Don Williams said...
Except for the elderly, most people do not have a natural immunity to the H1N1 virus. If we did not have vaccines, then probably close to 150 million Americans would get sick.
A fairly small subset has already died --in spite of enormous resources (hospital intensive care units, ventilators, Tamiflu etc.) devoted to caring for them. If 150 million become ill, then the healthcare system breaks and people die from lack of care. Because those who refused the vaccines overload limited resources.
Plus the more victims the H1N1 acquires, the greater the opportunity it has to mutate into a far more deadly form -- in which case the death rate could really soar.
There is a deep sickness in American political discourse nowdays -- spread by con men in megachurchs and on Fox News, funded by right wing billionaires with a malign agenda.
That sickness is that the opinion of the intentionally stupid is just as valid as the opinion of someone who has worked hard to determine the facts and the truth.
If our forefathers had not turned against the purveyors of ignorance -- against those who manipulate the minds of men and who are hence hostile to Science -- then we would be back in the days of the Dark Ages.
In which most people died before age 35 from disease, many women died in childbirth and in which 30 percent of the population could be lost to pandemics. A time in which a few were fat and rich while the masses lived in horrible conditions. A time when life was nasty, brutish and short.
If people don't want to accept reasonable public health measures, then let them be quarantined at home until the pandemic passes.