Open Thread | COVID Is REAL. Ms. Delta Rona IS NOT PLAYING😠

I thought that my heart had been hardened, but, it still breaks. I can’t get past the numbers. 99.2% of our COVID DEAD TODAY are among the UNVACCINATED.

I can’t get past that.

‘I’m sorry, but it’s too late’: Alabama doctor on treating unvaccinated, dying COVID patients
Updated 12:19 PM; Today 7:00 AM
By Dennis Pillion |

Dr. Brytney Cobia said Monday that all but one of her COVID patients in Alabama did not receive the vaccine. The vaccinated patient, she said, just needed a little oxygen and is expected to fully recover. Some of the others are dying.

“I’m admitting young healthy people to the hospital with very serious COVID infections,” wrote 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.”

Three COVID-19 vaccines have been widely available in Alabama for months now, yet the state is last in the nation in vaccination rate, with only 33.7 percent of the population fully vaccinated. 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.

In the United States, COVID is now a pandemic of the unvaccinated, according to the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Alabama, state officials report 94% of COVID hospital patients and 96% of Alabamians who have died of COVID since April were not fully vaccinated.

“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. So they thank me and they go get the vaccine. And I go back to my office, write their death note, and say a small prayer that this loss will save more lives.”

More than 11,400 Alabamians have died of COVID so far, but midway through 2021, caring for COVID patients is a different story than it was in the beginning. Cobia said it’s different mentally and emotionally to care for someone who could have prevented their disease but chose not to.

Now, these children are left without their parents😢😢😢


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27 Responses to Open Thread | COVID Is REAL. Ms. Delta Rona IS NOT PLAYING😠

  1. rikyrah says:

    Ana Cabrera (@AnaCabrera) tweeted at 7:04 AM on Wed, Jul 28, 2021:
    NEW: Pfizer says it expects Covid-19 vaccine safety and immune data that could support emergency use authorization for children ages 5 to 11 by the end of September, and later for younger children.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Zerlina on Peacock (@ZerlinaShow) tweeted at 5:31 PM on Wed, Jul 28, 2021:
    .@ZerlinaMaxwell says @Simone_Biles is ushering in a new era for athletes everywhere.

    “Simone Biles knew she wasn’t in the right headspace to compete, keep herself safe, and perform at the level the world expects from her. She put *her* well-being above *our* expectations.”

  3. rikyrah says:

    Emily Kopp (@emilyakopp) tweeted at 3:49 PM on Wed, Jul 28, 2021:
    Things are moving fast: 800 hospitals have introduced vaccine mandates according to the American Hospitals Association

  4. rikyrah says:

    Dr. Jason Johnson (@DrJasonJohnson) tweeted at 10:52 AM on Tue, Jul 27, 2021:
    #January6th testimony is only powerful to those watching it. Right wing hosts will ignore or downplay everything from today. Given a choice between covering the attack or attacking black women like #SimoneBiles and #NaomiOsaka they’ll definitely choose the latter

  5. rikyrah says:

    John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) tweeted at 6:02 AM on Wed, Jul 28, 2021:
    “The most hardcore opponents of coronavirus vaccination — who say they’ll never get one — tend to be older, whiter and more Republican, according to Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index”

  6. rikyrah says:

    Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) tweeted at 9:36 PM on Tue, Jul 27, 2021:
    Holy shit!

    Michael Fanone shared with CNN a deranged voice mail that he received during his testimony today.

    “You’re a punk f*ggot, you’re a lying fuck! … too bad they didn’t beat the shit out of you more. You’re a piece of shit!”

    This is demented and despicable!

  7. rikyrah says:

    braieswann (@ayybraiebraie) tweeted at 3:26 PM on Tue, Jul 27, 2021:
    If Tom Brady has an off day, he throws a pick. If a gymnast has an off day, we leave on a stretcher. We are not the same.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Qondi 💛 🐝 🇺🇸🇿🇦🇿🇼 (@QondiNtini) tweeted at 11:59 PM on Tue, Jul 27, 2021:
    If you see one of your Twitter friends denigrating Simone Biles today, do not give them the benefit of the doubt. Unfollow them immediately because that is their general disposition towards Black women. Bet on it. The BLM or 🐝 in their profile is a performative lie.

  9. rikyrah says:

    PhDeezNutz (@D4Real8645) tweeted at 0:50 AM on Wed, Jul 28, 2021:
    One of the biggest mistakes the government of the United States ever made was not hanging every single confederate officer and general for treason.
    It would’ve sent a message.
    But they didn’t because they didn’t want to hurt racist white feelings, and now look at where we are.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Helen Branswell (@HelenBranswell) tweeted at 10:39 AM on Tue, Jul 27, 2021:
    With the Delta variant, #Covid19 upped its game. Sounds like we’re going to have to up ours. @DrewQJoseph reports.

  11. rikyrah says:


    Enjoy your best life.


    Obama setting up big bash to celebrate his 60th

    Former President Barack Obama is planning a big bash for his 60th birthday in Martha’s Vineyard, sources tell The Hill.

    The former president, who has spent recent weeks at his home on the posh island, is expected to be joined by dozens of friends at his oceanside abode, set on nearly 30 acres.

    “It’s going to be big,” said one source.

    It’s unclear who will be in attendance but one source said many A-listers and friends of the Obamas, including Oprah Winfrey and George Clooney, scored invites.

    Guests are being asked to have a COVID-19 test before attending the soiree at the seven-bedroom, nearly 7,000-foot mansion the Obamas purchased for $11.75 million in 2019.

    Obama turns 60 on August 4th.

    The former president has a history of celebrating large milestone birthdays. When he turned 50 in 2011, he hosted a coterie of guests at the White House to celebrate, including musicians Jay-Z and Stevie Wonder, actor Tom Hanks, comedian Chris Rock and basketball legends Charles Barkley and Grant Hill.

    The party — which featured performances in the East Room by the likes of Ledisi, Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder — was said to carry into the following day with guests eating barbecue and dancing.

    Obama’s spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Jason Koebler (@jason_koebler) tweeted at 9:09 AM on Mon, Jul 26, 2021:
    SCOOP: Police all over America are regularly asking Shotspotter, the AI-powered microphones that “detect gunshots” to fabricate gunshots from thin air for court proceedings, according to court records we obtained. This is horrifying and nuts

  13. rikyrah says:

    Yeah, I noticed that too:

    Post-Moderna Man (@OpnMndExtLeft) tweeted at 9:00 AM on Mon, Jul 26, 2021:
    Fascinating how much unsolicited advice white people have for Black people who want to stop being brutalized by police.

    Nothing but shoulder shrugs and “what can ya do’s” for their fellow white people endangering others by refusing to get a vaccine though.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Kymberlyn Reed, Faerie Gothmother of Metal😷🏳️‍🌈 (@FountainPenDiva) tweeted at 6:02 PM on Mon, Jul 26, 2021:
    I see white women are white womening again over the @VP being a mom that isn’t their definition of “mom”.

    Why don’t they just say it: they’re angry that a brilliant Black/Indian woman is in a position of power and prestige.

    I can see their envy from a mile away.

  15. rikyrah says:

    UH HUH
    UH HUH

    Pragmatic Obots (@PragmaticObot) tweeted at 3:24 PM on Mon, Jul 26, 2021:
    AOC all but said she plans to use Nina Turner as her pit bull. She needs Nina Turner to be the loud brash foil for the media while she gets to play the sweet gentile cutesy one. It’s sad to watch.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) tweeted at 7:00 AM on Tue, Jul 27, 2021:
    Joe Biden’s approval rating hasn’t moved in six months.

    It’s been the most stable for any president since the end of World War II.

  17. rikyrah says:

    Richard Signorelli (@richsignorelli) tweeted at 8:14 AM on Mon, Jul 26, 2021:
    Evidence against Barrack appears overwhelming. He has one viable option to avoid a fed prison sentence of at least several yrs: cooperate. Assuming rationality, this is what he will do. He already got a nightmarish taste of incarceration. He does not want to go back.

  18. rikyrah says:

    This breaks my heart. This should not have been her burden to shoulder.

    Jules Amin (@jules_amin) tweeted at 10:02 PM on Sun, Jul 25, 2021:
    I can’t stop thinking about how Simone Biles said that part of why she didn’t retire is bc she worried that if she did, as the only survivor of Larry Nassar’s abuse who is still an active elite gymnast, it would make accountability for USAG less likely

  19. rikyrah says:

    Kate Sullivan (@KateSullivanDC) tweeted at 1:32 PM on Mon, Jul 26, 2021:
    The Department of Veterans Affairs will require many of its frontline health workers to be vaccinated, VA Secretary Denis McDonough announced today. It’s the first area of the federal government to require shots among some of its workers.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Coming to a Government Employer Near You. 

    That’s right…bring down the hammer. 

    The Associated Press (@AP) tweeted at 1:00 PM on Mon, Jul 26, 2021:
    BREAKING: California will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or weekly testing for all state workers and health care employees.
    New York City also says it will require its municipal workers to get vaccinated or face weekly COVID-19 tests.

  21. rikyrah says:

    Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) tweeted at 9:08 AM on Mon, Jul 26, 2021:
    One added element @joshtpm gets at: vaccine resistance/hesitancy is overwhelmingly concentrated in younger age groups. ~90% of seniors have at least one shot and they’re the most reliable voters. So setting aside the health implications, anti-vax talk targets most marginal voters

  22. rikyrah says:

    Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) tweeted at 9:03 AM on Mon, Jul 26, 2021:
    Trump strongly implied to supporters this month that it will hurt Biden politically if they don’t get vaccinated. But many R’s see other side of it: Getting branded the anti-vax party leaves them vulnerable to backlash from ~70% of adults who already are

  23. rikyrah says:


    T.Biggs (@TBiggsTequila) tweeted at 8:21 AM on Sun, Jul 25, 2021:
    Today is Emmett Till’s 80th birthday. When I look at this photo, I see the hope of a teen, that was extinguished by hate.

    A thread.
    (After yesterday, I mean this, don’t jump in the mentions with nonsense, it will not end well)

  24. rikyrah says:

    Agathe de Lili (@AgathedeLili) tweeted at 7:40 PM on Sun, Jul 25, 2021:
    The things Lilibet Diana will read about her birth, when she grows up, are heartbreaking. Royals are so emotionally empty… !
    According to Chris Ship, they are making a point by rejecting a baby & being racist: “It does feel like to me, maybe, they are making a point.”

    • eliihass says:

      This is one of the worst of those malevolent ‘squaddies’ who had absolutely no qualms going on a rampage on twitter, attacking and smearing the Obamas …and trash-speculating about the Obama daughters… simply because the Obamas did not attack the Queen’s dead husband, and Mrs Obama did not jump into a public mud fight on behalf of an unabashed Ivanka Trump groupie..

      F*ck all these completely self-unaware, shortsighted, hollow, armchair-Twitter faux race toy soldiers..

      These shenanigans would be quite amusing, if it weren’t all so malignant and seriously damaging for the long-term..

  25. rikyrah says:

    PhDeezNutz (@D4Real8645) tweeted at 6:51 PM on Sun, Jul 25, 2021:
    Their hate outweighs common sense. They didn’t think straight ppl would get AIDS; they didn’t think white people would smoke crack; they figured COVID would only kill blue states.

  26. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning Everyone 😊😊😊

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