As new COVID-19 coronavirus cases continue to rise in the U.S., state and federal officials are again calling for Americans to wear masks indoors.
While we understand the frustration of those who are fully vaccinated and wonder why the government seems to be moving backwards, your anger should be focused on the real culprits: the willingly unvaccinated and those helping to spread misinformation about the vaccine.
As Gov. Phil Murphy stated this week, 99.9% of the new cases since mid-January are from individuals who have not received the vaccine. In fact, Of the 4,758,520 fully vaccinated individuals studied as of July 12, only 5,678 New Jersey residents tested positive for COVID who were fully vaccinated.
There are political and media forces in the U.S. that are actively spreading misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine, under the guise of personal freedoms and the seemingly-innocent “just asking questions.” But they are not really looking for clarity—they want their anti-vaxx positions reinforced by those in their own echo chamber.
This is aimed mainly at Republicans and their preferred outlets of choice such as FOX News, OANN and Newsmax. They were all on board when then President Donald Trump was pushing for red tape to be cut to get a vaccine. But their questions only began to arise when President Joe Biden took office.
And for all those supporting the GOP media machine’s stance, we ask this question:
Where were the objections to vaccine requirements when kids had to get their yearly shots for school or to play sports?
We remember when anti-vaxxers were considered as extremists not to be taken seriously. Like, last year.
We are not naive enough to know there will be a mask mandate coming sooner or later. The new guidance delivered this week is only for indoors where the virus has been its most lethal. You still do not have to wear a mask outdoors or in your homes or at private parties.
But the return of masks into our daily lives is because of the real culprits: those who are not getting vaccinated to make a political statement and those enabling them.
I think that this is an oversimplification, as it is possible for vaccinated people to transmit the virus even if they have no symptoms. Also, the global rate of vaccination is much lower than the U.S.A. rate, and that means more mutations, more variants. I doubt SARS-CoV-2 will ever go away completely; presumably we will adapt to each other over time, as we have with influenza.
True, yes but if, for argument’s sake, you have an asymptomatic case and you infect me (fully vaccinated) and I get an asymptomatic case then who cares? That, too is an oversimplification because there are some people who either can’t be vaccinated or for whom vaccines are less effective and we need to find a way to protect them but for the voluntarily unvaccinated–if they get Covid, that’s their problem. (again, an oversimplification because they end up hospitalized and the healthcare workers are overworked again plus they can breed new variants so their movement needs to be restricted as it is in France and Italy)
The statement above regarding uncontrollable viral mutations is true. It should be pointed out that if the highest priority of the pharmaceutical industry and their investors, e.g.: Bill Gates, were to save lives and insure health for all, then why did they resist so strongly when it was suggested that they make their patent rights to their “vaccines” available at no cost to drug manufacturers based in Third World countries, and the populations served by those facilities?
Patents are a guarantee of of revenues and profits; we’re talking “money” here. The healthcare establishment, with Big Pharma leading the charge, demonstrate by their actions what the real priorities are for them in these troubled times.
Why not license manufacturing in a third world country? My best educated guess would be quality control issues. If a manufacturer erred in the manufacturing process (as happened here in the US) the original creator of the drug would no doubt get the blame, especially in this highly charged political climate, even though the formula was not at fault.
This country has had the vaccine policies for decades. That is how we have irraticated Polio, measles, Chicken Pox ect. There is no logical excuse to refuse the vaccine. It is selfish, unsafe and yes polical. Parents need to care more about thier children, thier family members and the safety of public health.
“This country has had the vaccine policies for decades. That is how we have irraticated Polio, measles, Chicken Pox ect.”
ALL of those vaccines have been FULLY TESTED and FULLY APPROVED; the Covid vaccines are NOT OFFICIALLY APPROVED and are not fully tested — they are on an “emergency use” approval only. There is apparently no precedent for FORCING citizens to be injected with an “emergency use” drug not fully approved. Ever hear of INFORMED CONSENT to medical procedures?
Hardly anyone is a true AntiVaxxer Most of us are Anti MRna unproven vaccine- Previous vaccines used live attenuated viruses this vaccine is unproven and uses technology that we dont have any idea what will happen 20 years from now!!! why are people so dumb as to not see that this vaccine is different- They are not reporting ALL side effects, they are not tracking the uptick in vaccinated side effects !! so dont call me an anti vaxxer – call me someone who is sick of being lied to and manipulated by main stream media- Report fairly and transparently but that hasnt been done in the last 2 years or more
To the voluntarily unvaccinated and/or unmasked without a medical reason: thanks for infecting me. Here’s how you did it: I am vaccinated, but had to be in an urgent care facility in a southern state on an unrelated matter. We waited 90 minutes for the doctor, who confided that the long wait was because they had processed about 60 cases of breathing problems. “Covid?” I asked. “Most likely,” he said. And sure enough, thanks to having to wait in the overwhelmingly infected air with about a dozen people, many maskless, I got a breakthrough case. Luckily, it was “mild,” and I am mostly recuperated, but I’d dread seeing serious. So, maskless and unvaccinated people, your “freedom” cost me MY freedom for two weeks, and it could have been longer. You owe me! Pay me back by thinking of your fellow citizens first: mask up and get the vaccine.
We need to have the majority of american vaccinated to reach herd immunity. If not this is only going to get worse.
We have already reached herd immunity. Covid is never going completely away. When I was 12 I refused the rubella vaccine. Why, because I had German Measles and had the antibodies. To this day I have a high titer for antibodies. Many people who have had Covid have the antibodies and therefore do not want the vax. Natural antibodies are superior to the vax. Really need to stop pitting one person against another. Show us the statistics to show this is not so.
Show us the statistics that support your assertion. That’s the way it works: you make an assertion, you have to cite a reliable source.
Just like the ebola virus ? and the Swine Flu virus ?
This comment was intended to reply to Lu’s post just above …
@Lu, I respectfully disagree. For the record, I take certain medications that are essential for me; that is, if I want to continue living and breathing, but I digress.
Also, before I did anything, I spoke with an APN who is an intermediary between me and the doctors with whom I have the most contact. My question was: “Will taking a covid19 vaccine be harmful to me in any way?” She said no, and she and the three other doctors recommended that I take the vaccine, and I did. Moderna, by the way, and yet, I still limit my contact with other people, especially people I do not know, I still wear a mask outdoors, and if anyone comes to my home, they either enter wearing a mask, or they are not granted entry. Personally, I could care less if they are fully vaccinated.
If I eat indoors, I do not take off my mask unless I AM eating or drinking; if I eat outdoors, the same thing. I wash my hands frequently with soap and very warm, sometimes hot water, and I practice social distancing.
As long as people insist on making this a political issue, continuing to spread propaganda that covid19 is a hoax, that the vaccines are ways for the government to manipulate people like cyborgs from SkyNet, then we shall always need to wear face masks, covid19 rates shall increase and this pandemic shall remain constant.
Really?? check out Israels data – they were ranked as the #1 country to reach herd immunity with almost 84% vaccinated and now they are #! for most cases !!!! seems that vaccinations and covid cases go up side by side on a graph!! do your homework before you say such nonsense
I truly believe an article like this is inducing hatred towards one group of population. It is very convenient to do that without putting your own name at the head of the article. The fact that your lies are aligned with the official ones that keep changing on a weekly basis does not make them true. According to Dr. Robert Malone – the inventor of the mRNA vaccine group, vaccinated people spread the virus the same way as unvaccinated ones. It looks like vaccination, while reducing the probability of a vaccinated person to get seriously sick, does not contribute much towards herd immunity.
I am vaccinated by my own choice and not a government mandate. I think that should stay a personal choice for everyone.
I agree this article if horrific. Pinning Americans against each other.
Thank you for being responsible. Too many people aren’t, and their behavior, their “freedom,” has infected me despite having the vaccine. Thanks for the misery.
This is my second email to Mr. Biden.
The most significant part of your speech yesterday was encouraging people to get vaccinated. I disagree with you $100.00 payments since bribes like this have had limited success in the past. I strongly believe that the Hazards of mask wearing have not been thought out. If indeed the Delta variant is more infectious and spreads more readily, anyone wearing a mask now has a concentrated population on their faces. If indeed Delta is present, the longer the mask is worn, the more it gets contaminated. Cloth masks are for show and never worked in the first place since they are inherently porous, but if exposed to Delta they become highly infectious. These are HAZARDOUS BIOLOGICAL WASTES. People remove these coverings, put them in their pockets, thrown them in the parking lot, or in normal waste receptacles. The masks don’t kill the virus or bacteria for that matter, but are now concentrated harbingers of these pathogens. No where have I every heard anyone talk about the dangers of masks and no were are their HazMet receptacles for their safe disposal.
Please also look at today’s news. India had a massive breakout of the Delta variant, but even with their dense population and lack of vaccination, the virus is abating. There is no logical or scientific reason for this, but their is speculation.
Mr. President, if it is the goal of this administration to keep people scared, keep up the flow of un-substantiated, conflicting information. I am an engineer also with a degree in Bio-Pharma. I do not like inconsistency and I feel we have too much for people to digest. Vaccination is the solution to this problem, but people have been lead to believe this is just a big human experiment. You as president must lean on the FDA and literally force them to declare the vaccines as fully approved and licensed. This was done with done recently with an Alzheimer’s drug that was proven ineffective and dangerous.
VERY well stated, Thomas. No one seems to want to discuss the dangers in wearing an already infected mask. For the moment, the unvaccinated have made a choice, so it should not be the responsibility of the rest of us to protect them after we have done everything right.
A very ignorant and self-centered comment to say that it’s the unvaccinated’s fault that we all have to wear masks. I disagree that we should all be wearing masks. Second of all, these “vaccines” lack of effectiveness is one reason why there is a surge of new variant cases. Vaccinated people are getting Covid now, and a high percentage at that. Pretty useless vaccine if you ask me. Viruses, including Covid, are NEVER going away; they have always been around. There will ALWAYS be new mutations. If you want to get vaccinated, fine. If you want to wear a mask, fine. Some people choose to not be fearful anymore and live their life.. Whether or not someone gets vaccinated is their choice and none of YOUR business. Vaccine mandates are criminal, illegal, and unconstitutional. Did we forget we have an immune system? And don’t even get me started on vaccinating our children against Covid. 99.995% of kids survive Covid. You people are asleep if can’t see what’s going on here. You have pretty much achieved the maximum number of people that are getting the jab. The rest of the unvaccinated ain’t getting it, ever. Vaccine hesitancy? You ain’t seen nothing yet.
My fury at you who are voluntarily unvaccinated knows no limits (medical and age considerations noted). You are selfish and too often politically motivated. You have no right to make me sick, or to pay for your willfulness. No vaccine? Pay for your own treatment. It’s your “freedom,” right? With freedom comes responsibility; freedom isn’t free. This could have been over if you listened to scientists, not politicians or demagogues.
Those who are unvaccinated who are irresponsible are contributing to the spread of Covid to be sure. But we’re going back to masking primarily because we lifted restrictions on the vaccinated. They were incorrectly advised that they no longer needed to mask or distance, or to take any other protective measures. They were enticed into taking the vaccine by the promise of being able to live normally again, which is something everyone wants. But it was premature, and we had to have known it. We talked all along about having to get to perhaps 75% vaccination to have a shot at herd immunity, but we lifted restrictions when we were far below that. Now we have the delta variant, and it appears that the infected vaccinated carry just as much virus in their nose as the unvaccinated – they are therefore every bit as able to spread the virus as the unvaccinated. They may not get as sick due to their vaccinated status, but by lifting all restrictions on the vaccinated, we effectively created an army of superspreaders, and it only took about a month to see the effect (the same surge in cases is happening in Israel, which has an even higher rate of vaccination than the US, and where most people showing up at hospitals are vaccinated). Put the blame where it belongs – on the careless members of both groups, unvaccinated and vaccinated, and the CDC for continuing to provide a confusing and inconsistent narrative that has caused an erosion in the public trust.
The endless stream of hypocrisy from left-wing outlets like this one never ceases to amaze me. In October 2020, both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were asked whether they would take take a COVID-19 vaccine, they expressed doubt about its efficacy, saying they “didn’t trust Donald Trump.”
No left-wing media outlet, including this website, had anything to say about this blatantly anti-vax statement which was playing politics with peoples’ lives. Is it any wonder that millions of Republicans refuse to take a vaccine because they don’t trust Joe Biden?
Yes, it IS a wonder. Trump lies. Period,
Misinformation? This article is full of it.
1) Vaccinated people can and are spreading COVID
2) Herd immunity can and will be achieved regardless of how many are vaccinated
3) 99.8% of those who have contracted COVID have survived
4) The vaccines are EXPERIMENTAL drugs for emergency use only, not approved by the FDA
5) The vaccines do not appear to be effective against the new strain of COVID
This hate-inducing article only turns people against each other and is full of misinformation. No wonder we can’t take you seriously.
“More Viral, Less Deadly”—Sounds like a beer commercial!
Does this sound like the shot is “95% effective”.
From a medical trade publication…
CDC Alarmed: 74% of Cases in Cape Cod Cluster Were Among the VACCINATED!
IT’S THE VACCINE causing the outbreaks! The vaccine does NOTHING to prevent covid!
One thing that is never mentioned when discussions of viral mutation come up is that viruses have an equal or greater likelihood when they mutate; of mutating into weaker, less harmful variants. In the past, “herd immunity” was achieved through the powers of each individual’s own immune system and weaker bugs.
There was no “vaccine” for the 1918 influenza , or the Middle Age’s Black Plague; they evolved into weaker variants and became incapable of inflicting further harm on the concurrent populations.
Why would anyone trust anything Murphy had to say about the covid “pandemic” after what he did to thousands of nursing home residents?
More CDC Insanity: “Fully Vaccinated Spreading Delta Variant—So Everyone Needs to Get Vaccinated and Wear Masks”
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky says she needs us to lockdown for “2 weeks” to deal with the imaginary “delta variant”…
Is anyone out there really that stupid that they’re going to fall for that one AGAIN?
P.S. — The delta variant is imaginary because there’s no test being used today that can distinguish between variants. In fact, the test being used throughout the “pandemic” couldn’t distinguish between covid and the COMMON COLD!
“CDC-FDA Faked Covid Testing Protocol By Using Human Cells Mixed with Common Cold Virus Fragments”
The FDA document, available from the FDA.gov website, is entitled, “CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel .” The document astonishingly admits:
Since no quantified virus isolates of the 2019-nCoV were available for CDC use at the time the test was developed and this study conducted, assays designed for detection of the 2019-nCoV RNA were tested with characterized stocks of in vitro transcribed full length RNA (N gene; GenBank accession: MN908947.2) of known titer (RNA copies/µL) spiked into a diluent consisting of a suspension of human A549 cells and viral transport medium (VTM) to mimic a clinical specimen.
My opinion is Unless you have a valid medical reason that you cannot get vaccinated You should not be able to enjoy the same perks as those who are vaccinated. Why should we have to be punished for those who don’t want to get the vaccine. They should not be able to travel or go to the movies, restaurants, concerts ect. They should also have to pay for their own medical treatment if they get sick from Covid We need everyone other than those who cannot medically get the vaccine to stop the transmission of this disease
Our immune systems work and they help us create antibodies against the virus. There are also successful treatments and you can find this information under the Association for American Physicians and Surgeons website as well as many natural non-allopathic treatments.. The COVID so called vaccines (mRNA technology) are experimental under the Emergency Use Authorization Act and pharmaceutical companies have no liability if you have adverse reactions or die from the shot(s) We have fully informed consent under the Nuremberg Code for medical interventions and we should know our rights
As an Unvaxxed person, I, didn’t ask anyone to take an experimental gene therapy to protect me. I am taking care to protect myself thank you! If you are willing to take this untested therapy good luck to you in the future. It’s not political it’s a personal health choice, pick your poison or not. As for paying go my treatment, I likewise don’t want to pay for people’s vaccination damage down the road.
First, this vaccine is provably more effective than many with full approval, and full approval is expected this week. If this is an experiment, it’s one that’s working.
Second, your “freedom” ends where mine begins. Bluntly, you are jeopardizing me – your fellow citizen of “one nation, indivisible.”
Third, while I hope you don’t get Covid, if you do, as the price of “freedom,” I suggest all medical and hospital bills be your responsibility. Freedom isn’t free; everything has a cost, financial, political, spiritual.
Unless you have a genuine medical reason for not being vaccinated, I suggest your cost of freedom is living outside the social and medical safety net. Good luck.
I disagree with this opinion. I’m vaccinated. I’m not going to wear any masks. I don’t care about folks for what ever reason they didn’t get vaccinated. Besides masks are a joke. They don’t protect anything. Everyone is wearing these cheep mom and pop made masks, that don’t protect you from anything.
Refreshing to hear common sense among a sea of pure nonsense. What fools far too many other Americans be. We are no longer the land of the free and home of the brave, we are in the land of the controlled and the home of the cowards.
This is a really divisive piece, it contributes to the hatred between political sides. Not productive, not helpful and nothing really to do with Covid, but more to do with attempting to defend and validate one political stance and affirming the notion the other side are the villians. It’s honestly pretty disgusting.
If the federal government really cared about protecting people, they would reach out to the minority communities to increase vaccination rates. But they don’t, they don’t care. You can’t take a message written by white people, which gets through to white people, and pay a black person to say it and expect it to work. Black and hispanic people have different concerns about the vaccine and none are being addressed or taken seriously. As evidenced by the low vaccination rates vs. whites. But again, Biden doesn’t care, the democrats don’t care, nobody in gov’t cares. Keep “mandating” people to follow orders, and they will continue to refuse. But maybe that’s what they want, for these communities to slowly die off. Sure seems like it.
Hey ‘Karens’—Masks don’t work. Stop wasting your energy on non-scientific rhetoric.
Are Face Masks Effective? (Farce Masks?) —The Scientific Evidence.
Don’t Mask Children, Epidemiology Experts Warn
Kids should not be forced to wear masks, University of California San Francisco professor Vinay Prasad recently said, echoing other epidemiology experts.
“Early childhood is a crucial period when humans develop cultural, language, and social skills, including the ability to detect emotion on other people’s faces,” Prasad wrote. “Social interactions with friends, parents, and caregivers are integral to fostering children’s growth and well-being.”
We have not reached herd immunity, generally regarded to be around 90%.
NICE OPINION, BUT NOT TRUE. Opinions are not science.
UK Government Report: Vast Majority of Delta Variant Deaths Are VACCINATED People, NOT Unvaccinated People
These Are the Government’s Own Numbers
A Public Health England Technical briefing released in September 2021 entitled “SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern and variants under investigation in England” has some findings that do not bode well for vaccine supporters. The numbers show vaccinated people contracted and died of the so-called “Delta” variant of Coronavirus at a far greater rate than unvaccinated people between February 1, 2021 and September 12, 2021.
During the time period in question, unvaccinated people reportedly accounted for 257,357 Delta cases out of 593,572 total Delta cases (approximately 43 percent), and 722 out of 2,542 Delta deaths (approximately 28 percent) “within 28 days of positive specimen date.”
What does that mean? It means that the vast majority of Delta deaths in England during this period occurred among vaccinated people, NOT unvaccinated people.
Unless I missed in, the vaccines received full approval