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Monday, September 06, 2021

For weeks, the virus preyed on America's illusion of a defanged Covid. Most people returned to a semblance of their former lives, never suspecting that the country would revert to such levels of mortality.

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...The fast-spreading delta variant has flooded hospitals across the South. It's killed more people in Florida and Louisiana than the darkest days of the pandemic winter, and left so many Covid-19 patients gasping for breath that some places face shortages of medical oxygen.

This harsh reality, likely fueled by a failure to adequately vaccinate the most vulnerable, has undercut the best efforts of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and other Republican leaders to simply move past Covid....

The U.S. has already posted twice as many deaths per capita since early June as the U.K., even though its surge started later. In Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana, the tolls are 4-6 times as high -- exacerbated by populations that tend to be older or have more pre-existing conditions....

DeSantis apparently thought the state's efforts -- which yielded a senior vaccination rate in line with the national average -- were enough. On Aug. 3, he boasted to a crowd at a park-restoration news conference that mortality from Covid was far lower than the previous year's summer wave.

All the fuss about delta was fueled by media "hysteria," he said. But DeSantis's strategy failed to keep deaths from surging soon afterward. By Aug. 15, deaths in Florida had reached a seven-day average of 244 a day, exceeding the previous peak of 227 a year earlier....



#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-09-06 11:12 AM | Reply

Dead people can express no political beliefs and this may explain the Right's extraordinary preference for them.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2021-09-06 11:13 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#1 ... This harsh reality, likely fueled by a failure to adequately vaccinate the most vulnerable, has undercut the best efforts of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and other Republican leaders to simply move past Covid.... ...

It seems that while Gov DeSantis and other Republican governors had somewhat of a "ignore it and it will go away" approach towards the virus, the virus was of a different mind and saw an opportunity to attack.

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-09-06 11:16 AM | Reply

I do appreciate your college-level English but you're going to confuse the Rus... belay the aforementioned suggestion and continue with Great Gusto your previous stratagem.

#4 | Posted by Tor at 2021-09-06 11:39 AM | Reply

Thanks to anti-vax anti-mask "governors" and their idiot populations. Also, don't lump the morons in with the rest of the country, it's pretty obvious where all the deaths are.

#5 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-09-06 11:52 AM | Reply

"The U.S. has already posted twice as many deaths per capita since early June as the U.K., even though its surge started later."

The UK has National Health.
National Health takes away your freedoms:

"Healthcare is achieved when one party willingly provides it to another without regard for compensation, or when a government or other power entity forces one party to provide it without regard for compensation." -- MadBomber

The UK has lower deaths per capita because of coercion!

We don't have coercion. The obvious benefit is we get to die twice as much.

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-09-06 12:07 PM | Reply

The title is a lie. Nowhere that I have been in the last two months, which includes 30 (yes 30) States is treating the pandemic as being "defanged". I drove east via the Northern US, and back west via the Southern US. Everywhere Covid is front and center at both a local and State-wide level.

#7 | Posted by moder8 at 2021-09-06 04:39 PM | Reply

"Everywhere Covid is front and center at both a" local and State-wide level."

Yeah, but spreading COVID or preventing COVID?

#8 | Posted by bocaink at 2021-09-06 04:51 PM | Reply

"Everywhere Covid is front and center at both a" local and State-wide level."

^
Pursuant to the lack of a national response by the previous administration.

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-09-06 04:57 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Even in rural Texas truck stops you see most people wearing masks.

#10 | Posted by moder8 at 2021-09-06 05:03 PM | Reply

@#10 ... Even in rural Texas truck stops you see most people wearing masks. ...

So the truckers traveling through Texas seem to be using masks to protect themselves and others around them.

That's great!

#11 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-09-07 01:16 AM | Reply

If I go to the grocery store here in Florida I have to face the idiotic results of DeathSantis. Most of the other customers just don't wear masks. I try to avoid them but really I sort of want to punch them in their faces. When I get the check out I take the seperators of orders and give myself a wide amount of space and sort of dare them to say I can't do that. I am going to do that. I don't care what they say or do, unlesss these psychos get violent with me but then I will laugh as they are dragged away to jail. I feel as though we are under siege from vampires. We can't even shop for food without them inflicting their disease ridden selves upon us because it somehow expresses an anger about Donald Trump not being President. That is really where we are these days. I could order groceries and have them delivered but will the delivery people be any more sensitive to the concerns of the rest of us than the -------- who shop without wearing masks just because DeathSAntis says they have a right to do so. I'll bet you one thing, DeathSantis doesn't have to shop with virus spreaders and he just doesn't really care if the rest of us do.

#12 | Posted by danni at 2021-09-07 03:50 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The latest meme circulating is that since DeathSentence served in the military and went to college he is smart and we don't dare question his judgement.

Guess what...OJ went to college too.

McVeigh served in the military too.

Neither of these actions make you immune to criticism for being a criminal.

#13 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-09-07 10:08 AM | Reply

Morgues don't lie. Unlike republican leaders.

#14 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-09-07 01:47 PM | Reply

It is much the same here in West Virginia Danni,
rightwing people just don't seem to care. I can
almost tell party affiliation by whether one has a
mask on or whether one has no mask and glares at
people as if looking for someone to tell them to
put on a mask.

I hope they get their 'just deserts'...

#15 | Posted by earthmuse at 2021-09-08 06:22 AM | Reply

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