We Are Nearly Two Years into This Mess and We Still Don’t Get It: The Gov. Polis Edition

So Democratic Gov. Jared Polis really doesn’t seem to understand how infectious disease works or what long COVID is–and Sweet Baby Intelligent Designer could someone ask politicians and public health officials what percentage of non-hospitalized people will get long COVID (and what acceptable levels of disability are)?

Anyway, back to the Honorable Gov. Polis (boldface mine):

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat, declared in a new interview that the COVID-19 emergency is “over” and that he won’t be implementing another statewide mask mandate in response to the spread of the Omicron variant, explaining that if people aren’t vaccinated at this point, it’s their “own darn fault” if they get sick.

“Everybody had more than enough opportunity to get vaccinated,” Polis told Colorado Public Radio on Friday. “Hopefully it’s been at your pharmacy, your grocery store, a bus near you, [or at] big events. At this point, if you haven’t been vaccinated, it’s really your own darn fault.”

…“The emergency is over,” he said. “You know, public health [officials] don’t get to tell people what to wear; that’s just not their job. Public health [officials] would say to always wear a mask because it decreases flu and decreases [other airborne illnesses]. But that’s not something that you require; you don’t tell people what to wear. You don’t tell people to wear a jacket when they go out in winter and force them to [wear it]. If they get frostbite, it’s their own darn fault.

Like I said, this ignores the small percentage of non-hospitalized people who will suffer long-term, possibly permanent disability. But if vaccinated people are exposed enough to infected unvaccinated people, they will contract COVID, and they don’t deserve this crap (especially the long COVID crap). Vaccination, while very effective, (though as effective against Omicron) isn’t a magic force field. Enough exposure, enough times can lead to breakthrough infections.

And it looks like Omicron is coming–and I hope initial reports that it’s more ‘mild*’ pan out, though I have doubts–so just mandate masks in indoor public places and crush this thing.

So frustrating.

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