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Political polarization is literally killing us

By Kerry Drake, WyoFile

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During the normal year, you can’t keep me from the Joe Bonamasa concert at the Cian Civic Center. How often does one of the world’s leading Blues rock guitars play the capital?

Of course, this is not a normal year. Thanks to Delta alternatives, COVID-19 is on the rise again in Vyoming and the United States. And even though I get vaccinated, it seems foolish to rush into the indoor venue with a lot of masked, unvaccinated music fans.

In February, I jumped on the first opportunity to get the vaccine in Chayen. Since more than 400,000 Americans have already died from COVID-19, I expected most to do so.

Instead, vaccines have changed politically, with red badges and blue brand loyalty. As a result, the state of Equality ranks 48th in the nation with only 36% of all vaccines since August 5, and an unknown number of our neighbors are suffering from unnecessary illness – political defeat in another victorious war.

At first, I felt very protected by the vaccine. Now, as an alternative to the Delta and my community is willing to serve as a reservoir for him, I return to wearing the mask.

Delta alternatives, now the main tension in Wyoming has changed everything. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a fully vaccinated person can still catch and transmit the coronavirus. Vaccination, however, still protects against serious illness or hospitalization.

“We are very concerned. Delta alternatives have really changed the COVID battle we have in our hands, ”Wyoming State Health Officer and Epidemiologist Dr. Alexandria Harist said in a press release last week. Unfortunately, Wyoming’s low immunization rates make our state vulnerable to this highly contagious alternative.

The Wyoming Department of Health strongly recommends that residents be vaccinated. Between May 1 and July 28, more than 5,000 cases of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases were not fully vaccinated.

Given all the evidence to support the vaccine, I wondered if some of my family members or friends who were resistant to the vaccine might have changed their minds. I had a receptionist on the record who asked me to talk about it.

Cheyenne Barb Cummins has been a friend for over 30 years. She refused to take the vaccine when it was available, and I have been worried about her health ever since. Fortunately, Kummis did not get sick, and she is thankful that she always wore a mask and did not create much in public places.

She will stick to her decision not to get vaccinated. “I don’t think they were really tested, because they were so fast,” Cummins said. I know it doesn’t work as well as expected or people think, because I know people who get vaccinated immediately or soon after they get sick.

Cummins believes the federal and state governments are pushing for the vaccine. “Of course they are taking advantage of the situation, and they are using it to further their cause,” she said. They want to see how many people they can get along with and be sheep.

She sees the government’s commitment to protecting the vaccine in the future. But Cummins thinks there will be widespread opposition to such a mission in Wyoming. I agree.

A quick scan of Facebook’s coverage of any WyoFile epidemic provides a clear sense of poison, misinformation and impersonation that controls online conversations.

Posters recently accused Wyoming Public Health Officer Dr. Alexis Haris of being a liar and accused her and Governor Mark Gordon of conspiring to use vaccines and masks. It is not really helpful or highly thoughtful civic speech.

What really bothers me is when anyone tries to impose blame on the poor or refugees for COVID broadcasts. On the far right, many politicians lie on the streets, cheap shots, often with a stern look.

And Arthur Kaplan, of the Grossman School of Medicine at New York University, told Politics: As we know from Ebola, SARS and influenza, infections are always present. The issue is what we can do to stop them from spreading.

That should definitely be the focus in Wyoming. I am especially concerned about the tens of thousands of people who attended the Cheyenne border days. This year I decided to stay away.

I hope it’s not a very widespread event, but I don’t think we know it for the time being. Before the Rhode Island and other related events, the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center was filled to the brim.

Although he was in Casper, Natasha and County Health Officer Mark Dawel told Cape Town News a few days ago that he was concerned about his impact, even though he was mostly out of the house.

“But there are a lot of things in the house, and there are a lot of people who are close to each other and don’t wear masks,” he said. There may or may not be significant improvements in issues in the region. We do not know. ”

I was terrified every time I saw the Stirgis Motorcycle Rally TV, which is expected to attract 700,000 people in 10 days. Mask or Face Mask in the Public 2021 “Where is Waldo?” Is equal to.

Researchers at San Diego State University estimate that more than 260,000 copyright cases could be linked to last year’s cycling event across the country. With the proximity of Wyoming, many motorcyclists will clearly travel through the state again this year.

“People here don’t want to talk about COVID,” Sturges spokeswoman Christina Steele told the Washington Post. They want to have a good time. ”

So do I. But I know that events like the Bonamasa concert will be fun, but there is no risk of getting sick and possibly spreading the disease to others, especially friends, family and co-workers.

I think Dowel’s advice is in place: “If the country is vaccinated, this virus could be in the rear window. We can leave it at that and move on. ”

This comment section was written by Kerry Drake and was originally published on WyoFile and is licensed here.

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