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I suppose you can have your opinion but I really don't equate listening to experts in the field and their opinions (even if they evolve - which is part of real science as new facts surface).
That it became a partisan issue is beyond insane. There are the full-blown anti-vaxxer's and I consider them as freeloaders on the rest of us. But aside from them, the argument over vaccine efficacy and safety was initially screwed by a politician and the legacy continues.
It's almost religious in nature with respect to following science or wishful thinking. This, in fact, refers back to the first paragraph: science evolves with the facts - religion generally does not by definition of the concept of "faith")
Once again I find Forest Gump enlightening with "Stupid Is as Stupid Does".
Science constantly adapts to incorporate the latest findings, or at least it should. Every age thinks it has found incontrovertible truths, particularly when touted as "science". Skeptics are then derided as "science deniers". There used to be alchemy, phrenology, eugenics, and a raft of other things now dismissed as claptrap. Science has also been politicized since at least Galileo. Things that challenge the rulers are suppressed, and this continues today with so much science being funded by the state. If you want to put your faith whatever is currently being called The Truth, and attack anyone that even hints at questioning it, may your echo chamber not reverberate too loudly and keep you from your sleep.
I trust my computer and other things from first-hand experience.
What I'm told by state apparatchiks and politicians, I take with a healthy dose of skepticism. They simply lie and spin things too often. It's not really a question of choosing what science to believe, but whom to believe. There isn't time to properly investigate everything oneself, so that's what it often reverts to.
So you only accept what you have personally experienced.
In case of serious accident or injury, I suppose that applies to medical care, too? I mean, you may not have ever undergone surgery. How can you possibly believe it's real?*
Relying on "first hand experience" is going to limit you life's horizons to an extraordinary degree!
Option (2) - you don't actually mean the first-hand experience things and therefore pick and choose through personal preferences for reality and and "gut feelings".
Option (3) ? ? ? .
* Why in the world would you believe arsenic is deadly or heroine is addictive?
"What it reverts to" means deciding whom to trust in the absence of first-hand experience. That's something we all have to do often. Politicians and apparatchiks are near the bottom of my list for whom to trust, whereas your list seems to be ranked a little different.
Here (in US) we have a two-party system and now, more than ever before, hate one another. And then we also have the real civil service (non-appointees) who's jobs are protected by OPM (office of personnel management). That system is why Trump couldn't fire Faucci. He was civil-service.
In fact, we have a thing called The Hatch Act (which Ronald Reagan tried to get rid of). It forbids a civil service employee from taking part in partisan politics: they can lose their position. That means they cannot be threatened into it or risk their jobs. Rather clever, actually. They may take part in non-partisan concerns (Save the Whales or Rebuild America's Highways, for example). And they can vote how they please - but they may not campaign for any political party.
Perhaps your experiences are different - especially with that Soviet Era (and current Russia?) reference. Unlike the police or medical professionals, real scientists wash their dirty laundry in public - and fortunately, as it is science, the right answer can (eventually) be proven (or, if you wish to be strict, the wrong answer can be disproven).
I lived in the US for 15 years, and what you're talking about is theory. Practice tends to be different. Witness the Constitution, which would be great hadn't it been gutted by SCOTUS lapdogs going back a long way. I write apparatchiks because state employees are pretty much the same the world over, very reluctant to contradict the government's narrative.
It's really more that I would prefer simply the truth - the vaccine protects you from serious illness or death, but we're still going to have to wear masks and socially distance because the vaccine doesn't prevent you from spreading the virus to others.
So far as is know, correct. Hence my dropping some of the more draconian measures (aging mail and sanitizing food packaging by various means from hypochlorite to sitting around in a bag for a few days).
The latest CDC announcement, no doubt you have or will shortly hear, is that people who have all been vaccinated can gather mask-less (etc.) in indoor groups. In an imaginary world full of sane people, isn't that what we all wish to be able to safely do?
Specific implementation is based upon my background (chemistry) and common sense. Initially it was something I treated like the flu in terms of contagion: gotten from surfaces and rubbed into eyes. There wasn't much data to go on.
For sealed impervious containers (like juice, milk, etc.) we sprayed with a cleaner containing about 1 1/2% Sodium Hypochlorite (bleach) and cycled through the bunch of them (for a single trip) and rinsed them. This kills virtually anything (except, perhaps, prions) almost instantly. Dry and into the fridge.
Frozen food: bagged plastic got the bleach treatment but boxed couldn't withstand that. Instead, opened, slid contents out to a clean surface, and threw away the boxes.
Produce: things like berries in a vented box and such, along with boxed food that needed to be refrigerated but couldn't be sprayed or repackaged got the sanitizing wipe treatment. Produce without packaging - wiped down the outer package.
Finally, dry goods were just left to allow the virus to die. Several days, at least. Same for mail.
Once organized it was quickly routine and no big hassle to continue.
Again, I don't think like other people (good for a laugh if you post carefully!). Although direct data wasn't available for COVID I checked about its lifetime on surfaces at room temp vs. refrigerated vs. frozen. It may die in hours to days at room temp but in a fridge it could easily extend (as a virus) to a week or longer. Frozen - not clear answer: preservation vs. disruption. Err towards cautin. Cleaning doornobs? Hardly because ours are brass and they kill virus' rather quickly (as does copper). Also, with no visitors, what's to clean?
The implication about getting COVID from surfaces was heavily downplayed. They conventional wisdom is that it was airborne and surface transmission wasn't a serious problem. Just keep your hands off your face - except I'm a veteran eye-rubber.
So all the cleaning and waiting will fall by the wayside on or about March 22nd. Same for gloves when going out to shop. Masks, however, in place, when in public - I am my brothers' keeper.
It's like your warning labels, it's for your lawyers. He has to say it.
In reality it's about probability.
The probability that the vaccine is working is 90-95%.
So that's a 90-95% lowered risk of getting sick at all. And if you get sick it's a 90-95% lower risk of getting hospitalized.
You also have a 90-95% lower risk of spreading it to other people.
But it's not 0! And this is the point. Until the spread in society has gone down there's still a risk.
So stay with the measures until a majority has been vaccinated. That'll happen soon enough.
Also, you're a logical person, you should get this.
We got our second shots about a month ago. I don't care what the nay-sayers have to say about it, it's a relief to know that you are much less likely to get it, and if you do get it, it is very unlikely to be so severe that you will end up in hospital.
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