Over a year and a half into the current pandemic, are we safer from disease, especially viruses than we were just a few years ago? There are a few ways to look at this question.
One is that we are safer if we remove the temporary perturbation of the pandemic virus. People are living longer. Living longer does not guarantee safer, but it is indicative of overall health.
A second way to view that question is that we responded to the coronavirus threat, developed a vaccine in record time, and saved millions of lives. In addition, our healthcare system can operate at breakneck speed when needed to handle emergencies.
Recent data shows that the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines rapidly declines after just a few months. Several reports indicated that the Pfizer mRNA vaccine lost half its effectiveness in preventing infections.
Every week, the vaccine is less effective. Booster shots are a temporary measure to boost the vaccine’s effectiveness to prevent infection. As a result, more people, including fully vaccinated people, are becoming infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus and gaining natural immunity.
The mRNA vaccines mimic a tiny bit of the overall spike protein amino acid configuration. Researchers believe a small sample provides enough information for our immune systems to respond to the threat. Is the Delta variant different enough that it fooled the vaccine? No one knows.
Booster shots are based on the original viral configuration. Should they be tweaked to replicate changes seen in the most recent mutations? Many people are asking that question.
I view the entire question a bit differently. We have a hurried-up vaccine that saves millions of lives – no doubt about it. But, at what cost? Suppose the vaccine clinical studies continued for another six months. Would scientists have seen the decay of the vaccine’s effectiveness in time to make longer-lasting changes – maybe even enough that the Delta surge would have been minimized?
I research and write about cause and effect daily. Treat a cause, and you will fix a problem. Treat a symptom, and you will always treat a symptom. To me and many others, the expectation of a vaccine is that it prevents a person from getting that disease. And, more importantly, it prevents hospitalization and death.
Yes, the current mRNA vaccines purport to reduce the virus’s severity and the risk of hospitalization and death. However, fully vaccinated people are at higher risk today for hospitalization and death.
Today, I started my research and writing to compare the death rates of routine vaccines to the COVID-19 vaccine. I could find a lot of data, not always aligned with the same periods, but current enough to compare the safety and efficacy of each of the vaccines.
Fully Vaccinated Hospitalizations & Deaths Increasing
https://www.nbcboston.com/news/coronavirus/3741-new-breakthrough-cases-in-mass-46-more-deaths-in-vaccinated-people/2509017/. Almost 4,000 new hospitalizations and nearly four dozen deaths in Massachusetts last week caught my attention. Are we safer after being vaccinated or not?
Fully vaccinated infections, breakthrough cases are not being reported by all hospitals. The CDC is addressing this reporting anomaly; however, it will be a couple of months or longer before accurate data is available to compare one state to others.
Another problem is the rhetoric used to classify the extent of the breakthrough viral invasion. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported a bit over a week ago that over 40,000 new breakthrough cases and breakthrough deaths at 300.
The rhetoric identify crisis I have a problem with is that the most recent numbers of breakthrough cases and deaths are being compared to the total of all citizens of Massachusetts since the beginning of the pandemic – not those in the past month. Seeing 0.03% of hospitalizations are breakthrough is not indicative of the current trend upward in breakthrough cases. The same applies to deaths – 0.006% of all deaths are breakthroughs.
To read that over 40,000 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in people fully vaccinated was a wake-up call. Any time a person goes to the hospital, there is a risk they will not leave healthier than when they arrived. Over 40,000 fully vaccinated people in Massachusetts thought they were bulletproof from the pandemic virus, and they found out they were not.
I believe comparing the death rates from the pandemic vaccine to a dozen or so other vaccines is eye-opening. I still plan to compile and report on that topic. However, my opening premise dealt with how safe are we today?
When a small state, Massachusetts, reports tens of thousands of breakthrough cases within the past month or so, that is telling me that the current claims by Pfizer that their vaccine is at least 90% effective in keeping fully vaccinated people out of the hospital need to be looked at more closely.
I believe we are safer today than we were five, ten, twenty, or more years ago. This is because our medical research has addressed many infectious diseases and shut down the infection and death rates – based on the preliminary data I collected on a dozen other vaccines.
Before those vaccines (diphtheria, measles, tetanus, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, meningitis, HPV, polio, chickenpox, and even influenza), millions of people regularly died of those diseases. Today, it is rare to have more than a few with some diseases and meager numbers with most.
Life Longer & Enjoy Life! – Red O’Laughlin – RedOLaughlin.com