This series documents stories from the Herman Cain Awards subreddit, tracking the COVID mis- and disinformation on Facebook that is leading to so many deaths. Today’s cautionary tale thought she knew better than anyone else.

There is a definite trend in these recent Herman Cain Awards stories—an arrogant smugness that wasn’t as common last year. It’s like these people survived the first three waves, and with news that omicron is “mild,” they feel vindicated in their self-destructive behavior. They got this far alive, therefore all the prior warnings were bullshit, and they were right all along. Except this thing isn’t over because they refuse to do what needs to be done to make it over. 

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“Transfers immunity” is not a thing. Now, generating an immune response? That’s definitely a thing, and yes, all those school vaccinations do that, as well as the COVID mRNA vaccines. Yet they sit there and pretend they understand some phantom difference that justifies their irrational obstinacy.

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Don’t the anti-vaxxers love to tell us how many thousands of people the flu kills? So shouldn’t she care if her life is at stake? 

Not to mention, 867,000 dead in the United States from COVID should be some cause for concern …

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It’s no big deal. It’s just like the flu! 

Um, the flu is miserable. And it can be dangerous. So of course I’m going to vaccinate against that sucker even though flu vaccines have low efficacy. Any chance to mitigate my risk I’ll take, because being sick sucks!

Heck, I’d take a vaccine for the common cold if it existed, because I don’t even like having the sniffles. 

Not to mention, 867,000 people in the United States have died from COVID, so yes, people are dying! Maybe not in her house, specifically, but people are dying!

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Joe Rogan is the new Rush Limbaugh. 

That Robert Malone guy, incidentally, is pretending to be the “inventor” of mRNA vaccines as a way to credential his quackery. 

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See? COVID is no big deal, and omicron is even less of a big deal. Our protagonist today got it, and she’s totally fine! Not even like the flu, even though above she wrote that it sucked like the flu. 

And really, for most, this is actually the case. Especially if vaccinated. But if not? Well then, you’re playing Russian roulette. 

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Boy was she feeling smug! Unfortunately for her, this was COVID’s cruel dead-cat bounce. 

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Joe Biden: Please vaccinate

QT: NO!

Gets COVID, ends up in ICU.

QT: Fuck Joe Biden.

This meme captures the sentiment perfectly: 

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You think the meme is using hyperbole to make a funny point, but no, people are literally doing that! Our protagonist today is vivid proof! 

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Why should anyone pray for her when she has her vaunted “natural immunity,” it’s no worse than the flu, no one is dying over there, and if it won’t kill her she doesn’t care? She is, indeed, still alive. 

Turns out, maybe the jabs do work. And maybe omicron isn’t a variant you want to catch if you’re too stupid to remain unvaccinated. 

Always shocks me to see some people take these horrible hospital selfies, but maybe their friends will see and rethink their anti-vaxx ways. She certainly isn’t using words to repent, but if a picture is worth 1,000 words, well, this one says it all. No matter how much she might want to blame Joe Biden and China instead. 

On the plus side, Joe Rogan tells me that her hospital is making bank from yet another fake COVID diagnosis, so at least there’s one winner in this story!

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