We shouldn’t have to remind people there’s other people in the world to care about other than themselves, but we do… if you don’t wear a mask around me, you’re putting me in danger. I will protect myself by wearing a mask.
Don’t you dare tell me to take mine off. 💙🥄
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IMPORTANT! Please read!
The delta variant of the coronavirus appears to cause more severe illness than earlier variants and spreads as easily as chickenpox, according to an internal federal health document that argues officials must “acknowledge the war has changed.”
The document is an internal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention slide presentation, shared within the CDC and obtained by The Washington Post.
The document strikes an urgent note, revealing the agency knows it must revamp its public messaging to emphasize vaccination as the best defense against a variant so contagious that it acts almost like a different novel virus, leaping from target to target more swiftly than Ebola or the common cold.
It cites a combination of recently obtained, still-unpublished data from outbreak investigations and outside studies showing that vaccinated individuals infected with delta may be able to transmit the virus as easily as those who are unvaccinated. Vaccinated people infected with delta have measurable viral loads similar to those who are unvaccinated and infected with the variant.
One of the slides states that there is a higher risk among older age groups for hospitalization and death relative to younger people, regardless of vaccination status. Another estimates that there are 35,000 symptomatic infections per week among 162 million vaccinated Americans.
The CDC’s revised mask guidance stops short of what the internal document calls for. “Given higher transmissibility and current vaccine coverage, universal masking is essential to reduce transmission of the Delta variant,” it states.
Having closely followed what was happening with the delta variant around the world, I knew this was coming. The CDC should have never changed the mask guidance in May. Now it is going to be hard to undo it.
The bottom line is the vaccines will help prevent hospitalizations and death but they are less effective in the elderly and it seems that breakthrough infections are more common than they initially thought they were. It also appears that vaccinated people who contract the delta variant can infect others.
If you care about your loved ones you will mask up in indoor public settings even if you are vaccinated.
If you care about yourself and your loved ones you will get the vaccine. It might not prevent a breakthrough infection but it will make it less likely you will face hospitalization or death.
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In 1990 Canada laid siege to sovereign Mohawk territory, in Kanehsatà:ke. With helicopters and tanks and soldiers they showed Indigenous people everywhere how far they will go to steal the land out from under our feet. The Mohawks stood firm and showed the world how strong we are.
It is 30 years since the start of the “Oka Crisis,” and the fires of Indigenous resistance are still burning.
The Mohawks did not start this crisis. It began when the Mohawks were ignored as the true owners of their lands. It continued when the army rolled in with tear gas and rubber bullets. It has continued ever since, every time the state asserts its genocidal force on sovereign Indigenous territories. When we fight back, when we stand up for our lands and our people, we are painted as criminals.
Nothing has changed. Canada is still waging war on Indigenous people.
When we observed the colonial invasion of Wet’suwet’en territory in February 2020, the RCMP took over local communities and transformed them into staging grounds for their siege on our lands. They deployed dozens of militarized police, with dogs, with automatic weapons, with sniper rifles and snow mobiles and helicopters. They spent millions of dollars to arrest a handful of our matriarchs, our relatives, and supporters. They tore down our tower where we stood to bear witness to their violence.
Today we burned the remains of the tower in a ceremonial fire.
We know there is a time to build and a time to burn it down.
30 years ago, the Wet’suwet’en blocked Highway 16 in solidarity with the Mohawks of Kanehsatà:ke. Months ago, the Mohawks stood with us to shut down Canada after our lands were invaded.
We stand united today.
We were born in the fires of resistance, our parents and grandparents and great-grandparents and ancestors fought this fight.
We defend the land for our ancestors, for our children, for future generations.
We will not lose.
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