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What are we afraid of?  There are two controversies happening now that have gone out of whack and need analyzing.  The first is the animosity between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated.  The second is mask-mandates.  Let’s look at the issues.

Animosity between the vaccinated and unvaccinated.  This one is very confusing, and I don’t get why the unvaccinated are being ostracized. At its core, this is a personal responsibility issue.  Where are the pro-lifers carrying the signs that say, “My body-My Choice”?  Since when does the government mandate what we do with our bodies.

The unvaccinated are making a choice.  They are saying “I choose the risk of getting infected and the possibility of dying over taking a vaccine that I know little about.”  They are willing to accept that risk.  Since when are we so harsh on risk-takers?  Do we ostracize and criticize motorcyclists who choose not to wear a helmet (as is allowed here in New Hampshire)?  Do we ostracize those who chose to climb Mount Everest?  What about smokers?

And what are we afraid of?  I heard one person say “Well, they carry a bigger viral load than the vaccinated.”  To which I respond, “So What?”.  In New Hampshire, since the start of vaccinations there have been 44,000 cases of Covid and about a thousand of those were fully vaccinated people.  That’s about 2.2%.[1]   So we can’t be afraid the unvaccinated will infect and kill the vaccinated.  Vaccines work and should be trusted.

But then you might say “Hey, they might infect unvaccinated people”, and again I say “So, what?”  As we said above, the unvaccinated have chosen to take the risk.  Who are we to tell people what risks they can and can’t take?

And this fear is getting out of hand – former Assistant Secretary for Homeland Security Juliette Kayyem wrote in an op-ed for The Atlantic that unvaccinated folks should go on the formal no-fly list.   This is tyranny disguised as overly cautious safety.

Mask mandates.  Many of the same arguments made above are valid for mask-mandates.  Given the vaccinated have almost a 98% safety likelihood (and how many of us wouldn’t buy the lottery ticked with 98% certainty?) and the unvaccinated are willing to take the risk, what are we trying to accomplish?

“But what about our kids” you ask.  Well, if we applied the same mask standards to other things, say pneumonia, then you might have an argument.  But according to the CDC there have been about 450 kids under the age of 16 who’ve died of Covid but in that same time period more than 900 would normally die of pneumonia.  When have we ever required masks in schools to avoid pneumonia?

[1] Given they thought the vaccines were 95% effective, this rate indicates a 97.8% effectiveness rate.