To The Daily Sun,

Our two strongest weapons are masks and vaccinations. They can prevent serious illness, death, lockdowns, closed businesses, and closed schools. Sadly, 99% of Covid ICU patients and deaths are unvaccinated. It's now a pandemic of the unvaccinated.

Scientific ignorance, selfish individualism, and the politicization of a public health emergency have brought us this terrible harvest. This is what relying on personal responsibility and wailing about false freedoms has brought us. This is what believing all parents know what's best for their children reaps. This is what happens when people and politicians with strong feelings ignore facts. This is what happens when 50 percent of Americans rely on Facebook and Fox for their news and science.

No vaccine is perfect, but they reduce the chances of serious illness and death. Vaccines developed so far range in efficacy. One dose of MMR vaccine is 93-percent effective against measles, but two doses are 97-percent effective. On the other hand, the efficacy of Flu vaccines ranges between 40 and 60 percent when the vaccine is matched well with the circulating strain. That means it reduces the risk of flu illness by between 40 and 60 percent among the overall population.

The Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines are extraordinary in that their efficacies are 95 percent with the original strain. But Delta COVID has caused that to drop some, which is why vaccine makers are tweaking them. The tragic reality is that unvaccinated people can also become Petri dishes for new mutations to arise within that could evade the existing vaccines. A person infected with Delta sheds over 1,000 times the viruses that a person with the original strain did, which is why breakthrough infections are more likely to occur.

This is why masking, an added layer of protection, is smart at times. If you want this pandemic to end, get vaccinated and wear a mask when wise. Otherwise, we will be fighting this in 2023.

Vaccine mandates are legal. (Massachusetts V Jacobson Supreme Court, 1905). Following precedent and common sense, Justice Amy Coney Barrett recently refused to block a plan by Indiana University to require students and employees to get vaccinated. If people don't wake up, vaccine mandates will sweep the nation.

Nobody has the right to callously endanger people. Mask mandates are sensible in many places, especially if you want in-school teaching. Kids under 12 can't get vaccinated yet, and in the 12-17 age group, the rates are alarmingly low. It's a recipe for sick kids. Pediatric cases are skyrocketing. Schools are already closing. This fourth surge has just started. You haven't seen anything yet.

Vaccinated Texas Gov. Greg Abbot has Covid. How did he get it? Masks, of course. Abbot was at a GOP event the previous day mingling, hugging, kissing, sharing other maskless people's air close up while infected. Being the main attraction, he likely infected someone. He is now being treated with emergency authorized Regeneron's antibody treatment at $1,500 a dose.

Masks are somewhat cheaper.

James Veverka

Tilton

(12) comments

Jesus 2025

Masks don't work and an experimental "vaccine" that obviously doesn't work that violates the Nuremberg Code isn't the answer. A real vaccine takes 12 years or more before human testing.This "vaccine" isn't a vaccine as medically defined,and we are coerced to take it without question or comment. While treatments to strengthen our immune systems are blocked and deleted by Big Tech. I won't be getting a "vaccine" nor wearing a mask. As the pro-abortion crowd says "My body,my choice." I suggest you visit https://www.mercola.com/ and see what they don't want you to see.

JWV

Mercola is a discredited quack. From a scientific study published in NATURE: "Both surgical masks and unvented KN95 respirators, even without fit-testing, reduce the outward particle emission rates by 90% and 74% on average during speaking and coughing, respectively, compared to wearing no mask, corroborating their effectiveness at reducing outward emission. These masks similarly decreased the outward particle emission of a coughing superemitter, who for unclear reasons emitted up to two orders of magnitude more expiratory particles via coughing than average. "https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-72798-7

Alan Moon

Masks Work!-- Masks don't work! The state of Hawaii has had mandatory indoor mask requirements for over a year and almost 70% of the population has gotten at least one dose of a vaccine. Reports on 8/18 say there have been 8,536 new cases of covid in the last 14 days. This is a small, very isolated state. Masks work- masks don't work. Pick whichever you want to believe like V here, local genius, and take your chances like everybody else.

V

Ok. But, that doesn't tell us much about mask efficacy. How many were wearing them properly? How many only wore them when they absolutely had to? What kind of mask were they wearing? How high would the cases be if no mask mandate was in place? There's a lot of variables that you haven't considered. Masks help. They're not 100%, but what is? Vaccines don't make you immune, they reduce hospitalization & death. You can still get & give the unwanted gift that is Covid-19! One dose isn't enough, anyway... so why mention it? Of course case numbers are so high - only 70% have 1 dose of the vaccine & so many people are listening to all the misinformation out there! When choosing what to believe, your chances improve if you consider actual facts!

JWV

The previous week's letter dealt with masks

JWV

My last letter was on masks. https://www.laconiadailysun.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/james-veverka-the-type-of-mask-worn-matters-in-protecting-against-the-virus/article_0a6d6bfc-faec-11eb-8d81-fb40f37cc3c9.html

JWV

That's why it's termed mitigation. From a scientific study published in NATURE: "Both surgical masks and unvented KN95 respirators, even without fit-testing, reduce the outward particle emission rates by 90% and 74% on average during speaking and coughing, respectively, compared to wearing no mask, corroborating their effectiveness at reducing outward emission. These masks similarly decreased the outward particle emission of a coughing superemitter, who for unclear reasons emitted up to two orders of magnitude more expiratory particles via coughing than average. "https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-72798-7

Alan Moon

News flash. "blue surgical masks only 10% effective" https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9914969/Popular-blue-surgical-face-masks-NOT-stop-people-infected-COVID-19.html

Chico

Alan, you made a previous comment about me liking to call people names, so here it is; when you talk stupid in the face of a serious pandemic that is now infecting and killing children with the occurrence of the Delta Variant with a lot of BS, then that's just what you are......Okay, I won't say stupid, just clueless.

JWV

Daily Mail? Amusing! When will you learn not to get your science from tabloids? From a scientific study in NATURE: "Both surgical masks and unvented KN95 respirators, even without fit-testing, reduce the outward particle emission rates by 90% and 74% on average during speaking and coughing, respectively, compared to wearing no mask, corroborating their effectiveness at reducing outward emission. These masks similarly decreased the outward particle emission of a coughing superemitter, who for unclear reasons emitted up to two orders of magnitude more expiratory particles via coughing than average." https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-72798-7

Chico

The only one proclaiming themselves to be a "Local Genius" is you!

It's sad that people who don't watch the Doctors, Scientist and Healthcare experts who appear regularly on various news shows are all adamant that it's important to wear Mask to stop the spread and get vaccinated; listen to Dumb Bells like you who are clueless and skewer facts to fit your BS.

It's Dopes like you that continue to peddle this misinformation that are like a walking conspiracy propaganda tool for tool for the uneducated; that will cause needless people to get sick or die from COVID.

JWV

Every week we hear of some right-wingers who raged publically against masks and vaccines who is now dead from Covid. They endangered others and walked right into their fate.

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