Herd Immunity-- A Beautiful Thing

Poster by Chip Proser

There were 10 states where Trump got over 2 million votes in the 2020 election, only 4 of which he won. This isn't about percentages; this is about raw numbers of Trump voters. And if Generalisimo COVID was looking for strategic places to easily infect, he might look for concentrations of Trump voters, the least likely demographic to be vaccinated. These are the states where the most people voted for Trump, along with the 14 day change in the number of new cases and hospitalizations:

  • California: 6,006,429 (up 213% and 58%)

  • Texas: 5,890,347 (up 162% and 57%)

  • Florida: 5,668,731 (up 227% and 95%)

  • Pennsylvania: 3,377,674 (up 158% and down 4%)

  • New York: 3,244,798 (up 192% and 9%)

  • Ohio: 3,154,834 (up 141% and 17%)

  • North Carolina- 2,758,775 (up 180% and 30%)

  • Michigan- 2,649,852 (up 136% and 3%)

  • Georgia: 2,461,854 (up 220% and 64%)

  • Illinois: 2,446,891 (up 143% and 26%)

How do we know these are Trumpists getting sick? We don't know for sure but when we look at the correlation between the counties with the most Trumpists and the case loads, it becomes impossible to deny. These are the worst-hit counties per capita in each of these states-- along with the percentage of voters who were stupid enough to try to reelect Trump in 2020:

  • Lassen County, CA- 1 in 5 people infected (74.5% Trump)

  • Childress County, TX- 1 in 5 people infected (85.3% Trump)

  • Lafayette County, FL- 1 in 5 people infected (85.5% Trump)

  • Forest County, PA- 1 in 5 people infected (71.1% Trump)

  • Suffolk County, NY- 1 in 7 people infected (49.4% Trump)

  • Pickaway County, OH- 1 in 7 people infected (72.7% Trump)

  • Hyde County, NC- 1 in 7 people infected (56.9% Trump)

  • Luce County, MI- 1 in 5 people infected (70.1% Trump)

  • Bacon County, GA- 1 in 7 people infected (86.1% Trump)

  • Cass County, IL- 1 in 6 people infected (68.2% Trump)

No one in the media wants to point out that it's the moron Trumpists who are bringing the pandemic back to America. If they don't have the brains to protect themselves, their families and their communities from a virus, how can anyone actually believe they have the brains to vote? The Associated Press reported on how horrible things are getting without once pointing out the correlation between Trump voters and COVID cases, which have tripled nationally in the last two weeks "amid an onslaught of vaccine misinformation that is straining hospitals, exhausting doctors and pushing clergy into the fray."

“Our staff, they are frustrated,” said Chad Neilsen, director of infection prevention at UF Health Jacksonville, a Florida hospital that is canceling elective surgeries and procedures after the number of mostly unvaccinated COVID-19 inpatients at its two campuses jumped to 134, up from a low of 16 in mid-May.
“They are tired. They are thinking this is déjà vu all over again, and there is some anger because we know that this is a largely preventable situation, and people are not taking advantage of the vaccine.”

Of the 7 counties the hospital serves, all of them are among the worst-hit in Florida-- including the actual 3 worst-- where the statewide total is 38 cases per 100,000 residents):

#1- Baker County- 72 cases per 100,000 residents

#2- Nassau County- 72 cases per 100,000 residents

#3- Duval County- 66 cases per 100,000 residents

#5- Bradford County- 60 cases per 100,000 residents

#6- Union County- 50 cases per 100,000 residents

#8- Clay County- 47 cases per 100,000 residents

#13- St. John's County- 39 cases per 100,000 residents

"Ron DeSantis-- Open For Business" by Nancy Ohanian

Led by a sociopathic governor, Ron DeSantis, red sections of Florida have abysmally low vaccination rates and tremendous antipathy towards pandemic guidelines. And although Florida has had the most new cases and most deaths almost every single day for the last 6 weeks-- 8,988 new cases (#1) and 58 new deaths (#1) yesterday-- other red states are also suffering mightily for their determination to follow nonsense ideology instead of sound medical advice. Today Florida had the most deaths again (86) and the most new cases-- by far: 12,647, almost as many as Texas and California combined!

In Louisiana, health officials reported 5,388 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday-- the third-highest daily count since the beginning of the pandemic in early 2020. Hospitalizations for the disease rose to 844 statewide, up more than 600 since mid-June. New Orleans leaders urged people to resume wearing masks indoors.
Utah reported having 295 people hospitalized due to the virus, the highest number since February. The state has averaged about 622 confirmed cases per day over the last week, about triple the infection rate at its lowest point in early June. Health data shows the surge is almost entirely connected to unvaccinated people.
“It is like seeing the car wreck before it happens,” said Dr. James Williams, a clinical associate professor of emergency medicine at Texas Tech, who has recently started treating more COVID-19 patients. “None of us want to go through this again.”
He said the patients are younger-- many in their 20s, 30s and 40s-- and overwhelmingly unvaccinated.
As lead pastor of one of Missouri’s largest churches, Jeremy Johnson has heard the reasons congregants don’t want the COVID-19 vaccine. He wants them to know it’s not only OK to get vaccinated, it’s what the Bible urges.
“I think there is a big influence of fear,” said Johnson, whose Springfield-based church also has a campus in Nixa and another about to open in Republic. “A fear of trusting something apart from scripture, a fear of trusting something apart from a political party they’re more comfortable following. A fear of trusting in science. We hear that: ‘I trust in God, not science.’ But the truth is science and God are not something you have to choose between.”
Now many churches in southwestern Missouri, like Johnson’s Assembly of God-affiliated North Point Church, are hosting vaccination clinics. Meanwhile, about 200 church leaders have signed onto a statement urging Christians to get vaccinated, and on Wednesday announced a follow-up public service campaign.
Opposition to vaccination is especially strong among white evangelical Protestants, who make up more than one-third of Missouri’s residents, according to a 2019 report by the Pew Research Center.
“We found that the faith community is very influential, very trusted, and to me that is one of the answers as to how you get your vaccination rates up,” said Ken McClure, mayor of Springfield.
The two hospitals in his city are teeming with patients, reaching record and near-record pandemic highs. Steve Edwards, who is the CEO of CoxHealth in Springfield, tweeted that the hospital has brought in 175 traveling nurses and has 46 more scheduled to arrive by Monday.
“Grateful for the help,” wrote Edwards, who previously tweeted that anyone spreading misinformation about the vaccine should “shut up.”
Jacob Burmood, a 40-year-old Kansas City, Missouri, artist, said his mother has been promoting vaccine conspiracy theories even though her husband-- Burmood’s stepfather-- is hospitalized on a ventilator in Springfield.
“It is really, really sad, and it is really frustrating,” he said.
Burmood recalled how his mother had recently fallen ill and “was trying to tell me that vaccinated people got her sick, and it wasn’t even COVID. I just shut her down. I said, ‘Mom, I can’t talk to you about conspiracy theories right now.’ ... You need to go to a hospital. You are going to die.”

Unfortunately, she didn't and I'm guessing she's back to spreading her poison again, making more Trumpists sick.