I felt like airing some thoughts here...
It's been a pretty wild ride over the last year and a half.
When I first started paying attention to this, I was wondering how it would play out. Reports out of China and their heavy-handed approach to this,
had me trying to figure out the nature of this threat. I remember reports of individuals falling down. The speculation of how the citizens of Wuhan
were treated made me wonder what lengths our local government would go to manage the situation unfolding.
Fortunately, the dystopian images I remember looking at didn't materialize in my parts. I realize this challenge has been hell for many, and feel for
those who have lost everything.
I get the impression that the virus has changed through time, it appears to be less lethal than I first worried. Since hitting our shores, local
scientists and medical professionals have had the chance to better learn techniques and strategies for managing infections. It's difficult at the best
of times to trust what the CCP puts out there. My hope and faith are in my fellow Canadians and the good inherent in the citizenry of mankind at
I feel this virus probably got out of the lab in Wuhan. I get the impression that it was accidentally released, I wonder if the individuals
responsible are still with us. I figure the death toll over there between the virus and the response of their government was low.
I was curious as to whether suspicions of an accidental lab release would be entertained by our government. I can understand why it would be held
back, to limit panic. More lately, I get the impression that it's undesirable. It's very easy to criticize the actions of the CCP, unfortunately, it
looks like researchers in Canada and the US have had their hand in this too. I feel the risk of fallout from that is now more likely the reason for
not wanting to entertain the idea.
I am skeptical of the long-term advantages of mRNA-style treatments. Hopefully functioning as a vaccine and calling it a vaccine muddies the waters.
Its new technology being rolled out, its use in the children and those without preexisting conditions is a major concern of mine. Personally, I will
wait and am content to take my chances. Life is unpredictable at best, hopefully, the longer I wait, the wider range of choices I will have.
I have been proactive as best I can, from the onset informing my friends and loved ones to what could be on the horizon. I don't think an mRNA-based
approach to this is a choice for my children. I feel the risks outweigh the odds at this point. They are young adults, and will make their own
decision. A part of me fears that it would be easier to mitigate the risks that come from coronavirus infection, than the potential of bad experience
with these new treatments.
It's a fine line to walk, trying to remain supportive of others' decisions while encouraging due diligence. In my circle, my parents and the majority
of my friends and extended family have received mRNA-style vaccinations. I am grateful that I haven't seen, suspected, or heard of anybody close
(offline) who has had a bad experience. I don't take that for granted, and understand change is a constant.
I can be quite blunt when it comes to what matters to me. I will continue to be there for my friends and family, but it's more challenging now as
those giving these new treatments a try numbers increase. Life has shown me how powerful the mind can be, I find myself holding back now sometimes
expressing myself with them preferring not to feed fear. Adults making this choice for themselves is one thing, the health of our children is another.
The logic of using this for minors goes against my intuition.
I can't help but get the feeling that encouraging the widespread use of mRNA-style vaccines with such vigor is akin to putting all our eggs in one
basket. Hopefully, there are contingency plans in effect to manage the long-term risks to citizens in a worst-case scenario. The handling of this so
far has left much room for improvement.
I have asked others to please talk with their doctors before making this decision. Hopefully, they will enquire as to the odds of risk and benefit for
their particular situation. I get the impression that the elderly in my life were more likely to follow through with that suggestion. My parents did,
and I hope others just kept that information confidential.
I work outdoors and consider my risk of infection on the low side. It's been encouraged at work, but I don't feel any pressure. My brothers and
sisters are in a class of their own, everyone is supportive of each other practicing making decisions for themselves. My sympathies are with those
where this may not be the case.
God willing, my fears will fade into the rearview mirror as we move forward. The way information that raises questions on the way society has managed
the changes this challenge represents often leaves me with more questions than answers. Education and debate have been traditionally a technique
relied on to help make the best decisions in the face of uncertainty. The way those who have had bad experiences and concerns are being addressed
feels different than the way other polarizing issues of been dealt with over the years.
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