Hello! and how are we all as we head into autumn/spring depending on your hemisphere? (Or if you're on the equator, hey, it's just the same.)
I am... feeling a bit weird. I made the msitake of opening my e-mail from Johns Hopkins Infectious Disease about the latest on Covid, and I pretty much shouldn't do that. Ever. I should go into denial (LOL as if) and be like my eye doctor...
Wait for it.
MY EYE DOCTOR IS ANTI-VAX.
What the f.......OK, never going back to hiim. That's it. I'm done. It was a second appointment, that's all I need, once was fine, twice he's anti-vax? "Because it doesn't work."
OK, let's break it down.
1. If you want 100% effective vaccination, keep dreaming. The reason we get measles outbreaks is b/c people stopped vaccinating their kids, allowing measles to spread when it *did* appear in the US. Vaccination is only effective if it's repeated, regularly, with boosters, AS WE DO ANNUALLY WITH FLU SHOTS.... or on a modified schedule. To completely eradicate measles in the US? Vaccination is just one step, to achieve herd immunity!
2. If you want 100% vaccination perfection, go study virology for four years. My Johns Hopkins e-buddy did. When viruses are allowed to run around in a host population (like humans), they party. They mutate. They develop strains, as flu did in 1918 and 2009-10, that are realllllly a lot worse.... (or, as with Covid, "delta" variant). So the only way to make a vaccine 100% is to magically predict every possible permutation of a viral mutation ----- a year in advance. Given the math on that? Humanity is very very very blessed that smallpox didn't like mutating fast during epidemics. Ebola, however, can do so within a single months-long outbreak. Viruses aren't sitting still. In many cases (as with measles) a vaccination will be enough to boost immune response to any version of the virus. In many other cases, it's not (see again: influenza).
3. Vaccination lessens disease impact. This is shown true in flu, every year, as well as a few others (notably, people who were vaccinated for smallpox too close to exposure to the disease, but got a mild hit from smallpox, b/c our immune systems don't develop the reaction in five minutes, we're not microwave ovens, for ptiy's sake.)
And 4. If you are touching me in any way shape or form, you effing well better be masked, gloved, washed, alcohol-rubbed, and vaccinated.
Because we're hearing (again) that "this new variant is vaccination resistant!".... yeah, define "resistant". Gets you lethally ill like you never got a shot, or just doesn't stop it 100%? Again, see flu shots for this effect. (Ah, flu.)
In fact, if you want to eradicate disease:
Would you like to know what disease has taken a huge hit, been seriously set back, since April 2020? ....
Now given we can get that from other animals, and it transmits more readily than other diseases would, we won't kill it off.... But by MASKING, SANITIZING, DISTANCING ALONE ------- we dealt flu a huge kick in the butt.
4. If you won't vaccinate, MASK, SANITIZE, DISTANCE. It works against ebola, flu, measles, smallpox, and black plague (which isn't viral, but it's a handy example). In fact, even HEAD COLDS were down last year....
5. Do what you want, but remember that if you get ill, you can take 6 other people with you. I, at least, am not having that on my conscience. As for risks, there are risks when you drive a car. Has it stopped anyone from driving yet? LIFE is risky. Reduce the risks, for your sake and the sake of others around you. Please. Mask. Glove. Sanitize. Distance. Covid won't go away by hoping it will. Flu never did. Nor has measles. Learn to live with the risk, sensibly.
As it stands, the total global death toll is estimated at 10 mmillion maximum in 18 months right now, b/c we know a few nations lied about their numbers, and we're going off intel, not their official statements.
The worst year of the AIDS pandemic (in its fortieth year just about) never did that. Partly b/c of the nature of HIV, yes, but partly b/c.... we took precautions against its spread.
I don't like it, either. I want to travel. I want to enjoy my life before my health deteriorates to the point I can't, from age. But.... I also dont' want to end up needing a double-lung transplant all because I decided Dr. Google knew better than Johns Hopkins Infectious Disease, Oxford Centre for Medicine (UK), et al.
Check with your doctor if you will qualify for or should get a booster.
Had a rough night, add in the SLOWEST moving ever fibro trigger weather front (honestly, another full day before it clears...).... Yeah, is it Friday yet? No? ARGH.Hubby's co-worker died of Covid. We found out yesterday. Had me a last straw moment. Hubby hadn't seen him in a long time (obvs, with remote working), but... yeah. guy left a family. (No, he wasn't vax'd.) Stupid. He was only in his...