Make your youngest school kids wear a mask, Denmark
If Danish school children wore masks, the number of infections would fall in Denmark
“Does he practice with a mask on? Poor kid! ” That was one of the comments on one of my Facebook posts, where I had happily announced that my son could now attend soccer practice after 540 days at home from school and leisure activities. I was speechless over the heartlessness of the passive-aggressive provocation.
Since then, it has dawned on me that many Danes have a fierce aversion to children wearing masks. Why, I do not fully understand, because if you ask the kids here in the US what they think, they do not seem to have as much against it as the parents who are opposed to it. The kids just want to go to school, play with their friends, and go to their after school activities. If that means they have to wear a mask, then they will do it.
In fact, I think children are much more adaptable than many adults. At least my experience is that they do not see it as a problem at all, but have now become so used to wearing masks that they no longer think about it or mind it.
Denmark has navigated through the covid pandemic in a way that has spared the horrific death tolls we have seen in the United States, Brazil, and in many other countries. The schools have not been as badly affected as they have here in the US and the Danish health care system has been able to keep up. But the number of infections are rising, and now it is yet again necessary to reinstate restrictions. Danish health experts are nervous for what the next few months will look like.
When my kids came back to their schools, I was nervous about whether the infections would go crazy and how long it would take before the schools had to shut down again.
At my son’s elementary school, there are over 650 students. When the kids returned to school, vaccinations for those under 12 were not yet approved. It was a requirement that all students, staff, and teachers wear masks.
At my daughter’s middle school, 75% of students were vaccinated. The school has over 960 kids. Here, the requirement for students, staff and teachers to wear the mask was the same as at my son’s school.
Long story short, it seems that the mask requirement works. In my son’s class, which has more than 30 students, we have not yet had to keep him at home due to Covid in the class.
The children would rather go to school, see their friends and have as normal a child and youth life as possible than sit at home in front of their screens and go to school virtually. I know this for a fact after talking to many of the kids who stayed at home for over 1½ years. If the chance of having a normal childhood means that they have to wear masks in schools, then they would rather do that than stay at home.
It is the adults who have to pull themselves together – for the sake of the well-being of their kids and for the infection rates to be curbed. Sending the kids to school with a mask on is a small price to pay for the mental and physical health of the Danish children and the prospect of keeping the country open.
“I’m going to be a broccoli mayor,” says New York’s newly elected leader
New times in New York may herald new times in the United States.
“I’m going to be a broccoli mayor,” newly elected Eric Adams, New York’s new mayor, told city citizens. “You´re not going to like it when you eat it, but long term, you’re going to see the benefits of it.”
The newly elected mayor is a good example of what Americans want. And if you look at who Adams is, there is hope for America.
The election across the United States on Tuesday was focused on issues around crime and police work.
Tuesday’s election showed that Americans do not shy away from debating. But ordinary citizens want the police to ensure a safe community. Americans do things their own way and can think for themselves.
Across the United States, mid-leaning police force-supporting politicians won over more extreme candidates. The reason is that the vast majority of Americans want peace, security, and safety on their streets in the city center and in their neighborhoods.
Adams has told the press that when he faces an obstacle or needs to pause and think, he plays Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.” Because that’s how he and the United States do things.
New York’s new mayor, Eric Adams, is the American dream. He worked as a dishwasher, had a learning difficulty as a student in grade school, was arrested as a young man and beaten by the police.
The same night the police beat him up, Adams’ life changed. He decided to turn his life around, started going to school at night while working during the day. He became a police officer and for the past +20 years he has focused on becoming the mayor of New York.
Adams is African American. He rose up from a challenged socio economic challenged life and being on the wrong side of the law. As a former police officer, he has spend time on both sides of the interrogation table. He emphasizes that safety and security are the most important parameters for making an urban area thrive. If these fundamental civil rights are not in place, nothing else will work.
As in the rest of the United States, there are plenty of problems to deal with in New York, where violence and shootings and abuse of police force have spiked after the corona pandemic.
Adams and the United States do things their way. And that is sometimes just as healthy as broccoli.
No, it is not “un-American” to make Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory – on the contrary, it is American and rather patriotic
George Washington forcibly vaccinated the Army – to save the nation’s future.
If more soldiers died from a preventable disease than from the enemy´s sword and you could save your men from dying by a single shot of vaccine, what would you do as Commander in Chief? – you would of course get your army vaccinated as fast as possible. That’s exactly what George Washington did in his day. I will get back to him.
Recently, the Ohio Republican Jim Jordan stated that it is “un-American” to make Covid vaccinations mandatory. But maybe Jordan should reconsider his words before lecturing poeople on what is American and what is “un-American.”
Before, during, and after the insurrection on January 6, Jim Jordan had several phone calls with Trump. That day, hordes of terrorists attacked the very symbol on what is American, namely democracy.
In the heated debate in the United States, the reference to “the founding fathers” is always slapped on the table as a debate stopper. In particular, it is Republicans who like to patent what they think these gentlemen would have thought about today’s issues. Currently, they pull out the founding father´s in the debate over Corona vaccinations.
Especially the always high-pitched Republican Jim Jordan has received media attention by saying Biden’s new vaccination mandate is “unamerican.”
But before he and other Republican politicians claim to own the right to know what is and especially is not “American”, they might want to readdress American history before lecturing the rest of us.
And here we return to George Washington, arguably one of the most “American” Americans. Back in his days, Washington soldiers died like flies, 90% of deaths in the army was due to illness. So what does a wise leader do in such circumstances? – he makes sure, of course, that he has people who can fight at his disposal who are not sick or dying. Therefore, in 1777, he mandated mass inoculation requiring all soldiers to be vaccinated for smallpox.
Let’s see Biden’s vaccination mandates rolled out, so society and schools can stay open. That way, we also ensure that school students learn their country’s history so they are able to refute blatant falls statements about our founding fathers and what is “unamerican” and what is in fact pretty patriotic.
Denmark lifts all Corona restrictions, while the US introduces new rules
The Danish vaccination success story makes headlines all over American media today.
Denmark was the first country in Europe to introduce Corona passport. The passports made it possible for Danes to maintain a semi-normal life. During the time passports were required for dining, attending schools, etc. more and more Danes got vaccinated. Thanks to the Danes’ sense of community, all Corona restrictions have now been lifted. On Saturday, a concert will take place in Copenhagen, more than 50,000 people have bought tickets.
Meanwhile, the conditions are, to say the least, somewhat different here in the United States.
I got my Moderna Covid-19 vaccine long before my Danish friends. But then the vaccination misinformation started in this cowboy country, and Denmark has long since overtaken the United States in terms of percentage numbers for how many in the Danish population who has received the vaccine.
Yesterday, we were informed that a family at a middle school here in the area had sent their child to school for five days after learning that child had tested positive without informing the school.
The students have been home from school for 540 days and have just been back for a week. What a mockery of the sacrifices it has cost the children, the families, the teachers and the schools, when they first had to deal with online teaching and now finally – with a sea of restrictions – are back in the classrooms!
Is it any wonder that the country’s second largest school district, located in California, now requires students ages 12 and up to be vaccinated if they want to be allowed to go to school?
Last week, 250,000 American children tested positive. We have gone from being at a level where 10,000 Americans tested positive a day to the figure now being 150,000 every single day. Every day, 1,500 Americans die from Covid-19.
Yet, many ordinary Americans will not take the vaccine. The hospitals are full of them. In several places the morgues have been filled up and refrigerated trucks have been called in. Cancer treatment is paused, non-life-threatening surgeries are postponed. It didn´t have to be like this.
Finally, Uncle Joe responds. He normally chies away from conflict. But not now. No more begging and enticing, no more carrots. Now he swings the whip.
On Thursday, Biden held a press conference, where he said, “What more do you need to know? The vaccinations are free, safe and easy to obtain. They are FDA approved. We have been patient, but our patience is running out.”
Politicians have tried to reach the skeptical vaccine opponents with carrots in the form of cash dollars, free education, beer and hot dogs. It has not worked, now the whip must come out, and it is about time.
If you do not want to be vaccinated for personal reasons, then you can not expect to be able to strut around either at work, in the supermarket or at school and spread your virus.
The grip has been tightened, and Biden now makes it mandatory for all public employees, contractors and health professionals to be vaccinated. In addition, employees of companies with 100 or more employees must be vaccinated or provide a negative Corona test weekly.
But Americans are a stubborn people who cherish their individual freedom as a fundamental principle even in situations where it is headlessly stupid. Even Trump was recently booed when he called on the audience to get vaccinated.
Opposition to the authorities telling people what to do has always been a part of this country. But it is insanity, when people are willing to risk their own and others’ lives for a principle they only understand the seriousness of when they lie in a hospital bed with tubes in their nostrils and gasp for air.
In the meantime, I hope that America turns her attention to tiny Denmark, which seems to have found the balance between respect for the individual’s needs and rights and a responsible health policy – now with freedoms we can only dream of in this Covid restricted freedom-loving country.
Why do some Danes listen to US-inspired dark webanti-vaxxer conspiracies?
Are undocumented Covid claims considered more valid than common sense proven science?
“Children do not get as sick as adults.”
“Vaccines can affect fertility.”
I have heard such arguments in the Danish vaccination debate.
Covid is going strong – the virus is ever-changing. Now it is no longer primarily the older part of the population that is hard hit.
Here in the United States, hospitals are filling up with children, people in their 20s, 30s, 40s. A friend circulated on Facebook a post from a mother waiting in a parking lot with her cancer-stricken child who could not get help because the beds in the pediatric ward were filled with covid patients.
Yesterday, a woman here in my state, Washington, died after waiting for a vacancy in the intensive care unit outside her local hospital, another had to wait for six hours for a life-saving operation. A third patient had to be flown to another state because there was no room in the hospitals here. A hospital doctor said in an interview that one should be careful about doing something hasty and dangerous, the hospitals may not be able to accept one if one needs their help.
On my TV screen, two parents are standing next to their son’s hospital bed. The son lies with a mask over his face, which gives him the oxygen he needs so he can breathe. He speaks in shock, clearly having a hard time finding the strength to get the words out.
The journalist asks the parents why they have not received the vaccine.
“We were not sick, so we did not think we needed it,” they reply.
Do people not understand that you get the vaccine so as not to get sick?
It is better to get the vaccines in the Danish arms than it is here. Still, I hear arguments in the debate in Denmark that remind me of the rhetoric of the American vaccine debate. Claims that it is unhealthy for children to wear masks, that it can affect fertility to be vaccinated, that the vaccine is so new that it is not necessary for the healthy to receive the sticks. All without any base in reality, in scientific studies and according to medical knowledge.
Here in the United States, the internet is flooded with articles that go directly against the message that the health authorities are trying to get through. Shortly after hearing the crazy undocumented claims here, I can hear the echo of the completely undocumented allegations circulating in the Danish debate – with the result that fewer people get vaccinated and take the necessary precautions so that we can get ahead of developments and mutations and with the result that the divide in populations grow bigger.
How did we arrive at a place where common sense and documented science are trumped by quack-postulates?
Many of the United States’ Covid deaths are due to obesity and obesity.
The pandemic reveals some of society´s greatest challenges – poverty, education and housing.
We often hear that Denmark is behind America by about a 10-year delay.
This seems to also be the case with overweight and obesity. Denmark still has a much healthier population than the US , but more and more Danes are becoming overweight.
If there is one thing the Corona Pandemic has given us, it is data. Data on age, gender and social status. And data on who it is that ends up in the hospitals.
Data from the health authorities (CDC) here in the United States, indicates that 78% of those admitted with Covid-19 (April-December 2020) were overweight.
My intend is not to “body shame” anyone. I am interested in investigating what the background of elevated Covid deaths is and I am interested in the reasons for obesity. We must address problems where we see them. So we can react to what we are facing. So we can do something about it.
Addressing obesity is a taboo – both talking about it as a problem and to relate to why so many become seriously ill in minority environments.
Anyone can die of Corona. We know that all too well. However, if you are overweight, your chances of survival are generally less and your healing process longer. The question is who in our society is statistically overweight.
For it is here that the hospital bed, so to speak, lies buried and reveals an underlying societal problem. And when we look a little closer at the overweight group of citizens, a picture emerges that should make us change our view of society, poverty, education and housing conditions.
Countries such as Denmark, which generally have a healthy population, has not had the same development in serious Covid disease cases and – death , as we have in the US, where both health, housing, access to education and healthcare and to nutritious food for many Americans cannot be compared to the conditions in Denmark.
On a micro level, this does relate to you and me to a very high degree, because the healthcare system must be able to treat other than Covid cases. In the United States, more and more hospitals are reporting that they have problems treating non-Covid patients, such as victims of car crashes.
Denmark is doing a lot of what the United States has not yet understood to be the right thing to do. Here in the United States , fast food is cheaper than healthy food, which means that many do not have the luxury of being able to choose to feed their family with a healthy and nutritious diet. I am aware that healthy food is also expensive in Denmark, but the difference is by no means close to what we experience here in the US.
Here, people go to their cars and drive to their destination instead of being part of a community designed to get around – on foot or by bike.
Here, it costs a fortune to sign your children up for after school activities. Many kids are sitting in front of the screens after school. In Denmark, there are sports clubs which, due to the volunteer run model, make it possible for both kids from poor and wealthy parents to get exercise.
There is still a difference between Denmark and the USA. But it does not change the fact that there is also a tendency in Denmark for the population to become fatter.
The issue is public health and society’s attitude that should concern all of us . As long as we accept differences in society that are directly related to housing, education and ethnicity, there will be an over-representation of overweight in Covid-deaths here in God’s own obesity affected country and in little Denmark.
Here is why the health authorities again urge everyone in the United States to wear a mask
Even if you have been vaccinated, you can still get infected and shed the virus to others
For the last few months, and especially since July 4, we in this house have again participated in social events, not worn masks outdoors and let the children play, swim and be seen with friends and girlfriends – all exclusively outside, but completely different , than before the summer holidays.
But after the health authorities in recent days have changed their message about how the delta variant spreads, we have again had to reintroduce restrictions in our own and in the children’s dealings with the outside world. Now they wear masks again, even when seen with friends outside.
It apparently never stops, the Corona saga continues, and science is lagging behind with a gentle stream of new information to the citizens of the world in an attempt to help us reduce the spread.
Let it be clear first: Getting vaccinated is still your best weapon to protect yourself from getting sick.
We all knew by now that the delta variant is the most contagious of the variants so far. We also knew that a fully vaccinated person can become infected and that the vaccine means that the vast majority have mild symptoms. But it is new that an infected person who has been vaccinated has as much virus in his system as non-vaccinated, and that he or she can be infected just as much.
That is why everyone, both vaccinated and non-vaccinated, is now encouraged here in the United States to use masks indoors and outdoors again when we move around in public.
What is the basis for the health authorities’ announcement? July 4th is one of the biggest holidays here for everyone – perhaps with the exception of some indigenous peoples, but let it be – where neither political nor religious affiliation affects the good party atmosphere. It now turns out that the authorities have followed a major outbreak of the delta variant, which began on July 4 , in which several hundred people became infected with the virus. Despite the fact that they were fully vaccinated.
Viruses are constantly evolving and adapting. We do not know what the next variant offers – maybe we will get one soon, the vaccinations do not work against.
That risk is highest when a community has many vaccinated, while the level of spread of infection is high , as is the case now. Therefore, we must not relax the requirements for wearing a mask or other precautions such as keeping a distance. Because the more people who are infected, the greater the chance that the virus will mutate to a level where it will eventually be vaccine resistance.
It does not have to go so wrong. If everyone gets vaccinated fast. We have no other weapons that can stop a development that can have catastrophic consequences for all of us.
My son is 11 and therefore not vaccinated. My daughter is 13 and has been fully vaccinated for several months. Unfortunately, the same is not true of all her friends, whose parents, for some, have concerns about vaccinating their children. Until everyone who can is vaccinated, society in a myriad of different areas will pay a price – at the macro and micro level.
On a more personal level, I’m probably not the only one who would like to see happy children who play and create social contacts and have a normal everyday life for children and young people. For that matter, I would also very much like to see adults of all ages who can move safely and securely inside and out without worrying about getting infected or getting infected. If we are to get there, everyone – even those with concerns – must roll up their sleeves, bare their upper arms and get vaccinated and then see to wearing that mask. If we do not, we will never win back our freedom individually and together.
It is actually quite easy, both for those who are for and for those who are against vaccines and masks. Because we want the same thing. Have our lives back. In that desire, we might, whether with different beliefs, form a common front. Then we can always afterwards return to our lives based on the beliefs and ideologues we find best and afterwards quarrel across .
Det er en privatsag, hvad man mener og tror, så længe det ikke skader andre. Men det gør afvisningen af covid-19-vaccinen, og det bør have konsekvenser.
Tegning: Rasmus Sand Høyer
»Vi var bange. Vi arbejder ikke i sundhedsvæsnet. Det eneste, jeg vidste, var, hvad mine venner på de sociale medier og mine online mødregrupper sagde. Vi var bange for, at det var for tidligt, det gik for stærkt med den vaccine.« CNN-programmet ”Out Front” interviewede for nylig kvinden April, hvis 59-årige ellers sunde og raske mor nu ligger på hospitalet med covid-19 på 159. døgn.
Samme holdning, altså at det er gået for stærkt, og at vi ikke ved nok om de langtrækkende konsekvenser af vaccinen, kan jeg nu også høre i den danske debat. Hvordan ikke-viden kan stå så stærkt – de interviewede siger jo selv, at de ikke er uddannede sundhedsfagligt – kan man kun himle med øjnene over. Hvornår er information om vacciner, som diverse internettrolde uden nogen form for faglig viden tilvejebringer, blevet en lige så legitim videns- og argumentationskilde som sundhedsfaglig og forskningsbaseret viden?
Det er godt at ville tilegne sig viden, men det er ikke al viden, man tilegner sig, der faktuelt er evidensbaseret. Blot fordi det står sort på hvidt eller kommer ud af en karismatisk personlighed, bliver det ikke til en sandhed – det har jeg erfaret, både som tidligere Jehovas Vidne og som bosiddende i USA under Trump.
Det er sagt mange gange, men det kan åbenbart ikke siges for tit: Der er blevet forsket i mRNA-vaccinationer i mere end 10 år. Desuden viser den hurtige udvikling af vaccinerne, at det hjælper med offentlige støttemidler. Jeg siger sjældent noget positivt om Trump, men han brugte 18 mia. dollars på at sætte skub i en hurtig udvikling af vaccinen – for han vidste nemlig godt, hvor fuldstændigt vanvittigt slemt, det kunne gå. Projektet blev brandet som Operation Warp Speed.
Det er tragisk for April og hendes familie, at moren ligger dødssyg på hospitalet. Det er en tragedie for hver eneste familie, der bliver ramt. Men det kan være svært at finde empatien for lige præcis mennesker som April, når man ved, at det var et bevidst valg ikke at blive vaccineret.
Frygt og skepsis afholder mange fra at lade sig vaccinere. Det samme gør konspirationsteorier. Derfor ligger Aprils mor og 20.000 andre amerikanere på hospitalet med en af de nu efterhånden talrige SARS-CoV-2-varianter. Aprils familiebillede består nu ikke af en glad poserende familie i smuk natur. I stedet holder hun et indrammet familiefoto op for skærmen, hvor en hvid hospitalsseng dominerer. Skal det virkelig så tæt på, før vi føler, det har noget med os at gøre? Før vi føler en forpligtelse til at yde vores del? Er vi virkelig så ligeglade med vores næste eller vores næstes næste?
Jeg og millioner af andre borgere vil gerne vil kunne færdes frit igen – og føle os trygge, når vi gør det. Men fordi en lille gruppe mener, at de har ret til at lade deres personlige og temmelig fejloplyste valg dominere alle os andre, så er mit og mine børns liv og bevægelsesfrihed begrænset. Hvad siger det om vore evne til empati og ja, jeg tillader mig at bruge store ord, næstekærlighed, at vi ikke kan lade os besvære med at yde en indsats, hvis vi ikke synes, situationen har noget med os og vores kære at gøre, og derfor ikke handler?
Jeg bor i USA. Her har vi virkelig følt konsekvenserne af pandemien. Jeg var villig til at gøre det, der skulle til, og lade mig begrænse, da alt her var kaos, og vi ikke havde adgang til vacciner. Folk døde som fluer, det var skræmmende. Vi isolerede os, havde børnene hjemme fra skole i halvandet år, sås ikke med venner, gik ikke til hverken sociale eller sportslige begivenheder, fik alt leveret til døren. Det var ikke let, men vi var indforståede med, at det var nødvendigt i den givne situation. Videnskaben skulle have mulighed for at indhente dette dræbermonster, og imens måtte vi hjælpes ad og hver især yde vores, så færrest muligt blev smittet og døde.
Virussen er stadig et stort problem. I visse områder i USA er graden af vaccinerede under 25 pct. 99 pct. af dem, der ender på hospitalet, er ikke vaccinerede. Europa har stadig store problemer med virus, især vinder den nye Delta-variant frem. Det samme har Brasilien, Indien, store dele af Afrika, Japan – listen er lang. Adgangen til vacciner er mange steder et problem, men det er den ikke her i USA. Her kan du til hver en tid valse ind fra gaden uden at have bestilt tid og blive vaccineret på et vaccinationssted eller dit lokale apotek. Det er tilmed gratis.
Min tålmodighed og forståelse er brugt op. Vælger du ikke at lade dig vaccinere, er det kun rimeligt, at det får konsekvenser for dig – ikke for mig. Jeg og millioner af andre har gjort det, der kunne forventes i form af at holde afstand, lide afsavn og forholde os til konsekvenserne for vores børn, der ikke har haft noget socialt liv i over et år.
Vi har i vores familie ladet os vaccinere. Så vi alle kan komme videre, så vi kan få vores liv tilbage, sørge for, at så få som muligt ikke får denne dræber af en sygdom. Nu må skeptikerne gøre deres del – om ikke andet så for deres egen skyld. Delta-varianten er anderledes end den variant, vi så for et år siden – den er langt mere aggressiv og rammer yngre befolkningsgrupper hårdt. Hvem ved, hvilken endnu mere forfærdelig variant vi bliver introduceret for i morgen?
Kære vaccinationsmodstander: Din insisteren på et frit valg skal ikke påvirke mit frie valg og mine livsmuligheder. Du må selvfølgelig gøre, som du synes – men det vil jeg ikke hæmmes af. Det bliver jeg dog – men ikke så meget længere, håber jeg. Så længe, der ikke er sat beslutninger i spil, der hæmmer muligheden for, at vaccinemodstandere kan færdes frit til fare for os andre og vores kære, er jeg nødt til at indrette mig. Det er bøllekultur, og det skal stoppe.
Den offentlige sektor i Danmark er enorm. Det kan med fordel udnyttes i forhold til at øge vaccinationsgraden i befolkningen. Så snart alle danske borgere har haft mulighed for at modtage vaccinen, skal offentligt ansatte – minus dem, der af helbredsmæssige årsager ikke kan – være vaccineret for at få lov til at gå på arbejde. Vil en medarbejder ikke det, skal han eller hun fyres.
Private institutioner her i USA har set lyset. Måske ud fra deres gode hjerter, måske fordi det koster en formue økonomisk og i omtale, når de sender medarbejdere hjem i isolation. Grunden er ligegyldig, så længe målet nås. For private virksomheder er det logik for burhøns, at de stiller krav om vaccination til deres medarbejdere.
Det er ens private sag, hvad man mener og tror, så længe det ikke skader andre. Men det gør afvisningen af covid-19-vaccinen. Hvis du ikke vil vaccineres, så er det fair, at du ikke må gå på arbejde eller færdes på steder, hvor du sætter andres liv i fare.
Jeg vil gerne af med min maske. Jeg vil gerne igen kunne færdes frit i det offentlige rum. Det samme ønsker jeg for mine børn og mine medborgere. Jeg har gjort min del. Det burde give visse frihedsrettigheder.
Men lige nu vægter konsekvenserne af vaccinemodstandernes frihedsrettigheder tungere end mine. Deres personlige frie valg er mere værd end mit. Det burde være omvendt. Deres fravalg af vaccinen burde have betydning for, hvor de kan færdes.
Få nu bare den vaccination, hvis ikke for fællesskabets skyld, så i det mindste for din egen bevægelsesfriheds.
Just get the vaccine already so we can move on!
It is a private matter what one thinks and believes, as long as it does not harm others. But that´s just it, though, because rejecting the covid-19 vaccine does, and that ought to have consequences.
“We were scared. We do not work in healthcare. The only thing I knew was what my friends on social media and my online mother groups were saying. We were afraid it was too early, that vaccine went too fast. “The CNN program” Out Front “recently interviewed the woman April , whose 59-year-old otherwise healthy mother is now in hospital with covid-19 at 159. day.
The same attitude, ie that it has gone too fast, and that we do not know enough about the long-term consequences of the vaccine, I can now also hear in the Danish debate. How non-knowledge can be so strong – the interviewees themselves say that they are not educated in health sciences – can only be glared at. When has information about vaccines provided by various internet trolls without any kind of professional knowledge become as legitimate a source of knowledge and argumentation as health professional and research-based knowledge?
It is good to want to acquire knowledge, but not all knowledge that one acquires is factually evidence-based. Just because it’s black and white or comes out of a charismatic personality does not make it a truth – I’ve learned that, both as a former Jehovah’s Witness and as a resident of the United States under Trump.
It has been said many times, but it obviously cannot be said too often: mRNA vaccinations have been researched for more than 10 years. In addition, the rapid development of the vaccines shows that it helps with public funding. I rarely say anything positive about Trump, but he spent $ 18 billion. dollars to boost the rapid development of the vaccine – because he knew very well how completely insanely bad it could go. The project was branded as Operation Warp Speed.
It is tragic for April and her family that her mother is dying in hospital. It is a tragedy for every single family that is affected. But it can be hard to find empathy for just exactly people like April when you know it was a conscious choice not to get vaccinated.
Fear and skepticism deter many from getting vaccinated. So do conspiracy theories. That’s why April’s mother and 20,000 other Americans are in the hospital with one of the now numerous SARS-CoV-2 variants. April’s family picture now does not consist of a happy posing family in beautiful nature. Instead, she holds up a framed family photo in front of the screen, with a white hospital bed dominating. Does it really have to get that close before we feel it has anything to do with us? Before we feel an obligation to do our part? Are we really that indifferent to our neighbor or our neighbor’s neighbor?
I and millions of other citizens want to be able to move freely again – and feel safe when we do. But because a small group believes they have the right to let their personal and rather misinformed choices dominate the rest of us, my and my children’s lives and freedom of movement are limited. What does it say about our ability to empathize and yes, I allow myself to use big words, charity, that we can not let ourselves be bothered to make an effort if we do not think the situation has anything to do with us and our loved ones, and therefore do not act?
I live in the United States. Here we have really felt the consequences of the pandemic. I was willing to do what needed to be done and let myself be limited as everything here was chaos and we did not have access to vaccines. People died like flies, it was scary. We isolated ourselves, had the kids home from school for a year and a half, did not see friends, did not go to either social or sporting events, got everything delivered to the door. It was not easy, but we agreed that it was necessary in the given situation. Science should have the opportunity to catch up with this killer monster, and meanwhile we had to be helped along and each provide ours so that as few as possible became infected and died.
The virus is still a major problem. In some areas of the United States, the rate of vaccination is below 25 percent. 99 pct. of those who end up in the hospital are not vaccinated. Europe still has major problems with viruses, especially the new Delta variant is gaining ground. The same goes for Brazil, India, large parts of Africa, Japan – the list is long. Access to vaccines is a problem in many places, but it is not here in the United States. Here you can at any time roll in from the street without having booked an appointment and be vaccinated at a vaccination site or your local pharmacy. It’s even free.
My patience and understanding have been used up. If you choose not to be vaccinated, it is only fair that it has consequences for you – not for me. I and millions of others have done what could be expected in terms of keeping distance, suffering deprivation and dealing with the consequences for our children who have had no social life for over a year.
We in our family have been vaccinated. So we can all move on so we can get our lives back, make sure that as few as possible do not get this killer of a disease. Now the skeptics have to do their part – if only for their own sake. The Delta variant is different from the variant we saw a year ago – it is far more aggressive and hits younger populations hard. Who knows what even more awful variant we will be introduced to tomorrow?
Dear vaccination opponent: Your insistence on a free choice should not affect my free choice and my life options. You must, of course, do as you please – but I will not be hampered by that. I will be, though – but not so much anymore, I hope. As long as there are no decisions in play that hamper the possibility that vaccine opponents can move freely to the danger of the rest of us and our loved ones, I have to adjust. It’s bullying culture and it’s going to stop.
The public sector in Denmark is huge. It can be used to advantage in relation to increasing the vaccination rate in the population. As soon as all Danish citizens have had the opportunity to receive the vaccine, public employees – minus those who for health reasons can not – must be vaccinated to be allowed to go to work. If an employee does not want to, he or she must be fired.
Private institutions here in the United States have seen the light of day. Maybe from their good hearts, maybe because it costs a fortune financially and in publicity when they send employees home in isolation. The reason does not matter as long as the goal is reached. For private companies, it is logical for caged hens that they require vaccination for their employees.
It is one’s private matter what one thinks and believes, as long as it does not harm others. But so does the rejection of the covid-19 vaccine. If you do not want to be vaccinated, then it is fair that you must not go to work or move to places where you endanger the lives of others.
I want to get rid of my mask. I would like to be able to move freely in public space again. I want the same for my children and my fellow citizens. I’ve done my part. It should grant certain freedoms.
But right now, the consequences of the freedom rights of vaccine opponents weigh heavier than mine. Their personal free choice is worth more than mine. It should be the other way around. Their opt-out of the vaccine should have an impact on where they can go.
Just get that vaccination, if not for the sake of the community, then at least for your own freedom of movement.
This is the United States – and here we have more guns than people
Yesterday, New York was declared a state of emergency due to an alarming increase in shootings. Then you are going to New York, there are some areas you should avoid.
When you are a tourist, it can be difficult to know if the area you are in is safe. I experienced this when I was in the United States for the first time. I was in my early 20s and found myself with my travel companions in Los Angeles. We stopped at a gas station and wanted to ask for directions.
“Get in the car, lock the doors, and drive! Do not stop if you hit a red light, “said the man. I stumbled back into the rental car and we drove with beating hearts out of the area as fast as we could.
I will never forget it. And I never forget the feeling of not understanding what was going on – of not being able to read the signals of the surroundings. For I did not have the feeling of being in danger or of being in an area that was dangerous. Not until I was made aware of it.
I lived in Denmark and was a tourist in the United States with all the blindness it entails. When you are in a strange place, everything looks different and the codes are different than you are used to – therefore it can be difficult to see that you are in a place where your life is potentially in danger.
The state of New York has had an explosive growth in shootings of more than 75 percent since the onset of the corona pandemic . In what is usually the most festive weekend of the year here, namely the 4th of July weekend, there were 51 shooting episodes in the state.
Even after the state has gained some control over the virus that shut down the city of New York in particular and made a large portion of the state’s especially younger uneducated residents unemployed, the shootings continue.
Therefore, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has declared New York a state of emergency. At the same time, millions of dollars have been allocated so that the hardest hit areas get help with programs to help young people out of the criminal environment.
Cuomo , of course, is afraid that the city of New York will get a bad reputation, and tourists will not return after the corona hell it is recovering from. But he is also afraid of the future of both the state and the city of New York in relation to all the citizens who sought out and away during the pandemic and who may not return.
If you have the resources to seek refuge when the crisis hits, you will not return until you feel that it is safe and secure to return to the big cities. It’s a problem, because New York risks withering away and falling into violence, chaos and shootings instead of flourishing with tourism and affluent dollars, which make business thrive and citizens’ incomes rise with all that entails of a society that works.
Maybe this will be a wakeup call for the people who are so lucky to live in a bubble, and who have never before had to take a stand on the life that thousands of black families and Latino families have to deal with with their hearts in their throats every day when they try to take care of their work, support themselves and send their children to school.
It should be a human right to live in an area where there is no risk of being slapped down on the open street. But this is the United States, and here are more weapons than there are inhabitants. And when the crisis is raging, it really does – especially if you live a life where you hit the very bottom of society very quickly. It is not an excuse for the violence, the murders and the horrific crime that carry so much horror with it. It’s just a finding.
So before you explore the exciting residential areas far away from 5th Avenue and the hip shopping streets when you visit The Big Apple, just check online to see if you plan to take the subway or an Uber to an area where your Senses do not respond to the dangers that may be there, even if they are not visible to you.
The White House is sending a signal that we won the battle with the Corona virus – but is it too early to celebrate?
Too few choose to get vaccinated, yet there must be room for flags, parties, and draft beer.
My house is decorated in red, blue and white and with American flags, although in these times it has become equal to a political signal of the kind I do not profess. But I refuse to let myself be cowed. Republicans should not patent a flag that is ours all together and make its use a political statement. At least not on America’s biggest holiday.
A year ago, I sat with my family in Denmark and watched with horror the development of the corona pandemic in the United States. We were in Denmark due to illness in the family, and tried in the best way to understand what was going on “at home.” The death toll rose and rose while we in Denmark strolled up and down pedestrian streets and licked soft ice in us.
As you know, it got much worse and the official death toll is now here in the United States on the wrong side of 600,000, although institutions like the University of Washington believe the number is rather higher than 900,000. The number of daily infection rates is now stable (with a tendency for certain states to have sharply increasing numbers) of approx. 12,000 with approx. 300 deaths a day, far from the daily infection rate of 200,000 we had the day Biden was installed as president.
The trend is reversed, with us it no longer rumbles from there with hospitalizations and deaths. This year is the first time we are going to celebrate the 4th of July after Trump and after we so roughly got control of covid-19.
Therefore, Biden has invited to a party on his lawn outside the White House. His goal was that at least 70 percent. of the U.S. population over the age of 18 on July 4 should have had at least one shot of one of the vaccines available here. He does not quite reach that goal, the figure is 67 percent. But now he has still invited 1,000 guests to a party on Sunday. However, it sounds from the White House that we have not yet won, that we should celebrate our progress, but not let the parades fall.
I myself have gone from a life in almost complete isolation for over a year to having opened the door and wine bottles within a month in the company of people I do not share an address with. The children are now seen with their friends – most often without a mask. It has been overwhelming, frightening – and also amazing.
Here in the county (King County ) where I live, 76 percent. of the population over 18 years fully vaccinated. Unfortunately, this is not the case in all parts of the country, or in other parts of the state I live in. As with so much else here, even being vaccinated has become a political standpoint.
But tomorrow we will all celebrate Independence Day – together. And we do, regardless of whether we are not yet completely on the other side of the pandemic, regardless of what we think the American flag represents and regardless of how we feel about vaccines.