After almost two years, it shouldn’t surprise anyone, many are at least tired of this horrendous pandemic, or even,
much more, fatigued and sick and tired of it and the impact on our lives. lives. ! However, this should not, and
cannot, justify the total – disregard of some, in terms of respecting the greater good and complying with basic
measures of common sense, public health and protection. How did this become another political issue, with so
many seemingly putting their personal/political interests and agenda first? How many more must become infected,
hospitalized, put others at risk, and/or die? Many older people have lost the battle, as have immunocompromised
people, and we still don’t know all the possible long-term ramifications and impacts! Why does this nation, despite
its efforts and expense, have among the lowest vaccination rates in the world, among top-tier developed nations?
and the potential to optimize our efforts! With that in mind, this article will attempt to briefly examine and review
this, and why, we need to do better.
1) Conspiracy theories: For some reasons, some prefer to believe unfounded opinions and accept them, instead of
the facts. It started with denials, turned into accusations, and created a damaging resistance. Is there anyone who
has not witnessed or experienced the loss of someone close to them? While everyone is entitled to their own
opinion, they are not entitled to their own set of facts. It’s one thing if your actions only harmed you, but it’s quite
another when you put others at risk!
2) Politics: Why has this become political, like so many apparently common sense problems? There is a world of
difference between a workable solution and a well considered plan, as opposed to blaming and complaining, denial
3) Data and science matter: Mike Bloomberg likes to say, “In God We Trust. Everyone else, bring data.” History
shows that a science-based plan, supported and endorsed by public health, medical, and scientific staff and experts,
4) Mandate Resistance: Although we have seen public health mandates in the past, it seems we are experiencing the
most polarized nation, in recent memory! Just because you don’t agree doesn’t mean you know more than the