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IN OUR VIEW | News That Some Use: Opposing sides both try to control narrative

by Gazette Staff | August 19, 2021 at 1:54 a.m. | Updated August 19, 2021 at 1:55 a.m.

A couple of Texas news stories have tongues wagging and social media buzzing. With both sides of the COVID-19 vaccine and mask debate joining in.

First, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tested positive for COVID-19. Which has many who oppose Abbott's ban on mask mandates claiming some sort of karma at work.

On the other hand, Abbott has been fully vaccinated against virus, which has the skeptics saying, "See, told you they didn't work."

Then came word the Texas Department of Health ordered five mobile refrigerated morgues from FEMA as the COVID-19 Delta variant seeps through the state.

One side says that proves how bad the situation is and how the governor and state lawmakers have failed to protect the public health. The other says the mobile morgues are needed in Texas mainly because of an influx of illegal immigrants infected with the various..

Abbott was vaccinated but still contracted the virus. There's no divine justice in that, nor does it show vaccines are worthless. Most new infections are among the unvaccinated, but a small percentage of people who are fully vaccinated will still get COVID-19. It happens. Nothing mysterious about it. And it doesn't bolster either side's case.

The mobile morgues are simply a precaution if needed by local jurisdictions. So far, no county, city or community has requested one. But they will be available if needed. FEMA sent mobile morgues as a precaution back in the summer of 2020 as well.

There's nothing new in this, of course. Facts don't always fit preconceived narratives. But true believers never let that get in the way.

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