Every time I see a report concerning anti-maskers or anti-vacciners I can’t help but think of that old adage, “You can’t fix stupid.”
Think about it.
How else can you explain people who aren’t willing to take the steps that will not only protect themselves but protect us all?
In regard to the wearing of masks, the science is that they offer more direct protection to the people around the wearer than to the wearer. To my way of thinking, this means that rather than expressing anything to do with freedom those who refuse to wear a mask are simply showing the ultimate in disrespect to us all.
Actually, in regard to protection offered the wearer, I know there is some because this past winter I did not have a cold or the flu, something which I have not experienced in at least 50 years. I attribute that to the wearing of a mask along with the fact I am having very little contact with anyone other than my wife, Barbara.
In regard to those who oppose getting vaccinated, it is hard to understand their reasoning.
It shouldn’t be fear because most will have received vaccines for at least some of the following, polio, tetanus, influenza, hepatitus A and B, measles, mumps, chicken pox, diphtheria, HPV (human papillomavirus).
But then most people probably don’t even think about these things much any more, because of their age possibly not even knowing they were once prevalent on the scene.
I certainly remember.
I recall a senior in our high school in my hometown of Dryden who had her life altered by polio, being forever confined to a wheel chair.
I also recall a group of us visiting a friend who had the mumps. Lying there unmoving, with testicles the size of a small grapefruit between his thighs, he cried out, “Don’t touch the bed, don’t touch the bed,” after one of our group just brushed against it.
In those days mumps “could go down on you” if you were little too active when they arrived. Upon leaving our friend, members of our group all walked gingerly until our time came, as it did, and finished.
Some of those objecting to the vaccine and the wearing of masks say their constitutional rights are being taken away, that it is affecting their liberty, their freedom.
They don’t seem to understand that some things are imposed on the populace for the public’s good.
And after all, the constitution already allows for the requirement of seat-belt use in vehicles, the wearing of helmets for those who ride motorcycles, no shoes no shirts no service, no smoking, the use of safety equipment on some jobs, cutting off of service from those an establishment decrees has had too much to drink.
There is also talk of Covid fatigue, as if to say enough is enough and we’re not going to put up with this any more.
This would be like soldiers suffering from battle fatigue in a hard-fought war saying enough is enough: we’re taking the next month off.
That might be OK if the enemy would go along with it but that is not how it works. The enemy would take advantage of the lapse.
And so it is with the fight against Covid. We cannot relax in the middle of a battle that, raging around the world, is far from won. Now is the time to bear down, to finally bring it to its knees, not allowing it to bring us to ours.
I thought Jennifer Rubin, who writes for The Washington Post, made a cogent point in a recent column when she suggested proof of vaccination eventually should be a requirement to enter certain premises.
“At some point, only the willfully ignorant and destructive will remain unvaccinated,” she wrote. “Once that happens, employers, retail establishments, entertainment venues, public buildings, public transportation, colleges and (when vaccines are approved for children) schools should insist that people present a secure form of proof of vaccination before entering. The ornery holdouts won’t be mandated by the government to get shots, but they should not be able to enjoy the benefits, privileges and access that responsible Americans have earned by getting vaccinated. There is no right to remain a breeding ground for dangerous coronavirus variants or a threat to the small number of people still susceptible to the virus despite their vaccinations (known as breakthrough infections). The country is approaching the point when it should stop catering to those bent on being a danger to themselves and others. We have all sacrificed too much for too long to indulge reckless conduct.”
She is right.
I have said several times in my writing about Covid-19 that we have been lucky in the Sault area in that our numbers relating to our population are quite low when compared to other jurisdictions.
But I now think it is more than luck; I think it is a tribute to the people of this area who in the main have followed the rules, kept travel to a minimum and most important of all, have worn masks.
There was an anti-mask protest held on the Station Mall property recently but according to a report on Saultonline, it only attracted about a dozen people.
That is good news and offers hope that this area will continue to fend off the virus.
And as an aside, wouldn’t that be something if, in this case at least, we have fixed stupid?