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Vancouver this weekend in the middle of the latest wave. Anyone see a mask?
Meanwhile, in Calgary, sharing the arm sweat at the CoviPox jamboree. 😷
Be sure to bring the unvaxxed kiddies, wheee!
Car show today in Victoria. Covid loves this!
My long-covid cousin (class of March 2020) posted this today from London UK. He's a nurse. *banging head against wall*
And don't even get me started on the airports. 😱
I am the only one I ever see wearing a mask anymore. Fuck them all, I am going to protect myself. They can all get sick and end up with long COVID. I keep seeing the media saying that we are all going to get this shit eventually. Maybe. But I am going to put that off as long as possible. I also keep hearing people say things like, “when the pandemic was around”, or, “during the pandemic”. It isn’t over, fucktards.
I wear a mask wherever I go. I'm immune compromised so it's extra important I stay safe as possible. I was so excited yesterday at the grocery store, there were more mask wearers than non mask wearers.
I'm still in the wayyy minority where I live on mask wearing. I live in one of the more affluent suburbs in the Central Ohio area and no cap, these people ALL act as if the pandemic is behind us.
My area was super good about masking until the mandate ended and now everyone is skipping around unmasked. Hard pass. I've grown fond of my KN95s.
Just discovered two more cases locally. One is a close neighbour (his garden lies alongside mine) who is vaxxed. The other is a friend who practically never goes out because her health is fragile and vulnerable; she is vaxxed and always masked up if she does go out. She asked me today to collect and post a test for her. I feel there's a tsunami of cases about to break over us: this morning the news report said cases were up by 30%, but I reckon it's more than that here because of the festival.
Wastewater is trending upward all over the place. My friend stayed with me for two weeks. She lives in Denmark and it was our first visit in six years. She tested every morning and wore the N95s everywhere. The other people she was going to visit keep coming down with it so she's constantly pivoting to deal with the near-misses, people going down like dominoes.
She's off to Alberta (shudder) now to visit her ancient parents, after managing to access her second booster from our local pharmacy. I dropped her at our small airport where about 40% of ppl were masking.
Fingers xxxed for her safe travels, another six weeks before she sleeps in her own bed again. Scary times.
Gotta admit- the possibility for 2.75 to spread and be VERY deadly does not make me feel more for adults who may get it after actively choosing to scorn vaccines, boosters, masks, or commonsense. Honestly, I think we may Need a wave that is on par with the plague in terms of how deadly it is before people start implementing and supporting effective prevention measures across the board.
It shouldn't be this way, but we live in a world with dismantled social safety nets, limited in-depth and educational journalism, rampant individualism and disregard for others, lack of science literacy, and lack of critical thinking. The conditions may be ripe for a more deadly variant to spread because of people's behavior and lack of concern, and because social systems are not educating people and fostering critical thinking or healthy discourse like they should in healthy society.
If a wave could arise that kills so many that earlier waves are small in comparison, I hope those who are left understand the importance of individual behavior AND societal interventions for prevention. I suspect many conspiracy theorists, anti-mask and anti-vax people, right-wingers in general etc.would be taken out... along with many complacent others
The wheels are coming off pretty quickly with the hospital systems collapsing all around us. Not a great time to get sick or break a leg. Stay safe everyone!
I'm feeling distinctly down this week. Not only was there an explosion of Covid cases after the Glastonbury festival (entirely predictable, especially with good ole Sir Paul McCartney and others urging the tightly packed crowd to sing) but I'm now seeing people walking round the streets of my town (just down the road from the festival site) that I know have Covid. I know, because they've told me. One woman was out wearing a mask two days ago and told me she had Covid. I asked if she shouldn't be at home. 'Oh, no, I'm feeling OK.'
I said, 'I meant, for other people.'
'Oh, it's OK, I'm wearing a mask whenever anyone else is near.'
Yesterday I saw her on a crowded pavement, chatting to some guy - no mask. Called over to ask how she was. In a nutshell, she still had Covid, but was 'going to do a test tonight.'
As I walked off, I heard the ahole with her babbling about Ivermectin. Which she will doubtless take - I've never had any medical condition that I've mentioned to her without being advised to use herbs/essential oils/cider vinegar/anything that's not actually medicine.
Today, at a cafe with counter service, there was a long line of people, mostly seniors, and one woman was coughing like a machine gun. No mask. Nobody moved away from her or reacted in any way whatsoever.
Local Covid cases are through the roof and on Tuesday I heard about our first case of Monkey Pox (at least, the first I know of).
We. Are. Doomed.
Yeah those Glastonbury pics freaked me out. 😜
(hanging my head and crying into my hands)
UGH....Glastonbury (sigh) need I say more. Wicked fun. Proper good time.
The post-folk-festival covid announcements / gig cancellations already rolling in. With all the 'omg it's been two long years' hugging, sharing of microphones and nobody masking, it's going to be a shit show.
I so so so sad to miss Grey Fox Festival which resumed this year, but.....nope. No vaccine required, although the volunteers must be vaxxed. Outdoors but. the best performances are under tents in close quarters. People stoned/tipsy feeling all warm & fuzzy. So, just no.
In first photo, Asian dude (lower right-hand corner) is wearing a mask.
I lived in Hong Kong for five years.
Asians do that sort of thing without even being asked.
Whenever I went to my regular doctor appointments, you could tell who was sick because they usually wore a mask to the doctor's office.
Very civilized of them for the most part.
But I think many are just used to living in crowded areas where public hygiene around disease really makes a difference.
We are sick and tired. Covid on the other hand is much more patient
Yes I'm fucking sick of this limited life, but at least it's LIFE. Outdoor-only activities for me, and only the ones where I can stay FAR from others. But after last night, I think no more. The anxiety is shortening my life. My husband, who seemed like a good idea at the time, allowed some skanky long-lost high school classmate to get all up in his face, talking. Hubby "didn't want to be rude." WTF. I was too horrified to think clearly. What I should have done was butt in and say, "Oh, my husband has been very sick - you must keep your distance!" Or something. I'm still sick to my stomach over this, while meantime my son in his 30s, careful & fully vaxxed, is very sick and so far testing negative kaynohereh. These people are.deluding themselves at OUR expense. Sometimes I feel like just kicking the crap out of them.
That all viruses mutate thing is true but there is no rhyme or reason to the mutations beyond chemical bonding ones. The process is random and caused by cosmic rays, background terrestrial radioactivity, and plain old transcription errors when the virus replicates.
It’s what comes after that determines if it becomes a dominant variant. Infectiousness is huge. If it can’t infect others, it dies out. But things that affect morbidity only matter to it if it affects its own ability to replicate and survive. Get an infectious variant that also manages to produce severe illness and if it doesn’t impede the ability to reproduce and infect others, it spreads.
Dying fast would compromise the ability to spread but dying slow could even enhance it. Longer induction periods could enhance it too. It all comes down to evolution for the virus. If it helps infect more people or animals, it’s an advantage and will express itself as becoming more pervasive.
Am so sorry Pro, I can't and don't even want to imagine what that looks like. Oh, please don't say that eventually we will all get it sooner or later. That scares me so bad, bad enough to give me panic attacks and my damn doctor won't write for Xanax. Total asshole.
And the more of these assholes that sign up to get the virus, the more of a chance it has to mutate. But I swear that everyone around me thinks it is over, even as more and more areas get into high transmission. If I walk up to some random on the street and ask, they’ll likely say that they thought it was over. After all, federal and state governments dropped their mask mandates and more are dropping vaccine requirements for health care workers. The government and media has done a fabulous job at “making it all go away” in people’s minds.