I know COVID has become a political hot potato but I still don’t understand the folks that won’t mask or get vaccinated.
The delta variant has an R0 of between 4 and 9. According to reports that’s as contagious as chicken pox and close to measles, which we have a vaccination for. Hell, Ebola, which everyone is terrified of, has an R0 of between 1.5 to 2.5.
But folks like to point out that only 4.23 million people have died since the pandemic started. Of those we’ve “only” had 600,000 deaths in the United States. Peanuts!
Ok, sure, in the big scheme of things we’ve lost an extremely small number of people compared to our population, which people like to point to and say “See, it’s no big deal. It’s like the flu or a common cold.” It’s not like the flu or the common cold and I don’t think 600,000 dead Americans is acceptable, do you? Especially for something we could’ve slowed down if we’d had competent leadership early on in the pandemic. I’ve heard from someone I trust that 70% of deaths were in obese people. Ok, sure. Do obese folks not matter all of a sudden?
I honestly believe the anti-vax/anti-mask crowd have some twisted sense of machismo. It’s a kill or be killed mentality. It’s macho men comparing… well, you know.
Why the deep down desire to see people suffer and die? I just cannot wrap my brain around that.
And another thing. For all the drum beating around “reopening the country” these folks don’t seem to understand getting a vaccine will help us open the country sooner!
The logic, or lack thereof, boggles my mind.
Get a vaccine, save lives. And for goodness sake, wear a mask until we can stomp this thing down.