#62. Disease will always be with us. I'm reading that COVID may be endemic at this point. We are going to have to figure out to cope with it without living the rest of our lives like bubble boy.
Doesn't mean we simply let it run rampant. People in the US are too coddled and unfamiliar with the reality most of the world lives with. our effective public health measures has made us complacent and entitled because most have zero clue why they live the way they do.
And yes, SARS-CoV-2 will become endemic. I've said this for months.
>When it comes to a vax mandate I'm deeply divided. I hate authoritarianism. Hate it. I also question whether POTUS has the power to do this unilaterally. Of course the slippery slope is there too. On the other hand when sifting through all of the crap an honest and open assessment of the vaccine shows an overwhelming positive over the risks and potential side effects.
I disagree that it's authoritarian. Government's role by definition is to look after the welfare of the population as a whole. Given the extremely low risk/high benefit of vaccination it's not a reach to mandate it.
The powers of the local, state and federal government to protect public health have been affirmed many times over the years. I think people simply don't realize how much power government entities have when it comes to public health, which is why they keep stupidly saying it's unconstitutional.
CNN did a deep dive a couple of months ago - I get that it's CNN but stay with me - and vax hesitancy doesn't fall down political lines. It's across the board and the biggest racial demographic that is not vaccinated is blacks.
I've seen the numbers. Actually, the biggest demographic opposing vaccination is evangelical Christian rural whites. AA have a high level of hesitancy as well but when you consider the relative proportion of the population...
The messaging has been atrocious. Absolutely atrocious. I know this will go over like a fart in church but at this point the horrible messaging falls squarely on the shoulders of the Biden administration.
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Well of course you think it does.
And it's, of course, ludicrous.
Messaging has been bad period. Intentionally so under Trump and incompetently so under Biden.
I knew we were screwed in early summer when the CDC stupidly said "if you're vaxxes go unmaxxed." It predictably blew up in their face and now we have delta wave.