Has any disease been as politicized as Covid-19? Aaron Rodgers, a candidate for the NFL’s MIP (Most Immunized Player), made the enemies list at The Nation. (“A voice not for the voiceless but for right-wing Twitter trolls.”Blaska: If they’re voiceless, why do they make so much noise?!)
Wearing a face mask behind the wheel of your Prius virtue signals (verb, transitive) that you’re down with the program here in the Emerald City. (Also a symptom of watching too much CNN.) If Trump recommended the vaccine, Kamala Harris said before the presidential election, then she wouldn’t take it. (Source here.) Anti-vaxxer die hards (a Christmas movie) are convinced Pfizer killed Betty White.
The fight against previous maladies united the nation. Remember sticking those coins in the March of Dimes cardboard display to fight polio? (Remember dimes?!) To our communist-lite brethren, the coronavirus is one more reason to hate on capitalism and on America — the economic system and the country that came up with a vaccine to fight an invader from communist China! (“Omnicron … yet again illustrates the blatant failings of capitalism, the state, the U.S. healthcare system, and so many other oppressive institutions.” — Madison-area Democratic Socialists of America.) Irony is not their strong suit.
Then again, everything is political in America 2022. Read Dr. Seuss to your kid and risk a visit from the county children’s welfare case worker. Do not get caught with the wrong pancake mix! Pass up the turkey, forget the cranberries, tell us about “the vicious reality behind the Thanksgiving Myth,” New York Times.
Immunize (and/or vaccinate) the herd!
Back to the Wuhan Woo Woo. Some medical experts now recommend this:
Rip off that face diaper! Get yerself a good dose of the coronavirus now!
Because the Omicron variant is proving more contagious but way less virulent, say two medical experts writing in today’s Wall Street Journal, we need get ourselves some good ol’ herd immunity:
Policies designed to slow the spread of Omicron may end up creating a super variant that is more infectious, more virulent and more resistant to vaccines. That would be a man-made disaster.
To minimize that risk, policy makers must tolerate the rapid spread of milder variants. This will require difficult trade-offs, but it will save lives in the long run. We should end mask mandates and social distancing in most settings not because they don’t slow the spread — the usual argument against such measures — but because they probably do. …
Mask mandates and social-distancing measures will have created fertile ground for new variants that evade vaccination even more effectively.
Too bad this intel didn’t come along in time to save Supervisor Jeff Wiegand’s motion to end Dane County’s face mask edict. Might have gotten him an extra vote. Or two.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: No need to thank the head groundskeeper when next you see him maskless. Even though he just saved your life.