Opinion

Fast: COVID mitigation measures inconvenient, but necessary

Posted 1/18/22

First, I want to thank the Sun City Independent for publishing Mr. Reilly’s views and to thank him for presenting his views in the form of a prediction for 2022.

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Opinion

Fast: COVID mitigation measures inconvenient, but necessary

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First, I want to thank the Sun City Independent for publishing Mr. Reilly’s views and to thank him for presenting his views in the form of a prediction for 2022.

The First Amendment right to free speech is such a gift. I hope Mr. Reilly’s predictions that the elites who control the world will seek to depopulate it and impose communism on all do not come to fruition.

I also sincerely hope that Mr. Reilly’s prediction (assertion) that a collusion among the “elites” blocked effective therapeutics while they mandated gene therapy for the world’s population in order to trick those without informed consent into taking a shot that infected more people with the virus is fake.   

My own view is that we are dealing with the unknown and many people, including me, don’t like that.  I believe there are preventative measures each of us can take that may slow down hospitalizations so that we have the capability to provide life-saving care to those whose lives’ can be saved.    

Vaccines, masks, social distancing and common-sense sanitation are included in those measures. I think Mr. Reilly and I would agree that these measures are inconvenient and, if other viable less intrusive measures were available and effective, we would prefer to adopt them. Our country’s current approach is by no means perfect, but it is the best we can do for now until we understand more about how to treat or prevent the virus.

Other countries have taken different approaches and, where permitted, sections of their population have rebelled against the government measures taken. So, I completely understand Mr. Reilly’s frustration but do not believe this is the work of some evil conspiracy. This is life, and life can be tough sometimes.

I would like to offer my hope for 2022: I hope researchers make tremendous progress in finding an effective treatment for COVID 19 and waive patent rights to the treatment. I also hope for advancements in vaccine programs so they become even more effective and affordable and can be distributed to rich and poor alike.

Viruses do not respect borders and, like climate change, are global issues we need to understand and address. Neither is a hoax and both are economically inconvenient or in some cases devastating. My further hope is that we are able to apply our intellect to solve scientific issues and refrain from making them an excuse to spread fear or score political points.

My final hope is for all your readers, including Mr. Reilly, to have a safe and happy new year.

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