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2021-12-26 8:11:43 AM  
Isolated myself completely for 14 months. Nearly lost my sanity (not a joke), but I did it. Got my shots, waited for my window, and went cautiously back into the world. Still didn't spend any unnecessary time around other peoplen in an indoor setting unless I knew they were also vaccinated.

Got my booster, and then was exposed the next day (at a place where vaccine proof was required for entry). Tested positive on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and my wife (vaxxed and boosted and way past her booster window) tested positive a couple days later. I had 2-3 bad days, and it took about a week to feel 100%. She lost her smell/taste for ten days, but is 100% now.

We have a 100%-vaxxed cruise booked for 1/2 out of San Diego. We're going. This entertainer and this emergency room nurse (well, until she got promoted in August) have taken all the precautions and gotten sick anyway, and are now better. I've seen nothing in the dozens of reports I've read about significant danger to triple-vaxxed people that have also recovered from an infection.

I'm sure some people in this thread are going to be judgemental over this. "Think of the children and those unable to take the shots!" (There will be no children or ANYONE unvaccinated on the boat), "You can get reinfected!" (Six weeks later after everything listed above, and with no indication from studies? I'll risk it.)

The idea is that we don't COVID-endanger anyone that isn't also willing and able to take the same small risk.

/don't confuse cruise lines
//only some have a 100% no exceptions vax policy
///Holland America does
 
2021-12-26 8:47:04 AM  

KingOfTown: Isolated myself completely for 14 months. Nearly lost my sanity (not a joke), but I did it. Got my shots, waited for my window, and went cautiously back into the world. Still didn't spend any unnecessary time around other peoplen in an indoor setting unless I knew they were also vaccinated.

Got my booster, and then was exposed the next day (at a place where vaccine proof was required for entry). Tested positive on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and my wife (vaxxed and boosted and way past her booster window) tested positive a couple days later. I had 2-3 bad days, and it took about a week to feel 100%. She lost her smell/taste for ten days, but is 100% now.

We have a 100%-vaxxed cruise booked for 1/2 out of San Diego. We're going. This entertainer and this emergency room nurse (well, until she got promoted in August) have taken all the precautions and gotten sick anyway, and are now better. I've seen nothing in the dozens of reports I've read about significant danger to triple-vaxxed people that have also recovered from an infection.

I'm sure some people in this thread are going to be judgemental over this. "Think of the children and those unable to take the shots!" (There will be no children or ANYONE unvaccinated on the boat), "You can get reinfected!" (Six weeks later after everything listed above, and with no indication from studies? I'll risk it.)

The idea is that we don't COVID-endanger anyone that isn't also willing and able to take the same small risk.

/don't confuse cruise lines
//only some have a 100% no exceptions vax policy
///Holland America does


Sounds like you will have some well deserved fun.
 
2021-12-26 8:50:16 AM  
If it is, we can stop trying to protect the idiots from killing themselves.
 
2021-12-26 9:56:45 AM  
We have to live with it.

Or die.

If you are not vaccinated. Well. The latter is fine. No remorse.
Chose poorly and all that.

I'm not missing farts, bad breath, and stale perfume in tight spaces.

If this kills off Religeon, I'm good with that.

Like the end of Omega Man

Embrace science or your own voodoo.
But only one can keep you alive.
 
2021-12-26 10:28:47 AM  
And Slate is still a waste of time? Go figure.
 
2021-12-26 11:02:06 AM  
Hasn't this been true since March 2020 at the latest for everyone?
 
2021-12-26 11:13:35 AM  
At least until the next plague comes along which will make Covid look like a tune-up.
 
2021-12-26 12:47:31 PM  
I RTFA. It's the author justifying selfish behavior because they're tired of isolating, that's it.

We cancelled Christmas plans, even though every person is triple vaxxed, because the parents-in-law have serious immune issues, and nobody wants to be responsible for killing them. But it's also caused a ton of stress and crying and yelling and frustration, which can also be hard to deal with. Thus wanting to ignore everything and pretend like it's 2019.
 
2021-12-26 12:59:28 PM  

slantsix: I RTFA. It's the author justifying selfish behavior because they're tired of isolating, that's it.

We cancelled Christmas plans, even though every person is triple vaxxed, because the parents-in-law have serious immune issues, and nobody wants to be responsible for killing them. But it's also caused a ton of stress and crying and yelling and frustration, which can also be hard to deal with. Thus wanting to ignore everything and pretend like it's 2019.


And those of us that have chosen to not hang out with immuno-compromised people as our way to protect them - are we selfish for safely enjoying things beyond our four walls, or are we deserving of your judgment as well?

/14 months was enough isolation for my psyche, thanks
 
2021-12-26 2:08:15 PM  
It's funny that people associate Nurgle mostly with disease, but technically speaking the God is despair, and the slow release into oblivion. Why not give up, after all, when we'll all be infected anyways? Deus vult, after all.
 
2021-12-26 2:20:16 PM  

KingOfTown: /14 months was enough isolation for my psyche, thanks


My judgment won't kill anybody. Your selfish ass might. I'm glad you're comfortable with that. I'm not.

And yes, I get it. Nothing is without risk, and I'm tired of this too. But last time I checked, the virus still doesn't care who it infects. So no, I won't be visiting anybody even remotely at risk, it's just not worth it. Life isn't fair.
 
2021-12-26 2:27:21 PM  

slantsix: KingOfTown: /14 months was enough isolation for my psyche, thanks

My judgment won't kill anybody. Your selfish ass might. I'm glad you're comfortable with that. I'm not.

And yes, I get it. Nothing is without risk, and I'm tired of this too. But last time I checked, the virus still doesn't care who it infects. So no, I won't be visiting anybody even remotely at risk, it's just not worth it. Life isn't fair.


Then you can kiss my "selfish" ass. I protected myself, and I'm not hanging out with unprotected/compromised people. Enjoy your moral isolation - I hope the cabin fever won't drive you postal.
 
2021-12-26 3:42:13 PM  
1. COVID happened.

2. Thinking people everywhere practiced prophylactic restrictions and later got vaccinated. Lives were saved.

3. Covidiots who refused to act with personal responsibility kept the pandemic simmering.

4. Now we get galaxy brain authors like this saying oh well we tried and it didnt work for some reason. Time to give up and go to the Cheesecake Factory
 
2021-12-26 4:55:20 PM  

KingOfTown: Then you can kiss my "selfish" ass. I protected myself, and I'm not hanging out with unprotected/compromised people. Enjoy your moral isolation - I hope the cabin fever won't drive you postal.


That you're selfish was established previously, there's no doubt about that. When you get infected and/or infect others because you're "sick of it," don't come back whining. You've had two years to figure this out and yet somehow, you haven't
 
2021-12-26 5:46:35 PM  
Spanish Flu eventually dissipated. Fatalities dropped dramatically in Year 2 and basically were background in Year 3. I'm hopeful and, damn it, you should be, too.

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2021-12-26 6:02:08 PM  

slantsix: KingOfTown: Then you can kiss my "selfish" ass. I protected myself, and I'm not hanging out with unprotected/compromised people. Enjoy your moral isolation - I hope the cabin fever won't drive you postal.

That you're selfish was established previously, there's no doubt about that. When you get infected and/or infect others because you're "sick of it," don't come back whining. You've had two years to figure this out and yet somehow, you haven't


Youbetcha. I did that for 14 months and not enough people were doing it with me to make a goddamn bit of difference. You want to judge people for protecting their sanity by not making futile gestures? Sorry, but that makes you the asshole.
 
2021-12-26 7:10:29 PM  
We're about to enter into the third year of covid.

The only window of time where the virus could have been "defeated" was when the Chinese government had to choose between believing the doctor who raised the alarm, and acting accordingly, or ignoring the situation (they chose the latter).

That was, arguably though not guaranteed, the only time where the virus could have been contained and not spread.

Ever since, it has gained a foothold across the entire planet.

It would take the same level of effort as "defeating the cold" or "defeating the flu" to "defeat" COVID.

I remember Vietnam was a *major* success story in managing the pandemic. In the big picture, it still is, but even they have not been able to sustain the protocols that led to nearly 18 months of success.

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2021-12-26 10:08:51 PM  

KingOfTown: Youbetcha. I did that for 14 months and not enough people were doing it with me to make a goddamn bit of difference. You want to judge people for protecting their sanity by not making futile gestures? Sorry, but that makes you the asshole.


Your ass has been saved so far because others have been, and continue to do the right thing. You've been fortunate, but you've somehow convinced yourself that it's all over, right at the beginning of the biggest wave yet. Your ignorance is astounding.
 
2021-12-27 6:42:26 AM  

slantsix: KingOfTown: Youbetcha. I did that for 14 months and not enough people were doing it with me to make a goddamn bit of difference. You want to judge people for protecting their sanity by not making futile gestures? Sorry, but that makes you the asshole.

Your ass has been saved so far because others have been, and continue to do the right thing. You've been fortunate, but you've somehow convinced yourself that it's all over, right at the beginning of the biggest wave yet. Your ignorance is astounding.


If you were worth caring about, I'd feel some empathy, but it's clear you don't read and just want to feel superior. Hope your FIL doesn't die, but if he does, it won't be my fault - it will be the fault of someone that just HAD to see him and thought they were COVID-free but we're actually infected.

You'll kill him before I do. Live with it.
 
2021-12-27 11:25:58 AM  
If anything this pandemic has revealed just how weak and pathetic most people really are. I bet 40 years from many of the worthless scum here will still be wearing masks, even when they are vaccinated and in their own car by themselves.
 
2021-12-27 11:27:47 AM  

Unknown Subject: If anything this pandemic has revealed just how weak and pathetic most people really are. I bet 40 years from many of the worthless scum here will still be wearing masks, even when they are vaccinated and in their own car by themselves.


I'm all for taking all appropriate precautions, but some paranoid dickheads need to quarantine their voices from the internet.
 
2021-12-27 3:45:55 PM  

Unknown Subject: If anything this pandemic has revealed just how weak and pathetic most people really are. I bet 40 years from many of the worthless scum here will still be wearing masks, even when they are vaccinated and in their own car by themselves.


What part did you play in curtailing suffering and death from COVID?
 
2021-12-27 4:18:53 PM  

KingOfTown: If you were worth caring about, I'd feel some empathy, but it's clear you don't read and just want to feel superior. Hope your FIL doesn't die, but if he does, it won't be my fault - it will be the fault of someone that just HAD to see him and thought they were COVID-free but we're actually infected.

You'll kill him before I do. Live with it.


You're obviously as scientifically illiterate as you are selfish, so I'll explain it with words you can hopefully understand. Maybe ask a parent to help with some of the bigger words if you need:

Omicron is different. It's about 4x more infectious than Delta. Omicron is the major variant that's spreading like wildfire, even among the unvaccinated. Prior to last week, I knew ONE person who's contracted COVID, and he lives in a different country. Our local daily case count for the entire province was in the double digits (30 to 50 per day, in a population of 1.4M). This is the context and it's important because we were doing really, really well by most measures. This wasn't an accident - with the exception of one week last summer, we've had a public mask mandate since the spring of 2020, and all restaurants and bars have had a double vaccine requirement since early this year (I think January). So everything was under control.

On December 17, we took some staff members (about 12) out for lunch to celebrate a birthday. All staff and all guests, by law, were double vaccinated. Restaurants use a QR scanner linked to the provincial vaccine passport registry, and check your ID to confirm status. No exceptions.

Despite the precautions, at least 4 people in our group, and at least two restaurant staff, still caught COVID that day, at that event. Oh, did I mention that 10 out of 12 of us also had boosters?

Omicron is a bastard. Our province's daily infection rate went up ten-fold in a matter of THREE DAYS.

But sure. Your slight inconvenience trumps everybody else's safety, the overloaded health care system, etc, you selfish turd of a human being.
 
2021-12-27 4:19:59 PM  
sorry, that should be "... spreading like wildfire among the double vaccinated..."
 
2021-12-27 5:30:47 PM  

slantsix: KingOfTown: If you were worth caring about, I'd feel some empathy, but it's clear you don't read and just want to feel superior. Hope your FIL doesn't die, but if he does, it won't be my fault - it will be the fault of someone that just HAD to see him and thought they were COVID-free but we're actually infected.

You'll kill him before I do. Live with it.

You're obviously as scientifically illiterate as you are selfish, so I'll explain it with words you can hopefully understand. Maybe ask a parent to help with some of the bigger words if you need:

Omicron is different. It's about 4x more infectious than Delta. Omicron is the major variant that's spreading like wildfire, even among the unvaccinated. Prior to last week, I knew ONE person who's contracted COVID, and he lives in a different country. Our local daily case count for the entire province was in the double digits (30 to 50 per day, in a population of 1.4M). This is the context and it's important because we were doing really, really well by most measures. This wasn't an accident - with the exception of one week last summer, we've had a public mask mandate since the spring of 2020, and all restaurants and bars have had a double vaccine requirement since early this year (I think January). So everything was under control.

On December 17, we took some staff members (about 12) out for lunch to celebrate a birthday. All staff and all guests, by law, were double vaccinated. Restaurants use a QR scanner linked to the provincial vaccine passport registry, and check your ID to confirm status. No exceptions.

Despite the precautions, at least 4 people in our group, and at least two restaurant staff, still caught COVID that day, at that event. Oh, did I mention that 10 out of 12 of us also had boosters?

Omicron is a bastard. Our province's daily infection rate went up ten-fold in a matter of THREE DAYS.

But sure. Your slight inconvenience trumps everybody else's safety, the overloaded health care system, etc, you selfish turd of a human being.


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2021-12-27 5:44:34 PM  

slantsix: sorry, that should be "... spreading like wildfire among the double vaccinated..."


...and if you bother responding, you might want to read the Boobies in this thread for obviously the first time.
 
2021-12-27 6:00:33 PM  
Now?
 
2021-12-27 7:55:02 PM  

KingOfTown: slantsix: sorry, that should be "... spreading like wildfire among the double vaccinated..."

...and if you bother responding, you might want to read the Boobies in this thread for obviously the first time.


I did. A couple of times.

You're going on a cruise. A CRUISE. During a pandemic. You're not the sharpest tool in the shed, are you?

At least 33% of our two-hour long lunch caught COVID last week, in a room of ~30 people, all of whom were at least double vaccinated.

So tell me again what I'm missing?
 
2021-12-27 7:57:14 PM  
Oh and since early last week, our cases have not gone up ten-fold, I was wrong.

They've gone up twenty-fold. My bad.

Why not just wait a couple of months to see how this plays out? Omicron is still not well understood.
 
2021-12-27 8:46:43 PM  
I read your story, too, except that I actually understood it.

You had a party with a bunch of people that were all vaccinated and COVID was an univited guest. Some you got it. I assume no one is seriously ill, otherwise I'm sure you'd have mentioned it.

If you actually read my post, you'd know that's pretty much the same way I got Delta, except that I was actually at work. Everyone was supposedly, by law, at least double-vaxxed. A few weeks ago. Yes, that recently. I've recovered fully.

Guess what? I still have to go back to work with those same rules and protections supposedly in effect. Do you know what I do for a living? I get people to sing along at bars and festivals and private functions. Yep, I'm encouraging vaccinated, unmasked people to scream along with Don't Stop Believin' at the top of their lungs. I'm sure you'd tell me that having my career is selfish, too, so whatever.

Point is, if you expect to do nothing but quarantine activities until the pandemic is "over", you're either irretrievably stupid or you've got some definition of "over" I'm not familiar with. We can't get enough people to take the shots to do anything but mitigate. Stop thinking you're going to save the world by calling people that have accepted this reality "selfish". Don't be a putz.
 
2021-12-27 8:57:25 PM  

slantsix: Oh and since early last week, our cases have not gone up ten-fold, I was wrong.

They've gone up twenty-fold. My bad.

Why not just wait a couple of months to see how this plays out? Omicron is still not well understood.


Why not just realize that everyone's empathy meter is pretty low, and ain't no one got time to care about the voluntarily-unvaccinated and preachy lockdown assholes.

Yeah, it sucks that some people can't take the shots and that some are still in mortal danger from a breakthrough case, but their protection needs to be around them. You can't expect the world to stay closed to protect your in-laws. Don't have family gatherings with them during this time, or test day of so you know you're safe, but fark blaming people doing their own thing hundreds if miles away from you.

Sounds like you're mad that you can't do these things because of your in-laws, and you're turning your frustration to those you're jealous of. My heart breaks for you.
 
2021-12-27 9:01:38 PM  

KingOfTown: I read your story, too, except that I actually understood it.

You had a party with a bunch of people that were all vaccinated and COVID was an univited guest. Some you got it. I assume no one is seriously ill, otherwise I'm sure you'd have mentioned it.

If you actually read my post, you'd know that's pretty much the same way I got Delta, except that I was actually at work. Everyone was supposedly, by law, at least double-vaxxed. A few weeks ago. Yes, that recently. I've recovered fully.

Guess what? I still have to go back to work with those same rules and protections supposedly in effect. Do you know what I do for a living? I get people to sing along at bars and festivals and private functions. Yep, I'm encouraging vaccinated, unmasked people to scream along with Don't Stop Believin' at the top of their lungs. I'm sure you'd tell me that having my career is selfish, too, so whatever.

Point is, if you expect to do nothing but quarantine activities until the pandemic is "over", you're either irretrievably stupid or you've got some definition of "over" I'm not familiar with. We can't get enough people to take the shots to do anything but mitigate. Stop thinking you're going to save the world by calling people that have accepted this reality "selfish". Don't be a putz.


You're going on a cruise in the middle ofa pandemic, and I'm the stupid one.

Got it.
 
2021-12-27 9:10:46 PM  

slantsix: KingOfTown: I read your story, too, except that I actually understood it.

You had a party with a bunch of people that were all vaccinated and COVID was an univited guest. Some you got it. I assume no one is seriously ill, otherwise I'm sure you'd have mentioned it.

If you actually read my post, you'd know that's pretty much the same way I got Delta, except that I was actually at work. Everyone was supposedly, by law, at least double-vaxxed. A few weeks ago. Yes, that recently. I've recovered fully.

Guess what? I still have to go back to work with those same rules and protections supposedly in effect. Do you know what I do for a living? I get people to sing along at bars and festivals and private functions. Yep, I'm encouraging vaccinated, unmasked people to scream along with Don't Stop Believin' at the top of their lungs. I'm sure you'd tell me that having my career is selfish, too, so whatever.

Point is, if you expect to do nothing but quarantine activities until the pandemic is "over", you're either irretrievably stupid or you've got some definition of "over" I'm not familiar with. We can't get enough people to take the shots to do anything but mitigate. Stop thinking you're going to save the world by calling people that have accepted this reality "selfish". Don't be a putz.

You're going on a cruise in the middle ofa pandemic, and I'm the stupid one.

Got it.


Because I recovered from it a couple weeks ago and I'm triple vaxxed. I'm not worried about getting ill from an Omicron breakthrough so soon, and you can't show me studies saying that's a big concern because they don't exist. Breakthrough cases of Omicron aren't driving hospitalizations in the first place, and if/when someone on my cruise tests positive, they'll be quarantined to their cabin for the trip. If that's me, I'll quarantine, but I'm not worried about needing a hospital.

Find someone else to oogabooga, troll.
 
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