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The COVID Numbers Are Upside Down

The summer of joy is over.

I heard two statistics yesterday that grabbed my attention. No. 1: 72 percent of people who are fully vaccinated are worried about the delta variant of the coronavirus. OK, I’m concerned about it myself.

Then there is this: 48 percent of unvaccinated people are worried about the delta variant. Shouldn’t those statistics be reversed?

Consider that science is now telling us that the delta variant is 200 times more transmissable than the first version of the coronavirus. This will explain its rapid rise to being present in every state and the dominant variant that is spreading around the world.

This is more proof that we don’t live in a logical world — primarily because people don’t apply logic to what they believe.

Then, see this headline from the New York Times: “Twitter Suspends Marjorie Taylor Greene for Posting Coronavirus Misinformation.” She was posting misinformation about who could catch the virus, saying only those who are obese and/or over 65 were at risk.

As for the free speech argument, you still cannot yell “fire!” in a crowded theater — should theaters ever be crowded again.
Eric Holdeman is a nationally known emergency manager. He has worked in emergency management at the federal, state and local government levels. Today he serves as the Director, Center for Regional Disaster Resilience (CRDR), which is part of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER). The focus for his work there is engaging the public and private sectors to work collaboratively on issues of common interest, regionally and cross jurisdictionally.
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