r/HermanCainAward HCA Historian Oct 06 '22 Helpful 2 Rocket Like 1 Bless Up (Pro) 1

"I don't feel like myself anymore dealing with such a horrible situation and it hurts more knowing she'll never see me grow up." - A compilation of people holding their loved ones in a hospital bed - Part 3. Awarded

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u/ganonpig HCA Historian Oct 06 '22 Starry

Notes;

Just a few things here I wanted to address for some reason or another.

There is no evidence (remaining at least) that the subject in picture 1 was posting disinfo himself but his wife certainly did. Disinformation doesn't always only kill the person dispersing it.

Picture 6 is the saddest one. And that's saying a lot because they're all sad. 27 years old, never really got to hold her baby...

Picture 17 is left partially unredacted. The Facebook pages were scrubbed so the only thing I could work with was the redacted nomination post and the article. I don't want to single out one person by name but it's kind of pointless to redact a public article.

Picture 19 shows an arm loosely holding a teddybear. I know this compilation is about people holding their loved ones but the pictures I had left were of a person taking a selfie while hovering over their comatose looking significant other and a few other not very well taken photographs of families gathered around hospital beds. I really didn't want to use those. And to be honest I just liked this picture. Compositionally at least. Few things get me teary eyed faster than seeing a stuffed animal, perhaps discarded on the ground, as it evokes feelings of a time lost that will never return. And the feeling of loneliness and isolation of a hospital stay, when the only thing able to keep you company is a plushy.

And similarly I liked picture 20, where the family is defiantly giving Covid the finger. I just wish he had given Covid the finger by lining up to get a free vaccine.


I want to implore everyone to please not harass people on FB. The dead cannot hear you. And please conduct yourselves in the comments. Don't make me turn this post around!


Part 1, "I ask myself every day how we got here."

Part 2, "The kids don't understand why you can't come home and play with them."

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u/theswordofdoubt Oct 06 '22

It's so surreal to see people around my age, even younger than me, dying in hospitals even with biology supposedly on their side. No. 6 wasn't that much older than me and I've never been pregnant, but I can't help feeling that it could've been me dying in a hospital bed, except for the choices I've made. Those choices feel so insignificant to me, and I'm sure they were to her too, but they made all the difference.

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u/running_hoagie Team Moderna Oct 06 '22

I found out I was pregnant in January 2020, after years of trying and suffering losses. That means I didn't have a "normal" pregnancy because it was all under the long dark shadow of COVID after about week 10-11. If I hadn't been under the care of a fertility specialist, we wouldn't have found out as early as we did, which means that my husband was able to come to my first 3-4 ultrasounds. We had no idea back then what it would mean to get COVID, particularly if you were pregnant, so we were incredibly risk-averse. We were those people wiping down packages.

It looks like she got pregnant about a year after I did. That means she may have had the opportunity to be vaccinated before getting pregnant if not during pregnancy. I can't imagine not taking that step--if not for me, for my husband and the pregnancy. It seems like such a significant choice NOT to get vaccinated, particularly because by winter 2021, we had seen what COVID could do.

This may be rambling, but this one makes me mad in addition to making me sad.

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u/Designer_Gas_86 My elders were children the whole time Oct 06 '22

My girl was born June 2020. It was so frightening carrying a child through the pandemic. I still am nervous for pregnant moms today.

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u/running_hoagie Team Moderna Oct 06 '22

Terrifying! By the time I gave birth in August, things had "calmed down" enough that my husband could come in the room with me.

This is really holding me back from going for #2. It's been pretty hard in that we've not had the support that we expected when we got pregnant. Nannies were hard to find, and we were on long waits for preschool. To do that again?

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u/Designer_Gas_86 My elders were children the whole time Oct 07 '22

Understandable. Meanwhile, some news coverage about "lower birth rates" confuses me with how uh, surprised some people seem to be.

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u/itsmethebirb Oct 06 '22

I found out I was pregnant with my daughter January 2021, I was waiting for my vaccine. I got covid literally right when they opened it up to the public. It hit me hard because I was already struggling with hyperemesis so staying hydrated was very difficult. I was a high risk pregnancy for the rest of the it. I had the awful cough and shortness of breath the entire time as well which when pregnant is already difficult. Caught pneumonia immediately after birth then preeclampsia from there.

I am fully vaccinated and boosted now and so are both my kids. I cannot get it again nor will I watch anyone else I love suffer it.

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u/HerringWaffle Happy Death Day!⚰️ Oct 06 '22

OMG. As a fellow HG sufferer, my heart goes out to you. I cannot even imagine dealing with COVID on top of that. Take care of yourself, friend. That's a whole, whole lot.

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u/itsmethebirb Oct 06 '22

Hence why I barely have sympathy for these people. They don’t give 2 shits about anyone until this happens to them. I was fortunate to fight all of it. So yes I survived, but not without absolute misery. I don’t wish it on anyone. But if you’re going to be stupid and reject basic science at the expense of other’s, then oh well.

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u/National-Return-5363 Oct 06 '22

I am so sorry. I am glad that you and your fam are healthy now.

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u/Vostok-aregreat-710 Team Pfizer Oct 06 '22

How did your pregnancy turn out

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u/running_hoagie Team Moderna Oct 06 '22

It turned out great! I have a very energetic two year old who just started preschool last month. She's fully vaccinated!

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u/GuevarasGynecologist Oct 06 '22

Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!

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u/Special_Ed2018 Oct 06 '22

I heard NY is having a resurgence in polio due of course to those valiant freedom fighters. Are there a lot of antivaxxers in your area?

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u/running_hoagie Team Moderna Oct 06 '22

Not really! I know that certain populations are anti-vaxx, but it’s not like I’m rolling with Hasidic folks.

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u/NighthawkFoo Oct 07 '22

And it’s not like the Hasidim let their women use the internet.

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u/Special_Ed2018 Oct 07 '22

They don’t? How do Hasidic women learn the 100 things to satisfy their men in bed?

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u/Frosty_and_Jazz Oct 07 '22

👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

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u/Vostok-aregreat-710 Team Pfizer Oct 07 '22

Good for you

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u/TheMost_ut I can’t believe it’s not lung butter 🧈 Oct 06 '22

It's astonishing. They have everything at their disposal and wait until they have to pitch themselves out of a completely hopeless jam.

The inevitable result of Fuck your Feelings, Live for Today, I got Mine...

Vivre sa Vie= Sauve qui peut

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u/Cultural-Answer-321 Deadpilled 💀 Oct 06 '22

People to this day still think covid only kills the olds.

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u/OneMorePenguin Blood Donor 🩸 Oct 07 '22

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2020. I was scared to death that things were going to get really bad and doctors scarce and I would not be able to get the treatment I needed. I was extremely fortunate to have excellent medical care and never caught Covid. I got my 5th shot this past Tuesday.

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u/tejaco Grandpa was in Antifa, but they called it the U.S. Army Oct 07 '22

How utterly terrifying!! <hugs>

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u/MrsTurtlebones Oct 06 '22

I've told this story here before, but a year ago I lost my beloved boss, who had been a dear friend for 25 years. She was only 60 and always seemed quite intelligent, yet somehow opposed vaccination. I miss her every day and a year later am still not over the anger at her husband and pastor for vehemently opposing and mocking all measures of protection. MY pastor fully supported all lockdowns, mask mandates, and vaccinations, saying they were not against God's law in any way. Over a million people in the US gone now, and how many of those would still be with us if they had decided to own their health and not the libs?

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u/ganonpig HCA Historian Oct 06 '22

Thanks for sharing. I have to say I find it rather problematic that the conversation around preventative measures like vaccines needs to be framed as congruent or incompatible with whatever someone's interpretation of God's law is. You don't tend to hear this kind of rhetoric around wearing seatbelts or helmets. I don't make it a secret that I'm not a fan of religion in general. I find that it's plagued with some really bad epistemology. If you have a bad method of assessing truth claims you're bound to make suboptimal choices.

I started a series of compilations around Christian memes. It's about people who want to couch their opposition to common sense responses in a religious context. And on Facebook that translates to sharing a bunch of memes with cherry picked bible verses on them, so that they can feel high and mighty about eschewing profane science and putting all their faith in their God given immune systems. To be fair though the first eight I did weren't that well put together but they all share that common theme of people using the Covid pandemic as a test of faith while showing off their piety.

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u/MrsTurtlebones Oct 06 '22

I appreciate that perspective. It has never made the least bit of sense to me why any of this was made into a political, religious, or moral issue. Take care!

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u/Accomplished_Arm3386 🎶Vaxxed, Gifted, and Black—that’s where it’s at!🎶 Oct 07 '22

That is so terrible! My pastor is the same as yours—he supported everything from masking and vaccinations. He shut down the church from March 2020–Feb. 2021; he did sermons on FB Live during that time. “I would rather keep my congregants safe than to preach in the pulpit,” he told me.

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u/MrsTurtlebones Oct 07 '22

Sounds like a responsible man. If mine had been otherwise, I would have simply left that church. Obviously we know that many people do not follow the Bible, but in all things I try to remember what Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 1:7 -- For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of sound mind. I take that to mean He wants us to be brave and sensible and use sound judgment, dang it!

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u/Accomplished_Arm3386 🎶Vaxxed, Gifted, and Black—that’s where it’s at!🎶 Oct 07 '22

And you know what? The Bible does say to obey the law of the land, and a lot of people chose to overlook that! One local mega-church pitched a fit over the lockdowns, but they did close for six weeks. Then when they re-opened, the pastor had the gall to say, “We weren’t meant to be isolated!” OK, then why did nearly 50 people get sick and die at your church, you moron?!

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u/MrsTurtlebones Oct 07 '22

Thank you so much! Your wisdom is comforting. These are the same people who claimed they back the blue, but we saw how well they did that during lockdowns, mandates, and on Jan 6.

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u/covidboosterhaveI 🍖🍑🌳 Oct 06 '22

"As you hold your loved ones' hands as they breathe their last breaths, just remember they chose to do this to you."

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u/Boldpoker1085 Oct 06 '22

1000% agree. And if you have minor children, and choose to remain unvaccinated, I believe you are committing emotional child abuse. (Even if you don’t win a HCA award - The fact that you voluntarily chose to do something that exponentially increases your chances of leaving your children parent less for nothing is child abuse)

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u/Donna-D-Dead hydroxybonermectin Oct 06 '22

I agree as well. When my mom was playing with the idea of not getting vaccinated I told her she would never be around my children again if she chose not to. I would not put my kids in the situation where they might inadvertently infect her and ultimately be responsible for her death.

She got the shot.

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u/jujukamoo Oct 06 '22

My dad wouldn't. He hasn't met his grandchildren.

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u/Ughaboomer Oct 06 '22

Im sorry for your children that they weren’t put first above a conspiracy.

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u/HistoryGirl23 Oct 07 '22

I'm so sorry for your loss.

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u/FuturamaRama7 Oct 07 '22

I’m so sorry. So senseless and heartbreaking.

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u/vsandrei 🐆 🐆🦩🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆 Oct 06 '22

just remember they chose to do this to you.

They fucked around. Their loved ones found out.

🐆 🐆 🐆

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u/ezekielbeats Oct 06 '22

Your comments are exceptionally well written, this needs to be a Facebook post.

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u/ganonpig HCA Historian Oct 06 '22

Thanks. You're a fast reader!

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u/ezekielbeats Oct 06 '22

TBF, I kind of scanned and caught the jist, and agreed immediately

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u/Vostok-aregreat-710 Team Pfizer Oct 06 '22 edited Oct 07 '22

All of them are sad. With the fourth one the person who said should have got vaccinated went over the top. For all we know the person who died could have been allergic to a number of vaccines. Edit: I have learnt that those who are allergic to one of the vaccines are ultra rare and can get another vaccine.

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u/Nobodyseesyou Oct 06 '22

People who are allergic to vaccines often still get them, they just stay in the hospital in order to get care for the allergic reaction. It’s quite easy to treat allergies or prevent the reaction from becoming too bad if you have medication on hand

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u/Vostok-aregreat-710 Team Pfizer Oct 07 '22

Thanks didn’t know that but the downvotes

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u/Rx_EtOH Oct 06 '22

Maybe. Five patients per one million have severe allergic reactions. There's 3 types of covid vaccines. If you're allergic to one, get a different one.

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u/Vostok-aregreat-710 Team Pfizer Oct 07 '22

Correction to my comment made.

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u/Darkside531 Team Moderna Oct 06 '22

This is one of the stranger new phenomenons the social media age has ushered in. I would be mortified if one of my loved ones was snapping pics of me in the hospital and posting them to Facebook for clout.

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u/Haskap_2010 ✨ A twinkle in a Chinese bat's eye ✨ Oct 06 '22

It's a bit like the momento mori photographs in Victorian times, except... public.

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u/FuturamaRama7 Oct 07 '22

Wow. I never heard about Momento mori until this week - it’s Depeche Mode’s newly announced album title/tour name and now this post. I’m learning new stuff this week!

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u/InternetStarbanger2 Here I am 🦠Rock You like a Hermancain!🦠 Oct 06 '22

I would feel like a gaddang weirdo holding meemaws hand and aiming the cell phone to getthe picture just right. Do they take several, delete some? I mean is just seems gross to use my dying family members hand as a prop for a photo

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u/repalec Oct 07 '22

I have one picture of my mom that I took about thirteen hours before she passed away (from cancer, not COVID), of her sleeping in her favorite chair. I didn't take it for online clout, I took it for one of my siblings who wasn't able to get there until late in the night, just to let them know she was comfortable.

I can't even begin to fathom the kind of person you would have to be to take one of those galling-ass shots with the dying or deceased person's face in frame. If there's ever a (non-criminal) action in my mind that guarantees someone will never see Heaven, it's shit like that.

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u/A-man-of-mystery Covidious Albion Oct 08 '22

I have a picture of my dad, taken for similar reasons: neither of my brothers was able to be there. I've never published it anywhere.

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u/daveshops Oct 06 '22 edited Oct 06 '22

Occasionally a HCA post bums me out. This is one such occasion

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u/drake951 Oct 06 '22

This one was dark as fuck

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u/SkylerRoseGrey Team Pfizer Oct 22 '22

I know right - this was terrifying to read! Number 15 haunted me!

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u/miserabeau Candacide is the leading cause of COVIDiot death Oct 06 '22

It's always strange seeing, "They continue to fight as hard as they can" and the like.

You have zero input in the "fight" against COVID. It doesn't care about your will to live or your unwavering faith in your preferred flavor of mythological beings; all it cares about is whether or not you've been vaccinated, and sometimes even that doesn't register as much as we'd like.

Through these last 3 (almost 4... ugh) years we have seen healthy and sick, young and old, die of COVID because it. does. not. care. how hard people pray or how strong-willed they are, all COVID does is destroy. It destroys bodies, families, finances, governments...

This is not tug-of-war; you can't dig your heels in and fight against the pull. You can only beg at the altar of medical intervention and hope it can stave off the devastating path of this indiscriminate virus.

Get vaccinated.

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u/vsandrei 🐆 🐆🦩🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆 Oct 06 '22

You have zero input in the "fight" against COVID. It doesn't care about your will to live or your unwavering faith in your preferred flavor of mythological beings; all it cares about is whether or not you've been vaccinated, and sometimes even that doesn't register as much as we'd like.

The viral 🐆 🐆 🐆 are so hungry . . . so very hungry still.

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u/ur_sine_nomine Go Give One Oct 06 '22 Ally

“This shit is a living nightmare”.

Indeed, this is one of the darkest posts there has ever been on this subreddit.

I think it has just frightened someone who works for me into getting his first vaccination. Better late than never.

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u/vsandrei 🐆 🐆🦩🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆 Oct 06 '22

“This shit is a living nightmare”.

The teeth and claws of the viral 🐆 🐆 🐆 can be that and so much worse.

Get vaxxed.

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u/ur_sine_nomine Go Give One Oct 06 '22

I think my colleague felt them on the back of his neck.

He was already wobbling in his resolve after I contracted COVID-19 (with the consequent whiff of disaster already described) then the viral 🐆 🐆 🐆 pushed him towards the 💉💉💉.

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u/endlesslyconflicted 🎉 Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! 🎉 Oct 06 '22

loved one dying, so let’s get some cute holding hands pics for social media likes. Maybe go full Weekend at Bernie’s and get some cool pics in Sedona. Do they make a portable ventilator?

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u/AlienRosie Oct 06 '22

Glad to see I'm not the only one who thought those pics were a little ghoulish.

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u/HazyLily Oct 06 '22

First picture hand on the right looks like it was taken after the patient had already passed 🫥 The color is kinda not too compatible with life (source: work in healthcare)

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u/RedChairBlueChair123 Oct 06 '22

Please for the love of all that’s holy never put pictures of me dying in the public domain.

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u/grilledchzaspiration Oct 06 '22

When my dad's gf's son was in a hospital bed, losing a fight to sepsis, she was taking those animal filter Snapchats with him while he couldn't even move or talk. I could not even process the logic.

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u/ganonpig HCA Historian Oct 06 '22 Faith In Humanity Restored

Disclaimer:

All slides were sourced from HCA posts. Each person in this comp chose to remain unvaccinated and spread disinformation memes on their public Facebook page before succumbing to covid. (Except the first picture, whose partner was the one making the anti-vax posts.)

The purpose of this compilation is not to show the memes they shared, but to highlight the human tragedy of Covid (and vaccine) disinformation.


No one line of argumentation convinces 100% of people all the time. Some defer their judgment to experts, some are swayed by reasoned arguments or data. And some aren't. Not everyone is immediately convinced if you show them the statistic that the unvaccinated are 16 times more likely to die than someone who's vaccinated. But seeing a loved one suffer triggers something that everyone can understand. Nobody wants that to happen.

I know that by now pretty much everyone has either been vaccinated, survived a Covid infection, or both. And therefor the pool of people with truly no antibodies has become rather small. So is it still useful to show pictures like these to people to get them to be vaccinated? I'm going to say yes. Even if new variants might show up in the future, vaccines are still just as useful as they were a year ago. Because simply surviving isn't enough. How many times have we read stories of people who were severely impacted, to the point where their lives can now be divided 'before' and 'after'? How many times have we seen people barely survive, but now the next time they get Covid it's with a brand new 'preexisting condition'? The old adage "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" really doesn't fly. Otherwise you'd be immortal after your fourth heart attack.

So when an appeal to logic doesn't work maybe an appeal to emotion will. Sure, getting over Covid without the benefit of having a vaccine gives you some antibodies. But you have to survive it first. And how you will come out of it is anyone's guess. I'm positive that the people featured here would have had a much better chance, perhaps never even needing hospitalization at all, if they hadn't bought into the lies surrounding vaccines.

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u/halloweenjack Team Moderna Oct 06 '22

The old adage "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" really doesn't fly. Otherwise you'd be immortal after your fourth heart attack.

Well-put. I'm pretty sure that Nietszche wasn't trying to claim that surviving an illness or injury turned people into Wolverine.

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u/smiler_g Oct 06 '22

Seems like middle aged men with goatees are having a rough time with this pandemic.

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u/Cultural-Answer-321 Deadpilled 💀 Oct 06 '22

Covid is the leasing cause of death among 45-55 year olds.

Yet they STILL think it's just the olds.

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u/Rx_EtOH Oct 06 '22

When offered the new bivalent booster, I've had probably half a dozen of them declare that x number of shots were enough, they're done with covid.

That's not really how it works, but ok. One guy's wife seemed interested but I got the feeling she was intimidated by her husband and she also declined.

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u/Wisconsin_Joe Quantum Massage Therapist Oct 07 '22

When offered the new bivalent booster, I've had probably half a dozen of them declare that x number of shots were enough, they're done with covid.

How many flu shots have these people had?

How many tetanus boosters?

They may be 'done' with Covid, but Covid isn't done with them.

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u/Rx_EtOH Oct 08 '22

Exactly - that's the kicker. These people are already on-board the vaccination train: flu shots, TDAP, pneumonia, even some covid boosters... they just can't be arsed to get another booster. I get the impression that they think they're being conned or lied to. "Oh now I need a different booster? I'm on to you Fauci!"

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u/Thortung Oct 06 '22

Yup, I'm shitting myself, 59 with a goatee. Oh, wait, I'm triple vaxxed.

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u/SupaSteak Oct 06 '22

RIP Cheesehead, I hope my obituary calls me something equally endearing and hilarious.

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u/DecepticonAF 🦆 Oct 06 '22

Same. I’ll even take “that funny asshole”.

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u/Goose_o7 I am The TOOTH FAIRY! Oct 06 '22

SLIDE 4

Heaven forbid any of these arrogant morons gets called out for their ignorance and stupidity. Better to just ban all those people who warned you for months about the road to ruin you were heading down.

"WE TOLD YOU SO!"

Those four words are something these delusional sociopaths can't handle.

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u/barberst152 Oct 06 '22

If they ever acknowledged that, they would then have to acknowledge their own personal responsibility in the death of a loved one. They never will. That requires critical thinking and introspection. Two things I don't think they are capable of.

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u/ActiveEntertainer620 Nothing to be done Oct 06 '22

So much unnecessary death. And for what? Muh freedumb and owning the libs? Too high a price to pay. Way too high.

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u/frx919 💉 Clots & Tears 💦 Oct 06 '22

I know alot of people don't take Covid serious..I didn't either..I do now!

And I used to think that most people would understand that a car coming straight at them is bad news, and that they would get out of the way before it hits them.

I don't believe that anymore!

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u/sctwinmom Vacation Matriarch Oct 06 '22

The idiotic behavior of characters in horror movies seems so much more realistic now.

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u/Cultural-Answer-321 Deadpilled 💀 Oct 06 '22

This has been the most often posted realization during this pandemic.

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u/redbird7311 Oct 06 '22

Some people need to be burned to learn that fire is hot.

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u/dumdodo Oct 06 '22

Cars coming at them they can understand, and they wlll get out of a car's way.

An invisible virus that they've been told by the President/god Trump is harmless is something they will refuse belief in until it really clobbers someone they know.

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u/StudioDraven Oct 06 '22

Pro tip: if your idea of "ultimate healing" is DYING, you're in a death cult.

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u/Donna-D-Dead hydroxybonermectin Oct 06 '22

oof that was a tough one. This should be required reading when someone declines the vaccine.

On another note - I just CANNOT stand the phrase "antivaxxer received the ultimate healing today"

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u/Blablasarcasm 🐞LadyBug2: 2Lady 2Bug🐞🐞🙏 Oct 06 '22

I mean, if that’s what they have to tell themselves… it’s nicer than “this dodo joined all the other dodos in extinction and did nothing to improve his chance of survival. So he died laying on his belly with tubes in various holes, unable to breathe.”

But I’m with you. I hate it too. But I get that they can’t say “welp! I killed PeePaw and MeeMaw.”

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u/SquidgyTheWhale Oct 06 '22

That one followed it up with "get the vax, everyone". But if they do that, they might miss out on the ultimate healing!

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u/Licorictus Oct 06 '22

Fuck, man. This one hits hard.

Covid killed my favorite teacher on Christmas Day 2020. That November, I found out he was in the ICU via a newspaper article about the school district failing to protect its educators. I kept up with his condition for weeks hoping he'd pull through. Alas.

That school district's lax attitude cost him his life. He would've gotten vaccinated for sure, if he'd lived to see the vaccines' release.

He was such an inspiration to me. He's one of the main reasons I'm an educator myself. Every fucking day I wish he could see me now. I wish I could ask him for tips. I wish I could still be his student.

I hope he'd be proud. I miss him so much.

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u/ganonpig HCA Historian Oct 06 '22

Thanks for sharing. I'm sorry that happened.

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u/iago_williams Team Bivalent Booster Oct 06 '22

That's the finest tribute any student can give a teacher.

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u/Accomplished_Arm3386 🎶Vaxxed, Gifted, and Black—that’s where it’s at!🎶 Oct 07 '22

So sorry about your teacher. I had a favorite teacher who died in 2011, and she was one out of two teachers I had who took a stand against bullying. When the class laughed at me for answering a question sensibly from her, she chewed them out, and I was never laughed at ever again.

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u/tejaco Grandpa was in Antifa, but they called it the U.S. Army Oct 07 '22

This internet stranger is proud of you.

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u/Cultural-Answer-321 Deadpilled 💀 Oct 06 '22

And Jesus done left Chicago, and he's bound for New Orleans.

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u/MadBeachLui Ivermectin tuna helper 🦄 Oct 07 '22 edited Oct 08 '22

Working from --home-- one end to the other

And all points in between.

Edit to fix autocorrupt

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u/Cultural-Answer-321 Deadpilled 💀 Oct 07 '22

'cause takin' care of business is his thing.

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u/genesiskiller96 Team Pfizer Oct 06 '22 edited Oct 06 '22

Ironic, I'm reading this while getting my second Pfizer booster. I'm making this never happens to me

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u/green49285 Oct 06 '22

All they had to do was take the fucking vaccine. Trump aint stopping by their rooms. Pence didn't roll up to say a prayer. The assholes who sent them those memes about chips aren't chipping in to their bills.

This is so fucking sad.

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u/gir6 Oct 06 '22

Now imagine being a nurse, and having to see this day after day after day, having to be the one to disconnect the equipment and wash and bag the body and then admit another patient and start the same thing all over again. (I left the bedside because it sucked to work in a hospital pre-pandemic, with increasing nurse to patient ratios. I can only imagine how bad it is now.)

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u/osteopath17 Oct 06 '22

These are the posts we wanted to avoid. The reason nurses and doctors like myself worked overtime constantly. The reason we fought so hard for the masking, the distancing, the vaccine.

I don’t like this post. I like seeing the hateful bullshit they posted and then them getting what was coming. I don’t like seeing their families suffer, I dealt with that enough already.

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u/HermanCainShow Team AstraZeneca Oct 06 '22

The unnecessary pain and suffering they brought upon themselves and their loved ones... unimaginable. It could’ve been avoided so easily.

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u/Jim_Macdonald Bet you won't share! Oct 06 '22

This is all so unutterably sad. "No man is an island...."

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u/Reginald_Fernsby Oct 06 '22

In that first slide, it took me a few seconds to realize they were holding a hand.

I legit though it was someone squeezing their belly fat and someone else putting their hand in between the folds for some reason. I was so confused.

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u/frx919 💉 Clots & Tears 💦 Oct 06 '22

Now I can't unsee it either. :(

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u/Fiz_Giggity Team Bivalent Booster Oct 06 '22

These posts make me cry so much it's ridiculous. It's part of my own post trauma of my husband's illness and suffering due to long covid.

Even though these people did bring this grief upon their own loved ones, I still feel their pain.

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u/Cultural-Answer-321 Deadpilled 💀 Oct 06 '22

Most of us here feel their pain, but also extreme anger. We're also burnt out.

A person can only take so much grief and catastrophe before they become somewhat inured to it. You have to or you'll will only hurt yourself.

As for the anger, that should be obvious. The deniers have seriously endangered us all and continue to do so.

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u/enon2011 Oct 06 '22

after reading several of these accounts; what really strikes me is how many are described as improving/getting better ... and then a few days later are dead.

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u/Nym-Sync AmBivalent Microchip Rainbow Swirl 🍭 Oct 06 '22

Dead cat bounce

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u/GnarlyNarwhalNoms Oct 06 '22

My flair here used to be "Follow the bouncing 😼"

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u/A-man-of-mystery Covidious Albion Oct 08 '22

It's a very well-recognised phenomenon.

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u/risingsun70 Oct 06 '22

It seems the one thing all these posts have in common is their belief in god, and I’m assuming they are Christians. As my boyfriend says, religion is a perfect foil for succumbing to the disinformation surrounding Covid and vaccines.

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u/running_hoagie Team Moderna Oct 06 '22

They all seem to be white, which is interesting because at least in the first year of the pandemic, African-Americans and Latinos had the highest infection and mortality rates. When I go through the list of 20 or so people I know who've died of COVID, they're all people of color from the South--all different ethnicities. But if you looked at the HCAs, you'd think only bearded white men who liked fishing got COVID.

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u/Ughaboomer Oct 06 '22

Does it have to do with FB posts?

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u/Cultural-Answer-321 Deadpilled 💀 Oct 06 '22

Not just FB, but the propensity to broadcast the message.

One groups appears do it more than another group. People who find these awardees are not looking at any ethnic groups, just whatever pops up in their search.

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u/HerringWaffle Happy Death Day!⚰️ Oct 06 '22

And there's also the historical issues of how terribly the US has been on a medical level to Black and brown people, leaving them suspicious of the medical system as a whole. WE as a country did this to them, leaving them extra vulnerable during this pandemic (along with being the ones who are most likely to be in those public-facing jobs), and it broke me every time I saw a Black or brown person announced as having passed from COVID, knowing that the US's behavior towards them in the past and currently likely contributed to their deaths. This country has so much to atone for.

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u/Cultural-Answer-321 Deadpilled 💀 Oct 07 '22

Indeed.

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u/risingsun70 Oct 07 '22

Right. At least black people have a valid, historical reason to be wary of the healthcare system in this country.

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u/FloppyTwatWaffle Team Mix & Match Oct 06 '22

What gets me is all the ''We need all the prayers we can get', and the next thing is 'He ded.' And they don't even start to question why prayers didn't work, they move right on to 'Sky-daddy had a different plan' or 'he got his Ultimate Healing(TM)'.

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u/risingsun70 Oct 07 '22

Then it’s always “We started a GoFundMe for funeral expenses.”

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u/86throwthrowthrow1 Oct 06 '22

Not just Christian, but weird dangerous American Dominionist Christians who have practically turned into a terrorist cel in recent years. There is nothing in the Bible about distrusting doctors or refusing medical treatments. When I'm not angry at the above people, I feel bad for them, because they've been indoctrinated and then sent by lambs to the slaughter so that megachurches can further their own political agendas.

Seriously, if you want to terrify yourself, google "Dominionist Christians" and wander down that rabbit hole for awhile.

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u/SellaTheChair_ Oct 06 '22

It makes me sick every time I see a post saying someone received their "ultimate healing from Jesus". It's sad and scary

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u/frx919 💉 Clots & Tears 💦 Oct 06 '22

One of the worst COVID social media trends; it makes you wonder how common this was before the pandemic.

I'm sure it was a thing in the before times as well, but it wouldn't surprise me if it became a staple in the COVID death ritual because they're seeing so many other people do it, effectively normalizing it.

The rituals of the COVID tribe are bizarre and often grotesque.

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u/dumdodo Oct 06 '22

When my father died 5 years ago, there were no Facebook photos of the family gathered around his withered body in the hospital. We put up photos of him when he was alive and happy..

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u/cheryltuntsocelot Oct 06 '22

A coworker of mine (late 30s) died of COVID and in the announcement his sister begged everyone to get vaccinated. 🥺

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u/makiko4 Oct 07 '22

A part of me always get pissed off. My friend and mentor died from Covid in the early days. Did everything right even when there was not yet a mask mandate. My friends, his wife, and I stayed by our phones for days. Didn’t even get FaceTime or a chance to hold his hand. It hurts to know other got to do this stuff, even just a face time…. Like we got none of that. Just a call at 2am for her to come to the hospital to talk to the doctors because he passed. She couldn’t even see his body. We never even got a funereal. We had a memorial serve months later. Sorry this just hits a nerve for me. We where 30… we did everything right even before it was required. People who chose to fuck around and find out get to say their goodbyes and it hurts so deeply.

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u/FistofanAngryGoddess If I didn't want them shorn, I wouldn't have made them sheep Oct 06 '22

These ones are always rough because a lot of the times the hands aren’t looking so good.

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u/Guerrin_TR Team Pfizer Oct 06 '22

All I can really take away from this is that I am happy my Mom and Dad got vaccinated.

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u/MurkyEon Oct 06 '22

I am putting something in my will to prevent people from posting these kind of pictures on social media (or the screens that get implanted in your head, hopefully I'll live that long) . I have pictures of my dad closer to the time he passed. But I would never share them. What's wrong with people?

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u/CatsPolitics 🦆 Oct 06 '22

I know what these people going through holding their loved ones’ hands went through, but not to COVID. I begged my dad for years to get a colonoscopy because he had bowel problems but he kept putting it off. In 2010 (75 years old, otherwise healthy, recovered alcoholic) he developed severe anemia and his doctors urged him to get a colonoscopy and upper endoscopy to find the source of red blood cell loss. He didn’t. He was bedridden for most of Jan 2012 and his wife finally got him to the hospital ER because he was jaundiced and pooping blood. He underwent an emergency laparotomy which uncovered his stage 4 colon cancer with metastases to his liver (55% of his liver was metastatic colon cancer). The anguish my sister and I went through knowing the whole thing was preventable….you can’t even imagine. He tried all kinds of experimental treatments that were so hard on him and he died a slow, painful death over 10 months. His doctors told us that a colonoscopy 10-20 years prior would no doubt have removed precancerous polyps before they wreaked havoc on him. I get a colonoscopy every 5 years and I think of how I lost my otherwise super-healthy, funny, loving dad who had the cholesterol of a teenager and still rode horses and loved to dance.

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u/Jazzlike-Ad2199 Oct 06 '22

I am so sorry for your loss. A colonoscopy is such a minor thing too other than the prep. But still.

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u/vsandrei 🐆 🐆🦩🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆 Oct 06 '22

Something that closely mimicks cancer in the lungs.

The 🐆 🐆 🐆 feasted well long into the night.

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u/Altruistic-Lie808 Oct 06 '22

It’s the dead Jazz hands compilation!

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u/Cultural-Answer-321 Deadpilled 💀 Oct 06 '22

Cha-cha-cha!

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u/Epistatious Oct 06 '22

I famously have an ancestor that won a bet as to how long he and another guy could stand in a cold wind without a coat to see who was tougher. Won the bet but died of pneumonia. These all seem similar to me, don't let your stubborn pride get you killed people.

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u/Dry-Faithlessness655 Oct 06 '22

What’s wrong with people the vaccine was free! Once available there were endless places distributing the vaccine.

There should be a law banning the spreading disinformation. It’s sad disinformation killed and is still killing people. Some people learn from this but others double down

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u/cliteez Oct 06 '22

Damn I’ve never cried from a HCA post, but this one got me. It’s less than a drop on the bucket sample size of all the folks who were tragically misled and/or stubborn and died as a result. Such a tragic shame

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u/ActiveEntertainer620 Nothing to be done Oct 06 '22 edited Oct 06 '22

Slide 4 . Savage burn. How d'you like them apples?

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u/det8924 Oct 06 '22

Beyond many of these deaths being fully preventable what really saddens me is that how so few of these family members and people left behind will learn anything from this experience. They were actively mislead by conservative media and yet many still trust that media that most likely got someone they loved killed.

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u/Tricky-Sympathy Go Give One Oct 06 '22

These people are fucking sick. Do they do this shit for social media cred?

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u/Cultural-Answer-321 Deadpilled 💀 Oct 06 '22

God only knows what's going through their minds.

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u/moeru_gumi Team Moderna Oct 06 '22

HE IS BREATHING ON HIS OWN.

5 minutes later: HE IS DEAD 💀

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u/Cloberella Oct 06 '22

This just made me sad. It’s passed the point of schadenfreude now. I just want people to stop killing themselves needlessly.

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u/Cultural-Answer-321 Deadpilled 💀 Oct 06 '22

So do we all. And for many other reasons as well.

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u/Yomon64 Oct 06 '22

It's sureal to go thew these page's without the Anti-Vaxer reteric 🏆🇺🇲🗽It looks like a horrible way to die 😢...Got my 2nd booster last night 🌙

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u/ganonpig HCA Historian Oct 06 '22

It is a horrible way to die. It's like very slowly drowning. Once the oxygen intake gets too low and a ventilator needs to be placed the breathing tube gets put in their throat, which means initial sedation and then afterwards a constant feeling of needing to gag or cough, sometimes so bad that they need constant sedation. Living with a tube down your throat is constant agony. The longer this is needed the less the chance of survival become because the body and brain can't take it indefinitely. When the family speaks of them having died peacefully that probably means they were so far gone they had to be placed in a medically induced coma. In America alone this happened over a million times. It's really impossible to imagine what that number represents.

And it's because these people were lied to about the severity of Covid, fed conspiracy theories about the vaccine, and made fearful this was all put in place by some nefarious shadowy cabal out to rob everyone of their freedoms permanently or usher in the end times.

People just cannot cope with the feeling of powerlessness and would rather believe that all this is the result of someone's will, even if they are evil. It's still more comfortable to believe that than admitting to oneself that nobody is in charge, and shit just happens.

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u/mysteriousrev Team Pfizer Oct 07 '22

I can only imagine this how my grandpa felt when he died in his 30s with a wife and several young kids at home.

The difference? My grandpa got an aggressive form of cancer that had already spread to his lungs when he was diagnosed. Literally a situation where it was already too late. So it drives me crazy people continue to denounce a vaccine that could prevent this situation.

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u/tantrumbicycle Oct 07 '22

What a waste. I wonder how many of these folks were compelled to avoid vaccination at least partially by (quietly) vaccinated politicians who have access to the very best medical care. It’s despicable.

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u/Upvotespoodles Oct 06 '22

I don’t understand the urge to whip out a camera and take pictures of the absolute worst vulnerable moments of a person’s life, and post it to family so that they’ll remember them as the dude with melting lungs dying from preventable illness; pale, glassy-eyed, shirtless and full of tubes.

How long before people start posting selfies while screwing? “Trying to make a baby!!!”

Everyone doesn’t need photo validation of your life. Be in the moment for once. Learn to experience things without being distracted by your own camera. It just seems so hollow, to be thinking of an audience while you live your life. The internet has brought out the most empty, histrionic side of some people.

Sorry for the rant. Just find it so disturbing.

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u/FloppyTwatWaffle Team Mix & Match Oct 06 '22

How long before people start posting selfies while screwing? “Trying to make a baby!!!”

You aren't visiting the right websites.

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u/Cultural-Answer-321 Deadpilled 💀 Oct 06 '22

ROFL!!!!

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u/NewSouthWhales- Oct 06 '22

I reject the assertion that disinformation was the problem. I didn't believe the disinformation, did you? No? Well then was it the problem? No.

The problem is them, the people, the individuals. They embraced a bad message because they are faulty people; it is their fault which is the problem. We tried and in rare circumstances succeeded in overcoming their faults, but the problem was them not something external.

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u/GnarlyNarwhalNoms Oct 06 '22

Ehhh.... Certainly, they bear some responsibility, but a person's environment does matter as well.

Sure, you and I weren't swayed by the disinformation... but what if everyone else we knew was? What if we were brought up in extremely religious households and taught from a young age that God decided who lives and dies? What if we were trained from a young age to avoid thinking critically, to distrust science, and to believe conspiracy theories?

I mean, I certainly like to think that I'd see through the bullshit regardless, but I'm not so sure.

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u/Cultural-Answer-321 Deadpilled 💀 Oct 06 '22

America is a vast self re-enforcing culture of malignant lunacy with a huge amount of Stockholm Syndrome, but the buck has to stop somewhere.

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u/NewSouthWhales- Oct 07 '22

Fwiw pondering and judging "the ones I knew personally" was what brought me to this point of view. They are intelligent well informed thoughtful people, so none of those things can be the reason they have morally repugnant behavior.

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u/GnarlyNarwhalNoms Oct 07 '22 edited Oct 07 '22

Sorry, I'm trying to understand. Do you mean that because they're intelligent and well-informed, that the factors I mentioned (which they may have experienced) can't be why they became antivaxxers?

Or do you mean that the fact that they're intelligent and well-informed is because they weren't brought up to be ignorant and gullible? And yet, suddenly, they are acting that way?

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u/NewSouthWhales- Oct 09 '22

Stupidity, ignorance, and thoughtlessness could be excuses for their repulsive stated beliefs, right. Like oh they just don't know what they're saying.

Well, I went to fancypants college with these people, they aren't stupid. They're not uninformed, they pay attention and think about stuff. None of the excuses apply.

The reason they are "like that" is because they are expressing their personal values, their true heart of hearts, just like you and I do. And, well, their statements are disgusting because their values are disgusting. That's the only conclusion that fits the evidence. They are POS human beings with shit values.

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u/GnarlyNarwhalNoms Oct 09 '22

Ah, I see.

I'd like to hope you're wrong, but I fear you're right. And I suppose it's an open question at the end of the day if it really matters why the ignorant assholery, if the consequences are the same.

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u/ganonpig HCA Historian Oct 06 '22

From browsing more than a few FB pages, I can tell you they were deep in some right wing echo chambers

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u/TheAikiTessen Pfizerlicious Oct 06 '22

This makes me want to cry and punch the crap out of my pillow at the same time….senseless, needless deaths.

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u/FernArable Oct 06 '22

This is the first post on here in awhile that made me cry.

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u/CeruleanDragon1 Oct 06 '22

Am I the only one that finds people posting pictures of their relatives dying or dead disgusting. Like are you that much of an attention whore that you need to post pictures of dead people just to get that spike of dopamine?

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u/tkrr Oct 06 '22

I think we’re all muddling through a period where social norms are being rewritten in ways no one can fully understand or keep up with.

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u/liatrisinbloom Team Pfizer Oct 07 '22

Well, this whole pandemic has shown that they have as much empathy as actual sociopaths, so I find it disgusting but not surprising in the least. If you think they've hit their lowest, they'll take that as a challenge and keep digging.

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u/flowerkitten420 Oct 06 '22

These are all just so sad

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u/Babsee Oct 06 '22

I will never, ever understand what motivates people to post these awful pictures on social media. Never. It’s ghoulish!

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u/Zealousideal_Luck333 Oct 06 '22

Slide 6 is particularly heart wrenching.

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u/Majestic_Dog1571 Team Mix & Match Oct 06 '22

This infuriates me! The science is there! I’m so glad I come from families on both sides who are firmly grounded in science! This pandemic really did take out the intellectually gullible.

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u/AndriYatim Oct 06 '22 edited Oct 06 '22

🎵But I would do anything for love, but I won't do masks...ohh, I won't do vaxx🎶

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u/inbetween-genders Oct 07 '22

When keepin it real goes terribly bad.

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u/Fabulous-Mud-9114 Team Moderna Oct 07 '22

I remember one of these. Before the awardee died, they had a little teddy bear that said "press my paw so grandad can hear us!"

Even after reading through the awardee's vile shitposting, that really caught me off-guard.

Get vaccinated.

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u/ActiveEntertainer620 Nothing to be done Oct 06 '22

Slide 2 . The one chance one of them gets to use and spell breath correctly and she blew it. I despair. Not as much as her obv.

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u/FloppyTwatWaffle Team Mix & Match Oct 06 '22

It's almost like religion ruins your spelling and grammar. Or something.

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u/MadBeachLui Ivermectin tuna helper 🦄 Oct 07 '22

Blew it.

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u/Designer_Gas_86 My elders were children the whole time Oct 06 '22

All the hand holding was heartbreaking. Then I was brought back in a sense at suddenly seeing the trashy "flip off the camera" shot.

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u/LakeEffectSnow Oct 06 '22

Those moron children in slide 20 are taking their masks off feet away from a Covid patient while in the Covid ward. Does that bother anyone else too?

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u/ganonpig HCA Historian Oct 06 '22

He was probably already Covid negative at that point, they wouldn't have let them in like that I don't think.

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u/National-Return-5363 Oct 06 '22

Yea no don’t feel sorry. The cure is available, but their political beliefs trumped their lives and the lives of everyone else around them. I feel sorry for the kids that they left orphaned—they did not have a choice.

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u/howardtheduckdoe Oct 07 '22

Anyone else find it strange that when their loved ones are laying there dead their thought is to get a picture of them holding their lifeless hand for Facebook?

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u/Cheap-Plant1407 Oct 09 '22

I'm gonna be honest with you, I just don't think this apparent "love" these weirdos have for each other is actually real at all. The fact they're posting this shit on Facebook and that they're not desperately telling everyone to get vaxxed. It all tells me they don't really care about these deaths and consider these deaths more as an inconvenience to themselves than an actual person passing away.

I just do not believe these hardcore conservatives are anything but sociopaths incapable of actually feeling love.

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u/NeptuneAndCherry Oct 18 '22

I went to a relative's funeral. Died of covid after not being vaxxed, not masking, etc. My husband and I were the only ones wearing masks. The pastor's speech acted like it was some big mystery why this dude in his early 40s would have died. You're absolutely right. None of them care. They all have their heads shoved so far up their own asses, they wouldn't know empathy if it beat them in the face.

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u/Thin_Biscotti_7815 Oct 12 '22 edited Oct 12 '22

It still boggles my mind and breaks my heart that people would rather go through this than get a few shots...

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u/Banhammer40000 Oct 06 '22

Every single hand except for one has fat, sausage fingers. Iunno what that means. I just noticed it and wanted to point it out.

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u/Jazzlike-Ad2199 Oct 06 '22

I’m going to guess that it’s peripheral edema from the heart failing not actual fat fingers.

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u/styrofoamcouch Oct 06 '22

Damn if only these deaths were somehow preventable.

Lmao.

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u/Azamat-Sgdiyev ShitPol Troll Oct 07 '22

Looks like a lot of old people

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u/Blablasarcasm 🐞LadyBug2: 2Lady 2Bug🐞🐞🙏 Oct 06 '22

Slide 7: Aw, dumbledor’s dead

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u/Arminius2436 Oct 06 '22

Oh no! Anyway...

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u/TheBudds Oct 07 '22

I would just like to say.

We as a society have to change some shit that lead to this to happen.

Oh. You got shitty family members? Well ignore them all the way if you don't want to see them and not come back out for self pity points. I'm just really tired of this and I don't feel bad at all anymore.

I just fucking hate as a society the stupid notion of protecting shitty family members.

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u/Yomon64 Oct 07 '22

Everyone Let's Get All our Shots 🥺🗽🇺🇲 Believe the Science!!!!!

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u/Imakemop Oct 14 '22

I thought that second picture someone lost a lot of weight and he was squeezing his belly, and they were making fun of him.

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u/PortentProper Oct 18 '22

A week ago I attended the delayed memorial of my friend, who died of sepsis in the summer of ‘21 because there were no beds available for him in TX. Yes, he was already gravely ill with cancer, and sepsis outcomes are often poor, but the point stands. I’ll never be okay with it.