There are a lot of really selfish people out there.
The second daughter of DH’s relative—the smart one with 5 kids—manages a CVS. And some unmasked asshole with Covid came in and started screaming and demanding that he get a Covid test before everyone else in line. She told him to put a mask on and get to the end of the line but she thinks that’s where she got Covid. And then passed it on to everyone else where they live. At least two of them are really sick, although vaccinated (not sure about boosting.). It is not that hard to wear a mask indoors.
The other set of cousins that we visited over break also has Covid now, but it sounds like a mild case.
I think at this point the number of people IRL we know who haven’t gotten it has been smaller than those who have. Omicron doesn’t seem to have the weeks of stupid following it that alpha had, or at least not among the vaccinated. We have seen a huge gamut of reactions to the most recent wave from mild to miserable among the vaccinated and including hospitalization among the unvaccinated. So anecdotes fit the reported data. There’s also still that terrible stomach bug going around that I’m hoping to avoid.
The kids keep being exposed at school.
Mike the Mad Biologist discusses unfortunately timed “Let’s get back to normal” pieces invading everywhere. Can’t we just hold out until 0-5 kids can be vaccinated? Even then, I think about our admin’s husband who is waiting for a new pancreas and she has to protect herself so he doesn’t *die* in a building where almost nobody takes precautions and you’re not allowed to ask people’s vaccination status. And then there’s also the deeply disturbing thought behind the idea that you need to get a PCR test if you’re covid positive in case you need that as proof of long Covid in a future disability claim case. (But if we ever lose the ACA, said positive could make you uninsurable!)
If you read the Atlantic headline and decided that masks at school don’t work (even though they work elsewhere…), this reddit thread explains why the headline was inappropriate complete with links and citations.
It upsets me that a bunch of mommy bloggers have adopted the Right’s rhetoric of saying anything good that people do to help other people is “virtue signaling”. As John Scalzi says, “‘Virtue signaling’ is a phrase the dim and bigoted use when they want to discount other people expressing the idea that it would be nice if we could all be essentially and fundamentally decent to each other.”
Where is all this sudden anti-mask rhetoric coming from?:
Stirrup Queens reminds us all that school shootings are still a threat, in her post about being the emergency contact for a number of her friends (in addition to her own children) in the event of a school shooting, which yes, happened at her children’s school.
Res Cogitatae doesn’t want to fight cerberus.
Well when you put it that way
Detailed instructions on how to build a Corsi/Rosenthal Box air filter. Having been to DC2’s school, I suspect their low number of cases compared to the other schools in the area is because they are the most aired out of all of the buildings.