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You know, maybe we under-invested in research on human behavior, i never imagined a year ago, when those vaccines were just proving to be fantastically safe and effective, that we would still have 60 million people who had not taken advantage of them because of misinformation and disinformation that somehow dominated all of the ways in which people were getting their answers.
I’m really sorrythat the lab leak has become such adistraction for so many peoplebecause frankly, we still don’tknow, there is no evidence really to say. Most of the scientific community, myself included, think that is a possibility, butfar more likely, this was anatural way in which a virusleft a bat, maybe traveled throughsome other species and got tohumans.
We in this country have somehowgotten all fractured into ahyperpolarized politicizedview that never should havebeen mixed with publichealth, it has been ruinous andhistory will judge harshlythose people who havecontinued to defocus theeffort and focus onconspiracies and things thatare demonstrably false. Shameon all us that we’ve gotten intothis kind of pickle.
The problem, of course, is if this is so infectious -- and we might see hundreds of thousands of cases every day, maybe even a million cases in a day from Omicron -- even if it's a little less severe, you are going to have a lot of people in the hospital and our hospitals are already really stretched with Delta, especially in the northern part of the country.
I think I did several instances say I would not be willing to do that. Here’s probably the most respected knowledgeable infectious disease expert in the world who is basically getting in hot water because he’s speaking the truth to people that do n’t want to hear it ? Is that a reason for me to relieve him of his job ? No. I would not have been willing to do that. They would have had to fire me first.
Well, OK, if it’s that specific. There were people [ like ] Scott Atlas that said do n’t worry about this business of putting on masks or asking people to isolate themselves or stay distanced. Let it rip. Let this virus run through the country until everybody has had it, and we ’ll have herd immunity ’, the consequence of that would have been hundreds of thousands of additional deaths.
We still have, of course, in the US a serious surge of the Delta variant, we should be thinking about that, your best protection against Delta is to get vaccinated, and if you've already been vaccinated and six months have passed since you got Pfizer or Moderna, get your booster, two months since JJ( Johnson Johnson), get your booster.
Christians, of all people, are supposed to be particularly worried about their neighbors, if you are a Christian, or if you're anybody who has not yet gotten vaccinated, hit the reset button on whatever information you have that's causing you to be doubtful or hesitant or fearful, and look at the evidence.
Much of National Institutes of Health is this disinformation that is so widely spread on the internet, and which has, I think, caused a lot of people to be confused or fearful about what the vaccinations might do to them, and that is truly heartbreaking when we see, still, more than a thousand people losing their lives to this disease( daily), almost all of them unvaccinated, and therefore didn't have to happen.
What has it meant for them to be out of school, which is normally the place where a lot of socialization and education happens for this prolonged period. And what about this issue of being fearful of an illness that might actually affect your families, might suddenly be blamed on you if you were the one who happened to bring the illness in ?
At the moment we are not alarmed about that, we are somewhat more concerned about a South African variant.
Found on Reuters 1 year ago
There is a tendency in many White evangelical churches to assume that science is atheistic, god gave us both a sense of God's love and care and compassion, but he also gave us the brain and the opportunity to understand God's creation, which is nature, which includes things like viruses. And I think God expected us to use those gifts to understand how to protect ourselves and others from disease. If we have the opportunity to heal through medicine, I think God expects us to do that and not count on some supernatural intervention to come and save us when he's already given us the chance to be saved by other means.
We know that if we could, as Americans, agree to take those recommendations to heart, that we would keep our masks on when we're outside, we'd stay more than six feet apart from each other and we would avoid indoor gatherings where there's a big chance of spread, we wash our hands and all that, then we could implement what we know has worked.
We shouldn't feel hopeless here and we know what works, we know that if we could, as Americans, agree to take those recommendations to heart, that we would keep our masks on when we're outside, we'd stay more than six feet apart from each other and we would avoid indoor gatherings where there's a big chance of spread, we wash our hands and all that, then we could implement what we know has worked.
Because we have a number of these( trials), and they all use a different strategy, I am optimistic that at least one, maybe two, maybe three will come through looking like what we need, we want to hedge our bets by having a number of different approaches, so that it's very likely that at least one of them -- and maybe more -- will work.
Found on Reuters 3 years ago
Found on CNN 7 years ago
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