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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was holding one of his Emmy-winning press conferences today to try and encourage “the youthful and the doubtful” to get the COVID-19 vaccination. Part of his schtick was to talk about becoming a COVID-19 “long-hauler.” He admittedly has no idea what that is, exactly. That’s not surprising, since researchers are reporting everything from severe lung damage and persistent chest pain to foot pain and postnasal drip as COVID-19 long-hauler symptoms. Doubtless, some are serious, and others could be coincidences. All are still under investigation.
However, Cuomo’s argument that followed was gobsmackingly bold, considering his record on management of the pandemic. The video is short, and watching to the end to see anchor Harris Faulkner’s reaction is priceless:
Gov. Cuomo to people who don't take the vaccine:
"Maybe you go home and kiss your grandmother and wind up killing your grandmother." pic.twitter.com/QZbyJBAIj1
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) May 3, 2021
Yes, Cuomo, who put COVID-19 positive patients back in their long-term care facilities, is warning young New Yorkers about killing their grandmothers if they don’t get vaccinated. The same Cuomo ignored the CDC and refused requests from nursing home directors to send their COVID-19 positive residents to one of the temporary hospitals provided by the Trump administration. And the same arrogant governor who then tried to cover up his mismanagement by undercounting nursing home deaths by a third. This man is using grandma as leverage.
There is absolutely no data released from the CDC that indicates that this would be a likely outcome if your grandmother is fully vaccinated. Cuomo’s graph does not show how many New Yorkers have received at least one dose, but 70% of those aged 65-74 are fully vaccinated, and 64.1% of those over 75 are. Breakthrough infections in the fully vaccinated population are lower than Cuomo’s nursing home deaths. Deaths after complete vaccination aren’t even 1% of the deaths that occurred in New Your’s nursing homes.