Thanks to Targuman for this homonym-based OY. And for anyone who might not catch the almost-quotation, he offers these tips: See Mark 6:36 // Matt. 16:26.
The squirrel gives one popular musical association to this city. But some of us would go for “Stuck inside of Mobile with the Memphis blues again!”.
Panel four is definitely an OY (and the raccoon agrees).
Panel three is misinformation:
cross-species transmission is widespread.
See, for instance, here:
> > https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2022/08/05/1114357154/how-many-animal-species-have-caught-covid-first-global-tracker-has-partial-answe
Panel two is borderline Op-Ed.
Panel one is just plain INSANE!
That Off the Mark is a good LOLoy, but it might also need a geezer tag. Given LSD’s decline in prominence (if not usage), I wonder how many people are aware that its “classic” distribution method was drops soaked into little squares of blotter paper?
P.S. The “S” in the acronym comes from the German word “Säure” (“acid”).
Also, the rabies immunoglobin treatment and vaccination in the event of an exposure can run you $20,000 to $35,000*.
If you contract rabies, there is no cure. It is 100% lethal. It also sounds like a terrible way to die.
*Source: the bill that arrived this week
704 COVID cases in animals vs hundreds of millions in humans means transmissions to other species are very rare. Cases in animals is undercounted, but not by that much!
The number of reported cases in the study is only a microscopic fraction of the total number of infected animals. Since there is no systematic wildlife testing anywhere (with the possible exception of China†), the vast majority of infected animals (especially wild ones) will never be noticed. One worry (mentioned near the end of the article) is that the virus may become endemic in deer, potentially providing a constant reservior for reinfecting humans (e.g. hunters). Even if that risk is very low, this still means that it may be extremely difficult to completely isolate or eradicate the virus.
P.S. &dagger – According to a recent report in the German news, fish caught in the coastal city of Xiamen were being tested (“orally”) for Covid, provoking a slew of amused comments in local networks, such as “Do they breath through their mouths?“, and “How are they going to quarantine their close contacts?“
Rita Ruder did a sketch where she found a neighbor’s dead cat, went to great pains to return it to him, and it turned out to be a sleeping raccoon.
Never heard of someone dumb enough to try & rescue a sick raccoon, not even Arliss Coates.
[Re: P.S. &dagger – According to a recent report in the German news, fish caught in the coastal city of Xiamen were being tested (“orally”) …]
Were the fish given oral tests presumably because they can’t write?
Also, in the Whammond commic, I don’t see any trailers, so I guess there aren’t any mobile homes there.
There was Calvin and the baby raccoon.
“If you contract rabies, there is no cure. It is 100% lethal. It also sounds like a terrible way to die.”
As far as a percentage of total cases, that’s basically true. But there have been several survivors, with most of the well-documented ones being in the last 20 years or so. (Prior to that, there was rarely any attempt to treat rabies, based on the assumption that treatment was ineffective).
Of 25 US cases known to the CDC between 2009 and 2018, two survived.