#covid 19
theculturedmarxist · 8 hours ago
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vitariesocks · 2 months ago
Thinking about how a year ago I was interviewed by a very popular radio show about my long COVID symptoms (I was over a year into experiencing them). They ended up not using my story because “it was too sad” and “I didn’t recover like other people”. They told me to contact them when I had recovered to potentially share my story in the future. I wrote back and told them that most people with long COVID will never recover, and that they weren’t accurately reporting on how COVID affects people. They never replied.
A year later and my symptoms still haven’t improved at all. Anyways, here’s your reminder that the COVID reporting you’re reading (at least in the U.S.) is probably not accurate and is not actually reflecting the suffering of real people.
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catwingsathena · a month ago
My sister puts glasses away upside down.
Because our mother does,
Because her mother did,
Because her mother lived through the Dust Bowl.
One day my father sat me down and told me about epigenetics.
How the trauma he went through
As a child in an abusive home
Wrote itself into his DNA
And, in turn, into mine.
How he and his brothers,
In various ways,
Are all sick from it.
How I might be too, someday,
And I’m not sure I’m not.
I hear people say,
When will we get back to normal?
And I think of a woman born in the twenty-first century
Who puts her glasses away differently
Because of what her great-grandmother endured
Ninety years before.
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vegan-and-sara · 7 months ago
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rongzhi · 6 months ago
A douyin promoted on an account that recaps interesting events seen on the platform.
English added by me :)
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fuckyeahasexual · 7 months ago
Hey, wanted to share this since doctors are saying it’s time to double mask (with a surgical and filtered cotton mask) or K95 (or the similar high grade medical masks) now. 😷
I’ve never used surgical masks during the past 2 years because they don’t fit tight on my face. But you can fix surgical masks if they don’t fit securely!!
I literally had to try it out at home to see and it makes such a huge difference on the fit.
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visit-ba-sing-se · 8 months ago
shout out to every one still wearing their mask, no matter if mandatory or not. everyone who used their privilege to get their vaccine and booster shot. everyone who is careful to still follow the rules on social distancing. everyone who missed out on some kind of fun or thing they looked forward to because it did not seem right in the middle of a pandemic (and might have even gotten mocked as stuck up). all of this has been so long and frustrating but it would be way worse if It weren't for you, so thank you so much for carrying on for all of us. 
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phoenixonwheels · 10 months ago
Antivaxxers are really out here hollering “PeOpLe ShOuLd bE aBLe tO dEcIdE tO nOt GeT vAcCiNaTeD!!!”
They can? Nobody’s hunting you down with a tranquilizer gun and shooting the COVID-19 vaccine into you. You getting fired from your job or not being allowed into shops or onto airplanes because you’re not vaccinated is not you being forced to get vaccinated.
It’s you facing the consequences of your actions.
Nobody is required to deal with your plague rat ass. If you don’t want to get vaccinated, stay home.
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twinsfawn · a year ago
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itscolossal · 5 months ago
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In ‘Glass Microbiology,’ Sculptures Explore the Science Behind Modeling Viruses and Bacteria
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funnytwittertweets · 6 months ago
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silvermoon424 · 6 months ago
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I just read this excellent article by The Atlantic about the impact of Covid on immunocompromised people. As an immunocompromised person myself, it really spoke to me. While the article is long, I specifically wanted to highlight the parts taking about ableism.
I am so happy a piece of journalism is acknowledging how fucking disgusting and ableist society’s reaction to the disabled, elderly, and generally infirm has been during Covid. People like me- who are at a high risk of Covid- are treated like burdens. Like we’re dragging society down. Like it’s our fault things aren’t back to normal yet. I have heard some people say things that straight-up sound like eugenics, that we should let “the weak” die.
We’ve made enormous strides but our society still has so little compassion for the disabled.
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pickle-belly · 9 months ago
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eelhound · a year ago
"Business owners around the country are offering up a lament: 'no one wants to work.' A McDonalds franchise said they had to close because no one wants to work; North Carolina congressman David Rouzer claimed that a too-generous welfare state has turned us all lazy as he circulated photos of a shuttered fast-food restaurant supposedly closed 'due to NO STAFF.'
Most of these complaints seem to be coming from franchised restaurants. Why? Well, it’s not complicated. Service workers didn’t decide one day to stop working — rather huge numbers of them cannot work anymore. Because they’ve died of coronavirus.
A recent study from the University of California–San Francisco looks at increased morbidity rates due to COVID, stratified by profession, from the height of the pandemic last year. They find that food and agricultural workers morbidity rates increased by the widest margins by far, much more so than medical professionals or other occupations generally considered to be on the 'front lines' of the pandemic. Within the food industry, the morbidity rates of line cooks increased by 60 percent, making it the deadliest profession in America under coronavirus pandemic.
Line cooks are especially at risk because of notoriously bad ventilation systems in restaurant kitchens and preparation areas. Anyone who has ever worked a back-of-the-house job knows that it’s hot, smelly, and crowded back there, all of which indicate poor indoor air quality. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Environmental Protection Agency recommended increasing indoor ventilation to fight the virus, but such upgrades are costly and time consuming. There is no data available on how many restaurants chose not to upgrade their ventilation systems, but given how miserly franchise owners are with everything else, one could guess that many, if not most, made no upgrades at all.
Ventilation issues are deadliest for line cooks and other back-of-house jobs, but there are other reasons why food workers’ morbidity rates shot up. Food workers are much more likely to be poor and/or a racial or national minority, and poor people and black and Latino workers are much more likely to die of complications from the coronavirus.
Restaurants are often intentionally short staffed, making it difficult to take time off, so sick workers likely still came to work (and infected others in the process). Bars and restaurants are COVID-19 hotspots, and service workers and customers alike get sick after prolonged restaurant exposure. The difference is that many of those customers have health insurance and other safeguards to prevent them from dying of the illness; 69 percent of restaurants, on the other hand, offer their employees no health benefits at all.
When coronavirus is spread at restaurants, and restaurant workers make little money and rarely earn health benefits, it’s no wonder morbidity rates are so much higher for food service workers. But rather than collectively grieve the deaths of tens of thousands of the people who serve us and keep us fed, and keep such tragedies in mind when considering the state of the food-service industry labor market today, business owners and their political lackeys call these workers 'lazy.'
There are, of course, also living, breathing people who have decided they do not want to risk their lives for $7.25 per hour and no health benefits. That is a perfectly rational decision for the homo economicus to make. Given how dangerous restaurant work is during a viral pandemic, if restaurant owners really wanted more workers, they would offer living wages, health benefits, and adequate personal protective equipment. But all the wage increases in the world won’t bring back the dead.
There aren’t enough people working in the service industry, and service bosses have somehow turned that into our problem, into something we ought to be ashamed of. We shouldn’t fall for it. Profits accumulate because of labor — without workers to exploit, the owning class can’t get richer. Capitalists cannot exploit the labor of the dead, so when large swathes of the working class die, they turn their ire on the living.
This is a barbaric response to mass tragedy. Workers across the country and the globe are dead or grieving. We shouldn’t risk further tragedies for a paltry minimum wage."
- Sandy Barnard, "Service Workers Aren’t Lazy — They Just Don’t Want to Risk Dying for Minimum Wage." Jacobin, 5 May 2021.
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left-reminders · 7 months ago
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brotheralyosha · 7 months ago
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This is the top post on R/Nursing right now. The American health care system everybody!!!!!!
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