Good ol’ days

If you can say anything about Alaskans it is that a very large percentage of them are a hard-headed lot. They show it in a variety of ways.

Some refuse to clean off their windshields after a storm, allowing the wind to do it for them. Some wear sandals and shorts in the dead of winter. Some park school buses and old washing machines in their front years “just in case.”

Then, there are those who refuse to get the vaccination to prevent or lessen the impact of the COVID-19 virus.

Almost everybody has had measles, mumps, DPT and polio vaccines. Then there are flu and pneumonia shots among a host of others, especially if you are traveling out of the country. They managed to get those over the years, but COVID-19? No way.

Alaska, as of last month, was at the top of U.S. states when it comes to vaccinating its citizens. Alaskans lined up to get the vaccine, protecting themselves and everybody around them. But now, things have changed and the state has slipped to 14th in the nation. Meanwhile, its rate of infection is going up.

Why the drop? Lack of trust? Misinformation? Hey, let somebody else do it? Whatever the reason, when you consider the ramifications of getting the COVID-19 virus – something that could have been avoided – you have to wonder what they are thinking.

The state, desperate to get back to some semblance of “normal,’ will not have herd immunity until the vaccination rate reaches something like 85 percent. And getting a shot simply could not be any easier, what with scores of vaccination sites and three different vaccines available.

This is not the time to be losing ground against the virus and if we all pitch in, we can stop its spread.

Get vaccinated. Wear a mask. Practice social distancing. The sooner we do the things that work, the sooner we can get back to the way things were in 2019, the good ol’ days.

3 Responses to Good ol’ days

  1. AFH April 14, 2021 at 10:15 am

    Why do we suddenly demand that no one get sick from a disease? Why do we treat a disease that has a better than 99% survival rate like it is Armageddon.
    Why do we suddenly hold others responsible for our health?

    If you wish to get the vaccine, do so and take responsibility for yourself. If you are vulnerable take precautions. Do not shame others into actions they do not wish to take or feel uncomfortable.

    It is my opinion areas like the valley are close to achieving herd immunity, because they are generally not using masks anymore and the rate of infection is such, that they have adequate numbers of immune individuals, curbing the spread of the virus. Herd immunity doesn’t only happen with immunization, but also with an adequate number of individuals exposed and recovered. Honesty and scientific integrity has abandoned this disease a long time ago.

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  2. Marlin Savage April 13, 2021 at 10:47 am

    “Almost everybody has had measles, mumps, DPT and polio vaccines. Then there are flu and pneumonia shots among a host of others, especially if you are traveling out of the country. They managed to get those over the years, but COVID-19? No way”.

    Most of those vaccines were thoroughly tested over a long time line and Big Pharma accepted liability. The new rNA vaccines were not thoroughly, long term, tested and Big Pharmas are immune to liability.

    I was a “Polio Pioneer” for the Saulk vaccine in the early 50’s. Saulk didn’t dare vaccinate kids in Pittsburgh because he was unsure if the vaccine could cause polio. He chose a small town in Northern Pennsylvania where the recipients could be isolated if things went wrong. Articles have been written in the Scientific American alluding to increased cancer risk among the “Polio Pioneers.

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  3. Greg in Homer April 13, 2021 at 8:48 am

    Wearing a face mask to stop a virus is like using a chain-link fence to stop a mosquito. No study has ever proven that cloth face masks are effective in stopping a virus. Some studies have shown that masks have no protective benefit for Covid. These are facts and are what used to be called science. Now they are forbidden words and I doubt that this comment will make it thru the censors because it doesn’t fit the convenient political narrative. Covid is real, but masks are of no benefit in preventing transmission of the virus.

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