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The big news this evening is that Trader Joe's has announced plans to allow the vaxxed to enter and roam their stores sans masks. Virtually nekkid, as it were.
As a practical matter, does this mean they'll be carding folks at the door? Will they have roving Covid patrols policing the aisles with random card checks, in case some of the unvaxxed unmask after checking in? Or will it quickly end up operating on the honor system, with those who identify as vaxxed simply exercising their discretion?
And can the rest of America be far behind?
Interestingly, I saw an article at NOQ Report that points out that In Mostly Vaccinated America, May 2021 Covid Cases are 47.4% HIGHER than May 2020--That's not how vaccines are supposed to work:
So how does that work? People get vaxxed, cases jump, and things open up? Does that mean the vaccines aren't vaccinating? Aren't working as they're supposed to?
No. It just means people have been sold a bill of goods, or maybe sold themselves a bill of goods. The vaccines are working, more or less, as planned--which was never to actually prevent infection but mostly to simply attenuate the infection. We covered this back in April, when prominent Yale epidemiologist Harvey Risch noted that fully 60% of new Covid patients--those actually seeking treatment, not asymptomatic people--have been fully vaccinated:
HR: I think that the American public has been sold on the vaccines by the research that shows that they reduce the infection--of mild to moderate symptomatic infection--by somewhere between 60-90% depending upon age and vaccine and so on, and that is pretty good performance for an individualwho wants to take a vaccine to protect himself.
However, that's not the measure that the public health infrastructure, administration, and Dr. Fauci are using to look at the efficacy of the vaccine. They're looking at, Do the vaccines prevent the spread of the infection? And for that the vaccine companies provided no information.We have to look at when the vaccines were actually used, and the best place so far has been the mass rollout in Israel where the Pfizer vaccine was given to more than half the population now. And in Israel, the studies there show that it reduces the spread of the infection by somewhere around 50-60%.
So, that contributes to herd immunity, but it is not an overnight shutting off of the spread. It is a slow and continuing benefit to the society to do that, but it's totally different than each individual’s protection of, say, 90%. And so, for that reason, giving the individuals a vaccine that they think is going to free them up from all restrictions in the society is not true, because what they're really doing is getting a vaccine that only cuts the transmission by a half.
And, in fact, we even know this now because the people, clinicians, have been telling me that more than half of the new Covid cases that they're seeing to treat are people who've been vaccinated. And what this means is, that the vaccines are having ...
SB: Whoa, whoa! Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa! Slow down! Rewind! Give me that again!
HR: Somewhat more than half--they're estimating at 60%--of the new cases that they're treating, new Covid cases, have been people who've been vaccinated.
I saw an article today that confirmed that for people who are immuno-compromised--have had transplants, have been through chemotherapy--these vaccines do little or nothing. I'd be interested to see a really deep study that tracked people without those medically induced compromises to their immune systems, but who have run down immune systems when they got vaxxed--badly deficient in vitamin D, etc. That's a major factor in the disease, so ...
What all of this probably really means is that the polling is getting so bad, and the economic news especially is scaring so many people, that the Zhou regime is trying to distract attention from the other stories by trying to give people "good news".
How's that working? It seems not too well. For some humorous but very pointed responses:
More humor, albeit a bit more low keyed. This morning commenter Bebe linked an article from ueber liberal The Atlantic. It's about Progs who are increasingly embarrassed by fellow Progs who--get this--don't follow the science. Which is something that could only surprise Progs:
Progressive communities have been home to some of the fiercest battles over COVID-19 policies, and some liberal policy makers have left scientific evidence behind.
The first few paragraphs will give you a flavor for the rest--but don't expect any surprises:
Lurking among the jubilant americans venturing back out to bars and planning their summer-wedding travel is a different group: liberals who aren’t quite ready to let go of pandemic restrictions. For this subset, diligence against COVID-19 remains an expression of political identity—even when that means overestimating the disease’s risks or setting limits far more strict than what public-health guidelines permit. In surveys, Democrats express more worry about the pandemic than Republicans do. People who describe themselves as “very liberal” are distinctly anxious. This spring, after the vaccine rollout had started, a third of very liberal people were “very concerned” about becoming seriously ill from COVID-19, compared with a quarter of both liberals and moderates, according to a study conducted by the University of North Carolina political scientist Marc Hetherington. And 43 percent of very liberal respondents believed that getting the coronavirus would have a “very bad” effect on their life, compared with a third of liberals and moderates.
... Some conservatives refused to wear masks or stay home, because of skepticism about the severity of the disease or a refusal to give up their freedoms. But this is a different story, about progressives who stressed [um, used "science" as a straw man?] the scientific evidence, and then veered away from it.
For many progressives, extreme vigilance was in part about opposing Donald Trump. ... “If he said, ‘Keep schools open,’ then, well, we’re going to do everything in our power to keep schools closed,” Monica Gandhi, a professor of medicine at UC San Francisco, told me. ... Hetherington found that the very liberal participants in his survey tended to be the most neurotic.