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2022-12-03 11:28:19 PM  
The answer is that we do still need to be concerned about COVID misinformation, particularly with the current Twitter dumpster fire. Thankfully, the impact of COVID has lessened, but the pandemic isn't over.
 
2022-12-03 11:31:51 PM  
Fortunately, Elron's antics have erased any lingering illusions about credibility on Twitter, so no one who isn't already committed to insanity will believe it anyway.
 
2022-12-03 11:40:17 PM  
Severe COVID survivor here. I wrote about my experiences here on FARK when I came through it in March of 2020. Since then i've:

Survived a DVT that turned into a full blown PE in October of 2021
Had a diabetes scare (Negative)
Had a Kidney function scare (Negative) 
Had palpitations / racing pulse / heart weirdness (EEG / EKG shows normal) 
Discovered I have permanent lung scarring
And all sorts of other LC things.

The thing about Covid is, surviving the original infection is just the START of things, not the end. 

What that means is, the disinformation is going to change to try and pave over the litany of new, weird things that survivors of Covid are going to be dealing with. There's discussions between the Epidemiologists that I follow that the wave of RSV that's hiatting children hard is directly due to T-cell fatigue / low count after being infected with Covid. 

Then there's new bullschitt like "Immunity deficits/debt" which is utter, complete crap. Your body doesn't function like a bank, nor does your immune system 'deplete' itself if it's not fighting something off. Whoever came up with that needs to go piss up a rope. 

So, expect to hear the goalposts moved to "Oh they dropped dead from a heart attack / succumbed to RSV / Had heart issues / kidney / liver / brain / intestinal / got clogged up with Candida Auris / but it couldn't possibly be due to prior COVID infection." 

And as always the old tin-gold standards will get new life from morons who try to bend reality to their delusions. Garbage like "masks don't work" or refusing to believe / acknowledge that Covid is airborne, etc. 

It's a god-awful, horrid disease that I wouldn't wish on anyone. Anyone. And it, unfortunately thrashes you to a point that you're forever wondering what the fsck is going to happen / fail next.
 
2022-12-04 12:11:59 AM  
There used to be a published mutation for about every 50,000 cases.  That is now about one in every 12,500 cases but case numbers are no longer being properly recored anywhere in the world.
 
2022-12-04 12:20:22 AM  

Znuh: Severe COVID survivor here. I wrote about my experiences here on FARK when I came through it in March of 2020. Since then i've:

Survived a DVT that turned into a full blown PE in October of 2021
Had a diabetes scare (Negative)
Had a Kidney function scare (Negative) 
Had palpitations / racing pulse / heart weirdness (EEG / EKG shows normal) 
Discovered I have permanent lung scarring
And all sorts of other LC things.

The thing about Covid is, surviving the original infection is just the START of things, not the end. 

What that means is, the disinformation is going to change to try and pave over the litany of new, weird things that survivors of Covid are going to be dealing with. There's discussions between the Epidemiologists that I follow that the wave of RSV that's hiatting children hard is directly due to T-cell fatigue / low count after being infected with Covid. 

Then there's new bullschitt like "Immunity deficits/debt" which is utter, complete crap. Your body doesn't function like a bank, nor does your immune system 'deplete' itself if it's not fighting something off. Whoever came up with that needs to go piss up a rope. 

So, expect to hear the goalposts moved to "Oh they dropped dead from a heart attack / succumbed to RSV / Had heart issues / kidney / liver / brain / intestinal / got clogged up with Candida Auris / but it couldn't possibly be due to prior COVID infection." 

And as always the old tin-gold standards will get new life from morons who try to bend reality to their delusions. Garbage like "masks don't work" or refusing to believe / acknowledge that Covid is airborne, etc. 

It's a god-awful, horrid disease that I wouldn't wish on anyone. Anyone. And it, unfortunately thrashes you to a point that you're forever wondering what the fsck is going to happen / fail next.


Sorry for your ordeal. I think you had the early strain, which was mean as shiat.

The virus has since evolved to be more contagious but far less virulent.

I got one of the Omicron strains last July. Felt like I'd been eaten by a wolf and shiat off a cliff for 3-4 days, but then OK and no lingering effects. I've got some friends with similar experiences.

Current strains are still killing some people, but lots make it through fine. This makes it harder to get people to take it seriously.
 
2022-12-04 3:31:11 AM  
My strategy of vaccinations and avoiding personal contact seems to be working.  So far, so good, anyway.
 
2022-12-04 3:31:56 AM  
Probably no. The drunk uncles out there that need it have all the info they want from Dr. Facebook and they don't care.

I mean, there is a substantial subset of the population that believed it was a hoax, refused to wear a mask, refused to stay home, and refused to get shots. How many ponds you gonna lead them horses to before you give up?
 
2022-12-04 3:36:17 AM  
Yes. Always.
 
2022-12-04 3:40:39 AM  
The Moderna vaccine gave me a third nipple.
 
2022-12-04 3:41:29 AM  

Billy Liar: My strategy of vaccinations and avoiding personal contact seems to be working.  So far, so good, anyway.


Serious question:

Do you miss personal contact?
 
2022-12-04 3:49:11 AM  
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300 souls lost per day in the US.
 
2022-12-04 3:52:31 AM  

The_Sponge: Billy Liar: My strategy of vaccinations and avoiding personal contact seems to be working.  So far, so good, anyway.

Serious question:

Do you miss personal contact?


To be honest, it wasn't that much of a change, I'm a fairly solitary type.  I do see how it would be a change for the more outgoing personality, though.
 
2022-12-04 3:53:33 AM  

The_Sponge: The Moderna vaccine gave me a third nipple.


Idk bout you, but small price to pay considering that vax added 3 inches to my penis.
 
2022-12-04 3:56:05 AM  

ProfessorTerguson: The_Sponge: The Moderna vaccine gave me a third nipple.

Idk bout you, but small price to pay considering that vax added 3 inches to my penis.


Me too, but unfortunately, perpendicular.
 
2022-12-04 3:56:09 AM  
Well, yes. Locally to me - McMaster Children's Hospital has filled all of its 150 beds for the firt time, ever. Not even in 2020-21 did they get that bad. The elftover damage from "asymptomatic" Covid including vaccinated kids, is the reason why.

The biggest lie is that there are "asymptomatic" Covid infections. The second biggest is that can go to work and school safely. We simply cannot go to work and school safely.

Caanda's workforce is going to be more than just decimated in a couple years. The projections are that more than half our current school students will be unable to work after their 3rd or 4th infection - disabled for life, basically.
 
2022-12-04 3:57:41 AM  

Bennie Crabtree: firt elftover


...is the name of my Gnome cleric.
 
2022-12-04 3:58:28 AM  
There are infectious diseases that cause issues decades later.

Think of it like smoking - even if you quit decades ago, your lungs were damaged, and may fail prematurely.  Ditto with some diseases - they attack subsystems of the body and sometimes the damage only manifests decades later.

Earlier covid studies indicated an elevated risk of cardiovascular issues and diabetes within a year after infection.  We don't know if there will be more issues later on.

We may not know the real cost of this pandemic yet.
 
2022-12-04 4:05:45 AM  
What I'm starting now to see is antivaxxers demanding apologies because apparently, they've been proven right all along. The most stringent ones demand Nuremberg-like trials.
 
2022-12-04 4:10:07 AM  
Until we reach max inflation and peak slowing down of the economy the misinformation is still needed.
 
2022-12-04 4:18:18 AM  

BitwiseShift: Until we reach max inflation and peak slowing down of the economy the misinformation is still needed.


"Peak slowing." That's one for the Farktionary.
 
2022-12-04 4:31:11 AM  

Pichu0102: [Fark user image 850x283]

300 souls lost per day in the US.


Which is triple the rate of winter flu deaths from the pre-covid days
 
2022-12-04 4:36:07 AM  

centrifugal bumblepuppy: Pichu0102: [Fark user image 850x283]

300 souls lost per day in the US.

Which is triple the rate of winter flu deaths from the pre-covid days


It's hardly evidence of anything, but I've been noticing a lot of deaths of celebrities--actors and whatnot--in their early to mid 60's lately. Which is a bit odd. Has there been an increase in deaths in middle aged adults across the board recently?
 
2022-12-04 4:38:19 AM  

Pichu0102: [Fark user image 850x283]

300 souls lost per day in the US.


Are we sure this isn't Peter Thiel's fault as he's trying to build some kind of prototype of:

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2022-12-04 4:41:29 AM  
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2022-12-04 5:06:44 AM  

centrifugal bumblepuppy: Pichu0102: [Fark user image 850x283]

300 souls lost per day in the US.

Which is triple the rate of winter flu deaths from the pre-covid days


People are still also dying of the flu. Maybe more if they get both COVID and the flu together, or long COVID and the flu.

The situation before was awful. The situation now is worse. Why the fark do we try to justify preventable loss of life or preventable disabling events?
 
2022-12-04 5:11:09 AM  
Are people still gullible idiots?
 
2022-12-04 5:12:42 AM  
I heard 'masks don't work' from a coworker less than a week ago.
 
2022-12-04 5:13:55 AM  

BitwiseShift: Until we reach max inflation and peak slowing down of the economy the misinformation is still needed.


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2022-12-04 5:16:06 AM  

Pichu0102: [Fark user image image 850x283]

300 souls lost per day in the US.


That's a serious undercount. States like FL and TX are ruthlessly suppressing reporting
 
2022-12-04 5:16:17 AM  

Ragin' Asian: Are people still gullible idiots?


They're developing a vaccine for that.
 
2022-12-04 5:48:11 AM  

Znuh: Severe COVID survivor here. I wrote about my experiences here on FARK when I came through it in March of 2020. Since then i've:

Survived a DVT that turned into a full blown PE in October of 2021
Had a diabetes scare (Negative)
Had a Kidney function scare (Negative) 
Had palpitations / racing pulse / heart weirdness (EEG / EKG shows normal) 
Discovered I have permanent lung scarring
And all sorts of other LC things.

The thing about Covid is, surviving the original infection is just the START of things, not the end. 

What that means is, the disinformation is going to change to try and pave over the litany of new, weird things that survivors of Covid are going to be dealing with. There's discussions between the Epidemiologists that I follow that the wave of RSV that's hiatting children hard is directly due to T-cell fatigue / low count after being infected with Covid. 

Then there's new bullschitt like "Immunity deficits/debt" which is utter, complete crap. Your body doesn't function like a bank, nor does your immune system 'deplete' itself if it's not fighting something off. Whoever came up with that needs to go piss up a rope. 

So, expect to hear the goalposts moved to "Oh they dropped dead from a heart attack / succumbed to RSV / Had heart issues / kidney / liver / brain / intestinal / got clogged up with Candida Auris / but it couldn't possibly be due to prior COVID infection." 

And as always the old tin-gold standards will get new life from morons who try to bend reality to their delusions. Garbage like "masks don't work" or refusing to believe / acknowledge that Covid is airborne, etc. 

It's a god-awful, horrid disease that I wouldn't wish on anyone. Anyone. And it, unfortunately thrashes you to a point that you're forever wondering what the fsck is going to happen / fail next.


Can Fark please hire someone who knows how to actually write a "dirty word" filter that doesn't make posts look stupid when they happen to have a "dirty word" embedded in them?
 
2022-12-04 5:51:25 AM  

Bennie Crabtree: Bennie Crabtree: firt elftover

...is the name of my Gnome cleric.


Wasn't Elftoverture a Kansas album?
 
2022-12-04 6:05:12 AM  

Znuh: There's discussions between the Epidemiologists that I follow that the wave of RSV that's hiatting children hard is directly due to T-cell fatigue / low count after being infected with Covid. 

Then there's new bullschitt like "Immunity deficits/debt" which is utter, complete crap.


One point I don't understand here - how is the first sentence not an "immunity deficit"? These two paragraphs seem directly contradictory. Maybe I'm missing the context.
 
2022-12-04 6:15:08 AM  

NotCodger: The answer is that we do still need to be concerned about COVID misinformation, particularly with the current Twitter dumpster fire. Thankfully, the impact of COVID has lessened, but the pandemic isn't over.


I laughed.
The impact of the pandemic hasn't lessoned, it has compounded.
We now have over a million dead and tens of millions chronically ill.
We no longer have monoclonal antibodies.
Our vaccines are permissive of infection.
Autopsy studies show that SARS-CoV-2 infection is chronic in all donors with massive infiltration in all organs, including the heart and brain.
The brains of teenagers in public school are showing signs of accelerated aging.
Early onset Alzheimer's Disease and dementia diagnosises are exploding.
Dropdeads everywhere.

We've past fark Around and yet are still farking around as we Find Out the astronomically high cost of farking around one isolated household at a time. The pandemic not less severe, it is only less visible because those in power have gone up great lengths to obscure it.  Clowns that say things like Thankfully, the impact of COVID has lessened, but the pandemic isn't overare the 2022 version of the jerks that ran around saying herd immunity and just a flu in 2000.  A more accurate characterization would be America's pandemic mitigation efforts have been deliberately scuttled and the nation is in free fall.
 
2022-12-04 6:19:59 AM  

Ragin' Asian: Are people still gullible idiots?


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2022-12-04 6:27:48 AM  
As long as democrats overwhelmingly get vaxxed and Q Annon Republicans do not, I don't see the downside.
 
2022-12-04 6:28:31 AM  

Trocadero: ProfessorTerguson: The_Sponge: The Moderna vaccine gave me a third nipple.

Idk bout you, but small price to pay considering that vax added 3 inches to my penis.

Me too, but unfortunately, perpendicular.


Is that like a hammerhead shark kinda thing, then?
 
2022-12-04 6:42:29 AM  
If you are going to believe, you're going to believe.  If not, well, not much you one can do about other people's stupidity.  I was at the Dr's office the other day to get the results on my nuclear stress test.  There were approximately 40 people in the waiting room.  I was the ONLY one wearing a mask.  Even the doctor didn't wear one.  I'm a bit concerned about the cath I'm going to have the 20th, not because of the procedure, but because of the lack of mask wearing.  This thing is not over.  All I can do is protect myself by wearing my mask in public.  I don't care what the rest of them to.  If they want to chance it, well let them I guess.  

...that is all...
 
2022-12-04 6:44:22 AM  

MrBallou: Sorry for your ordeal. I think you had the early strain, which was mean as shiat.

The virus has since evolved to be more contagious but far less virulent.

I got one of the Omicron strains last July. Felt like I'd been eaten by a wolf and shiat off a cliff for 3-4 days, but then OK and no lingering effects. I've got some friends with similar experiences.

Current strains are still killing some people, but lots make it through fine. This makes it harder to get people to take it seriously.


This is what I came to say.  I just had a bout of COVID a couple of weeks ago.  Tested positive 5 days in a row.
But I never felt any worse than a minor sinus infection.

I am super careful all the time too.  Yet I still got it.  What this means is that the current versions of COVID is super contagious, but not very serious.  And thank goodness for that.

In the end, all we can do is continue to be careful.  At this point, if you don't already know all about COVID despite the misinformation out there, it's something of a miracle that it hasn't already killed you.

This is why, as per the headline, I don't think that COVID misinformation is all that big a problem nowadays.  Everyone who is convinced that it is nothing has been acting that way for over 2 years now.  And no one is going to change their minds.
 
2022-12-04 6:49:35 AM  

Znuh: It's a god-awful, horrid disease that I wouldn't wish on anyone. Anyone.


As we're approaching the three-year mark of the pandemic, and the two-year mark for the first release of the vaccines, I wish iat on everyone who's still unvaccinated (with the exception of people who can't be vaccinated due to some underlying health condition).  And I hope that their experience is so bad, it makes yours look like a walk in the park.

I realize that, in the eyes of some, that makes me a sociopath.  I've been accused of that before, and I don't care.  I was part of the legion of Farkers who cheered every "Person refuses to mask/quarantine/vaccinate, person dies" story that was posted here.  If people want to be willfully ignorant, they should pay the price for their ignorance instead of having society save them from themselves.
 
2022-12-04 6:50:14 AM  

Nicki Minaj's Cousin's Friend's Swollen Testicle: Ragin' Asian: Are people still gullible idiots?

They're developing a vaccine for that.


Yes, it's called COVID.
 
2022-12-04 6:54:39 AM  
The pandemic is over. Biden out front should have told you.
 
2022-12-04 6:57:42 AM  

edmo: Probably no. The drunk uncles out there that need it have all the info they want from Dr. Facebook and they don't care.

I mean, there is a substantial subset of the population that believed it was a hoax, refused to wear a mask, refused to stay home, and refused to get shots. How many ponds you gonna lead them horses to before you give up?


Are there drunk uncles out there that aren't in here? Shocking.
 
2022-12-04 7:09:33 AM  
Interest was diverted when Russia invaded Ukraine. There hasn't been a Herman Caine award since then.
 
2022-12-04 7:11:38 AM  
It's just insane. Half of my co-workers are staunch anti-vaxxers, including one who's sister contracted one of the virulent early strains. He was extremely upset as she was put on a ventilator and couldn't do anything as she lived on the other side of the world.
You know where this is going, dear Farkers...
"Vaccines don't do anything, just the government wanting to get paid. It's all big pharma, follow the money."
His long-term partner just had their first child.
I weep.
 
2022-12-04 7:12:43 AM  
This thing is still killing thousands of people every day.  The mask mandates and lockdowns should never have been lifted.
 
2022-12-04 7:17:12 AM  
Just scheduled my second booster, so I really don't care.

/Finally sorted out my insurance.
//Plus, everyone upstairs at work is getting sick with... Something.  But they're management so it's hard to be sympathetic.
///Just got my flu shot as well.  I'll either wake up tomorrow with a third arm or being able eat lead paint chips without fear.
 
2022-12-04 7:21:05 AM  
No, let the stupid die of willful ignorance.

In Georgia only 66.5% have had only their their first vaccination, 41,070 have died in Georgia, 55% are up to date.

I got covid from some covidiot, it lasted two days, the covid cough was for about ten days.


/Fark them, they chose to fark themselves anyway.
 
2022-12-04 7:22:31 AM  
No, we don't still need to be concerned about COVID misinformation.  Or at least, that's what a meme posted by a friend-if-a-friend on Facebook told me.
 
2022-12-04 7:30:36 AM  
Reasonable, well-informed people can and do disagree about such issues, based on different assessments of the 'best available evidence.'"

I can say, based on the past 6 years, that this country is definitely not filled with "reasonable, well-informed people".
 
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