My blogs have focused on aspects of sustainable living, and have been more trend-related than tied to finite one-of-a-kind events. This report, while focused on vaccinations and Covid deaths, provides a relevant example of how we might make life-style change decisions towards living more sustainably.
We all seek comfort. In our room temperature, in the foods we eat, in the work we do, etc. We know that how we’re living – as a global collective whole – is destroying life on Earth … initially for many species and eventually for us. But if how we’re living – while giving short-term comfort – leads to our eventual demise, then we have to change some of the ways in which we’re living. And that challenges our comfort. Plus – what guarantee do we have that the change we’re making will, in fact, be better?
Finally … How serious and how reversible is the change?
If I try a new food and don’t like it, I simply don’t have to eat it again. It’s not a very serious situation and is changeable. If I buy a new car or home and don’t like it, I’m stuck with it for a few years before I can change to something else. So they’re more serious situations, though changeable.
Looking at the Covid pandemic situation,
it is more serious, and can’t be reversed.
Next … What are the upsides and downsides of getting the vaccine?
The upside … Increased protection from serious illness, is huge !
A friend of mine caught Covid while on a cruise, spent 5 months in a hospital and left him too weak to enjoy things he’s done his entire life.
The downsides … The inconvenience of going to a place where they’re giving the shots; nobody likes a shot; the potential discomfort from the shot’s after-effect; and potential serious health problems arising from the shots.
In terms of what guarantee do we have that the change will be for the better, I’d first look at credible research. In life, there are no absolute guarantees. But if a large number of scientists – with solid credentials, diverse backgrounds and no axe to grind – report specific outcomes, that seems to be the closest I can come to predicting an outcome with some reliability. So … here’s a report citing specific outcomes. I’ll add comments afterwards.
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99.2 Percent of All U.S. Covid Deaths Are Unvaccinated, New Analysis Shows
If you’re pushing anti-vax bullshit,
you’re getting people killed.
By PETER WADE
JUNE 24, 2021
This week CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said adult deaths from Covid-19 are “at this point entirely preventable” due to the effectiveness of vaccines. And a new analysis from the AP confirms what Walensky said.
According to the analysis of government data from May, released on Thursday, out of the 18,000 Covid-19 deaths during the month, approximately 150 were fully vaccinated people. That comes out to 0.8 percent, or an average of five deaths per day out of more than 200 average daily deaths. At the height of the pandemic in January of this year, average daily deaths were above 3,400 per day. Additionally, fully vaccinated people accounted for fewer than 1,200 of more than 853,000 hospitalized with the virus (0.1 percent).
According to CDC data, around 63 percent of eligible Americans have gotten at least one dose of a vaccine. But completing both rounds of two-dose vaccines like Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna is crucial to have the best protection against Covid-19, especially with the new variants that are spreading.
A study by the CDC of adults above the age of 65 — the population most at risk — found that seniors who received partial vaccination were 64 percent less likely to be hospitalized, but fully vaccinated seniors were 94 percent less likely to be admitted to a hospital for Covid-19.
Another study, published this month in Nature, found that the two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine were 88 percent effective in preventing illness caused by the Delta variant that originated in India, but one dose was only 33 percent effective. The new Novavax vaccine is even better, according to trial data, with 90.4 percent efficacy even against variants.
Dr. Paul Offit, a vaccine researcher at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, told NBC News:
“The second shot is critical. We know from
the phase one studies that the second shot
induces a level of virus-specific neutralizing
antibodies that’s about tenfold greater
than that after the first dose.”
This data and the emerging variants should be enough evidence to convince anyone to get a vaccine. But thanks to people pushing anti-vax narratives, including Republicans like Sens. Ron Johnson and Rand Paul, more than a quarter of Americans say they will not get vaccinated, according to a CNN poll conducted in April.
Some Republicans, however, are urging people to get a vaccine. As he announced seven new deaths in West Virginia due to Covid-19 this week, Republican Governor Jim Justice told the state’s residents that if you aren’t getting vaccinated, “All you’re doing is entering the death drawing.” Justice said …
“If I knew for certain that there was going to
be eight or nine people [dead from Covid-19]
by next Tuesday and I could be one of them
if I don’t take the vaccine, what in the
world do you think I would do?
“I mean I would run over on top of somebody
because I don’t want to take the chance when
the wheel spins that it could come up Jim
Justice. I don’t want to take that chance.”
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As I’ve done recently when it seemed helpful, I asked D, the entity my spouse channels, for comments.
“The article really says everything that needs to be said. There’s nonsense being put out. But, for the health of individuals, for the health of those who are unable to take the vaccine or have the vaccine work on them – for instance, people who are on anti-rejection drugs who have had an organ replaced – please get the vaccine.
“Much of the dis-information has been traced to Russian hackers, to create chaos, which hackers like to do.
“Some people say it’s experimental and don’t want to be a guinea pig. However, the vaccine was developed using protocols that have been used for over twenty years. It was tested early in the Covid pandemic because delays were stripped away and the testing became a priority for the FDA. So, yes, it got to market early … but because of its priority status.
“We are not sure why some others don’t want to have the vaccine … except maybe being stubborn feels right to them. The reality is:
“Those who choose not to have the
Covid vaccine put many at risk.”