Delta Variant: ‘The Rules Have Changed, We Have A Different Epidemic Now’

Medical experts looking into the Provincetown outbreak of COVID-19 have found the now-dominant delta variant may be able to spread among fully vaccinated people. The good news among the Ptown crowd is there were very few hospitalizations and zero deaths thanks to the majority of those infected having been vaccinated. Continue reading “Delta Variant: ‘The Rules Have Changed, We Have A Different Epidemic Now’”

COVID Patient Would Still Refuse Vaccine: ‘Don’t Shove It Down My Throat’

In his report for CBS This Morning, national correspondent David Begnaud recently spoke to a Louisiana man, Scott Roe, who is currently recovering from COVID-19 but remains adamant he will not be getting any of the vaccines available to the public.

Roughly one in three Louisianans are fully vaccinated. This week, the state’s health department reported the highest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations since late February. Scott Roe is one of them. “Here I am recovering, getting out of here finally tomorrow. Am I going to get a vaccine? No,” Roe said. “Because there’s too many issues with these vaccines.” This father, former baseball coach, small business owner and hunter caught COVID and then developed pneumonia.

“Before you got sick,” Begnaud asked Roe, “if you would have had a chance to get the vaccine and prevent this, would you have taken the vaccine?” “No,” Roe said. “I would have gone through this, yes sir… Don’t shove it down my throat. That’s what local, state, federal administration is trying to do – shove it down your throat.” “What are they shoving,” Begnaud asked, “the science?” “No they’re shoving the fact that that’s their agenda,” Roe said, “their agenda is to get you vaccinated.”

GOP Rep. Steve Scalise, Roe’s representative in Congress, announced this week he just received his first Pfizer shot, and urged his constituents to follow suit saying the shots are “safe and effective.”

Roe’s response? “Not proven.”

My question of late has been: “What would constitute ‘proof’ that the vaccines are safe and effective to these folks? Is it a matter of time? Are they saying they would take the shot in a year? Two years? Ten years?

Or have the vaccines become such a politicalized topic that those folks will never cross that divide?

Here’s the full report from CBS This Morning.

(h/t JoeMyGod)

Doctor: Dying COVID Patients Beg For Vaccine ‘But It’s Too Late’

Image of a vaccine shot
Image of a vaccine shot
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A Facebook post from Dr. Brytney Cobia in Alabama went viral after she shared some of her experience treating COVID-19 at her hospital.

From AL.com:

“I’m admitting young healthy people to the hospital with very serious COVID infections,” wrote Dr. Brytney Cobia, a hospitalist at Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham, in an emotional Facebook post Sunday. “One of the last things they do before they’re intubated is beg me for the vaccine. I hold their hand and tell them that I’m sorry, but it’s too late.”

“A few days later when I call time of death,” continued Cobia on Facebook, “I hug their family members and I tell them the best way to honor their loved one is to go get vaccinated and encourage everyone they know to do the same.”

“They cry. And they tell me they didn’t know. They thought it was a hoax. They thought it was political. They thought because they had a certain blood type or a certain skin color they wouldn’t get as sick. They thought it was ‘just the flu’. But they were wrong. And they wish they could go back. But they can’t.”

COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations are surging yet again due to the more contagious Delta variant of the virus and Alabama’s low vaccination rate.

Alabama currently ranks last in the nation in vaccination rate, with only 33.7 percent of the population fully vaccinated.

Read full report here.

McConnell And Hannity Urge Americans To Get Vaccinated

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) implores Americans to get vaccinated

So, basically, Hell just froze over I guess.

Both Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Fox News talking head Sean Hannity have begun to strenuously urge people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

McConnell speaking to reporters today:

“Ninety-seven percent of hospitalizations for COVID are unvaccinated people. It never occurred to me, after three highly effective vaccines were developed in under a year, that we’d have difficulty getting Americans to take the shots. But that’s obviously where we are.

“These shots need to get in everybody’s arm as rapidly as possible or we’re going to be back in a situation in the fall that we don’t yearn for that we went through last year,” continued McConnell. “I don’t know how I could be any more clear than I have been. I’ve been saying the same thing about vaccinations all along the way.

“It is not at all unclear that the way to avoid getting back in the hospital is to get vaccinated,” he added. “I want to encourage everybody to do that and to ignore all of these other voices that are giving demonstrably bad advice.”

Hannity on his show last night: “Please take Covid seriously. I can’t say it enough. Enough people have died. We don’t need any more death. Research like crazy. Talk to your doctor… I believe in science. I believe in the science of vaccination.”

Most folks are saying yesterday’s stock market drop, based in great part in coronavirus concerns, fueled McConnell and Hannity’s pleas. Both are wealthy men, and both lost money in the market yesterday.