As the United States and places across the world struggle to get back to normal, the new surge of coronavirus infections and deaths provide vivid examples of what havoc and costs can occur from politicizing and spreading misinformation about a terrible pandemic.
It is becoming more and more difficult to understand why some leaders who have influence over large constituencies—who themselves have been vaccinated—continue to spew doubt about the need for others to protect themselves, their families, their communities, ultimately their country by getting vaccinated. These same vaccinated leaders are downplaying, even discouraging the need to wear masks as a precautionary measure. We continue to see how coronavirus infections and deaths provide vivid examples among those who are not doing either.
What is it going to take? Now that the surge of the Delta variant of the virus is primarily infecting and killing people of all ages who have not been vaccinated for one reason or the other, does it speak to you? The surge is occurring in states with the lowest vaccination rates. Sadly, those states are under Republican leadership that persists in tolerating, if not spreading, misinformation about the virus as well as effective methods to bring it under control. Since the beginning coronavirus infections and deaths provide vivid examples of the family suffering, and economic devastation that can result from politicizing a healthcare crisis.
Will it take more people becoming infecting and dying among the non-vaccinated? Must those who refuse to get vaccinated suffer the personal pain of losing a family member, a friend, a colleague or seeing them suffer with long-term health issues before they believe that this is a dangerous and deadly virus? The coronavirus infections and deaths provide vivid examples of what happens when we continue to ignore what is happening right around us.
Will political leaders, who are entrenched in their own partisan agenda, continue to deal with rising hospitalizations that overwhelm facility capacity and put overburden health care workers? Will they still be satisfied with watching their state’s economy struggle to recover? Will they continue to stand by and see their citizens denied the opportunity to resume a normal way of life? For the last eighteen months, and still today, coronavirus infections and deaths provide vivid examples of what happens when you choose to ignore facts, not heed the warnings, and do nothing.
Getting this virus under control is not a partisan political issue. It is not a conspiracy made of whole cloth—fictional, utterly false, or completed fabricated—as some would like their constituencies to believe. The hundreds of thousands of fellow Americans who have fallen ill and died is not a mirage. We are not in a dream from which we will awaken, and all will be well.
As the old saying goes, if you only “Believe half of what you see, and less of what you hear,” you will be better off rather than ignoring it all.