I have a very personal illustration of just how "Is she hospitalized for COVID or with COVID?" is not the flex people who want to downplay the seriousness of our pandemic situation is.

This is about my mother and her hospitalization WITH COVID and why you need to shut it. (1)
2. I've mentioned briefly before. My mother has stage 4 cancer. It is rare and serious, and her prognosis is not good. She is currently undergoing aggressive chemo to try to give her back some quality of life and more months of it.
3. She has been in the hospital in a dedicated cancer ward since before Thanksgiving. She has undergone 3 rounds of 4 in this course of chemotherapy. At no point between rounds has she been well enough to release to rehab. She's been in the hospital the entire time.
4. Just after Christmas, the hospital was closed to ALL outside visitors because of the uncontrolled spread of the omicron variant. She has been alone except for the medical and hospital staff this entire time supposedly protected from the outside.
5. Last night, because she had been coughing, she was tested by PCR.

She has COVID-19.

She is now someone who is "hospitalized WITH COVID."
6. The hospital worker who brought it to her may have been entirely asymptomatic as can happen with vaxxed and boosted people. The hospital does not have the ability to test every worker who enters every day without the government providing that.
7. She has COVID-19 because the utterly uncontrolled spread of the virus through the community traveled from one infected person to another until it met someone who has regular contact with sick and immunocompromised people - including stage 4 cancer patients.
8. My mother's life has value.

What time she has left before her cancer ends her life has value to her family and friends. Her poor prognosis does not in any way shape or form justify or modify the tragedy of her being exposed to and catching a virus that threatens her further.
9. This was avoidable. This was not inevitable. Our national and global failure kept this virus spreading and killing and disabling.

YOUR behavior - vaccinated or unvaccinated - still matters and still impacts others you may never meet.
10. I am at a genuine loss why such huge swaths of our society cannot process that reality. People's individual failure to protect others has outcomes that are devastating, and their clever rhetorical tricks to downplay them are pathetic.

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