Yes, omicron has arrived but right now, the dominant strain is still delta and we are at 18.36 percent positivity (as of 29 December). We are getting creamed.
Yeah, we sold our NFL tickets; can’t risk it at my age and with my elderly wife.
I know that the CDC is catching heat; the argument is that they are recommending something that people might actually follow rather than something safer that they won’t.
I can’t defend everything they recommended; for example my wife followed their “vaccinated adults don’t need to mask” and ended up with a breakthrough that required BAM treatment (late July).
But some of what they said “back when” was reasonable advice at the time. Example: the older variants of covid required a larger dose (viral load) to infect, so cloth masks did provide some protection..and they still do a decent job of filtering droplets released by the wearer.
But sure, now that delta came a long, you need a better mask (NK-95, KF-94) for personal protection.
I admit that I’ve become a bit bitter. Last year, I was whiny about being toward the back of the vaccination line.
Now, my anger is mostly at the COVIDIOTS who won’t get the shot, now with those who won’t mask in indoor public places and institutions who won’t create and enforce vaccine mandates.
And yes, I am still steamed at liberals who, back in the summer of 2020 were all “no large gatherings, unless it is a protest we approve of” and those who wildly exaggerated the efficacy of vaccines by using statistics in a very stupid way.
Yes, it does turn out that outdoor stuff wasn’t that bad, but one needs consistency when one makes recommendations. Liberals were downright hypocritical at the time and, well, why would a conservative trust what we say?
There is a ton of blame to go around.
But there are those doing things right.
Pull ups were harder than usual: weight gain? Cold? (29 F)
5-5-5-5, 10, 5-5-10-5-5 (chins, wide grip included)
push ups: 30 sissy, walk 10 (hard), 10 deficit, 10 legs up the steps (touch the chest).
Deadlifts: 10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 224, 10 x 244 (all low); technique is improving a bit. Felt slight back tingles and decided to end with the 10 x 244; it was the best I’ve done at 10 reps and 244 is more than what I could do in Jan, 2020.