Flu shots uptake is now partisan. It didn’t use to be. – CNNPolitics (Me: Political pandemic and Covid-19DeathCult spreads further… will kill more)

According to the Ipsos data, 68% of Democrats said they have gotten a flu shot or are very likely to get one. Just 44% of Republicans said the same. This 24-point gap is very similar to the 30-point gap for Covid-19 vaccines.
The Kaiser poll shows basically the same thing. A clear majority (65%) of Democrats indicated that they had received or will definitely receive the flu shot. Just 40% of Republicans indicated they would. The 25-point partisan gap in this data is a near carbon copy of the 24-point gap in the Ipsos poll.
Now compare this data to what we saw in past years — specifically, in the years before the Covid-19 pandemic took its hold.
An AP-NORC poll in February 2020 asked adults whether they had received a flu shot in the last 12 months. In this poll, 58% of Democrats said they had compared to 54% of Republicans. This 4-point gap is well within any margin of error.
A Princeton Survey Research Associates International from the second half of 2016 queried adults about whether they had gotten a flu shot in the past year. This poll looked nearly identical to the 2020 poll with 55% of Democrats and 53% of Republicans saying they had gotten a flu shot in the last 12 months.
In other words, there was no partisan gap.

Source: Flu shots uptake is now partisan. It didn’t use to be. – CNNPolitics

What Aaron Rodgers Should See: Covid Pain in a Wisconsin E.R. – The New York Times

“If the vaccine is so great,” Rodgers said in an interview with a radio host who is a friend of his, “how come people are still getting Covid and spreading Covid and unfortunately dying from Covid?”

Apparently, Rodgers missed the memo that while they are not foolproof, the vaccines are close to 90 percent effective and by far the best tools we have to beat back this plague.

Rodgers has been spewing other falsehoods about the virus and its treatments. So maybe he should spend time with Dr. Kyle Martin. He’s the medical director of emergency services at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, Wis., and he also works at two hospitals in rural parts of the state.

“We’re still very much in a crisis,” Dr. Martin, a self-described N.F.L. superfan, said when we spoke this week. “People are still dying in large numbers. And our health system, it’s stressed to the max.”

Covid-19 burns hot in Wisconsin, where it is now primarily a disease of the unvaccinated, many who clearly take their cues from celebrities like Rodgers.

Vancouver councillor urges caution after family infected in classroom COVID-19 exposure | Globalnews.ca

A Vancouver city councillor is sharing her family’s story as she says the risk of COVID-19 transmission in schools and the community remains real.

Coun. Rebecca Bligh says her brother and sister-in-law and three nieces and nephews came down with the virus after one of the kids was initially exposed in the classroom.

Source: Vancouver councillor urges caution after family infected in classroom COVID-19 exposure | Globalnews.ca

COVID-deniers and anti-vaxxers threaten German doctors | Germany | News and in-depth reporting from Berlin and beyond | DW | 14.11.2021

One of the most concerning reports came from the eastern state of Saxony, where the 7-day incidence rate of new infections is highest (569 per 100,000 inhabitants) and the vaccine uptake rate is lowest (only 57% of the Saxony population are fully vaccinated). Across Germany, 67.5% of the population is currently vaccinated.

“The aggression and extremism among people has become significantly worse,” said Erik Bodendieck, chairman of the Saxony Medical Association and himself a general practitioner. “Some doctors have even received death threats.”

Bodendieck said he has become used to receiving threats himself because of his public role as the association head. “These are emails where I get attacked personally, where I get threatened with legal action,” he told DW. “And there are letters where it says things like: ‘You all belong in front of a firing squad.’ That kind of thing.”

Source: COVID-deniers and anti-vaxxers threaten German doctors | Germany | News and in-depth reporting from Berlin and beyond | DW | 14.11.2021

The Child Inside

Ruelha

Today we celebrate Children’s Day because it was Jawaharlal Nehru’s {India’s first Prime Minister} birthday. He loved little children. Who doesn’t, eh? Their innocence and honesty instill hope in humanity. When they’re part of the family, we feel protective and re-live the most carefree days of our lives once again, through them. Their simple uncomplicated non-manipulative behaviour and emotions inspire us to be better human beings like we’ve always wanted to …before adulthood took over!

Oh, please don't let it die To that cheerful voice, please don't make me say goodbye Unrealistic as it may be It's what keeps me happy Oh, please just let it be Sure, it believes in unicorns and fairies But tell me, are you willing to accept reality? Isn't it it better to swirl around in eccentricity? Oh, please keep it alive The voice and heart of that child within, inside Through all the hurts…

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