Anti-vaxxer Chronicles: ‘Religion over concern’

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Immediately’s cautionary story is Natalie, who believes in “religion over concern.”

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These folks’s religion leaves loads of room open for concern. Concern of scary immigrants. Concern of liberals. Concern of being changed by Black and brown folks. Concern of “Chinese language Communists.” Concern of essential race idea. Concern of masks. Concern of vaccines. The record is countless. 

This isn’t a query of “religion over concern.” It’s some bizarre, perverted, weird interpretation the place their religion is instantly incompatible with taking a free, lifesaving vaccine. 

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Can somebody attempt to clarify the logic on this Fb submit? 

1. Democrats need you to die.

2. Democrats will kill you by making you put on a masks.

3. Black folks protest, one thing or different.

4. Liberals put on masks. Mass dying someway averted.

5. Let that sink in. 

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It is a factor that actually by no means occurred, wherever. However hey, when you begin sharing random Fb memes and give up any effort to visitors within the reality, why not share one more ridiculous lie? 

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Taking the vaccine was someway rejecting “religion” for “concern.” And so right here we’re: a huge chunk of the household taking place with COVID-19. 

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These folks persistently vote in opposition to a celebration that would supply common well being care, that means an unexpected hospitalization wouldn’t bankrupt their household. That is all so simply avoidable, and this case is nonexistent in different nations. But right here they’re, accumulating pennies on a GoFundMe fundraiser that can by no means even cowl medical payments, a lot much less exchange no matter earnings she was offering to the household (“an enormous position,” in keeping with this very fundraiser).

And to be clear, she didn’t “overcome Covid.” Pneumonia, coronary heart, lung, and even mind harm are very a lot a part of a extreme COVID-19 an infection. That’s why those that survive such extreme sickness can find yourself incapacitated and in long-term care services. Even milder circumstances can go away lasting harm. That’s why we beg folks to take this illness critically and vaccinate. 

However yeah, “religion over concern,” or one thing. 

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Are you able to think about being an overworked physician or nurse laboring on this most troublesome, emotionally wrenching setting, and having to take care of individuals who assume they know higher due to some meme they noticed on Fb? 

COVID-19 attacked her lungs and he coronary heart. Hospitals have a protocol they observe in these circumstances, which is primarily based on over a 12 months of expertise in seeing what improves the possibilities of survival essentially the most. And these assholes are screaming at them about hydroxychloroquine due to Donald Trump, and ivermectin horse dewormer as a result of Fb mentioned so. 

COVID-19 creates harmful systemic irritation. Steroids help lower that irritation. Are they very best and freed from negative effects? No! No drug is when treating this illness. However you realize what else has extreme negative effects? COVID-19! 

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“Whether or not to vaccinate is a deeply private matter, however right here, let me inform the world about my spouse’s bodily fluids whereas on her dying mattress.”

I get that these individuals are in extreme, panicked misery. Their reactions aren’t going to be rational, and let’s be sincere, there wasn’t a lot rationality from this man even earlier than this tragedy. However hospitals are messy, gross locations in one of the best of instances. Now emergency rooms are overflowing with avoidable COVID-19 circumstances, and hospitals need to take care of staffing shortages from burnout, sickness, and even employees quitting over vaccine mandates. So yeah, perhaps sufferers are shitting their beds and issues don’t get cleaned up till employees has time to get to it. It’s not very best. It’s doubtless horrible.  

However that’s why, you realize, we good ones attempt to keep away from the place by, you realize, vaccinating. 

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COVID-19 will do that merciless twist of the knife: The affected person will seemingly enhance, after which a day or two later, he or she dies. I hate it—the false hope it brings. It makes the tip much more painful. And it occurs all of the freakin’ time. 

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Such a waste. So avoidable.

Enter Chadwick:

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Preach it, brother!

So many of those COVID-19 lifeless go away behind youngsters. They’re so wrapped up of their “my physique, my alternative” delusion that they’re willfully blind to the devastation their potential dying (or incapacitation) can have on their households. No GoFundMe web site will make these households entire. Not financially, and positively not emotionally. 

It’s basic math: Even when the illness solely kills 0.1% of all People, that’s nonetheless 3.3 million People. What makes them so certain they received’t be a type of? But they’ve satisfied themselves—due to Fb, the conservative motion, and their right-wing church buildings—that the vaccines don’t work, or that they’ve thoughts management chips in them, or that they’re “experimental.” In the meantime they themselves are someway protected against this lethal pandemic. Due to religion.  

And time and time once more, they’re confirmed improper. 

But they persist.