May 4, 2021
For the last fourteen months, the citizens of my town, my county, my state and my country (and the rest of the world) have been subjected to the unwanted dictates of runaway governments. As I see it, the rules for managing this covid (aka, China flu) are in constant flux. I’m now hearing we must all be vaccinated before the world will be safe again. And maybe before we will be allowed to travel. Or shop mask free. Or be allowed to sit in a full stadium with other sports fans.
The internet is full of contradictory information about the three vaccines the pharmaceutical companies rushed into production. The big questions: Are the tests for covid reliable? Does the vaccine work? Will it give long term protection? What are the long term effects? Can a person get covid again? If I have been vaccinated, can I still infect other people? Do the cheap masks we all wear actually do any good? If I have had covid, am I immune?
I took this set of questions to my good doctor, a person whose specialty is internal medicine. I started in on the questions by stating I thought I had covid in March of 2020.
Q: Could I be tested to find out?
A: Yes, but the tests are not totally reliable. False negatives and false positives are common.
Q: If I have had covid, am I immune?
A: Not necessarily.
Q: If I am vaccinated, am I immune?
A: Not necessarily.
Q: If I am vaccinated, can I get covid again?
Q: Why then should I be vaccinated?
A: To reduce the impact of covid on your system. Maybe.
Q: Will I have to be vaccinated more than once?
Q: What are the long term effects of the vaccine?
A: We don’t know yet.
My good doctor said, “If you really want a vaccination, you can get one at the Fair Grounds,” without actually telling me to do so. So I didn’t, but it looks to me like I’m in limbo: Damned if I do and damned if I don’t get a vaccination. Doctors disagree, and no one knows what the long term effects will be. Some doctors, perhaps a majority, think we should all take a chance on the vaccine. Others think the risk outweighs the benefit.
I think I’ll wait a while and try to keep my immune system as strong as possible. For now, I’ll take my vitamin D3 daily, and get on with life. Maybe this Fall when flu season rolls around, I’ll think about trying the vaccine. Maybe.
God Bless and protect us all. And not just from covid. I think I fear my government more than the China Flu.