The made-for-TV film “South Park: Publish COVID” pokes enjoyable at anti-vaxxers.
“South Park: Publish COVID” begins with a cheery information story in regards to the imminent finish of our lengthy international nightmare.
Sadly, the next revelation that that is happening forty years sooner or later, in a disease-ravaged America nonetheless grappling with the disaster, is the primary of many jabs that creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone make about our collective incapacity to get this virus underneath management, which can be demonstrated by the truth that a number of individuals nonetheless proceed to refuse to get vaccinated.
On this case, that may be Clyde, a pudgy half-wit who tells his former classmates that he nonetheless hasn’t gotten the jab as a result of he has a shellfish allergy, and that there’s an opportunity that scientists creating the vaccine may contaminate the vaccine in a laboratory in the event that they’ve concurrently been in shut contact with shellfish.
“So, Clyde, you imply your motive for being an anti-vaxxer is “SHELLFISHNESS??!!?”
City Dictionary: FREEDUMB
A completely nonsensical and asinine perception that freedom means you are able to do actually something you need, together with violating different peoples’ rights.
The wealthy international locations of Europe and North America made a catastrophic elementary error in permitting refusal of COVID vaccination in any respect.
Akin to Donald Trump and right-wing media giving False Equivalence to Nazi white supremacists and folks protesting their vile ideology, governments and media, significantly social media, in industrialized Western international locations, have shot themselves within the foot by permitting anti-vaxxers any oxygen by any means.
Misinformation is so rampant.
The Web has allowed devilish lies, propaganda and a discredited fraud masquerading as Science to contaminate the minds of hundreds of thousands of gullible individuals.
Sadly, there is no such thing as a vaccine that may inoculate individuals in opposition to a counterfactual, unscientific mindset.
Most sufferers are at a drawback not simply in regard to total scientific and medical data but additionally about correctly critiquing articles, analysis, and research.
Physicians and scientists benefit from our training.
Not simply the biology and biochemistry that underlies our extra remedy training however the good thing about how you can acknowledge good from dangerous analysis.
We all know that information from a big double-blind, randomized managed examine far outweighs outcomes from a retrospective examine with a small affected person cohort.
Most of our sufferers know none of this, but there’s this underlying expectation inside ourselves that once we talk about research, they perceive every thing popping out of our mouths although their eyes glaze over once we really say, “Double-blind, randomized managed examine.”
Add to it, sufferers are bombarded by dangerous analysis and opinions from quite a few instructions whereas we primarily get our info from one enviornment.
Whereas there are numerous totally different journals and sources behind our CME (Persevering with Medical Training), they’re all primarily based on peer-reviewed, evidence-based medication.
Most of our sufferers don’t have quick access to the identical sources we do, and even when they did, most wouldn’t perceive the articles heavy in medical and scientific jargon.
As a substitute, they’re bombarded with deceptive and inaccurate opinions from native information and 24-hour “information” channels like Fox, predatory non-peer-reviewed journals, anti-vaccine YouTube movies crafted to look medically skilled however not primarily based on any legitimate proof, questionable opinions and recommendation from TV medical speak exhibits, and biased opinions from fringe politicians and non secular leaders.
Given all that, the actual query is, how aren’t extra sufferers refusing vaccination, therapy suggestions, and our solutions to their medical questions?
Paraphrasing MASH’s Col Henry Blake to Capt. BF “Hawkeye” Pierce:
“Rule primary, many sufferers don’t take heed to well being care suppliers. Rule quantity two, well being care suppliers can’t change rule primary.”
However we’re speaking about wholesome, supposedly educated adults who’ve had nearly two years to tell themselves, and nonetheless gained’t get the vaccine.
These individuals are out of excuses, and we’re out of persistence.
Persuasion doesn’t work.
Let’s get actual for a minute.
It’s fairly naive to speak about drawing anti-vaxxers towards the sunshine with sugar and honey now.
That ship sailed months in the past.
After a sure level, it doesn’t matter what principle or framework you’re utilizing to research or talk about our discourse.
There comes a time when you possibly can’t persuade somebody to do the suitable factor with phrases, motive, or attraction.
It doesn’t matter how good you might be.
In actual fact, there’s a phrase to explain what occurs whenever you’re good to bullies.
It’s referred to as Appeasement, and it hasn’t labored so effectively all through historical past.
If you regularly present empathy and understanding towards a bunch that demonstrates none of those traits themselves, they don’t magically resolve to begin displaying kindness to others.
If we’re not supporting vaccine mandates, what we’re doing is tolerating an intolerance towards primary science.
If you tolerate intolerance, you solely encourage and embolden it.
They take benefit.
To them, COVID was a virus of outdated individuals on their approach out already, or individuals with a number of pre-existing circumstances.
It was solely killing the weak.
They usually have been sturdy — rugged cowboy sturdy, Alberta sturdy, to be exact, or not less than Sturgis bike ridin’ sturdy.
Excessive on a delusional mixture of rugged individualism, poisonous masculine bravado, pseudoscientific religion in vitamin dietary supplements and Ivermectin and the blood of Jesus Christ, and a perception that God would pull them by, they have been satisfied they have been protected.
Solely others have been in danger — the much less good individuals.
Those who don’t do CrossFit, or go to a Megachurch, or higher nonetheless, CrossFit in a Megachurch.
Those who don’t accept the “energy of constructive considering,” like FOX host Jesse Watters (“a kill shot for Fauci”), who insisted that’s all he would want ought to he develop into contaminated.
And for those who place their religion in Science quite than a Bible examine group?
These individuals don’t rely.
Anti-vaxxers, anti-maskers and COVID-deniers symbolize the shrivelled egocentric coronary heart of contemporary conservatism — a conservatism that begins and ends with anti-liberalism.
No matter a liberal says, they need to oppose, no matter consequence.
The liberals are in favour of masks?
In favour of vaccination?
Personal the libs!!!!
It’s the politic of individuals whose emotional intelligence is that of a below-average 7-year outdated.
Premeditated reckless indifference to the struggling of others.
They didn’t care that they may infect individuals.
But when you realize it may hurt others, and you continue to refuse to take the measures that cut back the chance of spreading the virus to them, you’re a Sociopath.
When you refuse a vaccine when you haven’t any legitimate well being motive to take action (the one one reputable motive to skip a vaccine is being immunocompromised), thereby holding the Pandemic alive longer by growing the chance of extra transmissible, extra deadly variant mutations, you might be saying that different individuals’s lives don’t matter to you.
Truly, as an alternative of Sociopath, the extra exact medical time period could be Delinquent Persona Dysfunction, a persona dysfunction characterised by a pervasive and chronic disregard for morals, social norms, and the rights and emotions of others, a weak or nonexistent conscience in addition to a historical past of rule-breaking that may typically result in law-breaking.
They might repeatedly disregard and jeopardize their very own security and the security of others, which may place each themselves and different individuals in peril.
They’re typically aggressive and hostile, with poorly regulated tempers, and might lash out violently with provocation or frustration.
Anti-vaxxers play the sufferer card.
Bullies aren’t as silly as they give the impression of being.
The stereotypical highschool bully is fairly unsophisticated.
He throws somebody in opposition to the locker and calls for their lunch cash.
If solely we needed to fear about that type of bully.
Actual life bullies aren’t that easy.
They normally current themselves as victims of harassment or hostility.
They play on our feelings.
They fall again on this tactic when somebody stands as much as them.
Anti-vaxxers are making themselves out to be these benevolent, misunderstood souls who merely want extra time or extra coddling to make the suitable selection.
It’s a large lie.
By this level, anti-vaxxers have made up their minds.
There’s no approach they might dig their heels in any additional.
They merely need permission to proceed catching and spreading a virulent disease.
They wish to preserve believing of their superior genes and immune system, and to maintain speaking robust at protests and rallies.
They’re participating within the very aggressive behavioUr they complain about.
Anti-vaxxers pose the identical risk as a drunk driver on the freeway, somebody who texts and drives or somebody who chain smokes cigarettes inside a restaurant.
The science behind that is clear.
Even in opposition to variants like Omicron, vaccinated individuals are much less more likely to get contaminated.
And in the event that they get contaminated, they’re much less more likely to get severely ailing or die.
They shed much less of the virus.
Anti-vaxxers don’t care about different individuals’s rights.
Anti-vaxxers are the primary to begin shouting about their private rights and freedoms.
They inform us they need to be handled with respect and dignity, identical to the remainder of us.
In the meantime, they trash our rights always.
They throw matches outdoors hospitals, eating places and airplane gates.
Vaccinated individuals are getting sick and dying with breakthrough infections.
It’s taking place as a result of they’re compelled to work with anti-vaxxers and anti-maskers.
And what doesn’t kill you’ll mutate and are available again and check out once more.
Because of this corporations are passing vaccine mandates.
It has a lot much less to do with punishing anti-vaxxers than defending vaccinated individuals and their rights.
That is frequent sense to anybody who’s taken biology 101.
Even for those who observe all of the well being tips, it may’t defend you 100% for those who’re always uncovered to hundreds of thousands of virus particles daily.
It’s particularly dangerous when anti-vaxxers additionally refuse to put on masks.
And but, hundreds of thousands of important employees don’t have any selection.
They’re compelled to take care of another person’s horrible, reckless selections.
Probably the most vocal anti-vaxxers don’t care.
They demand sympathy and private freedoms.
In the meantime, they categorical nothing however contempt once they hear about vaccinated individuals catching Covid.
They are saying issues like, “If the vaccine labored, then why didn’t it defend them?”
That doesn’t sound like somebody who deserves any compassion or respect.
Anti-vaxxers are collapsing the healthcare system.
Have a look at states like Michigan, the place coronavirus is as soon as once more placing hospitals at or over capability.
90% of the sufferers with COVID in ICUs are unvaccinated.
The unvaccinated have a 33 fold enhance in incidence of hospitalisation.
demise charges for these vaccinated vs not, within the final wave within the UK there have been 1.3 deaths / 100,000 within the vaccinated group and eight if not.
In Canada the relative threat was nearly 10 to 1.
This occurs with each wave now.
Unvaccinated individuals crowd hospitals and tax healthcare sources.
When unvaccinated individuals get sick from a preventable sickness, they pressure hospitals to cancel surgical procedures and most cancers remedies.
Hospital Emergency Departments take longer to reply to emergencies.
Folks wind up dying because of this.
Docs and nurses the world over are totally exhausted and now face a Tsunami of Omicron.
Plenty of them are affected by trauma themselves.
Probably the most aggressive anti-vaxxers don’t care.
We gave them an opportunity.
Don’t lecture us about respecting another person’s determination, when that call places our lives in peril, and it threatens the lives of individuals we care deeply about.
Don’t speak to us about utilizing compassion and empathy to succeed in out and persuade somebody who has none for everyone else.
We don’t gently persuade individuals to not drink and drive.
We now have legal guidelines for that, legal guidelines being an necessary part of Public Well being.
Legal guidelines that we implement.
Most of us aren’t going round violently confronting anti-vaxxers.
On essentially the most sensible stage, we’ve little interest in exchanging oxygen with somebody who is likely to be carrying the newest variant of a harmful virus.
We now have no time to debate them on-line.
We’ve already had these troublesome discussions with family and friends.
We’ve already determined whether or not it’s price our vitality to maintain somebody in our lives, once they don’t present any concern for our well being or well-being, or they’re misplaced down the rabbit gap of misinformation and conspiracies.
We now have to resolve to cease coddling these people and deal with them just like the pariahs they’re.
Institutionally, this implies mandating vaccines, to do something price doing.
You wish to get on a airplane, a cruise ship, go to Disney, come into this restaurant or bar, or return to varsity?
Both show you’ve been vaccinated or present proof that you just’re unable to get one for a reputable medical motive.
And there’s one and just one reputable motive to skip a vaccine: being immunocompromised.
Employers corresponding to Algoma Metal, Sault Space Hospital, all faculty boards, schools and universities, and all establishments, leisure services, gyms, and eating places, bars and companies all have an obligation to guard the well being and security of their employees, college students, purchasers, prospects and sufferers.
All ought to be required to implement preventative measures to make sure that individuals are not uncovered to circumstances which might be dangerous to their well being and security.
Failure to make sure a protected surroundings ought to result in legal responsibility and, in severe instances, felony prosecutions.
Past that, indoor masks mandates ought to be imposed in all places.
Non-public companies ought to undertake them and toss individuals who gained’t abide on their asses.
Rent very giant males as safety and have them bodily launch miscreants who gained’t comply into the car parking zone once they develop into belligerent.
The East Asian behavior of carrying a masks when feeling ailing ought to develop into frequent practise in all places, ceaselessly.
Arrest anti-vaxxers blocking entrances to hospitals and well being clinics or harassing healthcare employees.
On a private stage, treating deniers like pariahs means banishing them, not simply metaphorically.
It means slicing them out of our lives totally: no invites to the cocktail celebration or yard barbecue, no seat for them on the picnic desk, and no invitation to the grandkid’s commencement, hockey recreation, or dance recital.
Refuse to talk to them, break bread with them or talk with them in any approach till they get their shit collectively and be taught to play by the principles of public well being by which rational, respectable individuals conform to play.
Until then, they’ve made their ICU beds.
Now they will lie in them, and sadly, a few of them die in them, revelling of their Shellfishness and Freedumb— fully and totally alone.