Fallout from the wrong head pandemic approach will be with us for years


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For those who opposed COVID restrictions during a pandemic, it became a cliché to say that treatment was worse than illness. In the early stages, in the face of a unique transmission that turned out to be unpredictable, it may have seemed like a careless statement, but now the credibility of this view is undeniable.

Recently released data on hospitalizations and deaths undoubtedly suggest that the worst of the pandemic is behind us and we need to start preparing to treat the virus as endemic. But the blockade and the social and psychological consequences of the environment it creates will remain with us for years to come.

As the country is discussing what to do with people who have not been vaccinated with the COVID vaccine, the extreme situations in which things can go are fully shown these days.The prime minister Already pondered In front of a living audience, explain whether Canadians should “accept these people” as radicals, racists, and misogynists who are the lubes that deny science to the majority of them. To do. Sadly, a notable part of the Canadians professes to agree with this sentiment.

As recent Maru polls show, 37% of Canadians will agree that unvaccinated will be denied publicly funded medical care. Going further, another 27% said they agreed that unvaccinated people would be sentenced to short imprisonment for “endangering others / overwhelming the health system.” In addition, another 61% agreed to force unvaccinated people to pay “a monetary medical surcharge for up to $ 150 per month in taxes.”

The Quebec Government has already announced its intention to follow the path of unvaccinated taxes, and such actions are underpinned by a cultural elite that promotes a culture of suspicion and surveillance.Recent episodes of the talk show La Semaine des 4 Julie It included a segment that asked vaccinated children for their opinions on what to do with unvaccinated children. They all insisted that they should call the police, and the studio audience gave a lot of applause. Whatever your position on the vaccine question, such glasses make you feel uneasy and simply blame the use of children of all shapes and shapes to promote your position.

On the other hand, some unvaccinated militants have shared their share to confuse discourse on COVID, including unconscious protests in hospitals. But to justify the dehumanization of the humanity that holds the politics of the body in recent months, anyone with these types of innocent intentions tends to lob.

After enduring the 19-month limit, many people can understand the impatience that they will not return to normal immediately. You can also understand the urge to find a scapegoat. But, needless to say, keeping friends and family away from their health decisions is not worth it and is not supported by the data.

If vaccines proved to be the ultimate tool for eradicating COVID in a manner fraudulently advertised by health authorities, this approach would probably make sense, at least to some extent. Unfortunately, vaccines, as usual, do not function only as a valuable tool to prevent serious illness or death.Doctor Norman Doidge does it Insightful work In The Globe and Mail, health officials and politicians mistakenly regarded the pandemic as a war, thereby putting all their energy into a narrow position and expelling those who asked them, thereby hindering valuable scientific debate. I did. In doing so, they did a lot to undermine confidence in vaccines and other means by feeding their enemies.

This has led to one feature of the pandemic that is humorous due to its absurdity and dangerous due to its actual impact on society. In short, pandemics (a very complex task that requires nuances and honest discussions) have become another source of people’s political and social identities and a way to expel others. Our politicians and health authorities now have too many personal interests in the right thing, and there is no risk of disrupting the sense of moral superiority that we have cultivated over the last 19 months.

The division and alienation that this brings is long-lasting and will continue long after the pandemic is over. Overcoming these social illnesses also needs to be part of our recovery.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

Shane Mirror

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Shane Miller is a political writer based in London, Ontario.