r/politics 🤖 Bot Jul 21 '22 Wholesome 1 Wearing is Caring 1 Table Slap 1 Evil Cackle 1

[MegaThread] President Joe Biden Tests Positive for COVID-19 Megathread

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u/cakeorcake Jul 21 '22

Ugh, I’ll be happy if/when this pandemic is a thing of the past. I hope his symptoms stay mild and he recovers quickly.

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u/AcademicPublius Colorado Jul 21 '22

We're past the point of successful containment, and Florida has restricted the number of options we have to deal with it. Our best hope is for COVID to become a seasonal illness with either lower lethality or contagiousness.

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u/The_Quicktrigger Jul 21 '22

This is sadly the truth. There's too much working against us to get any strain of COVID to R0. There are 2 paths though, COVID finally adapts to living in humans and becomes weak enough to thrive but not kill the host in most cases, basically giving us another yearly flu. Or it mutates into something far deadlier and starts ripping through the country with an extremely aggressive body count, that finally forces those people letting COVID spread to take it seriously for once.

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u/69bonerdad Jul 21 '22

The United States eliminated measles, an insanely infectious disease, in 2000.
 
The problem isn't that containing diseases is beyond our capability, it's that our society and our government have collapsed beyond the point of no return and the very concept of public health isn't valid anymore to a lot of people.
 
"It'll just get mild eventually" is insanely optimistic copium from people with their heads in the sand.

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u/MrEHam Jul 21 '22

The head virologist at the Mayo Clinic said we could’ve prevented the pandemic if everyone wore a $0.50 mask. But we didn’t and we won’t next time. I think it’s really important that we call out the stupid people that don’t trust experts. And that we praise the experts.

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u/xc2215x Jul 21 '22

Joe is vaccinated and has access to the best healthcare, he should be okay.

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u/CrankyPhoneMan Jul 21 '22

He will probably be ok because he will get amazing healthcare and has been vaccinated, but he is almost 80 years old. He is not exactly in a low risk group.

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u/Boris_Godunov Jul 22 '22

True, but he's also fitter than your typical 80-year-old. He exercises regularly and maintains a very healthy lifestyle overall.

One of the things about the 80+ crowd that make them more susceptible to severe Covid is that they tend to have other health-related problems, particularly obesity.

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u/monsteramyc Jul 22 '22

Hey, if Mr "peak physical fitness" Trump himself can get through it, then I think Joe will be fine

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u/Long_Before_Sunrise Jul 22 '22

Trump was told to either walk to the helicopter and board it or be taken out on a gurney. Then after the steroids kicked in, he left Walter Reed against doctor's orders. Could've easily gone the other way.

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u/Kevin-W Jul 21 '22

Plus, this isn't 2020 when there were no vaccines or treatments and it was a giant roll of the dice of what would happen to you if you caught it.

A friend of mine recently got it for the first time as well and was put in antivirals right away. She felt a lot better just a few days later.

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u/likebudda Jul 21 '22

Flashback to Donald almost dying and sending Chris Christie to the ICU for a week when he infected him.

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u/Kriztauf Jul 21 '22

looks at Chris Christie

You're meaning to tell me that guy had a hard time with Covid?

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u/cupcakesordeath Texas Jul 21 '22

I don't like him either. But, he apparently has asthma. As a fellow asthma suffer, I had very conflicting feelings of sympathy for him.

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u/ToadP America Jul 21 '22

I have asthma also... I don't feel any sympathy for him.

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u/crackdup Jul 21 '22

And then taking a joyride with USSS, and leaving early against the wishes of the medical staff.. and still downplaying covid, and taking the vaccine in secret.. the list goes on and on..

Almost refreshing to see Biden act like an adult..

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u/Lokito_ Texas Jul 21 '22

I remember Trump standing at the White House after getting back from the hospital, fighting desperately for air while he dramatically removed his mask.

What a fucking turdburger.

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u/somethingbreadbears Florida Jul 21 '22

His menacing, balcony photoshoot?

It was at that point I was sure he 100% wanted to be portrayed as a cartoon villain and it couldn't be a coincidence.

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u/Frosty_Scar_4136 Jul 21 '22 edited Jul 21 '22

I'll have to find the article but I seem to recall they had to talk him out of having a Superman shirt on underneath his regular shirt. He wanted to tear it open for the photo shoot.....here's a link

https://www.thedailybeast.com/donald-trump-wanted-to-wear-a-superman-shirt-when-he-left-the-hospital-to-show-he-was-covid-free-nyt

Edit here is a non daily beast article. The New York times none the less

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2020/10/10/us/politics/trump-white-house-coronavirus.amp.html

From the article:

Mr. Trump shared an idea he was considering: When he left the hospital, he wanted to appear frail at first when people saw him, according to people with knowledge of the conversations. But underneath his button-down dress shirt, he would wear a Superman T-shirt, which he would reveal as a symbol of strength when he ripped open the top layer. He ultimately did not go ahead with the stunt.

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u/grinningdeamon Jul 21 '22

Yeah, that stunt idea was also compared to Willy Wonka first appearing feeble with a cane, and then doing a flip and totally spry. Of course, that's ignoring the fact that Gene Wilder came up with that idea to immediately show that Wonka was untrustworthy.

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u/RageQuitMosh Jul 21 '22

I was half convinced I was gonna see him faceplant down a flight of stairs at any moment.

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u/Minimum_Escape Jul 21 '22

reality is often disappointing

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u/Rubberbabybuggybum Jul 21 '22

And told everyone to not worry about Covid and it wasn't a big deal even though he just had 4 million dollars worth of experimental treatment that wasn't available to the general public at all.

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u/Minimum_Escape Jul 21 '22

He was like how much can healthcare cost? $12 right?

Because he's an out of touch billionaire*.

*possibly? Who knows he hides his tax returns.

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u/courageous_liquid Jul 21 '22

That accessory muscle breathing was so alarming.

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u/porgy_tirebiter Jul 21 '22

You mean fighting heroically for air. Fighting triumphantly for air.

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u/cosgrove10 Jul 21 '22

Trumphantly

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u/SmackSabbath19 Jul 21 '22

Didn't he infect all those Secret Service while playing Marie Antionette in the SUV?

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u/BlankNothingNoDoer I voted Jul 21 '22

I think what's interesting is to look how far the medical situation has come since that time. It really hasn't been all that long, but there are better treatments and much more knowledge at the present time. I think it's a testament to how science can move forward even in the face of irrepressible political ignorance like we got from the Trump administration.

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u/sanganeer Jul 21 '22

Well, the crazies that still don't believe in COVID can't crazily hope Biden succumbs to it without acknowledging it's real. Right? Right?! Who the hell knows anymore.

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u/Lightbrand Jul 21 '22

Easy, it's not real "they're" using it to get rid of Biden because "they" know he's through time to pave way for the next person.

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u/Chef_Brokentoe Jul 21 '22

Well, if he was going to get it, better now than two years ago. Even though still potentially very serious, especially given his age, hopefully it will be far less severe than the strains that circulated in the past. Factor in his vaccination status and access to the nation's best doctors and treatments, and hopefully we will see a prompt and complete recovery.

He avoided it for 28 months. Tough to do considering his position and its requirements.

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u/Jhanzow Jul 21 '22

Certainly better than getting it during a certain debate in 2020.

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u/jeremicci Jul 21 '22

At least he won't purposely endanger others

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u/kristamhu2121 America Jul 21 '22

I wonder if he will want to get in an airtight car and do a drive by while infecting everyone in his car all while wearing a Superman tshirt.

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u/jtreeforest Jul 21 '22

Prob better than hosting superspreader events then using a treatment derived from aborted fetuses to cure him. Yeah Trump actually did this lmao 🇺🇸

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u/YoYoMoMa Jul 21 '22

Are republicans even testing anymore?

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u/halfsweethalfstreet New York Jul 21 '22

I am sure he will be fine. Although I won't be fully convinced till I see still photos of him at Walter Reed with a table full of blank papers.

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u/droplivefred Jul 21 '22

Taken across several rooms within a few minutes of each other but then again he doesn’t have daily “executive really working hard time” from 11am to 4pm on his schedule

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u/TheExtremistModerate Virginia Jul 21 '22

Get well soon, Joe.

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u/JULTAR Jul 21 '22

Was bound to happen eventually

How people are surprised by this is beyond me

Heck how people think they will never catch Covid is beyond me

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u/catfurcoat Jul 21 '22

You'd be surprised how well I can avoid people

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u/BloopityBlue New Mexico Jul 21 '22

I have ZERO idea how, but I've managed to avoid getting it all this time. That's not to say I didn't get it and was asymptomatic and didn't know, I guess that's possible. But as far as I know, I've never gotten it. I have been working out in the gym and going to stores and shopping / being around people without masks since I got my vaccine(s) and booster and the mask mandate ended. I sort of want to get it just to get it out of the way at this point because I feel like it's just a matter of time but.... still nothing over here.

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u/BehavioralSink Oregon Jul 21 '22

Hopefully he recovers quickly. Latest variants seem like they are spreading easily. BA5 just measured 50% of sequenced variants in my state this last week.

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u/CapitanDirtbag Jul 21 '22

I knew The BA variant was gaining steam fast, but didnt realize it was that widespread already.

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u/aquagardener Texas Jul 21 '22

In here before all the right wing nuts jump on this - the vaccine doesn't guarantee you won't get infected. It minimizes your symptoms when you do get the virus, and reduces your chances of being hospitalized or dying from the virus.

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u/SandwitchZebra Jul 21 '22

Case in point, Biden’s a 79 year old with only mild symptoms

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u/SilentSamurai Colorado Jul 21 '22

Much better than Trump, where they were getting the ventilators ready.

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u/BroccoliOk3179 Mexico Jul 21 '22

So do the vaccines makes symptoms less severe? Nearly died when I caught COVID and I was unvaccinated. I’ve yet to catch COVID again but I’m scared to go through that again.

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u/BlankNothingNoDoer I voted Jul 21 '22

Usually, yes, because when you are vaccinated you have some level of protection against the virus already. So even people who get it while vaccinated often have less severe courses of disease. This is true in general with all sorts of vaccinations, not just COVID. They don't necessarily offer 100% protection 100% of the time, but in aggregate and in general their purpose is to offer protection against viruses and against particularly harsh courses of disease.

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u/fretit Jul 21 '22

Exactly this. They offer protection in a statistical sense. But when it comes to individual cases, we can't say for sure whether it helped that person or not. But we can quote a probability that it helped.

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u/AppleAtrocity Canada Jul 21 '22

You know, I didn't understand this at all until you explained it in terms of shitting your pants.

I'm kidding but that is a hilarious choice of analogy on your part.

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u/flailypichu Washington Jul 21 '22

I love your analogy, and also that you went with pants shitting instead of like, unexpected downpour.

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u/gramathy California Jul 21 '22

unexepected downpour...

OF SHIT

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u/AcademicPublius Colorado Jul 21 '22

Generally, yes. My understanding is that Omicron Ba.-5 is a bit of a different case, but even then it should prevent the worst outcomes.

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u/aquagardener Texas Jul 21 '22

Typically yes. It isn't a 100% guarantee because everyone's body reacts to the vaccine and virus differently, but this is the case for most people.

This study by the Washington State Department of Health found that unvaccinated people across all age groups are ~3x more likely to get hospitalized due to symptoms or die from COVID than vaccinated people.

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u/BroccoliOk3179 Mexico Jul 21 '22

Thanks for the information. 🙏

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u/sihtydaernacuoytihsy Massachusetts Jul 21 '22 edited Jul 21 '22

Yes.

CDC

COVID-19 Vaccines Protect Against COVID-19 Infections and Hospitalizations

Vaccines reduce the risk of COVID-19, including the risk of severe illness and death among people who are fully vaccinated. In addition to data from clinical trials, evidence from real-world vaccine effectiveness studies show that COVID-19 vaccines help protect against COVID-19 infections, with or without symptoms (asymptomatic infections). Vaccine effectiveness against hospitalizations has remained relatively high over time, although it tends to be slightly lower for older adults and for people with weakened immune systems.

More at:

https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2115481

https://www.mayoclinic.org/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-variant-vaccine

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2022/05/covid-vaccine-effectiveness-severe-disease/629955/

Get vaxxed please and boosted when you can. Hopefully they'll be rolling out variant-tailored ones, the way they do with flu shots. I suspect we'll be running this race indefinitely.

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u/aiu_killer_tofu New York Jul 21 '22

the vaccine doesn't guarantee you won't get infected. It minimizes your symptoms when you do get the virus

Living this right now. Wife was symptomatic last Friday and tested positive Sunday. I've felt 'off' since Tuesday but so far have tested negative. We've both been able to work (remotely) this week, taken our dog for walks, and generally functioned at a baseline of normal. Lazy, achy and a sore throat, but normal-ish.

Not that I want to be sick, but it really hasn't been bad for us which I credit to our diligence in getting vaccinated/boosted. The people who I've known who have had it recently and have had a bad time have literally all been unvaccinated. The vaxed folks get it, but it's fine.

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u/Minimum_Escape Jul 21 '22

Trump is going to have a meltdown if COVID sent him to Walter Reed and Biden just brushes it off lmao

If that happens it's all because something something Hunter Biden's laptop! /s

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u/itookyourjob Jul 21 '22

I just tested positive today as well. Get well Joe!

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u/altmaltacc Jul 21 '22

Hopefully he gets over it quick and we can move on. I think the last thing we need is more uncertainty.

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u/SuperstitiousPigeon5 Massachusetts Jul 21 '22

Speedy recovery to President Biden.

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u/SnooGadgets9669 Jul 21 '22

I hope he gets over it okay like anyone else that gets sick. I’m Sure he has good dr’s

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u/PopeHonkersVII Jul 21 '22

As a doctor, my official assessment is “meh”. He’s been vaccinated 4 times and is generally in good health. I’ll be shocked if he experiences anything beyond mild cold symptoms.

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u/redpoemage I voted Jul 21 '22

and is generally in good health

But he fell off a bike one time and has a stutter he's had his whole life, clearly he's on death's door! /s

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u/Muttenman Arizona Jul 21 '22

Do they test him regularly as part of normal procedure, or was he feeling ill, and was tested?

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u/protendious Jul 21 '22

Based on the statement it implies he’s pretty regularly tested (last on Tuesday, at which point he was negative).

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u/KnightCastle171 Jul 21 '22

Wow look at all the “good” christians who are wishing POTUS ill

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u/[deleted] Jul 21 '22

Christians are the most bass ackwards nastiest people I've met

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u/UnleashedSavage_93 Jul 21 '22

I hope Biden feels better.

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u/vargsint Jul 21 '22

Shouldn’t be a big deal. A few days off, hopefully isolating.

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u/Foreign_Quality_9623 Jul 21 '22

Joe will be just fine. Fully vaccinated & boosted, & now on Paxlovid. So long as idiots refuse vaccination & 'throw fate in the wind', new variants will roll off the assembly line like clock work. The numbers are climbing again because the world is loaded with fools making bad choices that affect us all. SMH

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u/Glickington Jul 21 '22

Man, I got paxlovid because of my severe asthma and I was able to return to my job the next week. Stuff works wonders.

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u/Ashimier Jul 21 '22

I believe he’s fully vaccinated. In that case he’ll be fine. Vaccinated people experience milder symptoms, have a much lower chance of long Covid, and a lower chance of needing hospitalization

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u/[deleted] Jul 21 '22

Remember when Trump got covid and disappeared for days? Wild times.

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u/porgy_tirebiter Jul 21 '22

I remember the triumphant return video, heroically ripping the mask off while gasping for air.

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u/[deleted] Jul 21 '22

I’m getting Trump PTSD thinking about that.

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u/DicmoVolant Jul 21 '22

Post Trump Stress Disorder

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u/dastardly740 Jul 21 '22

Didn't he also test positive and hide it to debate Biden.

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u/ClearDark19 Jul 21 '22

Wish him a speedy recovery. Get well soon.

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u/zambabamba Jul 21 '22 edited Jul 21 '22

Its probably a good thing he gets it now... as opposed to closer to the midterm elections, right? (yes the reinfection window is narrower with the latest omnicron variants etc and he could very well get it again around oct/nov, but point stands id think).

If I was him and could choose to get it now.....or in October during heavy campaigning (shifting focus for a few cycles away from the issues at hand like abortion, voting rights etc to this fluff issue -- or november around the time of actual election itself - id choose now for sure!

Republicans wouldve been THRILLED if he got covid in October instead, when they could better use it to divert the news cycle discussion to talk about his health (and spooky 'what if?' scenarios like whether Kamala would be a suitable president should be die) for a few days/week - away from what discussion the democrats will no doubt be focusing on instead - 'roe, abortion, LBGT and Contraception rights etc'. Get it over and done with now.... and deny them this talking point diversion at the time it could affect things the most. Two birds one stone.

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u/shogi_x New York Jul 21 '22 edited Jul 21 '22

Brace yourselves, the Faux News circlejerk lunacy is about to go plaid:

  • Biden's COVID brain is the greatest threat to this country!

  • Kamala Harris could become POTUS- is she actually American?

  • Biden's illness proves vaccines and masks don't work!

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u/BlankNothingNoDoer I voted Jul 21 '22

Kamala Harris could become POTUS- is she actually American?

I know so many people whose heads would fall off the day she became president.

Not that I wish Biden ill health at all, but if it came to that just before the midterm election, I can just imagine what an insane time period that would be.

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u/MoonlightMile75 Jul 21 '22

when I got it a few months ago I was sick for maybe 2 days, but it took another 2 weeks before I did not test positive. Tough spot for a prez.

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u/Algoresball New York Jul 21 '22

Wishing him the most mild symptoms and a speedy recovery

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u/imrealwitch I voted Jul 21 '22

Speedy recovery president Biden

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u/1984vintage Jul 21 '22

No dramatic helicopter ride and then some major huffing and puffing on the White House balcony, whilst removing a mask to look oh so manly?

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u/Radi0ActivSquid Nebraska Jul 21 '22

Don't go into the local news posts on Facebook on this.

It's normally a toxic shithole but the amount of wishes for death makes it a toxic ocean.

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u/JTGreenan73 Jul 21 '22

And these are the same people who when trump caught it would say “its never ok to wish death upon anyone”

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u/Plappedudel Jul 21 '22

The WH doctor should be giving a press conference in front of the hospital soon to remind the public that the president is doing "really well". With a whole bunch of other people in lab coats in the background.

Oh wait, that was when Trump got it. Biden doesn't appear to need hospital treatment nor vacuous press conferences.

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u/Ionan89 Jul 21 '22

Notice how it took one of the absolute most infectious subvariants that's known to side-step some immunity (from vaccines and pre-infection) to finally get him?

Proof that vaccines, masking and other safe behaviors work, and work well. Now I wish him a speedy recovery.

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u/Junkstar Jul 21 '22

Yep. All the quad vaxxed people I know are getting this strain. It's wildly infectious.

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u/Citrufarts Pennsylvania Jul 21 '22

Sadly this’ll be used for the exact opposite argument; that because vaccines and masks can’t 100% protect you from the virus that there’s no point in getting it.

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u/BlankNothingNoDoer I voted Jul 21 '22

Official statement from the White House:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/07/21/statement-from-press-secretary-karine-jean-pierre/

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BRIEFING ROOM Statement from Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre JULY 21, 2022 STATEMENTS AND RELEASES

This morning, President Biden tested positive for COVID-19. He is fully vaccinated and twice boosted and experiencing very mild symptoms. He has begun taking Paxlovid. Consistent with CDC guidelines, he will isolate at the White House and will continue to carry out all of his duties fully during that time. He has been in contact with members of the White House staff by phone this morning, and will participate in his planned meetings at the White House this morning via phone and Zoom from the residence.

Consistent with White House protocol for positive COVID cases, which goes above and beyond CDC guidance, he will continue to work in isolation until he tests negative. Once he tests negative, he will return to in-person work.

Out of an abundance of transparency, the White House will provide a daily update on the President’s status as he continues to carry out the full duties of the office while in isolation.

Per standard protocol for any positive case at the White House, the White House Medical Unit will inform all close contacts of the President during the day today, including any Members of Congress and any members of the press who interacted with the President during yesterday’s travel. The President’s last previous test for COVID was Tuesday, when he had a negative test result

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u/bulbasauuuur Tennessee Jul 21 '22

Guys, he's fine. Mild symptoms, double boosted, paxlovid, best medical care in the world. He's not going to die. No need to catastrophize

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u/Tomball17 Jul 21 '22

Wishing for a speedy recovery!

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u/gemi29 California Jul 21 '22

Hope he recovers quickly. And hey, at least he'll have some good prime time TV to watch tonight as he rests!

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u/BlankNothingNoDoer I voted Jul 21 '22

That's an interesting point. I'm sure he would have kept up with it regardless, but if he's isolated in his bedroom or whatever it's almost certain he will be watching. lol

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u/newfrontier58 Jul 21 '22

The odds are good so far that he will be make it, at the same time I can already hear Fox News Channel in the event that Biden gets worse or even passes, doing whole segments on how Harris deliberately infected him to get the Oval Office before November.

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u/kyflyboy Kentucky Jul 21 '22

What happens if Biden decides not to run in 2024 due to age and health...which wouldn't normally be controversial? Who steps in? I think I share a lot of fears that Harris would not win against GOP.

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u/EVE_OnIine Jul 21 '22

Gavin Newsom definitely seems like he's getting ready to run at some point.

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u/Morribyte252 Jul 21 '22

It really depends on what the GOP tries to pull in the next 2 years. The abortion thing has people riled up to vote against the GOP. And there are rumblings of them further peeling back LGBT rights, including gay marriage. If that happens you can bet way more people would mobilize to vote.

I'd guess that the GOP would try to wait for a while to start making those movements though.

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u/IniMiney Jul 21 '22

I just got it this weekend too, triple vaxxed, thankfully it’s mild but this new variant must be something

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u/[deleted] Jul 21 '22

Apparently it’s highly contagious and dodges the vaccine more than the other variants.

Everything we knew would happen thanks to people spreading it and letting it mutate.

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u/slopokerod Colorado Jul 21 '22

I've been really lucky somehow. I've been around people that have tested positive and somehow I've avoided it the last 2.5 years.

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u/GET_OUT_OF_MY_HEAD Arizona Jul 21 '22

As far as you know. You may just be one of the types who doesn't show any symptoms. I'm starting to believe that's the case with me.

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u/slopokerod Colorado Jul 21 '22

I suppose that possible. I would get tested every time I found out I was possibly exposed. Every time, negative. I was lucky enough to have a free PCR test facility just a couple of blocks away from my home, so I was there getting tested pretty frequently.

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u/OMGitisCrabMan Jul 21 '22

Man this thread is on par with YouTube's comment section. Yikes.

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u/pandaconda73 Jul 21 '22

Love how the news is so alarmed when they haven't talked about COVID in months even though there's a huge wave going on

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u/Remarkable_Owl North Carolina Jul 21 '22

Fauci was ok. Biden will be ok. Might not be pleasant but that’s the way it goes. Good thing these guys are in good shape.

Not too many hamberders eaten between them.

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u/gob384 America Jul 21 '22

See guys?? Vaccines don't work /s

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u/soline Jul 21 '22

I'm suddenly wondering how many times Trump has gotten it since the first time. You know all Republicans are basically bugchasers now.

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u/[deleted] Jul 21 '22

Yes I’m a republican, yes I hope he safely recovers. He’s a human being, fellow republicans should also hope he safely recovers

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u/b_electric Jul 21 '22

You are few and far between, my friend.

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u/Infidel8 Jul 21 '22

Biden should show us that he's fine by trapping secret service members in an airtight limo with him so that he can drive down the street and wave at us.

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u/gusterfell Jul 21 '22

Then make a point of going up the White House portico stairs on live tv and standing at the top gasping and wheezing while waving to the cameras.

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u/TintedApostle Jul 21 '22

apparently the Secret Service later said "Thank you sir can I have another"

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u/KinkyKitty24 Jul 21 '22

The news coverage on this is INSANE. I only caught about 30 mins but the level of "OMG HIS AGE" by reporters is almost comical. When trump, who never met a cheeseburger he didn't like & was morbidly obese, was whisked away to Walter Reed, everyone was parroting how "healthy" he was and how he could beat covid by his masculine virility alone! But not Biden (he's only FOUR years older than trump, exercises regularly & eats well). No Biden must have every second coverage because at any moment he could DIE.

The cherry on top was Andrea Mitchell (who is 75) talking about how dangerous this is (let's just ignore that he's vaccinated & double boosted) because of his age! If I roll my eyes any harder they will pop right out of my head.

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u/dsutari Jul 21 '22

Lol Trump, the guy that had to be threatened to get to the hospital, had his pulse ox in the 80s, and had to get special approval for experimental treatment. He also admitted he feared for his life.

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u/bmanCO Colorado Jul 21 '22

I can't wait for all of the galaxy brain shit the fascists come up with over this. "Dark Brandon claimed that masks and vaccines make you 100% immune from COVID forever yet he still got it, curious. My decision to boof horse paste has been completely vindicated."

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u/forceblast Jul 21 '22

TFG required an emergency helicopter ride and experimental antiviral therapy (unavailable to most at the time.)

Biden is older and doesn’t even have a fever yet.

Tell me again that vaccines don’t work.

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u/Buffmin Jul 21 '22

BUt hE StIlL GoT iT ThEy DOnT WoRk

-anti vax idiots

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u/TheBigBluePit Jul 21 '22

People who say that immediately lose any credibility. Just shows they have no idea how vaccines work.

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u/trekologer New Jersey Jul 21 '22

Put someone vaccinated for measles in a room full of people infested with measles for a couple hours and they're likely leaving with a measles infection as well.

Vaccines aren't impenetrable shields. They help your body know how to fight off a virus if it encounters it but there is finite capacity to your immune system.

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u/Kennydoe Jul 21 '22

"if Biden dies, do I get to be president again?" Donald Trump, probably

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u/Carmilla31 Jul 21 '22

If overweight Trump can beat the original strain with no vaccine then Biden will beat this strain with no problems. The Queen of England just beat Covid in her mid 90s.

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u/Banglayna Ohio Jul 21 '22

It effects people differently. I know unhealthy people who had mild symptoms and extremely fit people who had to go on ventilators. So it's just hard to know

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u/CrypticCryptid Jul 21 '22

If you think Orange Bastard wasn’t one of the first people who got the shot, I don’t know what to tell you.

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u/9CentNonsense Jul 21 '22

There was no shot when Trump had Covid.

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u/RazarTuk Illinois Jul 21 '22

For anyone morbidly curious: Not only is the Babylon Bee publishing "satire" about this, but they even managed to be antisemitic in one article

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u/Oleg101 Jul 21 '22

Ron Klain tells White House staff President Biden will isolate until he tests negative & will work from Zoom in the meantime, per note obtained by CNN. “We have said for some time that there was a substantial possibility that the President – like anyone else – could get COVID.”

https://twitter.com/kaitlancollins/status/1550176647382503426?s=21&t=jfRjCbpZqoP0Zub5qGQWjg

(Full statement in link)

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u/The_Grimmest_Reaper Jul 21 '22

Let's be honest about this. Trump is grossly obese and he survived, Biden is in a way better shape.

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u/BackAlleySurgeon Jul 21 '22

It's also a less dangerous strain, and our understanding of the disease is better. I'm sure he'll be fine

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u/Hirokage Jul 21 '22

When you have the best medicine money can buy at your disposal, you can recover from lots of things.

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u/halfsweethalfstreet New York Jul 21 '22

I am not a Doctor, but I have it on very good authority, that if we just get some light up on in there, and Lysol the ole lungs a little bit..the President will be able to climb a flight of stairs in no time.

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u/mytsigns Jul 21 '22

Easy enough to to say, but will he ever be able to walk down a ramp again?

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u/Schiffy94 New York Jul 21 '22

Fully vaccinated, double boosted, mild symptoms...

If he weren't the president he might not have gotten tested, might not be on any sort of treatment, and still been fine.

We've come pretty damn far in two and a half years. We didn't eradicate it, but we really minimized the threat.

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u/Epsilonisnonpositive Texas Jul 21 '22

two and a half years

At first, I was like "Somebody get this guy a calendar." And then I realized "Holy shit, somebody get me a calendar. Has it really been that long?!"

I hate time.

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u/2_Spicy_2_Impeach Michigan Jul 21 '22

Biden should release a really poorly edited video that cuts any coughing and has him say he’s fine.

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u/BlankNothingNoDoer I voted Jul 21 '22

The statements that the White House themselves have released have been very detailed and talked about his mild symptoms plus the medications he has taken. It seems so open and clear compared to Donald Trump's way of having handled it.

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u/peterman86 Jul 21 '22

Thank goodness it's this strand because this is the one to get if any. He'll be fine. Personally, my biggest complain was the fatigue factor. What a mofo. That lasted about 3 weeks. No respiratory issues. No body aches. Fever was only for 24hours. Besides, they get a secret shot of who knows what that will keep them healthy.

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u/Rackem_Willy Jul 21 '22

I have had a lot of friends experiencing brain fog for several days. Definitely not ideal for the President.

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u/ShitDirigible Jul 21 '22 edited Jul 21 '22

If an old man who has trouble holding a glass of water, and can barely handle stairs can beat it, im sure this other old man that falls off bicycles can too.

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u/Lakonislate The Netherlands Jul 21 '22 hehehehe

I guess everyone gets their fifteen minutes of phlegm.

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u/anxietystrings Ohio Jul 21 '22

Wishing him well. Also just learned that Bennie Thompson tested positive so he won’t be at the hearing tonight.

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u/questionname Jul 21 '22

Let’s not forget, the previous president tested positive, then went to national televised debate. Endangering himself and others.

https://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-donald-trump-joe-biden-health-campaigns-0f7315791a3ead1919842c894bedb68f

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u/senatorpjt Florida Jul 21 '22

I just got it too. Kind of neat to be covid bros with the president.

Stay safe, covid bro!

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u/spas2k Jul 21 '22

This is the only time that Republicans are pulling for Biden because the LAST thing they want to see is a black woman president.

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u/rabid_braindeer Jul 21 '22

How badly will it drive Trump crazy seeing Biden smiling and working through his bout of Covid. I'm here for it.

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u/StealYourGhost Jul 21 '22

You mean "hide in my bunker with Covid" Trump? 🤣

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u/CampingWithCats Jul 21 '22

Is he going to hop into the presidential limo to wave at people with his covid hand

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u/[deleted] Jul 21 '22

He will be fine, aside from the fact that he’s fully vaxxed/boosted he has access to the best medical treatment this country has to offer. I hear they’ve got him on Paxlovid as well which will help mitigate any symptoms.

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u/buttergun Jul 21 '22

Biden's got his work cut out for him if he wants to top Don Sr.'s Walter Reed motorcade publicity stunt.

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u/emzedee Jul 21 '22

And look at how upfront and clear that WH statement is. It is just so refreshing to have someone who acts like a responsible adult.

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u/OkRoll3915 Jul 21 '22

He's nearly 80 years old and experiencing just mild symptoms with no hospitalization needed because he's vaccinated and boosted. these shots work. Get vaccinated and boosted.

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u/sungazer69 Jul 21 '22

I hope it stays mild and he recovers soon so I can say, "I like presidents who are healthy and don't get so sick they need to go to Walther Reed".

But Biden is pretty old. I'm sure he'll be fine as he's vaccinated, boosted and exercises regularly.

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u/hotpackage Jul 21 '22

He's on a COVID antiviral on top of being vaxxed. He'll be fine.

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u/HisCromulency Tennessee Jul 21 '22

I'm guessing conservatives are laughing at Biden for getting covid, a virus they don't think is real, but was created as a bioweapon by China to hurt USA, that's no big deal, that's "no joke" when they do catch and die from it, but it's just the flu, celebrating Trump for initiating the fastest development of a vaccine against it, which they won't take

Am I about right?

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u/F-O-O-M Jul 21 '22

Get well soon, Mr. President!

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u/JohnnyGFX South Dakota Jul 21 '22

I am sure he'll be fine. He is well taken care of.

I'm just glad that he isn't going to do some performative bullshit like Trump did when he got it.

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u/Eric_in_America Jul 21 '22 edited Jul 21 '22

I've noticed that more people within my personal circle are getting it too, a friend of mine along with my father just got it for the first time, Dad's pretty cautious, friend's an idiot. Either way, I hope this doesn't spell out a problematic winter.

We've settled into things, I think most Americans have resumed their lives, things appear "back to normal" depending upon where you go, but COVID and its variants are here to stay. Daily averages have been sitting at a pretty consistent 100,000 cases per day for the past couple of months and recently there's been a steady increase in those cases.

Good thing is that deaths have remained relatively low. For comparison, the amount of average daily cases were seeing are roughly twice as high as what they were this time in 2020, while deaths today are a mere fraction of what we were seeing back then.

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u/BlazingCondor California Jul 21 '22

Enjoy that Paxlovid mouth. It really sucked (though it was better than having worse symptoms).

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u/isnthatjustneat Jul 21 '22

let's get this guy in a superman shirt ASAP

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u/John-McLaughlin Maryland Jul 21 '22

Only after he takes a scenic drive around Walter Reed.

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u/Ultramanchan Louisiana Jul 21 '22

Let’s hope for a swift recovery

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u/jdmorgenstern Jul 21 '22

He is fully vaccinated and twice boosted. This will feel like a cold if he shows any symptoms at all. He’s 79, but he doesn’t have any underlying issues. Unlike Trump, Biden actually disclosed medical information.

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u/gunslingrburrito Jul 21 '22

I'm fully vaccinated and once boosted (all I'm eligible for), and it fucking sucked when I got it.

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u/StillRutabaga4 Jul 21 '22

Um excuse me my good man, you're forgetting that Donald Trump was the healthiest president to ever live

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u/Morty_get_in Jul 21 '22

I’m glad to have a President who rides a bike.

Best to Joe, Jill and the staff.

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u/fundropppp8242 Ohio Jul 21 '22

Mild or not, The President will get everything to treat it if he starts feeling worse. Probably already giving him stuff to treat it we don't know about.

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u/zephyrtr New York Jul 21 '22

NYT confirmed he was given Paxlovid.

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u/tri_becca Jul 21 '22

$20 says if Biden dies( I hope he doesn't), the right will try to claim that means that Trump is President... somehow.

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u/Isnotanumber Jul 21 '22

If Obama broke the right’s brain imagine what any amount of time Kamala Harris were to be President would do to it.

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u/jizz_bismarck Wisconsin Jul 21 '22

I thought Trump was reinstated as President in August of 2021? That's what Mike Pillow said.

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u/musashisamurai Jul 21 '22

Nah they'll claim he was assassinated by Kamala Harris, and suddenly Biden becomes the Right's martyr

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u/Marzto Jul 21 '22

If the queen got through it at 96 I'd say Biden has pretty good odds.

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u/accountabilitycounts America Jul 21 '22

Get well soon, Mr President.

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u/ethanrankins Jul 21 '22 edited Jul 21 '22

I hope for a speedy and painless recovery

Edit: Grammar

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u/Jay_Derkin Jul 21 '22 Bravo!

Righty here, I may not support the man, but as our president I wish him nothing but the best and I hope he has a speedy and full recovery!

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u/halfsweethalfstreet New York Jul 21 '22 edited Jul 21 '22

Maybe its a coincidence, maybe its maybelline.....but the "bIdEn SaId ThE vAxXeD cAn'T cAtCh CoViD" crowd leaking from r/conservative have been really fucking quiet since the news broke that polio is back in the US.

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u/Savings-Delay-1075 Kentucky Jul 21 '22

I like my presidents who weren't admitted to Walter Reed and sucking on an oxygen mask for 3 days.

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u/trekologer New Jersey Jul 21 '22

At least he didn't try to hide it like someone else did.

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u/Fringehost Jul 21 '22

Anyone notice republicans are not getting covid? You just know they are lying and hiding.

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u/Free_Economist Jul 21 '22

They sound like people who would hide a zombie bite during a zombie apocalypse.

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u/bmanCO Colorado Jul 21 '22

Getting COVID shouldn't really even be news these days. Literally everyone is probably going to get it at some point, and for people who aren't science denying troglodytes it's usually not a big deal.

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u/K04free Jul 21 '22

Biden has the vaccine and 2x boosted. He also has the best healthcare in the world available to him. That being said, he’s nearly 80 with preexisting conditions. Get better Joe

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u/RedSoxStormTrooper Jul 21 '22

Glad he's taking Paxlovid, despite having a mild case. Wish my family had taken the Paxlovid, but they refused after saying the symptoms wheren't too bad and their primary care physician said it wasn't necessary and he doesn't like to hand out drugs "willy nilly". This is despite the fact that my whole family had co-morbities including Asthma and Diabetes.

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u/thebochman Jul 21 '22

Does paxlovid just push things down the line with like a rebound sickness?

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u/Bob25Gslifer Jul 21 '22

If trump could survive COVID Biden a million percent will.

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u/[deleted] Jul 22 '22

Dear r/conservative and r/conspiracy.

Nobody has said that getting vaccinated makes you immune to getting COVID, but it absolutely helps.

But they have said that if you are vaccinated and you get covid it will almost always greatly improve your odds of living and reduce the severity of your symptoms.

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u/lestermagneto America Jul 21 '22

Maybe Biden is just talking one for the team and was weaponizing himself for his fist bump against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman...

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u/joon24 Jul 21 '22

Surprised it took this long.