Open Thread | Update on COVID

I want folks to be absolutely clear about this. We, as a country, haven’t turned a real corner on COVID, because the Republicans have chosen to support the spread of COVID and the Prolonging of this pandemic in over to score political points against President Biden.

There is absolutely nothing that the Republican Party has done that hasn’t contributed to the prolonging of this pandemic.

Godspeed, Missouri.


Should be expanded to every state.

Thread on Cousin Omicron

Go Ghana!

I have long thought that this pandemic is going to devastate the medical field. In the beginning, we were losing healthcare workers because they were catching COVID. Now, we are losing them because they cannot take the continued working on people who shouldn’t even be in the hospital and wouldn’t be if they had taken a FREE VACCINE.

Here is the story of one such doctor:

My career of treating patients has ended

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After more than three decades as a physician, the Q maniacs have succeeded in driving me out of providing care to patients. I, like many of my colleagues, am moving into medically-adjacent work, where we can continue to apply our training and decades off knowledge without ever having to come in contact with sick people.

I’ve been able to deal with the years of patients who attended Google Medical School, and the hours wasted explaining things such as why cinnamon cannot be used to treat diabetes, or that garlic and beetroot can’t treat HIV. And Lord save me from essential oils.

COVID and Q finally proved to be the one of amateur “experts” that was too much for me. The horrific deaths are beyond what you might imagine. They emerge almost unrecognizable to their families. Since June, I have never seen a horrible case of someone who was vaccinated. I have seen people struggling to breathe through lungs that have hardened to near uselessness, begging us in their ignorance to give them the vaccine now. We can tell, almost without fail, which ones will die when they come through the door of the ICU, but we do everything in our power to keep them alive – BIPAP, ECMO, ventilator – knowing we are stretching out the inevitable. We use paralytics with ECMO and ventilators, then ease them off to see if they can function. And as the drugs wane, the look of terror emerges, the tears. We try to calm them, to swallow our desire to scream at them: This is your fault! This didn’t have to happen! Often, their spouse or their uncle or neighbor is nearby, dying along with them. And we work hard for those rare cases where we can pull them back from the edge.

I could deal with all of that. What I can no longer handle is the screaming, not from the patients, but from the families. They are not screaming in anguish, or in recognition of how their foolishness has led them to this point. No, they are screaming at me. Because, you see, I am part of the global conspiracy to commit genocide. If only I would give 10,000 mg of Vitamin C – even though the body can only absorb a maximum of 100 mg a day, with the rest creating the world’s most expensive urine – they would be saved. Or hydroxychloroquine. Or ivermectin. Those have never been studied, they assure me, and when I tell them they have been, they snap that I don’t know what I’m talking about. I want, oh god I want, to tell them that if we are the ones responsible for killing their loved ones, then why the hell have they brought them to the hospital? Why throw them into our clutches? I know the answer: They know it is all lies. But their egos are so huge they cant bring themselves to admit it.

My breaking point came three weeks ago. I dealt with a particularly horrible case. This was a husband and father, 38 years old. A wife, two daughters, one son. All of age to get vaccinated, none vaccinated. If you could have seen his face, and the ravages left by both COVID and the time he spent prone on his stomach. An enormous clot kept reforming in his leg, and we had been forced to amputate his foot in hopes of keeping him alive. When he was awake, the look of terror in his eyes, the crying, the pain. It was nothing new. But the begging, over and over, “Don’t let me die.” And “Give me the vaccine.” All I could tell him is “We won’t let you” – although I never said we might not have any choice in the matter. And I told him, repeatedly, it was too late for the vaccine.

He begged me to bring in his family. A nurse called them, because they had never come to the hospital. They refused to wear masks, and so would not be admitted. The nurse told the wife that her husband was likely dying, and was begging to see them. All she cared about was masks. She would only come if she and her daughters didn’t have to wear any.

Go read the rest of it. It ends horribly. The selfishness of not being willing to wear a mask to say goodbye to a loved one.

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10 Responses to Open Thread | Update on COVID

  1. rikyrah says:

    The Hill (@thehill) tweeted at 6:46 AM on Fri, Dec 17, 2021:
    Omicon infects 70 times faster than previous COVID strains: study

  2. rikyrah says:

    We have got to make this muthaphucka irrelevant come November 2022

    Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) tweeted at 6:25 AM on Fri, Dec 17, 2021:
    Manchin’s hard line sets up a Hunger Games competition for Democratic priorities:
    *Shrink the child tax credit or jettison most of the rest of BBB, or some combo?
    *Will they keep SALT for wealthy people while shrinking benefits for middle class & poor?

  3. rikyrah says:

    This trifling trick 😡
    Burgess Everett (@burgessev) tweeted at 4:56 PM on Wed, Dec 15, 2021:
    “Senator Sinema has asked those who want to weaken or eliminate the filibuster to pass voting rights legislation which she supports if it would be good for our country to do so,” spokesman says. Warns GOP could reverse, pass national voter ID, restrictions on mail voting

  4. rikyrah says:

    Stef Kight (@StefWKight) tweeted at 7:51 PM on Wed, Dec 15, 2021:
    DHS has increasingly relied on alternatives to detention — such as ankle bracelets & traceable cellphones — to keep track of migrants who illegally cross the border & are then released into the US

    On Mon. there were nearly 150k migrants in such programs

  5. rikyrah says:

    Axios (@axios) tweeted at 7:53 PM on Wed, Dec 15, 2021:
    SCOOP: The Biden administration is ending the practice of holding undocumented migrant families in detention centers, turning to remote tracking technology as alternatives.

    As of Friday, the U.S. had zero migrant families in detention facilities.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Axios (@axios) tweeted at 3:34 PM on Wed, Dec 15, 2021:
    Americans spent more than $4.1T on health care in 2020 — a near 10% increase from 2019 — in a spending surge that was due almost entirely to the influx of federal funding that went toward stabilizing the health care system during the pandemic.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Reuters (@Reuters) tweeted at 11:40 PM on Wed, Dec 15, 2021:
    ‘Don’t hesitate to ask for anything,’ President Joe Biden said as he toured through the battered remains of two Kentucky cities to get a first-hand view of the destruction wrought by one of the deadliest tornado outbreaks in recent U.S. history

  8. rikyrah says:


    David Waldman-1, of Yorktown LLC™ (@KagroX) tweeted at 0:53 AM on Thu, Dec 16, 2021:
    Another thing about all these texts to Mark Meadows: Why did all these people think the president’s Chief of Staff would be available to converse with them during what SHOULD have been an all-out, White House emergency bunker event?

    But of course, he was. And we know why.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Yes 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

    United for THEE People (@people4kam) tweeted at 7:07 PM on Wed, Dec 15, 2021:
    NEWS: Jeff Jackson will drop out of the North Carolina Senate race tomorrow, clearing the way for Cheri Beasley to become the presumptive Democratic nominee.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning Everyone 😊😊😊

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