I think everyone ought to get vaccinated.
How did you read that statement? Did you think I was calling you out because of it? Supporting your cause? Challenging or affirming your beliefs?
What I was doing was expressing an opinion, based on my assumptions and the many things I’ve learned since Covid-19 began. I remember when it did. When it began. I was a doubter.
A co-worker told me about it in January of 2020. He’d only been with us about a month at that time when he asked me if I’d heard about that “new” virus over in China and how bad it was. He stressed the word bad, as I recall. I said what most people probably said at that time: we’re always hearing about stuff like that; it’s nothing; let’s get to work.
It wasn’t nothing. It spread quickly. It spread everywhere. It’s killed millions.
We took it very seriously, in my household, at my workplace. We wore masks when we had to go into public places, we avoided unnecessary prolonged interactions indoors with others, we required masks of everyone who came into the store during the winter surge. We all got vaccinated as early as humanly possible. Thank you, Cory.
When the winter months wound down in 2021, and the vaccine became more and more accessible, the number of cases – locally and worldwide – subsided. Whew. Out of the thicket. Out of the woods. Out of trouble?
Not so fast.
Variants. As with any virus, the Covid-19 one was evolving. They’re smart, these pathogens, and hardy. Like us humans they face adversity and adapt. They want to live, spread, take over if they can. And if they must they’ll kill every other living thing they can to propagate. Like us humans.
One thing that has seemingly helped to stop the wanton propagation of unwanted contagion is vaccination. In fact, if we’re to believe what we hear (do we?), a vast majority of new severe cases and deaths are happening among the unvaccinated. Like, a more than 90% vast majority.
Statistically, that’s a lot. 90% is a lot. It’s, like, most.
Some have suggested that vaccines are more resistant to variants, and protect us a lot longer, than the antibodies produced by contracting the virus itself. That’s what some have suggested. I don’t really know if that’s true and you don’t know if that’s true because people who really, really study this stuff and have for their entire lives don’t really know if that’s true. I would say it probably is, if I were pushed into a corner. I would also say there’s probably intelligent life on other planets in the universe with space-faring capability if pushed into a corner, but I don’t really know. And you don’t, either.
But I’m willing to bet you have an opinion on it.
According to the World Health Organization – a highly respected and/or vilified outfit you probably have an opinion on, too – we’ve had about 200 million reported cases of Covid-19. Alternately, back in October, the same organization said that probably “1 in 10” have contracted it. Since the Earth had 7.5 billion people on it last time I counted that 10% would be more like [running the calculator] 750 million cases. I guess I could have done that in my head. Regardless, there’s a whole lot of people left who never had this particular, very contagious strain of coronavirus. Myself included.
[I just had a random thought: am I supposed to all-caps “COVID-19”? Don’t wanna.]
The same WHO site (that’s short for “World Health Organization,” FYI) says that there have been 3.8 billion vaccine doses stuck in arms worldwide. I don’t even want to do the math on how many of those are single doses in folks waiting for a second one, single doses of single-dose versions, or doses of anti-wrinkle treatment administered by diabolic miscreants with nefarious intent.
Let’s just round down.
We’ll say that about 3 billion people have been vaccinated, about a half billion people have been subjected to viral loads strong enough to contract disease, and that all of those people are now highly resistant to dying from CoViD-NiNeTeEn. That would mean that there are still 4 billion people on the planet – more than half – at great risk of contracting and possibly dying of this thing.
Those folks ought to get vaccinated.
To hedge our bets, everyone ought.
Don’t you think?