For seven months, the public has been asked to live with an abundance of caution. That’s included quarantining, keeping socially distant, wearing a face covering, and staying home even if one is not feeling ill. For businesses, working with an abundance of caution included more restrictions. It meant closing their doors. For schools, it meant shutting down campuses and going completely virtual. At the time, and based on a virus we knew little to nothing about, some of those precautions made sense.
Seven months later, we’ve gained more knowledge about the virus and which precautions were necessary (and which ones were not). Daily reminders of how to continue to live with an abundance of caution are still being broadcasting on the airwaves, like the ones I heard on the radio last week:
If you have to leave home, wear a mask!
When in public, stay six-feet apart!
No matter what, don’t touch your face!
Later, when one has been fast-tracked and approved, I can bank on this added message…
Get your damn vaccine!
Even though the curve has been flattened, we’re being told to live as if it hasn’t. I’m guessing that’s why the media is keeping that COVID-19 vaccine in their news cycle. Claiming it’ll be the next best thing to counter the coronavirus, the vaccine is getting more airtime than the flu vaccine usually does. As with that typically ineffective flu shot, and other ones manufactured here in the states, it’ll be a liability-free vaccine the public will be offered. That liability-free label means that should something go wrong post-vaccination, pharmaceutical companies do not have to claim any responsibility for it, even if the damage done is a result of their product.
One would hope that those making vaccines would include using an abundance of caution in the process, but they don’t have to do that. The law protects the vaccine industry, not the people being vaccinated. And it seems further protection has been granted for any COVID-19 vaccine, too. Where the manufacturers can throw caution to the wind, the double protection they’ve received for their yet-to-be developed, and minimally-tested, vaccine is red flag enough for me. I’d be a fool to opt for any of them.
As time goes by, we’ll certainly learn more about the coronavirus and any long-term effects it may have. That’ll hopefully include learning about the quarantine precautions we were asked to take, too. Evidence already shows that some precautions have had detrimental effects, including an increase in mental health issues. Based on several observations and data, some doctors and researchers have shared that it’s time to open the world up again, even without knowing all there is to know about COVID-19. Enough is enough.