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Episode #899: Omega Virus
First Broadcast: 8/2/21
Even though at least 55% of the New York City population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, positivity rates are going back up again, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending that all people, even if they're fully vaccinated, go back to wearing masks indoors if they're in counties where transmission rates are either "high" or "substantial," definitions which apply to all five counties that make up the five boroughs of the city. As disconcerting as that is, New York State still isn't as in as bad shape as Florida, Louisiana, or Arkansas, states in which every single county now falls under the same masking recommendations as NYC. What's the reason for this "third wave" of COVID? Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the CDC put it plainly on July 16: "This is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated." The statistics back her up: At least 97% of all people being hospitalized for COVID now have not been vaccinated for it. What's it going to take to get them their shots? Will mandates and cash incentives work? Or are these vaccine-refusers permanently intractable? I wish I didn't have to wait any longer to find out the answer!

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