If you know any anti-vaxxers, be sure to thank them for winning Darwin Awards., Their victories help improve the intelligence of the human species.
Here are excerpts from an article that appeared in the February issue of Scientific American Magazine.\
How the U.S. Lost Years of Life
Many countries saw drops in life expectancy during the pandemic, but some populations have suffered more than others By Tanya Lewis on February 1, 2023
Over the past century people have been living longer lives around the globe. Then COVID hit.
Now, nearly three years into the pandemic, with highly effective vaccines widely available, life expectancy in many middle- and high-income countries has started to bounce back.
But in the U.S., it is still dropping.
A study last year found that life expectancy in most Western European countries recovered in 2021—most likely the result of high vaccination rates that reduced mortality, particularly among the elderly.
But the U.S. has continued to see declines, in part because of lower vaccination rates as well as a devastating opioid epidemic.
Despite being one of the richest countries in the world, the U.S. has seen life expectancy fall to a level not documented since 1996, according to an analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
And the effects are not felt equally: Native Americans, Black people, Latino people, and men in general have died at disproportionately high rates during the pandemic, from both COVID and other causes.
So yes, anti-vaxxers, we have learned to pay attention to the science. We do not believe the QAnon, Fox News, Trumpist anti-vax blather.
So again, thank you for winning Darwin Awards and thereby improving the human gene pool.
We’ll miss you.
My only regret is that you are forcing your innocent children to win Darwin Awards, too. But that is the way evolution works. The children pay the price for their parents’ ignorance.
Understanding Anti Vaxxers And Their Opposition to Vaccines
Scientists are certain vaccines work, yet the anti-vaxxer movement keeps growing.
In 2013, there were nearly 4,000 pertussis cases in Texas. Otherwise called the whooping cough, this was the largest outbreak of the “100 day cough” since 1959.
That year also saw around a 12% increase of parental vaccine refusal compared to 2006, according to a survey published in the journal Pediatrics.
Is there a correlation? A review funded by the National Institutes of Health found that yes, the two issues were related.
But there’s another disease that has public officials far more concerned — measles. Left alone, measles can lead to brain damage and death. And like the whooping cough, it’s also on the rise.
The highly contagious measles virus was declared to be eliminated in 2000, due to an innovative vaccine program. Fifty years before that, more than 85,000 people were infected, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
And now, it’s making a comeback.
With more than 45,000 children in Texas opting out of their school vaccinations as of last fall, the state is bracing for an outbreak.
Why are parents knowingly withholding their children from vaccination? What is behind their vaccine hesitancy?
They’re part of what’s called the “anti-vaxxer” movement. Anti-vaxxers believe there’s a connection between vaccination and autism, as well as other brain disorders, and are concerned about long-term side effects, despite there being no scientific evidence supporting that theory.
I would love to see if there is a correlation between election deniers and vaccine deniers. I wonder whether they are the same people.
The CDC estimates that more than 21 million hospitalizations and 732,000 deaths among children born in the last 20 years will be prevented because of vaccinations.
And an estimated 1.4 million children under 5 worldwide still die each year due to lack of access to vaccines.
But as the “anti-vaxxer” movement appears on the national stage and documentaries like Vaxxed gain support from movie stars like Robert De Niro, the risks it poses to the health of the country are no longer hypothetical.
“It is ironic that in the anti-vaccination community, the very people who are denying protection to their children by foregoing vaccination are healthy and alive today because they, and possibly their parents, were vaccinated,” Jay Olshansky, professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Illinois said.
Well, who wouldn’t prefer to believe Robert de Niro over the medical establishment? He’s a celebrity, isn’t he?
‘The only logical choice’: anti-vaxxers who changed their minds on Covid vaccines
Nearly one-third of US parents are opposed to vaccinating their kids against Covid – so one-time vaccine skeptics are helping families find evidence-based answers.
Vaccine hesitancy was a growing problem even before the pandemic, particularly among parents. Now, nearly one-third of American parents are opposed to vaccinating their children against Covid-19.
For example, parents say they are still waiting for more information to come out on the Covid vaccines before deciding whether to vaccinate their children.
There is plenty of information available.
In the US right now, millions of children have been vaccinated and are followed closely with V-Safe and other databases to show the safety of the vaccine.
But it is almost impossible to change an anti-vaxxer’s mind with facts. Similarly, it is almost impossible to change an election denier’s mind with facts.
Both groups prefer conspiracy theories having to do with secret coverups known only to QAnon, Jenny McCarthy, Novak Djokovic, Robert Kennedy, Jr., et al.
But, what do doctors know?
Hey, if you can’t trust anti-vaxxers Jim Carrey and Charlie Sheen for your medical advice, who can you trust?
Parents also believe that Covid is mild in children and poses a low risk to them. But kids can suffer from long-term effects – and continued transmission also affects their emotional wellbeing.
In the US, more than 167,000 children have lost a caregiver to the virus. We’re seeing this massive epidemic of not just Covid but kids becoming orphans before their time.
Here are a few notable Darwin Award winners. You can read about them at the link, below.:
Notable Anti-Vaxxers Who Died From COVID-19
Bilal G. MorrisWritten By Bilal G. Morris , Senior Editor
Posted January 13, 2023
Vachik Mangassarian, actor
Ex-Washington State Trooper Robert LaMay
Dr. Jimmy DeYoung Sr.
It seems unfair that most Darwin Award winners are conservatives. Why did they receive all the good information?
But rather than feeling jealous or resentful, I thank each of them for their ultimate sacrifice in improving the human genome.
I also would like to thank the conspiracy theorists who tell the public that vaccines cause autism and other diseases, thereby expanding the pool of Darwin Award winners.
You live in our memory, if not in the real world.
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
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A distinction needs to be made between the childhood vaccines for measles, rubella, pertussis, mumps, polio, smallpox, etc. and the COVID vaccines.
A had both measles and rubella when I was a child before there were vaccines for them and I wouldn’t wish them on my worst enemies. With the measles I was delirious for three days.
However, all of these childhood vaccines were tested over many years before being released to the general public. I believe that on average these vaccines took seven years from discovery to public use.
The COVID vaccines were barely tested and there are serious questions about the way the few studies were done. Even the developer of the mRNA technique has said that it should not have been used for COVID vaccines without much more extensive testing over several years.
Another issue is that the currently available vaccines are not sterilizing and do not prevent transmission like the childhood vaccines do. In addition, their efficacy fades after 6-8 months, hence the need for boosters. Unfortunately, we are always going to be behind as the virus mutates faster than we can develop vaccines to treat it.
I waited for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to be available since I didn’t want to be a guinea pig for a new vaccine technology. Since then, I have refused to get any other vaccines or boosters. There are too many known unknowns and unknown unknowns.
One consequence seems to be that additional boosters can impair the ability of the immune system to rapidly respond to other infections by suppressing T-cell response.
I know you read Naked Capitalism as I’ve seen your comments there. I recommend that you scan their Links posts where they have been posting virtually all of the COVID studies since January, 2020. And Lambert Strether’s 2:00 pm Water Cooler at NC has tons of information on COVID. Also, look for comments by IM Doc. He is a physician on the ground reporting on what is actually happening with his patients.
I believe the parents who refuse to have their kids vaccinated against the childhood diseases that used to decimate the population need to be sanctioned somehow for endangering their children and others. However, I cannot fault those who don’t want to be test subjects for new vaccines that haven’t been adequately tested.
Yes, lots of objections, lots of expert testimony, lots of caveats. But there is a bottom line: The majority of people hospitalized and/or dying from COVID are those who refuse to be vaccinated. I’ll go with that.
So much disinformation.
Right. The vaccine deniers deny the simple facts and then deny they are deniers. They are part of the “deniers” cult, which includes election deniers, coup deniers, book-burning deniers, global warming deniers, and Trump-is-a-lying-sack-of-s*** deniers.
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell, despite media rhetoric to the contrary, I have heard nurses describe in their own words that most Covid-positive patients in their care are those who are fully vaccinated. That being the case, I call bullshit on the idea of a pandemic of the unvaccinated.
Your evidence of bullshit is that you’ve heard nurses talk?
Apparently those are the nurses who don’t understand mathematics. See: https://www.reuters.com/article/factcheck-covid-casualties-vaccines-idUSL1N32R1UI
Because the vast majority of Americans have had at least one shot, the majority of everything will be vaccinated, i.e, the majority of people in car accidents, the majority of fat people, the majority of people who have measles, the majority of tall people, the majority of people with allergies, and the majority criminals.
I expect the right wing now to claim that the vaccine causes car accidents, overweight, measles, tallness, allergies, and crime. And I expect the right-wingers will believe it, just as they believe the vaccine causes autism.
The right wing will believe any damn thing. Turcker Carlson just proved that again, when he said Jan 6 was just a normal tourist visit.
What is it with the right wing, anyway?
Reuters has as much credibility as CNN, which is none.
Right. Simple mathematics cannot be trusted. Better to trust honest Don Trump, Tricky Tucker Carlson, Mendacious Marjorie Taylor Greene, et al.
The Dominion voting machines were manufactured by China. China has a lot to gain by Joe Biden being in office.
And that, folks, is what passes for evidence in Fox, QAnon, MTG, and Tucker Carlson conspiracy land.
Never mind that 50 judges, numerous recounts, and repeated investigations have found nothing. We, zombies, believe what we are told. Trump won. Biden lost. Period.
(As for all those GOP governors, Senators, Representatives, and local pols who won, Dominion must have cheated only on Trump, no one else.)
Also “woke” is a bad thing because, well . . . we don’t really know what woke is, but our leaders tell us it’s bad so we believe. We believe. So burn them books. We don’t want our kids to know there was slavery and bigotry in America. Better to pretend it never happened. It’s called “education.”
Life is so simple when you only have to know what the nuts tell you.
I am just going to leave this right here:
If you enjoy consuming bullshit, this is for you.
Well-said, John. A very important distinction.
“the willingness to be led about by one of stronger mind and will” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doughface Blast from the past in American history.