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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Collective Health over Personal Responsibility? I Don't Think So

With the new #CDC "unmasking" guidance in effect for "vaccinated" people, there seems to be a slew of those fearful of taking off their masks lashing out about how those "antivax" people will exploit the rules.

I came across this "gem" about health and why it should be a collective effort instead of a personal responsibility.

Bzzt, Wrong!

Here's a snippet of The Verge article:

"With those limitations, pushing the burden of staying safe onto individuals makes things hard on everyone. In response to the CDC announcement, for example, stores like Walmart and Costco are no longer requiring customers to wear masks. Most say unvaccinated people still need to wear masks, but they’re not going to ask for evidence that someone is vaccinated before they go into the stores.

Someone who isn’t vaccinated could easily decide to not wear a mask in Walmart. In an indoor space like a crowded store, they’d be more at risk of contracting COVID-19, especially in an area where the virus is still circulating. That person is taking their health into their own hands — but they’re also putting the people around them at risk."

Okay, so let's go "collective." Let's ban fast food restaurants that put people's lives at risk to begin with. Heck, 8 out of 10 people who are hospitalized with Covid are overweight and obese, right? And what about all those people flocking to Krispy Kreme doughnuts after getting the jab? Krispy Kreme should be banned also.

How about we also make it mandatory for people to exercise 30 minutes each day? We have the wearable tech to supply the data now, right? That should drive my business through the roof and make me a millionaire.

These should eliminate that high risk group from dying from the virus.

Sounds draconian, right? How about we give personal responsibility a try again? Allow people good and bad choices again, but it is *on them* to face the consequences of those decisions.

In other words, if you feel you're at risk of dying from the virus, it's up to you to reverse your health through diet and exercise, not demand others do something against their will (#vaccines) to make you feel safe.

Although I would like a captive market and a chance of being a millionaire, I'd rather choose being in a free country instead. I'm sure you would also.