revisited.  And I will be grateful.  Is anyone else besides me scared $h¡tless of going back to work?  My unemployment runs out in a month or so, and the thought of going out among the brain-deficited has me pretty anxious.

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I am not liking the lack of masks here at my retirement place.
Plus, one of our receptionists (who is fully vaxxed) is "sick with a cold" starting yesterday...hmmmmm
I predict we will all be masked in the fall and winter (I HOPE!) Our place follows the CDC recommendations only...so I hope they do the right thing, only I think the CDC will "strongly encourage" mask wearing yet not mandate it. If so, then I will throw my hands up in the air as these folks here will not be wearing masks.

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Frankly Queenie,  If you are double vaxed, you are probably going to be fine.  (Assuming you did not go for the J&J - If you did, get a booster of one of the others.)  

Yes, it is true that a few people are still getting sick after full vaccination, but the numbers are quite small; easily explainable by the previously seriously ill with damaged immune systems.  In some heavily vaxed countries this looks worse than it is, because the ratio of sick people who had the vax is high.  But that is because the vaccination rates are VERY high.

Eat sensibly, get some sleep and exercise and you will be ok.  You should continue to wear a mask; it will not stop you catching the virus.  But if you do catch it when masked, the viral load will be smaller.  This gives your immune system time to mount a response.

Follow these simple rules and the chances of getting seriously ill or hospitalised are less than crossing the road.

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Pretty much everything I said to ViQueen I would say to you Tabitha.

I certainly would not count on the CDC mandating masks again, public opinion is too far against it.  Everywhere I look, political expediency is outweighing medical sense.  But if double vaxed and reasonably healthy, your chances of serious illness are minute.

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Tabitha - thanks SO much for posting this, it's perfectly said. Going to share it as many places as I can.  (Link below if anyone else wants to share it)     Also, I just can't imagine how awful it is to live somewhere where it's not being taken seriously.  I feel for you.  I don't know how you've kept yourself from screaming at everyone (while wearing a mask of course).  

Sending you good thoughts, as always....

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You are probably right, Techno, and yet...

Little-known fact about ViQueen:  I was born with a condition that runs in my family called strabismus (crossed eyes).  If it runs in the family, with each birth there is a 25% chance of inheriting the condition.  My mother had one child -- me -- and I got it.  Mostly strabismus is not too severe, and can be controlled quite well with glasses.  Not mine.  I had to have corrective surgery.

More than 99.99% of the time the surgery works the first time.  Not mine.  I had to go back and have a second set done.  The last time I saw my eye doctor before he retired (the same doctor who performed the surgeries) he told me that I was the only patient he ever saw that  happen to.  He confessed a pretty sizeable regret that he didn't write my case up at the time in 1972, because it was literally less than one-in-a-million odds of having to repeat the surgery, and that kind of a case is very interesting copy to those who read ophthalmology journals.

Plus, those of you who have read my posts may remember I had one of those childhoods people used to go on Oprah and cry about.  I have therefore never suffered from the belief bad things can't happen to me.  I work daily to overcome the converse belief that if there is free-floating crap out in the universe looking tor a place to land and it sees me coming...I was doing pretty well during the pandemic of overcoming this negative mindset.  But now the thought of having to get back to work does have me struggling, as I worked mainly in retail/food service and I know firsthand how much awfulness the Karens and Rickys of the world are capable of, thru carelessness, stupidity and malice.

Awhile ago Witchy wrote in that she feels this sense of "something wicked this way comes."  I have been feeling that very strongly myself this past week or two, and job-hunting is intensifying that feeling exponentially.  Add in asthma, obesity and autoimmunity, and I'm feeling the pessimism and dread.

Almost forgot to mention, the ViQueen Mum with whom I live has heart failure and the beginnng of some kidney involvement.  Don't want to bring anything horrible home to her either.

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Queen,  


My god, dearest...  You have had a hellish life.  We both know how hard life is.   I was born with atatxic Cerebral Palsy, hearing loss, multiple spinal issues and very poor eyesight.  I am a cancer survivor and was hit by a drunk driver about 15 years ago.  I had six broken ribs and broken hip, legs and arms.   My girlfriend has spinal bifida, is blind in one eye and has  COPD, dwarfism and bladder issues.  My life has been spent in one hospital after another.  We know that your life is very hard.  I can only say that this pandemic is a real hell for all of us.  I saw so many die.   It gets to your mind and your soul.  I have had whatever faith I had in the human race ripped out of my hands.  On multiple occasions,  I was deemed to be not  worthy of life.  I had to get the best doctors on earth save my life.  In the 1980's there was this crazy tv show called the A -Team.  I called the A- team of doctors.  They got the job done. They moved us ot the best dammed medical center money could buy.  Then they got to work.  Nurses , specialists and the best of everything.  The bill is now 10 million for 2 people.    Hopefully we will make it, Even if we don't, you should fight like hell and beat the crap out of the barriers in front of you.  

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ME, you and Vicki are Life Soldiers!  You folks are tough, and a real inspiration!  You and Vicki have been thru it all and are here to tell the tale.  I have been inspired reading of your love, loyalty and unity, and I am glad you have Jill and Becky to help you.  I'm also glad to see you will be able to work remotely.  Am hoping to find me a work from home job, too.  I hope you will continue to weigh in on PT/AFT as you see fit, because you have seen Covid from the other side, and I'm always interested to see what you think. Keep safe, and keep battering those barriers!

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Originally posted by ViQueen24 ViQueen24 wrote:

ME, you and Vicki are Life Soldiers!  You folks are tough, and a real inspiration!  You and Vicki have been thru it all and are here to tell the tale.  I have been inspired reading of your love, loyalty and unity, and I am glad you have Jill and Becky to help you.  I'm also glad to see you will be able to work remotely.  Am hoping to find me a work from home job, too.  I hope you will continue to weigh in on PT/AFT as you see fit, because you have seen Covid from the other side, and I'm always interested to see what you think. Keep safe, and keep battering those barriers!



Perfectly Said ViQueen24. I couldn't agree more.

I think you'll be able to find a work from home job, so many companies are realizing it's the best way they can get and keep quality employees. Just sent out a special request to the Universe... and you always have my positive thoughts. 


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I can't thank you enough, Kim!

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Queen,  We all hope that you find a remote job.  Keep fighting. 


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Well, ViQueen, that does increase your risks.  The chances are still small that Covid would kill you or your mother, but not minescule.  I wish I could still say don't worry, but your immunological status and your mother's illness would make me more worried than usual.

I don't even have any sensible suggestions for lowering the risks, except of course the usual, vitamin D & C, Zinc and a healthy lifestyle too.  Keep up the mask wearing and other Covid practices and my personal recommendation would be to also drink kefir once a day (it also seems to boost the immune system) but save your money - only buy it the once, it is far easier to culture than yoghurt, as it beats other bacteria up and dominates any culture.  If you contaminate yoghurt it goes bad; contaminate kefir and it murders all the contaminants.  You can grow it from "grains" or just innoculate milk with a bit of the goop.

I wish I could offer more help.  I expect you will be fine.  Your risks are still fairly small.  But you are right, the universe has a bucket load of crap just waiting for a victim to pick.  I have been drenched more than once in my life too.  I have a great umbrella now, but I remember the past all too well.

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No worries, Techno, I sure appreciate the kefir info, and I may try to incorporate that into the occasional smoothie.  I don't drink my calories often though; I'm on an 1800 calorie a day regimen and have lost 13 pounds (5.9 kg., .93 stone) since 1/1/21.  Maybe when I go on maintenance.  I do take a probiotic, though, and I recommend it for those who are trying to lose weight.  It helps your digestive system work more efficiently and I've been losing more weight since I started taking them in June.  YMMV.  

As for the job front, I have decided to focus my energy on finding a work-from-home job if at all possible.  I have had a bad feeling lately, as I said, and finding a story yesterday from the UK that almost 25% of recent hospitalizations due to Covid have been fully-vaccinated individuals has done nothing to help allay my negative intuition.  I have alot of folks sending out positive vibes that I find something safe and hopefully that is exactly what will happen!

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You can make Kefir with any milk, even skimmed UHT - although that is the hardest apparently, I have no problems getting it to "take".  You can also make water keffir as it will grow in almost any liquid with some sugar in it.  Discount the sugar calories, because the kefir eats them first.  This also makes keffir-ed milk almost 100% lactose free - better than yoghurt.  Youtube is full of videos on how to culture it.  Not that it needs lessons; it is very hard to kill (starve or cook it).

It is the ultimate probiotic.  Yoghurt may make it alive to the gut, but it does not tend to stay thay way for long once there.  Kefir however just kills everything nasty in its environment, bacteria, yeasts and probably amoeba and viruses too.  Although it benefits us (dogs, cats, goats and rabbits too) on a microbial level it's a nasty bully-boy who beats everyone up and takes all their lunch money.

Beware though, its addictive.  Not physically, it just tastes so good and every sip tastes better than the last.  It seems to adjust your sense of taste too.  Since I have been drinking it, I have gone off of coffee and lost some of my appetite.



I too share the "something wicked this way comes" feeling.  I just don't think it's here yet.  I'm getting my risk taking out of the way quickly, so I can lock down again when it does get here.

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This is the third time this year I have had this feeling.  I had it in January and April too.   Every three months?  I wonder if there is a significance to that...

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