James Y wrote: ↑
Sat May 15, 2021 7:56 am
Russian Roulette is a great way of putting it. They’re not just playing it with themselves, but with everybody else’s well-being, too.
So far, the best statistics available indicate that a vaccinated person has roughly a 0.01% chance of contracting Covid. As of My 4, more than 105 million people have been fully vaccinated, and there have been 9245 cases of vaccinated persons becoming infected reported to the CDC. There have been 132 deaths in the 9245 cases of which 20 were asymptomatic or not related to covid (meaning they died from some other condition). So we have 112 covid deaths in vaccinated individuals in the USA, from an initial vaccinated population of 105 million (which was still skewed toward older people as of May 4, because of vaccine roll out schedules).
Compare this to the chance of contracting influenza in a normal year (2018-2019). In the 2018-2019 flu season, 42 million people contracted influenza (per CDC estimates), and of those 61,200 died from influenza. So the death rate from influenza is 0.14% (higher than the death rate from covid amongst vaccinated persons).
People have a right to make their own health care decisions. Their decision not to get vaccinated doesn't 'play Russian Roulette' with my health, any more than seasonal influenza does. People choosing not to be vaccinated are not noticeably impacting anyone's well being except their own. I'm fully vaccinated. My risks from Covid are the same (or less, most likely) as my risks from the flu. If I'm not comfortable with the normal risks of the flu, I ought to have been living in a bubble for the last 40 years.