Washington Post podcast about vaccinated who die from Covid. Only 20 minutes long. The basic takeaway is that being vaccinated is not enough. Get boosted. Wear a mask. Social distance. All that shit. I wish it were not the case. You can listen anywhere you get your podcasts. https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/bq5y3-7d09c/Post-Reports-Podcast
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Oh, when he won, I literally cried myself to sleep. I blame the Democrats for this, because they, in all seriousness thought he couldn't win either. We all misjudged how stupid and gullible people are, and we're still paying the price for it.
I don't understand why people believed that this pandemic, virus and attending mess was ever going to really 'go away', when in the past no virus introduced into the human population has ever gone away or disappeared.
I assumed from the very first that:
Masks would be necessary for a very long time.
Vaccines would need to be taken and boosted when required, especially if you're a vulnerable person. The vaccines have to be updated for every serious mutation of the virus, as well.
The virus is mutating every time it infects someone. The more people who get infected, the more likely it is to mutate into another variant.
No matter what we want, the sad fact is that people will continue to treat this virus as a 'nothingburger' when in fact it's damn close to the bubonic plague in seriousness and lethality, and that people will continue to get sick, become disabled or die from it until we learn the rules it has laid down for us.
We treat it casually at our own risk.
Masking, vaccination, boosters, social distancing and all attendant precautions are going to be necessary for a long time for this virus to become endemic if it ever does.
That was sobering. I know all the facts in the abstract, but those interviews were so sad. And I can honestly say, I've been far less cautious recently around mask-wearing. I hate to go back, but not doing so would be really foolish.
Also as has been pointed out most vaccine do not provide sterilizing immunity. Smallpox is one of the few vaccine that does. But vaccines do prevent severe disease and the associated issues.
The definition of “fully vaccinated” needs to change. My RT friend faithfully published the data from her hospital system through the entire pandemic and it was startlingly clear that boosting was crucial. Even the 90 year-olds that were fully boosted left the hospital alive. They needed fluids and oxygen therapy but they didn’t die. The data is clear. I will listen to the podcast and I will faithfully rush off for every booster that is greenlit. I do not want to die like these people have. I just want to drift off in my sleep one day, decades from now. I do not want to ever experience complete organ failure. I cannot imagine being so callous or conceited as to think I could outlast a vicious novel virus. Antivaxxers are completely awful people. To look at the dead and suffering and to think them weak. That’s what they're doing. They’re judging everyone else as losers and themselves are special and bulletproof. They’re disgusting. Fuck them all.
What can we learn? Well, the vaccine wanes completely in about four to six months time. So, all those promises we had about a year-and-a-half ago with this vaccine conferring lifetime immunity from so-called experts can be summarized in one word: bullshit.
Bottom line, the coronavirus vaccine has to be treated like an annual vaccine, same as flu, and not the same as measles. That's what people in the profession get for claiming shit they either know nothing about, or guessing. In all likelihood, we will all have to get boosters every six months for many years, if not the rest of our lives, to feel totally protected.
And yes, when I go out, I wear a mask and distance myself from others as much as humanly possible. I'm 64 and I know I am vulnerable. I used to love attending sporting events but there is no fucking way in hell I can do that now. Nor can I go to movie theatres. I am watching hockey and basketball playoffs right now on TV and I think it's insane that people are attending these events without masking...and in particular, a hockey arena is treacherous, since the virus thrives in a cold and dry environment. These are all super-spreader events, IMO.
thank you Mrs W