Hwhether going into robot mode reads Bang’s hour-long speech from remote sensors, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem promises to “protect people’s right to medical or religious immunity from COVID vaccines.”
Then she raised her hand with her index finger extended for emphasis some specific stupid.
“We will also recognize natural immunity,” she said.
The majority of state legislators applauded, showing that they are not only Republicans but foolish enough to endorse her theory that people who have already contracted COVID-19 do not need to be vaccinated.
A leading researcher in bioinformatics at the Yale School of Public Health calls such thinking “irresponsible.”
“Contracting COVID once doesn’t make you immune in the long run and certainly doesn’t make you immune to new variants,” Jeffrey Townsend told The Daily Beast on Tuesday.
Townsend is the author of a Research published by Nasal bacteria in October 2021, the conclusion he summarized in a Yale News article.
“Reinfection can reasonably occur in three months or less,” he quote says. “So people who have been naturally infected should get vaccinated. Previous infection alone may provide little long-term protection from subsequent infections.”
The rise of the Omicron variant confirmed that principle when people received COVID for a second or even a third time. Noem was not only wrong but also reckless.
“The problem with that claim is that many people will be left unprotected against new infections, whether they are new variants or not,” says Townsend. “Having such a claim is misrepresenting the dynamics of this pandemic.”
He added that the current COVID situation is “as severe as it has ever been.”
“We will have more people in the hospital with Omicron than with other variants,” he said. “It’s gone crazy and it’s getting worse.”
And as has been repeatedly noted by The Daily Beast, it is possible that a variant as contagious as Omicron and as deadly as Delta could arise.
“And the likelihood of that variation increases as more people get infected,” Townsend said. “The more people there are, the more different variants will form, and some of them, a very small number of them, will become new variants that are potentially immune-invasive.”
A variant of a very small fraction of infections can become an outbreak if it can evade the body’s defenses.
“And immune invasion will happen regardless of whether it’s a vaccine or natural immunity,” Townsend added.
In other words, those who refuse to be vaccinated and give the virus more of a chance to mutate are endangering all of us, even those responsible for vaccination.
And that lies in the ultimate fallacy as Noem insists that she is not opposed to vaccines, merely in favor of freedom.
“Governor Noem has repeatedly encouraged South Dakotans to get vaccinated for COVID-19, but she has repeatedly reiterated that this should be an option,” her spokesman, Ian Frazer, told The Daily. Beast on Tuesday.
But when Noem suggests that getting a COVID shot makes vaccines unnecessary, she’s actually encouraging those who are hesitant not to get the shot.
And her resistance to the mandate is part of the image she’s building of a cowboy hat, horseback, flag-waving freedom champion who led South Dakota to epic victory. economy in the middle of a pandemic
“The strongest economy in America,” Noem has boasted many times.
In fact, South Dakota ranked 45th in GDP in the third quarter of 2021 when Report of the Economic Analysis Council of the US Department of Commerce.
That illusion appears to be part of her bid to get the Republican ticket in the next presidential election. Trumpian types have sought to mitigate the pandemic from the start, and Noem has embraced immunity as a miracle solution to the pandemic.
In May, she announced at a travel event that South Dakota was about to achieve herd immunity.
“We are very, very close and I hope that most people in the state feel comfortable going about their normal daily activities. We have very good and excellent distribution across the country… We have people who have the virus and have recovered, and a lot of people who have antibodies. ”
By “degree of distribution”, Noem clearly means positive rate. It then dropped to 14% in South Dakota. It jumped over 33% with the arrival of Omicron. Those who tested positive on Thursday included the 14-year-old son of a Sioux Falls businesswoman.
“When your kid is sick and you can’t buy a bottle of cough syrup because Walgreens is closed, I wouldn’t call it freedom.”
The teenagers have returned to school after the holidays. The mask policy there is in line with Noem’s no-mandatory philosophy.
“None of the kids wear masks at school,” reported the businesswoman, who asked not to use her name.
She said her son’s oxygen level had dropped to 92% when it should have been 98 or higher. He coughed so hard on Monday night that his mother ran to Walgreens on 41st Street. She arrived only to find out that it was closing early due to pandemic-related shortages.
“When your kid is sick and you can’t buy a bottle of cough syrup because Walgreens is closed, I wouldn’t call it freedom,” she told The Daily Beast.