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If masks work then, why stand six feet apart?
If standing six feet apart works then, why the mask?
If masks and six feet both work then, why the lockdown?
If masks, six feet and lockdowns work then, why the vaccine?
If the vaccine is safe then, why the no-liability clause?
But, I digress. Ponder those questions as I share quotes from articles I found especially interesting today.
“Seychelles, which has fully vaccinated more of its population against the coronavirus than any other country, has closed schools and canceled sporting activities for two weeks as infections surge.
The measures, which include bans on the intermingling of households and the early closure of bars, come even as the country has fully vaccinated more than 60% of its adult population with two doses of Covid-19 vaccines. The curbs are similar to those last imposed at the end of 2020.
“Despite of all the exceptional efforts we are making, the Covid-19 situation in our country is critical right now, with many daily cases reported last week,” Peggy Vidot, the nation’s health minister, said at a press conference Tuesday.”
“Lurking among the jubilant Americans venturing back out to bars and planning their summer-wedding travel is a different group: liberals who aren’t quite ready to let go of pandemic restrictions. For this subset, diligence against COVID-19 remains an expression of political identity—even when that means overestimating the disease’s risks or setting limits far more strict than what public-health guidelines permit. In surveys, Democrats express more worry about the pandemic than Republicans do. People who describe themselves as “very liberal” are distinctly anxious. This spring, after the vaccine rollout had started, a third of very liberal people were “very concerned” about becoming seriously ill from COVID-19, compared with a quarter of both liberals and moderates, according to a study conducted by the University of North Carolina political scientist Marc Hetherington. And 43 percent of very liberal respondents believed that getting the coronavirus would have a “very bad” effect on their life, compared with a third of liberals and moderates.
Last year, when the pandemic was raging and scientists and public-health officials were still trying to understand how the virus spread, extreme care was warranted. People all over the country made enormous sacrifices—rescheduling weddings, missing funerals, canceling graduations, avoiding the family members they love—to protect others. Some conservatives refused to wear masks or stay home, because of skepticism about the severity of the disease or a refusal to give up their freedoms. But this is a different story, about progressives who stressed the scientific evidence, and then veered away from it.
For many progressives, extreme vigilance was in part about opposing Donald Trump. Some of this reaction was born of deeply felt frustration with how he handled the pandemic. It could also be knee-jerk. “If he said, ‘Keep schools open,’ then, well, we’re going to do everything in our power to keep schools closed,” Monica Gandhi, a professor of medicine at UC San Francisco, told me.
In a clip from a segment on “struggling to get to herd immunity,” CNN host Michael Smerconish, quoting a law professor, spoke about the need for both positive and negative motivation for Americans to get their vaccination.
Smerconish went so far as to suggest shunning Americans who decide not to get vaccinated may be the answer. (Watch the video here.)
And finally, these articles…
- The Danish COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues without the COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson
- Which countries have banned the AstraZeneca vaccine?
- California Suspends Use Of Moderna Vaccine Batch After Allergic Reactions
- The Latest: Pfizer withdraws vaccine application in India
Am I inferring that you should not take a vaccine to fight against Covid-19? No, not at all. (Consult your doctor for what is best for you.) The purpose of sharing this info, like all info I share, is to inspire your own research efforts. I am not an expert and do not claim to have the answers. I do have plenty of questions and I hope you have a few more at this point as well.
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