Safety: Weaponizing Covid Unknowns
Vaccine decliners are using uncertainty as a reason to decline the vaccine.
They cite Covid vaccines as new and unproven despite massive data underscoring the efficacy of the treatments.
This is an example of deploying fear of the unknown as a weapon.
But Covid unknowns are the very reason to be vaccinated and to follow other preventive protocols.
Covid is not yet two years old, having emerged in December 2019, and less than a year later, the Alpha variant arrived which is up to 100% more transmissable.
Right now there are four dominant variants circulating worldwide and the odds are that new variants, potentially devastating, will emerge as the virus continues to mutate.
The stunning rise in cases and deaths caused by the Alpha variant is a look at our future.
The rational action in the face of these facts would be to seek proven protection.
Employing uncertainty as the reason to decline protection is not rooted in logic, reason or experience.
The NIH indicates that 140,000 lives were saved in just the first five months of vaccinations.
Most of us lock our doors at night, we are probably safe but uncertainty compels action.
We fasten our seatbelts while driving because uncertainty is a force.
We use sunscreen and wear a hat for the same reason.
The bizarre decision to oppose vaccines in the midst of a pandemic which has killed millions is a daft frolic on the wild side unsupported by science, reason, ethics, or logic.
(Average US daily cases on October 20 is 76,496 and deaths 1,532.)