Remarkably, even though the vast majority of recent Covid hospitalizations and deaths are among the unvaccinated, many continue to resist, using the excuse that requiring the "jabs" infringes on their Constitutionally-guaranteed freedoms to make their own decisions.
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Doesn't matter that those self-centered decisions also jeopardize the rest of us, especially with the Delta variant, which is so much more contagious than earlier versions of the virus.
Doesn't matter that Covid victims, on their death beds desperately ask for the vaccine, or express regret for not having received it.
Yes, personal freedoms are important. We all should be able to make our own decisions, for better or worse. But there are times when we also need to consider our fellow humans who walk this planet with us and make a choice that, while we might not like it, is one that will benefit mankind, not just ourselves.
For further discussion about this, check out the comments in response to my article a few days ago, "A Special Kind of Evil." In fact, I invite you to weigh in, if you're so inclined. (Only Not Fake News members can comment, so if you're not a member, sign up.)
Meanwhile, however, those anti-vaxers who continue to make that "freedom of choice" argument, might want to consider some other choices.
Remember when your saintly hero Donald J. Trump suggested we should all swig down some Clorox because that would kill the virus?
Well, that was quickly shot down by the scientists, even those who stood behind him rolling their eyes the day he made that stupid suggestion. But still, it could be your choice, you know.
And then there were the times he repeatedly pushed hydroxychloroquine, one version of which is used to clean fish tanks, saying it was a magic cure and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should immediately approve it for Covid 19 treatment. That again was shot down by the scientists, even as at least one person, presumably a Trumper, died after ingesting the drug.
Still, anti-vaxers, your boy was a big advocate of the drug, as was his pal, the brilliant and super articulate Rudy Giuliani. So if you still trust him, you might want to give it a shot. (No pun intended, LOL!)
But if those two options don't float your boat, how about this one? Ivermectin, a horse dewormer.
Actually, Ivermectin is not just a dewormer for horses, it's used for other livestock, too. And, to get rid of lice on people.
Anyway, this apparently has become so serious that the FDA issued a statement for Americans contemplating using ivermectin instead of getting a Covid shot.
“You are not a horse,” it said. “You are not a cow. Seriously, y’all. Stop it.”
Still, anti-vaxers, you are always arguing about wanting to make your own choices, so I guess that's why some people are trying to use the drug instead of getting the shots.
Keep in mind, though, that the FDA is warning that Ivermectin is not approved for the prevention or treatment of Covid-19. Additional studies, it said, are needed to determine whether Ivermectin “might be appropriate to prevent or treat coronavirus or Covid-19”.
The FDA said it approved Ivermectin “for treatment of certain internal and external parasites in various animal species” and “people should never take animal drugs [because] using these products in humans could cause serious harm”.
And, the side-effects appear nasty -- if the stuff doesn't kill you.
Those side-effects, the FDA says, include “nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, facial or limb swelling, neurologic adverse events (dizziness, seizures, confusion), sudden drop in blood pressure, severe skin rash potentially requiring hospitalization, and liver injury (hepatitis).
“Laboratory test abnormalities include decrease in white cell count and elevated liver tests. Any use of Ivermectin for the prevention or treatment of Covid-19 should be avoided,” the agency said.
There are some human uses for the drug. According to the FDA, it can be used for "the treatment for some parasitic worms", and to treat skin conditions such as rosacea and external parasites, like lice.
So there ya go! Your final choice is a livestock dewormer that's also used to treat lice.
Go for it, anti-vaxers. The choice is yours.