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  1. If that is the case, then we have a problem. They finally admitted SARS-CoV-2 Alpha is airborne. Now Delta is super contagious. I hate to bring it up yet again but eyes are a mucus membrane as well and people are walking around with their n95’s but no eye protection? They aren’t even talking about it? Anyone ever talked to someone in infection control?
  2. If you are up to it, have you thought about showing up to the doctor's office to talk to someone there and saying you aren't going to leave until you get a copy of your records and/or an appointment?
  3. Parents consider lying to public health officials to secure vaccine for under 12 children - NBC
  4. The BinaxNow box only says to notify your PCP. Home tests don't go in any official record AFAIK.
  5. Well...... But within weeks, health officials seemed to be on to something much bigger. The outbreak quickly grew to the hundreds and most of them appeared to be vaccinated. As of Thursday, 882 people were tied to the Provincetown outbreak. Among those living in Massachusetts, 74% of them were fully immunized, yet officials said the vast majority were also reporting symptoms. Seven people were reported hospitalized. The initial findings of the investigation led by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seemed to have huge implications. https://abc13.com/cape-cod-covid-outbreak-cdc-mask-guidance-face-masks-delta-variant/10918914/ You all do understand that people who are vaccine hesitant might not trust the CDC or MSM and this type of language isn’t going to convince them?
  6. Not who you were quoting, but for me it's more of the shaming and blaming that msm and CDC are engaging in. It has now been proven that Delta essentially causes vaccinated people to become superspreaders, meaning they show little to no symptoms but are highly contagious and going about their day. This phrasing is only going to bite the CDC and MSM later. It's not a pandemic of the unvaccinated. It's a pandemic. I just find it unwise to say anything absolute about this pandemic. From StatNews:
  7. Yeah when I say we need OTC treatments for covid, I'm not referring to vitamins and supplements. I mean actual medications. We did the NAC and vitamin thing all throughout. They didn't hurt and possibly did some good but they also didn't help with symptoms.
  8. Are there any programs for medical personal like there are for teachers that pay back loans if you work for the state hospitals or something along those lines? If not, there should be.
  9. I’m not following the Olympics super closely. If they expect 80% of the athletes to be vaccinated and they are seeing these numbers are they tracking breakthrough cases? Seems like this would be an ideal situation to study these sorts of things.
  10. I’d be frustrated too. Especially because TX has their own way of doing things which doesn’t usually jive with CDC guidelines. It’s really hard to see whether or not those types of guidelines work when they are being undermined. On a side note it’s especially frustrating that people can flood in here unhindered at the the border but Afghani translators that put their life and their family’s life on the line to support our troops were being left behind and beheaded by the Taliban. That seems like the perfect time to break the rules and sort it out later.
  11. ? Sure that’s what I’m saying, I’d trade curbside pickup for the dead and disabled. 😒 I agree this pandemic has exposed our weaknesses. We can become stronger or weaker as a result. I don’t have the time or energy for this.
  12. Oh I know all about that. Dh is on disability after covid and the vaccine. He probably won't be able to go back to work at his hospital. It's been a long year for us. No, we won't ever be the same. Some of the changes are for the good though too. Manufacturing is returning closer to home. More parents are homeschooling. Curbside pickup.
  13. That's why it was in question form in the op. I remembered reading the original article and didn't know what the status was. I knew something like that was floated. This was in Politco so you can see where this comes from. It's 2 hours past when I usually go to bed.
  14. https://www.allsides.com/story/perspectives-white-house-asks-sms-carriers-help-curb-vaccine-misinformation
  15. I don't know. This is only what I'm thinking and observing. I don't speak for anyone. It's frustrating. It's why I think finding common ground and appealing to them in ways that makes sense to them is a much better way to get through to them. So much c**p has accumulated, it's nearly impossible to get down to the root of it all. We need to be able to find a way to talk about all of this civilly but that takes time, effort and empathy. Instead we're driving a wedge further between us so that even when we do get out of this, we'll never be the same.
  16. Thanks @whitestavernfor posting that about bluenose. I had to wait until I got to my keyboard to type this. Sigh. No talking points. Just thinking out loud after careful observation. Sorry. I didn't want to copy the whole thing since it is a subscription. He actually brings up welfare reform from the Clinton era that resulted in home cohabitation checks. Where am I going with all of this? On a massive scale, we're seeing the idea floated that if you want x you have to jump through hoops or you will be humiliated, shamed and blamed. I've seen suggestions like if you don't get vaccinated, your health insurance shouldn't pay for your treatment. If you don't get vaccinated, you should not be able to work or go to school or do anything in public. And much much worse. This isn't a new idea and both sides have their own versions of this for their own political pet peeves. To randomly quote Joe Strummer from The Clash's song Know Your Rights And number two You have the right to food money Providing of course You don't mind a little Investigation, humiliation And if you cross your fingers Rehabilitation It's not just about vaccinations. That's probably where the disconnect is. For me, it's about the current trajectory of controlling behavior, controlling speech, controlling thought. Weren't they just talking about getting into people's phones to correct misinformation in texts? Any other day that's an insane thought and no one would have approved of that idea during Trump. At what point do we start the education camps? You sir have shared too much misinformation. You ma'am refused to say someone's preferred pronouns. You have not done your anti-racist training. There is no finish line where we can say "mission accomplished." It's been awhile since I read it, but isn't that how the always watching Big Brother ended up in their living rooms in 1984? I find all of this extremely concerning. There is a natural tension between public health and civil liberties. We should be discussing that openly. Public Health has one job, to keep people alive even at the expense of civil liberties. It's up to the people to reign them in. How much of our civil liberties are we willing to give up for public health? That line will be different for everyone. It's up to politicians to reassure us that they will be restored at the end of this pandemic, which they are failing at spectacularly. The vaccine divide is a symptom of a much deeper divide that's not necessarily political, but value-based.
  17. Then why haven't they done that yet? The vaccines have been out for over a half a year. They want full compliance and are starting to mandate it. One would think they would have already started a program like that.
  18. I want it all to end too. I believe it's equally important that we all like each other when it's over. We are already polarized enough. All unvaccinated are getting lumped together whether previous posters want to admit it or not. People who have legit reasons to not yet get vaccinated and still take precautions will be treated the same as the ones who don't. If it's "unvaccinated are not welcome here", that goes for both groups. If they didn't come up with a system to prove medical waivers for masks, they aren't going to start with vaccinations. It only gets uglier from here.
  19. Good to see it’s not just me. Matt Taibbi’s email today: The Vaccine Aristocrats Covid-19 cases are rising, but the "Pandemic of the Unvaccinated" blame-game campaign is the worst way to address the problem Then there was the educated Texan from Texas who looked like someone in Technicolor and felt, patriotically, that people of means – decent folk – should be given more votes than drifters, whores, criminals, degenerates, atheists and indecent folk – people without means. — Joseph Heller, Catch-22 I’m vaccinated. I think people should be vaccinated. But this latest moral mania — and make no mistake about it, the “pandemic of the unvaccinated” PR campaign is the latest in a ceaseless series of such manias, dating back to late 2016 — lays bare everything that’s abhorrent and nonsensical in modern American politics, beginning with the no-longer-disguised aristocratic mien of the Washington consensus. If you want to convince people to get a vaccine, pretty much the worst way to go about it is a massive blame campaign, delivered by sneering bluenoses who have a richly deserved credibility problem with large chunks of the population, and now insist they’re owed financially besides. There’s always been a contingent in American society that believes people who pay more taxes should get more say, or “more votes,” as Joseph Heller’s hilarious Texan put it. It’s a conceit that cut across party. https://taibbi.substack.com/p/the-vaccine-aristocrats-b5d
  20. My PCPs whole front office is out right now with covid. They were all vaccinated and masked. I am certain there are a lot more cluster breakthrough cases than reported. All it takes is one Delta carrier and inadequate ventilation/purification because of a reliance on a/c. I’m not saying that to say it’s pointless to get vaccinated. I’m saying there’s a lot we don’t know about Delta and I’d really like some answers for the CDC.
  21. Plum

    Disney sad

    bummer. We have a very close old friend that has worked for Disney forever. He could always sign in though we didn’t take advantage of that very often. Two of my kids were offered a day trip with friends to go to Disneyland this summer. Our friend said he can’t sign anyone in until next year. Too much built up interest.
  22. Not everyone who is unvaccinated thinks those things. There’s a multitude of reasons people aren’t getting vaccinated from access to health reasons to waiting for approval and none of those have to do with politics. I know it’s easier to think everyone who hasn’t gotten it yet is selfish or ignorant but there’s a good portion that have given this considerable thought and are facing ridicule and shame from their fellow citizens. There are people who haven’t gotten the vaccine yet and still don’t go out and always wear a mask. They do exist. I’m sorry if you haven’t met any but they do.
  23. re testing, transparency and transmission
  24. probably overflow then They aren't showing up in our portal either. Only the referral and any prior authorizations for diagnostics show up for them. It is frustrating because we have no one to complain to. @Katy's suggestion of going through your PCP is what we've ended up doing, which is probably one of the reasons he's overloaded. Your neurologist will need to share their results with the PCP which would mean they need an authorization to share health information. I think we had to fill that out and fax it twice. Ugh. We've learned to always ask for a copy of health records especially from specialists but now I think it's going to have to go for the PCP as well. Thankfully, they just emailed all of the office notes going back to Feb and I was able to upload them. Our insurance portal only had up to May. It's a daily chore for sure.
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