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 had been held on faculty property. Regardless that the state supreme courtroom had already dominated that minors have the appropriate to be vaccinated even when their mother and father don’t approve, Tennessee made positive they didn’t get an opportunity to train that proper—by eradicating the names of everybody below 18 from the database on the division of well being, in order that they couldn’t be notified of any obtainable vaccine of their space.

All that was simply the warm-up act. Below stress from more and more vocal and triumphant anti-science forces, Tennessee took it a number of large steps additional: The state stopped all outreach to kids and fogeys 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 instances when the vast majority of graves in cemeteries had been these of kids.

Nonetheless, with the delta variant surging and a great deal of ink spilled over the foolishness of this choice, Tennessee has determined to make an try at rejoining Group Twenty-First Century. As The Washington Post reviews, Tennessee is restarting vaccine outreach, together with outreach to teenagers concerning the COVID-19 vaccine. 

“We put a pause on many issues,” mentioned Tennessee well being commissioner Lisa Piercey, “after which we now have resumed all of these.” Although plainly the division is now expressly focusing on all feedback towards mother and father moderately than teenagers, regardless of that pesky ruling that claims teenagers have the appropriate 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 the moment, 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 residence to conservative radio pundit Phil Valentine who, as The Hill reviews, 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 really like 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 having the ability to extra vigorously advocate that place as quickly as he’s again on the air, which all of us hope shall be quickly.”

Nonetheless, as The Guardian reviews, Valentine’s positions previously 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 manner 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? Most likely manner lower than 1%. I’m doing what everybody ought to do, and that’s my very own private well being threat evaluation.” 

Now he’s getting an unlucky lesson in what occurs while you attempt to play the percentages moderately than taking a positive wager.

Anti-maskers assault breast most cancers affected person outdoors clinic

If there was a guidebook on The best way to Make Your Unethical Motion Even Extra Despicable, one chapter may deal with what’s happening on the Cedars-Sinai Breast Well being Providers in West Hollywood, California. That’s the place a small group of extremist anti-maskers have chosen to arrange a protest … towards the clinic’s requirement that everybody getting into put on a masks. On Thursday, that led to a confrontation with a affected person—a confrontation wherein protesters ended up beating a girl 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 methods. Lots of them can’t develop the mandatory antibodies to guard themselves towards a illness even if they are vaccinated. That leaves them extraordinarily susceptible to an infection, at a degree the place many are additionally bodily exhausted and below extreme stress from therapy 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 secure, even for individuals 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 troublesome, harmful, and scary intervals of their lives.

So it shouldn’t be shocking 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 appropriate’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 organising their protest right here, anti-maskers know that they will generate anger and trigger confrontations. They’ll additionally win the award for worst individuals on the planet—which they might put on proudly.

And don’t overlook …

Simply because worry of the delta variant has brought about 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 desires to knock down your door KGB-style to pressure individuals to get vaccinated!” Rep. Jason T. Smith (R-Mo.) tweeted this month, distorting a brand new marketing campaign to share details about the photographs.