Rip that face mask off for our own good!

Gesundheit!

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.

March of Dimes polio donation campaign

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.

Old Edison Movie, the Sneeze

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 LineNo need to thank the head groundskeeper when next you see him maskless. Even though he just saved your life.

Who will YOU sneeze on today?

About David Blaska

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29 Responses to Rip that face mask off for our own good!

  1. Eric Z says:

    I’ve been saying since omicron came on the scene that the best thing might be for it to burn through the whole country. Really surprised Madison schools went back to classes this week. I figured they would be out till quarter four. Something must’ve got into the water. At any rate I’m sure Parisi and his minions will have Dane county wearing masks through 2064 if they have their way.

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  2. One eye says:

    I’ve been drinking sterno to prep for the Andromeda variant.

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  3. steve says:

    “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.” Someone please tell us when this ever happened, then look into how such policies effectively limited the Spanish flu, measles, polio, etc.

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  4. David Gerard says:

    Combining your thoughts with Ron Johnson, I got the Republican platform on Covid.

    * End face mask edict

    * Use Listerine every day

    * Emphazie treatment with hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin

    * Don’t get the vaccine since fully vaccinated individuals can catch and transmit Covid.

    You remind me of all the male prostitutes in New York and San Francisco in the 1980’s. They were told wear a condom and you will not get AIDS. The ones who didn’t all died.

    Your understanding of risk-reward is flawed. “This will require difficult trade-offs, but it will save lives in the long run,” can not be proven. You are taking a big risk.

    You may want to do some investigative reporting and visit the emergency room at UW Hospital. It is there that you will see dozens of people in the parking lot because the waiting room is not socially distanced and jammed with sick people from all over the state. Then take a walk to the loading dock where five covid patients a day are put in body bags awaiting transfer to funeral homes. Ther all unvaccinated and all Trump voters.

    On the bright side, Roy Cohn, the modern founder of the Republican Party (and a man who refused to wear a condom), would be proud of you.

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    • sentient7 says:

      Do those with the first name of Dave all fail logic so acutely?
      Fact: cloth face masks do not protect those who wear them, virtue-signaling notwithstanding. Dr. Robert Redman and others affirm
      Fact: corpses on the UW loading dock? “…all unvaccinated and all Trump voters.” < your claim for that statement? How do you know for whom they voted? Maybe a few are students of VP Harris — who proclaimed she would avoid a vaccine created during the Trump administration?
      Listerine as ineffective? Another of your lies. see Meyers C, Robison R, Milici J, et al. Lowering the Transmission and Spread of Human
      Coronavirus. J Med Virol. 2021;93:1605–1612.
      https://doi.org/10.1002/jmv.26514
      Yes, those post-vaccination can contract and spread virus. Testimony of Pfizer CEO before Congress, today.
      Yes, Doctors who used the FLCCC protocol of Ivermectin, early in the onset of Covid, along with other ingredients, have achieved success.

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      • David Gerard says:

        Masks are not designed to protect those who wear them (except N-95’s). There designed to prevent individuals from spreading disease.

        How do I know for whom they voted? Since May 2021, people living in counties that voted heavily for Donald Trump during the last presidential election have been nearly three times as likely to die from COVID-19 as those who live in areas that went for now-President Biden. see attached
        https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2021/12/05/1059828993/data-vaccine-misinformation-trump-counties-covid-death-rate

        If you have a Trump bumper sticker on your car that’s an indication.

        Listerine tells me it has no evidence it works. “We are aware of several ongoing, independent clinical trials where LISTERINE® is being assessed in patients with COVID-19. However, the current available data is not sufficient to support a conclusion that the use of LISTERINE® mouthwash is helpful against the COVID-19 virus.” And, by the way, if it did work how do you blow it up your nose and eyes, the two areas where the virus penetrates?

        You say “Yes, Doctors who used the FLCCC protocol of Ivermectin, early in the onset of Covid, along with other ingredients, have achieved success.” Currently available data do not show ivermectin is effective against COVID-19. Clinical trials assessing ivermectin tablets for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19 in people are ongoing. I don’t know what achieved success means or how it’s measured.

        You’re full of dangerous misinformation that, if acted on, could kill people.

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        • sentient7 says:

          In reverse order.
          Listerine —> their assertion is, as you fail to recognize, BIASED. They seek to avoid all litigation. That is why I cited a scientific study which you rejected, based only upon corporate bias, not science or unbiased research!!! I doubt you would attest to claims that sulfide mining was safe because of claims by Anaconda! Duh.
          2. I don’t have a Trump bumper sticker. He is uncouth, but he beats Brandon by all comparative metrics, including self-dealing, dishonesty, and corruption.
          3. NPR reference? Get serious. They’re more biased than The American Way. Regardless, all dead souls on the loading dock and their voting behavior? No necessary relationship to you stereotype about association………which is NOT empirical causation! Back to logic school.
          4. Masks? Choke on yours. If you are not infected, you are not spreading, so no need for a mask.
          5. Dangerous misinformation? BS. CDC has a record of misinformation. They have been and continue to be dangerous for not seeking therapeutic courses of action through tunnel vision of vaccines that have failed! Where has CDC conducted studies of Ivermectin, Hydroxychloroquine that prove advocates are wrong?
          Are you in sales for Pfizer or for Tommy T?

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    • richard lesiak says:

      Don’t forget that idiot in Fld who let a million test kits rot in a warehouse.

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      • Balboa says:

        or the Idiot that sent thousands people to certain death in New York State.. Idiocy takes place on all sides of the aisle all the time. How many times did we here from the POTUS Candidate
        that during election runup that they would not take the vaccine if Trump endorsed it, well he endorsed it the entire time. So did you follow Harris and not get the vaccine!!!!!!

        Whom did not order more tests for the last year until it was too late, lots of mismanagement to go around. Take a step back and realize that neither administration ever new what the hell they were doing with Covid or anything else for that matter.
        The difference is the all knowing, all seeing, omnipotent Biden Administration were setup to succeed more so by using the tools the previous administration setup on all things Covid and they failed and failed miserably on every level. Instead of embracing, states that are successful some run by prominent Republicans they would rather choose to burn all bridges. Florida and Texas 2 states where they have managed case loads with great success. I mean seriously if you want to talk about letting PPE and Ventilators rot please go back to when this all started, we had almost no PPE and Ventilators that worked because of previously mismanagment administratively. so 250,000 deaths means Trump should not be president but 800,000 means oh heck yeah you should be put on mount Rushmore. Give it a Break and go get your shinebox!

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  5. AdamC says:

    Dane County has been under a mask mandate for the better part of 2 years. Up to 90% of the county is vaccinated. Yet our caseload is the highest ever and the hospitals say they are almost full.

    As we approach the start of Year 3 of this “emergency” I want to know when the supposedly educated residents of Dane County might wake the F up and start questioning the “experts.” Their “emergency policies” do not seem to be working as we go into Year 3.

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    • David Gerard says:

      80% of Dane county is vaccinated. 62% of the state is vaccinated.

      UW Hospital is a statewide facility. The people dying are from out of county, unvaccinated and Trump supporters.

      The policies (vaccination) work. If you choose not to follow them, you put yourself and others at risk. Your body, your choice.

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      • WashCoRepub says:

        Hey David, what percentage of African-Americans are vaccinated? Just curious. I don’t hear that statistic cited very often.

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      • Michael Leger says:

        Fact checks –
        Africa has 12.5% of the global population. They have 4% of the total deaths, and those deaths do not distinguish between from or with covid. They also have a 6% vaccination rate. Why is our death rate so much higher?

        Uttar Pradesh, a poor state in India, per capita GDP of US $3400 with about 3/4ths of the population of the US and a vaccination rate (very optimistically) of 20%. They have 22,000 deaths. Maybe we should have actively pursued early treatment protocols like they did. 100,000s of Americans lives might have been saved.

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  6. Bill Cleary says:

    David,

    You stated that “The people dying are from out of the county, unvaccinated and Trump supporters.”

    Site your source documentation for that statement.

    I work for a health care organization in Dane County. We just were told that despite the high number of people in Dane County who have both shots or just one shot, despite the mask mandate, the number of people testing positive for covid is 1 in every 5 people.

    The President of Mexico came out this morning and said that despite the fact that he had both shots, he has had covid twice.

    I’m not saying that you shouldn’t have the shots or wear a mask but I am saying that there is no proof that doing so will protect you from getting covid. It may help you get better faster, but there is no guarantee of that.

    Also, we are not told of how many of those people that are hospitalized who have covid, have underlying health conditions like morbid obesity, heart conditions, people that are over the age of 70 and so on. The young and healthy are not affected by this as much as the old and those with co-morbidity issues.

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    • David Gerard says:

      “The people dying are from out of the county, unvaccinated and Trump supporters.”

      My source – doctors and nurses at UW.

      In addition – “People not fully vaccinated were hospitalized with COVID-19 at a rate nearly 11 times higher than people who were fully vaccinated, according to DHS. As of Dec. 15, the latest data available, 17.1 per 100,000 people vaccinated were hospitalized with COVID-19 compared to 184 per 100,000 unvaccinated people with COVID-19.

      People not fully vaccinated contracted COVID-19 at a rate of about 4.6 times higher than people who were fully vaccinated, according to DHS. Also, as of Dec. 15, the latest data available show 722.5 per 100,000 people vaccinated tested positive for COVID-19 compared to 3,348.2 per 100,000 unvaccinated people.” https://www.wpr.org/wisconsin-hospitals-are-overwhelmed-unvaccinated-covid-19-patients-some-clinics-are-closing-help

      You say “the number of people testing positive for covid is 1 in every 5 people.” You don’t measure severity or hospitalizations.

      You need to review your notes from your epi and chemistry classes.

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      • Sheppy says:

        I’ve never been asked who I voted for by a doctor or nurse, when did that become part of the admissions process? I know at least 30 non-vaccinated people that voted for Uncle Joe and were proud of it at the time. Your source(s) are unreliable.

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  7. richard lesiak says:

    Dave. You’re going about this all wrong. Instead of telling people about masks you need to develop a therapy that folks can use. Chris Key is promoting that people drink their own urine. According to his website “Vaccine Police” he has collected 175,000 in donations so far. My idea is to have people put their own poop inside their shoes. During the course of the day it will be absorbed threw to skin and thus protect them from Covid. I will be sending details of my new website which will contain all the info you need to make a donation. No amount is too small. I currently have indorsements from Ron Johnson and Rand Paul. Hopefully I will have your support as well.

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  8. richard lesiak says:

    Well now….talk about ripping off the mask. A judge ordered Vos to sit for a deposition on this Gableman snipe hunt. Vos has a taxpayer financed staff lawyer? WTF. 680,000 dollars is what they admit too; how much hidden expense is there? Good times are a comin’ boys.

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  9. David Gerard says:

    Sentient 7,

    Sometimes I feel like that guy at the Jimmy Jones death ceremony who whispered to his friends “Don’t drink the kool-aid.”

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    • sentient7 says:

      Yes… You’ve made a profound observation — Madison IS the kool-aid capital of Wisconsin and most residents have been drinking it for years. Maybe a little self-awareness from an UN-Woke former resident (moi) might help you. I am a liberal missionary to those who have difficulty with the Liberal Tonic of Madison’s Water Utility — address your concern about poison here -> https://www.cityofmadison.com/reportaproblem/water.cfm

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  10. One eye says:

    I follow CDC guidelines because if I don`t like them I can just wait a day or two and they’ll change.

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  11. Michael Leger says:

    The hysteria over the virus/masks/mandatory vaccination extends all the way to the SCOTUS. Listen to the oral arguments for the OSHA suit. I think Sottomayor has been drinking the dietetic kool-aid.

    Everyone will get omigod or the next variants eventually. Protect those with weak immune systems. Follow the now well-established protocols for early treatment. Let’s move on.

    DHS has no transparency on their numbers, for example what are the cycle threshold(s) in use at the various testing agencies? How are they distinguishing between with covid and from covid? How about some solid all-cause mortality numbers for 2020 with the raw data?

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    • AdamC says:

      They are frantically trying to change the narrative because it the looming midterms. NOW you have “public health experts” (sic) saying hospitalized people are there for a bunch of different reasons other than Covid except they just happen to test positive and “let’s change the numbers so Biden doesn’t get tagged with ‘mass murderer’ like we did to Biden. NOW they are reducing quarantine timeframes. NOW they are minimizing the fear and hysteria-based “concerns” they whipped up for the last 2 years. NOW they say the case numbers don’t matter.

      NOW the Pfizer officials are saying their double shot is not really that effective after touting 100% last year.

      Just look at the liberal/progressive political spin being spewed in the comments here. Apparently Dane County hospital intake processes now include cross-checking political affiliation if you are to believe the anonymous doctors and nurses being cited…. that all of the Dane County cases and hospitalizations are Trump supporters from outside of the county is a brazen LIE spread by hate-filled “progressives” who once not long ago used to B.S. about “compassion” and “values” but now are enjoying dancing on graves and rejoicing in others’ misery. SICK SICK SICK to the core, that’s what they are. Possessed by progressive demons is what they are.

      I know for a fact there are people locally and nationally who ARE triple-vaccinated and have gotten Covid, some of them have moderate to severe symptoms and some have even ended up in hospital and even died. They include Biden supporters.

      I haven’t gloated once that thrice-vaccinated, masked Biden voters have been infected and ended up in hospital or morgue.

      The “experts” have been wrong over and over and over. Only the liberal Dane Co. “Educated beyond their intelligence” class sitting at home “working” (checking email and picking their @sses on Zoom meetings) are incapable or unwilling to ask a few hard questions. After all this is a midterm year.

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      • David Gerard says:

        I assume you are talking about me when you say “Just look at the liberal/progressive political spin being spewed in the comments here.” I’m an Edmund Burke conservative, and you, being a Wisconsin high school graduate, probably don’t understand what that means.

        I think we need to make this upcoming election a referendum on listerine. Just think, if you are right, you could eliminate AIDS as a disease. Maybe Ron Johnson’s office could put together a video and show how it’s done. Or maybe you could do some research yourself.

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  12. jimydandy says:

    Slow Joe said if you got the jab you wouldn’t get sick. Just like Maury says, :That was a lie”. Fashion cloth masks were a joke. Remember spraying your mail with Lysol? That was a lie.Goebbels would be proud. If it bleeds it leads. The Shanghai sniffles will go away when it is no longer profitable by the media hucksters. Where’s those flu numbers? Seems we eradicated the regular flu like polio.

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  13. David Gerard says:

    Remember, use that listerine on all of your orifices, including your mouth, eyes, nasal passages, and, if you engage in unsafe sex, well you know where.

    There used to be a time when conservatives loved masks. What happened?

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    • AdamC says:

      Fauci was pushing masks and social distancing to combat the AIDS virus in the 1980’s! Duh! You can look it up if you don’t believe me.

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