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    The new COVID thread

    I thought those of us who wanted to continue the discussion about the worst pandemic in 100 years could do so here without having to wade through so much nonsense.

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    Local leaders and school officials beginning to defy the inexplicable "you shall not mask" mandates passed by governors in Texas and Florida. It's hard to imagine that defunding school districts or seizing teacher salaries is constitutional to begin with, but that's the new GOP I guess.

    Edit: The Biden administration has pledged to pay the salaries of any person who gets their paycheck revoked by DeSantis for requiring masks.

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    "Doctor" Rand Paul kicked off YouTube for spreading COVID disinformation. Marjorie Taylor Qreen kicked off Twitter for the same. Still hard for me to see the end game in encouraging your base to die.

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    Suggestion: Call it the "New and Improved COVID thread." People sometimes fear newness, but they like improvements, so you can definitely rope more people in that way.

    I mean if you're walking down the street and there's a "New" store right next to a "New and Improved" store, which one are you going into? I know my choice.

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    The Variant Thread has a nice ring to it.
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    This variant of the original thread will hopefully remain on topic.

    I was at a family wedding reception in Indiana this past weekend. It was a interesting experience. I have one aunt and uncle that are un-vaxxed. At every family function, they were at the end of the table, isolated. My cousins and myself avoided them like the plague. The reception was easily 200 people in a closed room. While I had some hesitancy, people were respectful and masked up when asked.

    Delta is going to be an issue for my work with seniors in the coming weeks, as we are starting to go back to COVID protocols. I'm hopeful it doesn't get worse, but I'm anticipating it will.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bene Futuis View Post
    "Doctor" Rand Paul kicked off YouTube for spreading COVID disinformation. Marjorie Taylor Qreen kicked off Twitter for the same. Still hard for me to see the end game in encouraging your base to die.
    Based on the data I'm seeing - and most of what I have is from a very left-leaning site - the meme about most of those who aren't vaccinated being mouth-breathing white MAGA voters sure appears very untrue. They're certainly the loudest - that I won't argue - but the percentages of minorities who are not vaccinated is very high in some cases, and I'd venture the number of younger people who are unvaccinated leans liberal. And I was surprised at the number of younger adult age groups that's unvaccinated.
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    I was at the Mets game last night and I was very curious as to what the mask situation would be. I wore mine most of the time other than eating/drinking, as did my 8-year old. I would say it was about 1/3 of the crowd which was masked. All/most of the staff had masks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chancellor View Post
    Based on the data I'm seeing - and most of what I have is from a very left-leaning site - the meme about most of those who aren't vaccinated being mouth-breathing white MAGA voters sure appears very untrue. They're certainly the loudest - that I won't argue - but the percentages of minorities who are not vaccinated is very high in some cases, and I'd venture the number of younger people who are unvaccinated leans liberal. And I was surprised at the number of younger adult age groups that's unvaccinated.
    I don't doubt that's true (but would like to verify!) but a very big difference is that prominent leaders on the left are not publicly espousing anti-vaxx rhetoric.

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    My son's school is 100% mask mandated. Still nervous about his first day! By way of comparison, my sister-in-law's daughter just started kindergarten in Arizona, where there is another one of those unconscionable mask bans, and her daughter and one other kid are the only ones with masks.

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