So far, the Omnicron variant has proven to be a very mild one and hospitals in Africa and Europe are not being overrun with Omnicron patients. As for the US, Delta is still the variant and cases are on the rise (though Covid related deaths are only rising in Europe). Last time I checked, Biden has said that his administration will concentrate on vaccines and boosters for Americans that want them over new lockdowns. I have come to the conclusion that the remaining holdouts and hard core anti vaxxers will either get vaxxed or get sick. The rest of us will take steps to protect ourselves and keep living our lives and getting through this. We are not back at square one people! There are more Americans vaxxed than unvaxxed (it’s just that the ones who pitch a hissy over vaccines that get the attention) and well over 55 million joined the ranks of the vaxxed when Delta started raging and they saw their unvaxxed loved ones falling ill. We are getting better at treating those that DO fall seriously ill from Covid and new treatments are still coming out. Take heart, keep calm and carry on. All we can control is ourselves.
I am not crafty by any means! That said, I do love going to the downtown (DC) Christmas Market near the American History Museum/National Portrait Gallery. I have gotten some really nice stuff and have been helping local businesses. This year I intend to stay local as much as possible. I hope everyone has a happy and healthy Christmas and New Years and that 2022 sees us finally moving past this Covid mess.
You can’t fix stupid – Ron White
A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still getting its boots on – Mark Twain
That is getting really annoying. Saying “Let’s go Brandon” as a family friendly way of saying “F Joe Biden”.
The last shutdown happened because Donald Trump wanted funding for his big beautiful wall! And when the Democratic House Majority and Senate Minority wouldn’t play ball, he caused the longest government shutdown in recent history and was finally forced to play ball with the Democrats. Trump showed yet again he was more of a bully than a dictator and like most bullies when enough people stood up to him he backed off.
And, unlike the Delta and Omnicron (formerly the Nu) variants, the gun violence virus certainly isn’t a rookie! As long as guns in general (and assault weapons better suited to military use in particular) are so damn easy to get, this virus sadly will continue to rage.
Fauci isn’t perfect, none of us are. But he has been following this virus as it adapted and evolved during the past few years and (especially during the Trump years) has been the grownup in the room. So far, this Omnicron variant has been shown in Africa and Europe to be a very mild one (with no reports so far of people with this variant having difficulty breathing or losing their sense of smell and/or taste). Although we still don’t know everything about it. But, so far, I think Biden and his administration are right to emphasize vaccines and boosters over new lockdowns. I also think we should do what we can to vaccinate Africa (currently the least vaccinated continent). As Biden said months ago, “We can’t get back to normal until the rest of the world does”. As for here, I believe that the remaining vax holdouts will either get vaxxed or get sick and they’re basically hurting themselves. Most of us are doing the right thing (getting vaxxed/boosted, etc.) it’s just the ones that don’t that get the attention.
Six of one, half a dozen of the other. If you’d look closely, you can see the ghost of Charles Darwin telling the vaxxed majority, “I’ll take it from here”.
We need single payer health care in this country! And it should include dental care, eye care and (yes) maternal care. For all the ranting about “Obamacare”, we still remain the only country in the industrialized world that does not provide guaranteed health care for its citizens. Particularly the working poor and less affluent people of color.