Very sad to think the anti science crowd will stop us from returning to normal. They are taking the freedoms away of people who listen to science and experts.
It seems like the narrative has shifted. Before, the focus was on staying home and wearing your mask, but now the shamers are turning their attention to those who aren't getting vaccinated. Me, I got the vaccine back in January, and I never really had any doubts about its benefits. However, if someone else doesn't want to get it then that's their business and I'm not going to throw a hissyfit about it. What bothers me is that it seems like there's this notion to view everyone who doesn't want to get the vaccine as some fool or crazy anti-vaxxer. I studied biology in college and now I'm in medical school, so I'd like to think I have pretty firm understanding about disease, vaccines, and how all of it works. Then consider my friend who got a degree in marketing. He got sick right before the pandemic blew up and when he went to the ER he tested positive for influenza A, but in his mind he's convinced that he actually had COVID instead. He also thinks the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines change your body's DNA. He still got the vaccine by the way, and he's a liberal (if that matters). The point is that not everyone is able to completely understand all of this stuff, so when people hear about how these vaccines were made in record time and how they use new technology then its understandable why some might have honest concerns. And what about African Americans who don't want to get the vaccine because of Tuskegee? Is that reasoning going to be frowned upon also? Because obviously I don't think anyone believes something similarly nefarious is going on now with the COVID vaccines.
The term Herd Immunity dates to the 1930s. It wasn't coined recently, and not by Dr. Fauci.
Do we absolutely NEED herd immunity though? My understanding is that herd immunity means that there is so much immunity in a population that there are very few people getting sick at all, like how it is with the measles (I know there has been a slight resurgence in recent years). This seems more in line with a zero-COVID strategy. Yes, it would be great if we can keep more people from dying, but as long as a decent chunk of the population gets vaccinated, especially the older folks, shouldn't we be able to go back to normal? At that point COVID should only have a mild effect on the health care system, similar to the flu.
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