Sometimes I feel like the entire nation as adult onset ADHD:
Low vaccination rates are dangerous when combined with the spread of variants like Delta, which is believed to be more transmissible and cause more serious illness. Steve Edwards, CEO of CoxHealth, a healthcare system in Springfield, Missouri, told CNN the combination is to blame for a six-fold increase in hospitalizations in his system.
“I think it is the Delta variant and there is a lot of kindling with low vaccination rates, so it’s spreading very rapidly,” Edwards said. “Almost all of our cases are unvaccinated people that, in my opinion, have put themselves in harm’s way during this pandemic.”
Fortunately, Plescia said, there are tactics underway to encourage vaccinations that have seen success. Some states, such as Colorado, are making a final push by calling unvaccinated people directly to provide them with information and help schedule appointments. Incentives — from the big ones like million-dollar lotteries to free tickets to the zoo or food coupons — have also worked, Plescia said.
The pandemic is not over. We’re acting like it is for a variety of dumb reasons. We got bored with it. We want to go back to our beautiful lives. We don’t like masks or washing our hands. We’re a very stupid people who don’t believe scientists and refuse to get vaccinated. We have terrible political leadership. We’re American and can never think past next week. There’s money to be made promoting coronavirus lies. And, of course, corporate America wants to go back to “normal” and pay people pittances to clean grease traps at shitty fast food restaurants. So there are a lot of reasons why we are pretending the pandemic is over, but none of them are any good or have anything to do with the actual pandemic being over. Collectively, we’re the little kid playing hide and seek standing behind a tree with their entire body visible, but they have blocked their vision and can’t see us, so they think they’re hidden.
And because the unvaccinated are in large part in poorer areas with a population that has less access to health care, weaker healthcare infrastructure, and a wider prevalence of pre-existing conditions, we’re probably going to lose a couple hundred thousand more people do to variants. We’re not even close to herd immunity, so even if you have been vaccinated, the smart play is to limit contact with people you do not know, where a mask in public, avoid unnecessary exposure (trips to the ballpark, the bar, etc.), and keep washing your hands you filthy animals.
Or don’t. Honestly not going to shed a whole helluva lot of tears if this cuts through a large swath of Trump dead-enders and vaccine truthers in Alabama and Mississippi.