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Feb 01, 2023
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As we all know, the anti-vaxxer crowd is generally on the dim-witted, stupid crazy side. Now it appears that since they wrapped up their whole identities with being anti-vax, they've losing their minds because the pandemic (for the most part, but I'd disagree with that) is abating. Amanda Marcotte writes on this phenomenon. I mean, it's one thing to be a follower of a cult and another to be brain dead morons. https://www.salon.com/2023/02/01/what-the-end-of-health-means-for-anti-vaxxers-meltdown/
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Mary Hilton
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Jan 24, 2023
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During the past 3 years, everyone has been expecting Covid to have negative impacts on survivors, and while the jury is still out on whether or not it's permanent, the consequences of having it are making themselves known. (Sorry, this isn't a freebie-I ran out of my share a while ago.) Long Covid Is Keeping Significant Numbers of People Out of Work, Study Finds While this is based on Workers Compensation from NY State, it does not bode well for the rest of the country. "The study, published Tuesday by New York’s largest workers’ compensation insurer, found that during the first two years of the pandemic, about 71 percent of people the fund classified as experiencing long Covid either required continuing medical treatment or were unable to work for six months or more. More than a year after contracting the coronavirus, 18 percent of long Covid patients had still not returned to work, more than three-fourths of them younger than 60, the analysis found." So when people start thinking only the 'old people' get long Covid, don't agree. It's not true,
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Mary Hilton
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Jan 23, 2023
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Around Christmas, I was in active contact with my sister, who lives in Florida. She and I have had a pretty absent relationship, meaning she hadn't actively contacted me in years besides the time that I had to inform her that my husband had died. So-some background on us..Dad was an decorated Army officer, pretty patriotic, would have died for this country.. brought us up kinda liberal (but we were sheltered..being in Maine does that) but he never liked Republicans, and thought FDR was the best POTUS ever (which I agreed with). Anyway, I know he would have detested Trump becoming POTUS, and I'm sure he would have voted against all the GOP. Towards the end of his life he became anti-war, too. Vietnam did that. So, I was always pretty liberal and believed sister was too. Fast forward to the past Christmas when I was texting with her, somehow politics got mentioned and she wrote "Brandon and his son" in a sentence. I was shocked. Those words betrayed her political views far better than anything she could have said. My own sister is a Trumper. She's possibly a anti-vaxxer as well. I know she's become a Republican because she lives in Boca Raton, a community in Florida which is 99% white and fairly well off. I immediately texted back something about Jan 6, and mentioned that "Dad would have been so ashamed of this country" and that was about the time I stopped texting her. Has anyone ever had that happen, when your own siblings turn out to be completely opposite of what they used to be? I remember distinctly reading Spy magazine when it was running anti-Trump stuff and my sister loved it. What the fuck happened to her? Fox and Friends? Ron DeSantis? Florida itself in baking her head? Whatever happened to her, I've stopped texting her. In fact, I've almost stopped thinking of her as my sister. You never know...
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Mary Hilton
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Dec 15, 2022
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It's often recommended that people who handle bodies suspected of carrying pandemic like disease (think plague, etc) to take great caution in doing so-by wearing protective gear while handling them. But in many countries the dead are attended to by their families for washing, dressing and laying out the corpse for viewing. It has recently been discovered that people who died of Covid have a higher lingering level of infection remaining in their bodies, and that the virus can transmit through the handling of the corpse. Why didn't we figure this one out sooner? Mostly because we have never had a pandemic like this.I do wonder if this happened during the Flu pandemic of 1918, too? Possibly. (free read) The Coronavirus May Spread From Corpses, Scientists Report
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Mary Hilton
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Dec 14, 2022
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While it is not a leading cause of death, Long Covid is in itself a killer, and disease. As in this paragraph states: "The tally is less than 1 percent of all deaths linked to the coronavirus, but it shows that it is possible to die from lingering symptoms after infection." Long Covid Has Played Role in More Than 3,500 Deaths in U.S., C.D.C. Says It was a matter of time before this story was reported.
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Mary Hilton
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Dec 10, 2022
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It appears that after a pretty normal spring, summer and early fall, the tide has turned and we're going to go into another Covid surge. The reasons are many, but in this article in the Atlantic it's explained: "Still, a confluence of factors has created the ideal conditions for a sustained surge with serious consequences for those who get sick. Fading immunity, frustratingly low booster uptake, and the near-total abandonment of COVID precautions create ideal conditions for the virus to spread." So, it appears that we're going to go back to the usual-masking, avoiding crowds and hoping for the best-because in addition to Covid, there's a vicious flu outbreak, RSV for the kiddoes, and just general numbskullery abounding about the boosters-like nobody is getting them. I'm going to be working for the next three weeks and then I'm done-I'm officially retiring on the 31st, and I do not want to get any of this shit-I'm masking up and staying out of public places. Hope everyone does about the same because it's happened before and the results were tragically horrible.
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Nov 08, 2022
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There has been a phenomenon where ventilated Covid patients, once removed from ventilation, take more than a few days to wake up from their induced coma. Some of them took a few days, to some taking more than a few months. Doctors and scientists were puzzled but one scientist has done a paper linking the mechanism to that of hibernating turtles. Turtles, you ask? Yup-turtles. Free article follows: Covid Patients Coming Off Ventilators Can Take Weeks to Regain Consciousness
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Oct 20, 2022
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Among the side effects, and other diseases that Covid appears to spawn, neurological diseases seem to be in the mix. Not only an increased tendency to develop Alzheimer's but now this one: Schizophrenia. It's not the only one but it sure ain't a good one.
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Oct 19, 2022
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Unknown to the federal government (CDC and the NIAID) Boston University's lab replicated the Covid virus and they had live specimens there. It wasn't done illegally, but it sure is damn questionable on the ethics and morality. Plus it could have been dangerous...
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Mary Hilton
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Oct 13, 2022
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There was a very large study done in Scotland for Long Covid infections, and it appears that is far more complicated and lengthy as the original infection. "The Scottish study found that between six and 18 months after infection, 1 in 20 people had not recovered and 42 percent reported partial recovery. There were some reassuring aspects to the results: People with asymptomatic infections are unlikely to suffer long-term effects, and vaccination appears to offer some protection from long covid.' https://wapo.st/3EzxGzu Gifted article, free to read
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Mary Hilton
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Sep 18, 2022
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As we have experienced the pandemic, this last 6 months have been a lull of sorts-everything has sort of flattened out. Infections are down, hospitalizations are down, and so are deaths. But wait-deaths are down-but they're not completely down to maybe a dozen a week-they're at the rate of 300-500 people dying every day. That's a lot of people per week. That's anywhere from 2100 to 3500 people a week. Multiply that figure for the month, and that's a lot more people. We've lost our empathy, our sorrow and fear of the virus. It might just come back to haunt us. This essay is better than I am at saying how bad this is.
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Sep 14, 2022
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Of all the myriad symptoms of Covid 19 that anyone has survived, the 'Brain Fog' seems to be the worst-and the longest lasting of all. It affects the sufferer profoundly, making even simple tasks agonizingly difficult and there's sufficient fear that it does lead to increased risk of developing Alzheimer's' later in life or exacerbating it if already in that disease state. That's the one reason I've been so paranoid about getting Covid 19-it completely levels your capacity to do anything to less than zero. It's going to be impacting our society in the long run because most sufferers do not completely recover from it-it's a lasting symptom with no easy cure.
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Sep 10, 2022
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The longest surviving intubated Covid patient has died after being on a ventilator for 850 days. "After 850 days on the ventilator, Mr. Lewitinn died of a heart attack on July 23 at Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, N.J. He was 76. His son Albert confirmed the death." (free to read-gifted article): Here This is a cautionary tale of how modern medicine can entrap one into a situation where one is literally left on a machine, unable to die or live. It's really no way to live. I wonder if the doctors ever told the family that he would never get better. Our medical resources get sapped by such cases.
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Aug 19, 2022
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The more researchers study Covid, the more they find that it affects the patient's brain: Researchers from Oxford University combed through more than a million patient files and discovered that, two years after infection, patients who had recovered from COVID-19 were at a higher risk of psychosis, dementia and "brain fog" when compared with patients who recovered from other respiratory diseases. This is very concerning because further on in the article : "Children getting over COVID-19 were twice as likely to suffer from epilepsy or a seizure, and three times as likely to develop a psychotic disorder compared with those recovering from a respiratory disease, even as the absolute risk of the conditions remains low." It's getting more and more apparent that Covid is turning out to be a brain disease-not merely a respiratory one. Very terrifying because the long term effects are not known for sure, because this is such a new disease. I'm afraid that a large proportion of our population is going to suffer from Alzheimer's when they weren't particularly prone to it through heredity. Scary stuff, because our health care system is not very robust at all.
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Mary Hilton
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Aug 16, 2022
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Here's a heart-warming story of an anti-vaxxer who got upset over the search at Trump's resort, and then went off on the feds to the point where they got all kinds of risk assessment bulletins. Anyway, he threatened them and dared them to 'come get me'. They obliged. He's now in jail. I hope he stays there. Total scumbag.
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Mary Hilton
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Aug 04, 2022
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Researchers are looking into why some people get long Covid and why it occurs in the first place-some have opined that the body's immune system, once awoken, goes into overdrive and continues fighting the infection long after the initial bout, making the symptoms so much worse. Anyway, here's an article from The Conversation which talks about this. "Long COVID-19 and other chronic respiratory conditions after viral infections may stem from an overactive immune response in the lungs"
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Mary Hilton
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Jul 02, 2022
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The founder of the Oath Keepers is in jail awaiting trial on charges of seditious conspiracy and other things. The SPLC did an interview with his family to find out what he was like, how they survived living with him and their lives after. He's a real asshole grifter, from what they state. I hope he's convicted and sentenced to the max. He might have been a Yale-educated lawyer, but he turned into a real nutcase somewhere along the way. We certainly don't need him or his 'militia'.
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Mary Hilton
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Jun 23, 2022
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Ever since the pandemic started, we've all heard and lived by certain numbers and rules for coping with the virus. It has become apparent that these 'rules of numbers' no longer work and we should stop thinking they do. We've learned a lot about this virus in 2 and 1/2 years. Let's adapt to it before it kills us all.
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Mary Hilton
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Jun 23, 2022
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All of these people that are posted here are or were Trump supporters. They believed in Fox News, Donald Trump and Qanon. But they're angry now, and they're taking out their anger on everyone who is exposing the people behind 1/6. They don't like the truth, and it's going to get bad. It's going to be a very long summer.
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Mary Hilton
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Jun 17, 2022
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Sometimes the news slips by and nobody notices. But this one is great. Anti-Vaccine Doctor Sentenced To Prison For Capitol Riot "A California doctor who is a leading figure in the anti-vaccine movement was sentenced on Thursday to two months in prison for storming the U.S. Capitol, where she delivered speeches to rioters during the mob’s attack. Gold founded America’s Frontline Doctors. a group known for purveying COVID-19 misinformation. The Beverly Hills-based doctor, a Stanford Law School graduate, has over 480,000 followers on Twitter. She has condemned COVID-19 lockdowns and promoted the use of unproven and potentially dangerous drugs as coronavirus treatments." Hallelujah, the birds have come home to roost for these people!
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