Here is a friendly reminder – COVID-19 still exists.
The pandemic, which started in China late 2019 / early 2020, is still ongoing, claiming lives or complicating them exorbitantly. Although restrictions, set in place by governments, are difficult, constraining, harming businesses, and curbing personal liberties, they are there to ensure that as many people as possible get through this pandemic still breathing. Keep in mind, you shouldn’t be angry at your government for imposing specific restrictions, but rather you should be furious at the majority of the world’s governments, especially the government of the People’s Republic of China, and powerful multinational organizations, such as the World Health Organization, for not doing anything to stop the spread of the virus before it even became a pandemic. If countries has started restricting travel in February 2020, the pandemic might have never even occurred. If people were vocal at the start, then things might have been much different. If the WHO has declared it a pandemic from January or February, then world governments would have acted accordingly. However, we know this wasn’t the case, and things went array rapidly in April 2020. If the Chinese Communist Party has swallowed its pride and had admitted that there is an epidemic in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of 2019, then millions of lives would have been spared. This is a global mistake with an exceeding amount of multilateral stakeholders, and literally millions of people are to blame for it.
Nevertheless, if this pandemic hadn’t happened at all, humanity wouldn’t have learned this tough lesson. Hopefully, we’ll learn from our mistakes and create a robust safety net for situations like this, restrict or halt travel completely the next time there are even speculations about a new potentially harmful virus spreading around a certain region, and make our governments and institutions act with a lot more haste, compared to what we have experienced during this pandemic.
It is incredible how quickly the vaccines were made, and so far, they have had a huge amount of success. So far, 30% of the world’s population has been fully vaccinated, and this number is slowly growing. The mRNA technology has been in development for many years now, and finally scientists were able to test its full potential. This has huge implications for future situations, similar to this one – scientists will not even need a live copy of the virus they want to target, but rather just its genetic sequence, thus producing vaccines almost immediately.
Of course, there are people who are still hesitant and worried about getting the jab, and I am not ashamed to admit that I am one of the people which waited a longer amount of time to “wait and see”. I was rather conducting my own personal research on the vaccine to independently assess and calculate the effectiveness, risks, and side effects of the different vaccines (manly those of the Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, J&J, AstraZeneca, Sinovac, and Sputnik). I was one of the last people in my family to get vaccinated, as my direct family, elder relatives, cousins, and more distant families got the jab before I did. And as an extroverted person, I keep in touch with a lot of people, most of whom are also vaccinated. And out of all of these people, I haven’t met a single person with any severe side-effects from the vaccine (such as thrombosis, myocarditis, pericarditis, Bell’s Palsy, etc.). In fact, I firmly believe that if you somehow get some of these side effects (the chance of some of which happening being close to 0.002%), you would have definitely gotten these side effects if you caught the virus itself, as they are all associated with the disease. In actuality, one of the primary ways COVID-19 kills is through severe thrombosis or pulmonary embolism, as well as though heart inflammation.
As I mentioned, I don’t personally know anyone who’s experienced any harmful or debilitating side effects from getting the vaccine. On the other end, I have lost one relative to COVID-19, and I know at least 4 additional people who were hospitalized with very severe symptoms and in critical condition, some of which haven’t fully recovered almost a year later. This might seem like anecdotal evidence, but statistically, the vaccines are immensely safer that the disease. Even if COVID-19 doesn’t kill you, you might end up in a hospital, scarred, with limited lung capacity for years to come, with post-COVID chronic conditions, or it might simply take you weeks upon weeks to recover. In any case, why would you want to risk getting sick even if you strongly believe it is nothing different that a flu? I despise getting sick from influenza as well, as it prevents me from being active, working, and enjoying life as normal for a week. Why would I want to risk getting sick from a virus, that is going to make me feel miserable or even worse?
I don’t want to fearmonger. I hate the mainstream medias spreading fear. But I think this information is important, as people need to see that it is not all a conspiracy, but a massive, tragic mistake, that could have been prevented from the get-go. People do in fact die from COVID-19, and I know that from personal experience. People suffer from chronic ailments post-COVID, and I have relatives and acquaintances who are still suffering. And millions upon millions of people have gotten the vaccine with absolutely no lasting side effects, and I know tens or even hundreds of people who have gotten vaccinated without any issues.
Be safe. Be wise. Don’t be a sheeple, following antivaxxers and “freedom-fighters”, as this is all just a farce. Wear a mask, as it doesn’t restrict your breathing, and it doesn’t infringe on your freedoms at all.