COVID-19 Roundup: GOP pissed off with GOP, TN does a two-step, anti-maskers assault most cancers sufferers

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Tennessee resumes some outreach to oldsters over vaccines

Two weeks in the past, Tennessee went charging back to the Middle Ages, as Republicans within the state legislature first pressured the state well being division into firing the vaccine director, and ending all vaccination occasions that have been held on college property. Despite the fact that the state supreme court docket had already dominated that minors have the proper to be vaccinated even when their dad and mom don’t approve, Tennessee made certain they didn’t get an opportunity to train that proper—by eradicating the names of everybody beneath 18 from the database on the division of well being, in order that they couldn’t be notified of any out there vaccine of their space.

All that was simply the warm-up act. Beneath strain from more and more vocal and triumphant anti-science forces, Tennessee took it a number of massive steps additional: The state stopped all outreach to kids and oldsters about vaccines. Not simply COVID-19, however measles, polio, the works. For only a second there, the forces of anti-reason had a interval of real pleasure: That they had returned the state of Tennessee again to these joyful occasions when nearly all of graves in cemeteries have been these of youngsters.

Nevertheless, with the delta variant surging and a great deal of ink spilled over the foolishness of this determination, Tennessee has determined to make an try at rejoining Crew Twenty-First Century. As The Washington Post experiences, Tennessee is restarting vaccine outreach, together with outreach to teenagers in regards to the COVID-19 vaccine. 

“We put a pause on many issues,” stated Tennessee well being commissioner Lisa Piercey, “after which we’ve got resumed all of these.” Although it appears that evidently the division is now expressly concentrating on all feedback towards dad and mom moderately than teenagers, regardless of that pesky ruling that claims teenagers have the proper to hunt vaccination on their very own. One factor Tennessee hasn’t reversed: The previous vaccine administrator continues to be fired, although she did nothing however give an correct reply when requested about entry to vaccines.

At present, lower than 39% of these over 12 have been vaccinated for COVID-19 in Tennessee.

Conservative radio host “regrets not getting the vaccine” after contracting COVID-19

Talking of Tennessee, that state is house to conservative radio pundit Phil Valentine who, as The Hill experiences, is now in an ICU, on respiration help, after coming down with COVID-19.

Valentine’s household has issued a press release saying that “Phil would love for his listeners to know that whereas he has by no means been an ‘anti-vaxer’ he regrets not being extra vehemently ‘Professional-Vaccine,’ and appears ahead to with the ability to extra vigorously advocate that place as quickly as he’s again on the air, which all of us hope can be quickly.”

Nevertheless, as The Guardian experiences, Valentine’s positions prior to now have been a bit greater than insufficiently pro-vaccine. Valentine performed up fears of volunteers going door-to-door, and “tried to attract comparisons between hospital staff who needed to point out their COVID-19 vaccination standing on their work ID badges with Jews compelled to put on yellow stars in Nazi Germany.”

And whereas Valentine has beforehand acknowledged that he’s not an anti-vaxxer, he did so in a means that was itself designed to downplay the necessity for the vaccine. “I’m simply utilizing frequent sense,” wrote Valentine in explaining why he didn’t get vaccinated. “What are my odds of getting COVID? They’re fairly low. What are my odds of dying from COVID if I do get it? In all probability means lower than 1%. I’m doing what everybody ought to do, and that’s my very own private well being danger evaluation.” 

Now he’s getting an unlucky lesson in what occurs if you attempt to play the chances moderately than taking a certain wager.

Anti-maskers assault breast most cancers affected person outdoors clinic

If there was a guidebook on How you can Make Your Unethical Motion Even Extra Despicable, one chapter may concentrate on what’s happening on the Cedars-Sinai Breast Well being Companies in West Hollywood, California. That’s the place a small group of extremist anti-maskers have chosen to arrange a protest … in opposition to the clinic’s requirement that everybody coming into put on a masks. On Thursday, that led to a confrontation with a affected person—a confrontation by which protesters ended up beating a lady being handled for breast most cancers.

The explanation that the clinic is so adamant about mask-wearing is straightforward sufficient, and apparent to everybody concerned: Most cancers sufferers, together with these present process chemotherapy, have severely compromised immune techniques. A lot of them can’t develop the required antibodies to guard themselves in opposition to a illness even if they are vaccinated. That leaves them extraordinarily weak to an infection, at a degree the place many are additionally bodily exhausted and beneath extreme stress from remedy and the most cancers itself. 

To be clear, the anti-maskers are pushing an agenda that has no rational basis within the first place. Research have discovered that mask-wearing can play a significant role in stopping the unfold of COVID-19, in addition to different illnesses. And mask-wearing is protected, even for folks undergoing intense exercise. And the anti-mask crowd has chosen to intentionally push their pro-illness agenda on people who find themselves within the midst of probably the most tough, harmful, and scary durations of their lives.

So it shouldn’t be stunning that this protest—which has gone on for days—led to angry confrontations; that features punching a cancer patient and dousing her in bear spray.

Naturally, the proper’s response to this occasion was to declare that the cancer patient was “an antifa plant” and to deny that she is undergoing cancer treatment

Sufferers going to this clinic are terrified already. By establishing their protest right here, anti-maskers know that they’ll generate anger and trigger confrontations. They’ll additionally win the award for worst folks on this planet—which they might put on proudly.

And don’t overlook …

Simply because concern of the delta variant has triggered some Republicans to momentarily snap out their anti-vax rhetoric, that doesn’t imply we don’t nonetheless have things like this.

“The Biden administration needs to knock down your door KGB-style to pressure folks to get vaccinated!” Rep. Jason T. Smith (R-Mo.) tweeted this month, distorting a brand new marketing campaign to share details about the photographs.