One of the biggest stories up here is the death of one Linda Zuern, a former member of the Board of Selectmen in Bourne, Massachusetts, down on the elbow-joint of Cape Cod, and subsequently an official for Barnstable County. Zuern was the very model of a modern major Trumper loon. She cut her teeth on the fringes of the Tea Party and found a natural home in the locked ward of conservatism, as the LGBTQnation discovered while spelunking through the late Ms. Zuern’s Facebook feed.
Her Facebook feed shows what kind of homework she was doing. She spent the past several years sharing links to articles on disreputable websites promoting conspiracy theories and outlandish YouTube videos. Many from this past year were about claims that President Joe Biden stole the election from Donald Trump, that the January 6 Capitol insurrection was actually the work of leftist activists, and that the “Deep State” has been trying to remove Trump from office because he opposes child sex trafficking too much. She even posted support for the Pizzagate conspiracy theory, the idea that Hillary Clinton and other top Democrats were running a child sex trafficking ring out of the basement of a pizza restaurant in D.C. The conspiracy theory led to a gunman going to the pizza restaurant to liberate the children who were supposedly kept in the basement, despite how the restaurant didn’t have a basement.
So, naturally, when the pandemic erupted, Zuern had been fully primed with bad ideas.
Zuern recently protested against the state’s “VaxBus,” which helps get vaccines to people in rural areas of Massachusetts. She spent three terms as a member of the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates. At one of the last meetings this past December, she advocated for more doctors to use hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus, despite the fact that clinical trials showed that it was ineffective and has negative potential side effects. The idea that the government is suppressing information about the effectiveness of the malaria drug in fighting coronavirus, though, has become an article of faith for some opponents of the vaccines.
“That’s just a concern of mine that politics has gotten into the way of really helping people who are sick,” she said, accusing the Barnstable County Department of Health and the Environment of not looking into preventative measures to keep people from catching COVID-19.
Last Friday, Linda Zuern, age 71, died of complications of COVID-19—against which, according to neighbors and friends, she had declined to be vaccinated.
However, the most important piece for America to read on Wednesday could be found on AL.com. The site interviewed an Alabama doctor named Brytney Cobia about her experiences with the current pandemic of the unvaccinated, and Dr. Cobia is extraordinarily eloquent describing what she has seen and heard.
“I’m admitting young healthy people to the hospital with very serious COVID infections,” wrote Cobia, a hospitalist at Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham, in an emotional Facebook post Sunday. “One of the last things they do before they’re intubated is beg me for the vaccine. I hold their hand and tell them that I’m sorry, but it’s too late.”
Dr. Cobia should not have to do this. Nobody should have to do this. But doctors have to have too many painful conversations as a matter of course for them to have to have unnecessary ones.
“A few days later when I call time of death,” continued Cobia on Facebook, “I hug their family members and I tell them the best way to honor their loved one is to go get vaccinated and encourage everyone they know to do the same.”
“They cry. And they tell me they didn’t know. They thought it was a hoax. They thought it was political. They thought because they had a certain blood type or a certain skin color they wouldn’t get as sick. They thought it was ‘just the flu’. But they were wrong. And they wish they could go back. But they can’t. So they thank me and they go get the vaccine. And I go back to my office, write their death note, and say a small prayer that this loss will save more lives.”
I don’t know if you noticed, but there are a number of irredeemably sociopathic motherfckers spouting off their ignorance around the country these days.
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