What's the COVID plan anti-masker/anti-vaxers?
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Posted by jacobsisland (+59) 25 days ago
Given that my aunt in Forsyth died of COVID yesterday and literally only about 2% of Miles City masks and only 39% have the vaccine, I'm wondering what the PLAN is. You know - all the COVID deniers, law makers and politicians who are raging against masks and vaccines - WHAT'S YOUR PLAN, specifically? Do you all plan to let as many people get sick, become long-haulers, and/or die as it takes to achieve "herd immunity," which will very quickly disappear with each viral mutation, putting ya'll back at square one, and then let more people get sick, become long-haulers or 6 feet under and so on and so forth with each mutation until the end of time? Or, are you only planning on carrying out the above for 2 - 4 years until you "trust" the vaccine and hope you are still alive to take it then? Is that the plan? Or, is there another plan, because I have yet to hear any anti-mask/anti-vax, GOP politician or lawmaker articulate the plan. Help me out here. Someone let me in on "the plan" for effectively dealing with COVID aside from masking up until everyone is vaccinated. Thanks. I can't wait to read this.
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Posted by Karen L. Morris (+1772) 25 days ago
Reply to jacobsisland (#382799)
My condolences for the loss of your aunt. You're not the only one who has lost family or friends to Covid. I'm afraid I can't enlighten you with regard to "the plan" because I am not one of the category you've specified. All I can do is to extend my sympathy and assure you that you are not alone with your concerns.
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Posted by tom regan (+2492) 25 days ago
The plan? The Gianforte pandemic plan for Montana seems to be the same as the Abbott plan in Texas and the Deathsantis plan in Florida. Let people die to score points with political supporters while completely ignoring reality and science.

Condolences on the loss of your aunt. You are not alone in your frustration.
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+17224) 24 days ago
The only positive take I get from this current situation is at least Trump voters are dying and thus removing themselves from the electorate.
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Posted by Robert Martelle (+758) 11 days ago
The following is from the Montana Free Press. Does it surprise anyone?

HELENA — In an internal letter delivered last month, scientific staff at the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services criticized the evidence used by health department Director Adam Meier and Gov. Greg Gianforte to justify an August emergency rule discouraging school mask mandates, saying some claims made by the rule were “misleading and false.”

The Sept. 17 letter was sent to Meier via email by Senior Epidemiologist Lisa Richidt and was co-signed by 17 additional staff epidemiologists. Their letter said the rule misrepresented the scientific literature by asserting that masks haven’t been proven effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19 and that prolonged mask wearing can harm children.

The result, the scientists said, is a rule that undermines the health department’s credibility, “contributes to the spread of misinformation,” makes it harder for local public health officials to keep their communities safe and fosters divisiveness as school officials determine whether mask mandates are appropriate for their facilities.

The emergency rule has previously been criticized by the Montana Nurses Association, which said it “promotes junk science” in a Sept. 8 memo. The letter from the epidemiologists, however, is the first public indication that discomfort about the evidence used to justify the rule extends into ranks of the state’s staff scientists.

The letter, which Montana Free Press had sought via an unfulfilled public records request, was provided to MTFP this week by an anonymous source. One of its signatories independently verified that the document in MTFP’s possession is the document they signed.

Gianforte spokesman Travis Hall declined to comment on the epidemiologists’ letter Tuesday, referring an inquiry to the health department.
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Posted by David Schott (+16946) 11 days ago
Not surprised at all. You get the government you elect.
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Posted by D. Matzen (+158) 9 days ago
I wonder how many people have watched their family members and friends go through the hospitalization and death from Covid. It ain't pretty.
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Posted by Earl Bennett (+968) 9 days ago
Reply to D. Matzen (#382866)
I agree, but no worries, the virus can vaccinate you the hard NATURAL way. Then you can skip the other free vaccine.
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