So Sad: People Choosing To Die From A Preventable Disease

The doctor in the above video is a short version of what many in the medical community have been saying for the past two or three weeks: The corona virus is now a preventable disease in this country. Thanks to an incredible rollout by the Biden Administration the US has enough vaccines to fully vaccinate every body over the age of 12 in this country.

The vaccinations are free. The side effects are almost nil and the chances of getting infected once vaccinated are well below 1%. The more people who are vaccinated the less the chance of getting infected since there would be fewer and rarer sources for infections.

The vaccines for the corona virus are among the most successful vaccines ever created. The further it is dispersed, the less the chance that a vaccinated person would get infected. But if there are large groups of people who refuse vaccinations, that group of people become a real life Petri dish for the virus to grow and mutate into more virulent strains that may mutate into a virus that is immune to the current vaccinations.

Unfortunately, we have a really large pocket of just plain ignorant fools who despite all the documented success of the vaccines prefer to become part of the Petri dish where the virus will thrive. Since vaccinations have leveled off since early June and with an opening of commerce, the US is seeing and alarming rise in both daily Covid cases and Covid deaths.

We were and still are for that matter within the grasp of nearly stomping out the corona virus in this country. We will need nearly everyone to co-operate. Unfortunately, due to a right wing in this country that only looks at the corona virus as a a wedge issue in the culture wars we have huge amount of people who will not get vaccinated.

Rather than getting vaccinated these people would rather get sick and possibly die to prove something, I am not sure what. That despite how important on a personal and societal level they will prove that they are bigger and ?smarter? than science. 

There is one other large pocket of people in the US who are currently locked out of being vaccinated. That is children under 12. Testing is currently going on for that age group for dosage and efficacy. Most experts expect a vaccine will be ready for them in September. I would hope parents would have their children vaccinated at a high rate.

Meanwhile there will be nearly 30% of Americans who will choose to play Russian roulette with the corona virus. But remember it is not just them playing. As long as they are unvaccinated and continue to offer the virus a place to mutate and grow more virulent, they are a hazard to the whole country. 

From the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) on June 25th:

For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began in earnest in March of 2020 in the United States, nearly all of the deaths recorded in recent weeks were preventable, occurring in unvaccinated Americans.

According to an Associated Press analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data from May, only about 150 of the more than 18,000 COVID-19 deaths in May were in fully vaccinated people, or less than 1%. This translates to 5 deaths per day attributed to fully vaccinated Americans experiencing breakthrough infections, and roughly 300 deaths per day in the unvaccinated.

Vaccination has also reduced US hospitalizations significantly: Fully vaccinated people made up less than 1,200 of more than 853,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations in May.

The United States reported 12,830 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, and 341 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 tracker. In total, the nation has confirmed 33,593,763 cases, including 603,238 deaths.


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