They’ve been “enforcing” masks…but that’s not what I asked about.Since everyone was wearing a mask without exception, now common airport and airline protocols are within a company's rights to enforce.
- Fines are draconian and sad.
Taking a military perspective
Treating the wounded (infected) is a necessary part of warfare, but by itself, it will never provide a strategic advantage because the tactic is localized and purely defensive. Still, treatment has to work if the goal is to win. To win - a strategic and aggressive advantage is required against the enemy (COVID-19), especially when the enemy already has an advantage. Anticipating the enemy's next move is critical. Historically, vaccination strategy mitigates the enemy's expected aggression while minimizing wounded people and simultaneously reducing its effectiveness in its next attack.
There is no difference between someone who has never been vaccinated and someone who has yet to receive their second booster shot. They will both be penalized in exactly the same way, e.g. refused service, etc.Where in the world are vaccinated people fined for being ... vaccinated?
I don't want nor need the "minor inconvenience" of spike proteins flowing through my blood and attacking my body organs.Vaccine protections wane for multiple vaccines.
It is a minor inconvenience to get a booster. Just as it is a minor inconvenience to get a yearly flu shot.
At the same time, I stressed that the appropriate goal of public health policy is to minimize all harms, not simply to stop COVID-19 at all costs. Treatments, including emergency care, for the most serious illnesses were also missed. Half of cancer patients deferred their chemotherapy. An estimated 80 percent of brain surgery cases were skipped. Up to half of acute stroke and heart attack patients missed their only chances for treatment, some dying and many now facing permanent disability. Most cancer screenings were skipped. Meanwhile there was tremendous harm from closing schools, shuttering businesses, and confining people to their homes—and all these harms were worse for lower-income families. All this was already shown by the data. Why in the world was it being ignored, literally denied, by the experts we were relying on to guide our nation?
Atlas, Scott W.. A Plague Upon Our House: My Fight at the Trump White House to Stop COVID from Destroying America (p. 44). Bombardier Books. Kindle Edition.
Reassuring the public about re-entry requires repeating the facts—what we know—about the threat and who it targets.
By now, multiple studies from Europe, Japan, and the US all suggest that the overall fatality rate** is far lower than early estimates, perhaps below 0.1 to 0.4%, i.e., ten to forty times lower than estimates that motivated extreme isolation. And we also now know who to protect, because this disease—by the evidence—is not equally dangerous across the population. In Detroit’s Oakland County, 75 percent of deaths were in those over 70; 91 percent
were in people over 60, similar to what was noted in New York. And younger, healthier people have virtually zero risk of death and little risk of serious disease—as I have noted before, under one percent of New York City’s hospitalizations have been patients under 18 years of age, and less than one percent of deaths at any age are in the absence of underlying conditions.
Atlas, Scott W.. A Plague Upon Our House: My Fight at the Trump White House to Stop COVID from Destroying America (p. 45). Bombardier Books. Kindle Edition.
Ah, 20 somethings ...Excellent points.
One-time events that may occur in hundred-year cycles are notoriously difficult for designing backup contingencies. However, I'm thinking that the world has learned many lessons from the hard times we all experienced recently.
"Minimizing all harms" from unknown future catastrophic events ( an asteroid impact perhaps ) feels like a very tall order.
This strategy should work unless vaccine-resistant mutations prevent replication of the catastrophes experienced recently. In this scenario, the targets of this new threat may not be as age selective and even more aggressive.
Undoubtedly, knowing who to protect is as critical as providing therapeutic medications, cyclical testing, and vaccines for everyone that wants them. Of course "who to protect" includes lower-income countries as well as our own low-income communities.
Even if we know who to protect, forcing working therapies and vaccines on recalcitrant individuals may present a no-win scenario for nearby community spread.
Tide is turning, watched Governor Abbott from Texas tonight on Fox, they have no mandates whatsoever, mask, vaccines, nothing, and they are seeing the lowest numbers in the countryActually I was talking about health care costs. There are some wanna be commies on here that think the unvaxxed should be charged more and/or denied health care altogether…..