Covid-19


Holidays at the White House   Recently updated !

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Legislation may be out of Biden’s control, although he’s chosen to not make any offers or demands to Manchin and Sinema to get them on board. But it is absolutely within his power to waive vaccine patents and slow down yet another variant.

He can also cancel student debt and stop abusing immigrants with the flick of an executive order. And Santa can see that he hasn’t.

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Booster Shot Thoughts   Recently updated !

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I got a Moderna booster with a flu shot chaser on Sunday. The first two Pfizer doses barely affected me at all, but that combo wiped me out on Monday. Nothing too bad, but as someone who’s written and drawn dozens of comics during colds and flus, this was the first time I couldn’t whip something up. Jokes will keep coming, just like the parade of bummers this country keeps heaping on us. 

Stay safe out there whether you’re travelling or not. A lot of unvaccinated dummies are going to make this winter worse than last.

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2021’s Newest Balloons

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Unlike last year, I’ll be having Thanksgiving with a small gathering of my family. We’re all wary of another holiday surge, but unlike half the country, we’re still taking precautions beyond getting complacent after being vaccinated and boosted.

If the Feds didn’t drag their feet approving children and boosters, we might all be going into another holiday season with the confidence of someone chugging ivermectin.

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Welcome Back to School

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My sympathies to all the parents, teachers and school staff out there. Governors, mayors, and everyone else eager to get bodies back in office buildings are pretending children under 12 don’t exist in order to get public daycare (the school part is secondary to these goblins) up and running.

Many other terrible things happened this week. Hope you got to enjoy that one week of Hot Vax Summer.

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Mail Order Crap for COVID Quacks

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It’s college move-in week here in Boston, and variants from across the nation are coming to mingle among every Solo cup in the state. Several friends have recently gotten breakthrough cases (nothing severe, thanks to vaccines), so conditions are probably ripe for another fall surge.

Enjoy summer’s final, rattling breaths!

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Re-Updated CDC Guidance

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I did the first version of this cartoon almost exactly three months ago, when the CDC said the vaccinated could unmask indoors, which relied on the honor system. In America. Where a third of the country won’t even agree the pandemic exists.

It was a bad idea then, and it took the Delta Variant to become the predominant strain for them to finally reverse their decision. The people who need to follow that advice the most won’t, and now here we are.

Maybe we’ll get lucky and I won’t be drawing a third in this series for Halloween, but I doubt it.

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Pandemic Summer Games

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We had a month when it seemed like the vaccines were turning the tide on the pandemic, before the vaccine-ignorant let the Delta Variant run rampant in their dumb lungs.

Provincetown, MA is having rapid increases in infections, even among the vaccinated. Thankfully deaths aren’t following suit, but it seems obvious our honor system experiment was as doomed as all of us who kept our masks on indoors assumed it would be.

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Hot Cicada Summer

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My second Pfizer shot fully ripens in a few hours, and I’ll probably eat at a local restaurant’s outdoor patio to celebrate. Not enough people are vaccinated (Especially children, who aren’t even vaccine eligible yet!), so I’m not going as hog-wild as the CDC, governors, and mayors across the nation are recommending.

And even the cicadas should play it safe this summer. There’s a butt fungus out there.

(panel 1 – Title above a cicada sunbathing in a lounge chair.)
Hot Cicada Summer
(panel 2 – A cicada nymph crawling out of the ground.)
Slowly re-enter society.
(panel 3 – A cicada molting near a discarded face mask.)
Shed protective layers.
(panel 4 – a cicada eating on a leaf.)
Resume outdoor dining.
(panel 5 – Cicadas mating with a “CENSORED” bar over their abdomens.)
Relax social distancing measures.
(panel 6 – An exhausted cicada wiping its brow.)
Lay low for a decade or two.
Cicada, “Oof! I forgot how EXHAUSTING living is!”

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