Tobacco related deaths are 480,000 per year in the United States. Of that, 40,000 is from second hand smoke.
And seeing this firsthand, the medical implications are far deeper than deaths.
Everyone knows the risk.
Yet tobacco is legal.
There are 95,000 alcohol related deaths each year.
Yet alcohol is legal.
Poor diets and lack of exercise related deaths are 678,000 per year.
Yet McDonalds, Burger King, Hardees, etc make billions. And unhealthy food is not banned.
Liberty includes the idea that we can engage in activity that may be dangerous by making a personal choice.
99.5% of covid deaths now are unvaccinated people — those choosing not to get the vaccine.
Folks who fear Covid can mask, stay indoors, stay away from people, stay away from indoor crowds, social distance, stay away from unvaccinated people — do whatever they choose to be “safe” in their own minds. That’s a choice. That is freedom. Whether vaccinated or not. You have a duty to protect yourself to the extent you desire.
This is not about grandma. The vaccines never promised perfection. This means that from the start, grandma would be making a choice of living life or cowering in fear despite being vaccinated.
Of course, while the new variant is more contagious it appears, it is not as severe.
And, of course, the more people get the variant the more natural immunity is strengthened.
The choice thing and the idea of liberty os hard for some to grasp. So is personal responsibility.
But also, very importantly, life and business must go on. There are millions of healthy people that have very, very little risk of a bad outcome. We know kids under 18 are at a risk about like the seasonal flu. Those 18-30, again, extremely low risk.
I was exposed many times (without a mask) with not one symptom or issue. My family had it as well as friends and coworkers.
I’m a medical doctor and I’ve had the vaccine. But we cannot ignore the concept of individual choice in medical care. I believe very strongly that someone can protect themselves if they choose to.