10 hard-earned recommendations from the trenches.
Abdul, great article. I think I have given up on some family members and friends. I think the issue also is exposing a deeper schism within our country over where do you get your information and whom do you trust. If your info is coming from you tune or an obscure website then I am going to have a hard time of trying to convince you of anything related to Sceince. Lastly, I believe the other important factor is humility, I know that I do not know hardly anything about vaccines, I read but I am not a scientist so I have to lean on folks I trust.
Thank you for this article. I am 66 years old and the youngest of four siblings all of whom have resisted every piece of scientific information regarding the pandemic. They don't follow any of the recommended protocols unless they are forced to in public and are refusing to get the vaccine. To make matters worse, one of my four siblings is mentally impaired and in the care of the oldest who is making bad decisions for her. In my mind it is nothing short of miraculous that none of them have gotten a severe case of Covid thus far. I have tried to talk with them but they always come back with "What makes your information better than mine?" I've sent them articles from everything from how to judge the accuracy of your information sources to how the vaccines work. I used to get phone calls from them occasionally, but I hear less and less from them these days unless I reach out to them. I am heartbroken over this. I do so appreciate your approach because it's so easy to give up and just never reach out to them again, but I don't want to become hard-hearted. You mentioned the need for humility and that is key. It takes humility to keep going back into the fray of their rejection of what I have to say but it takes an emotional toll on me. I can only do it in intervals. I find it is a balancing act of reaching out to them and caring for my own emotional state.
Love this article, will post to FB and send to my two daughters who tried to have this discussion with me on Sunday! :) They instinctively did the right thing!
Viruses have been around since the beginning of time. (maybe nature's way of culling the population?)
There really is no medical cure only preventive measures. So, what I would tell my loved ones is to get the vaccine to help prevent the virus from attacking the body. Simple logic they can understand. 👍
65> here. It seems from this article, you're much in favor of, even advocating, one or more of the Vaccines - although it seems a bit unclear. I'm troubled by the non fully scientific development protocols resulting in "Emergency Use Authorizations" (and all that goes with that rapidness - including insufficient time for appropriate blind studies). Can you help / clarify? PS 3 / 3 peers have gotten quite sick from the vaccine - to such a degree it may well have killed older/more frail individuals.