Monday, March 15, 2021

Spreading Ignorance

An acquaintance told me he’s not going to get vaccinated because, in his words, it will alter his DNA. I hadn’t heard that one, but it doesn’t matter. I told him I’m sorry if it ends our friendship, but I won’t be around someone who refuses to get vaccinated.

I’m not afraid of catching Covid-19 from him; I’m refusing to indulge ignorance and risk spreading panic and junk science.

Meanwhile:

Vaccination in the United States is on the verge of big changes with manufacturers pledging larger supplies of the existing two-dose coronavirus vaccines and one single-dose vaccine recently approved.

The larger supply that should arrive by April is raising hopes of more normal life returning by summer.

In the meantime, vaccine seekers continue to overrun signup websites and phone lines as states have expanded eligibility to more age groups and people with medical conditions that put them at greater risk from covid-19.

We could be a lot further along if certain people weren’t undermining the basic common sense you learned in kindergarten.

3 barks and woofs on “Spreading Ignorance

  1. It took a long time for the vaccines to find their way northward but we’ve now both had our first shots – in both cases in and out in about 15 minutes, and most of that was the mandatory observation period. It’s been amazingly well organized.

  2. An acquaintance told me he’s not going to stop voting because, in his words, it will alter his status. I hadn’t heard that one, but it doesn’t matter. I told him I’m sorry if it ends our friendship, but I won’t be around someone who refuses to be ethical.
    “A ballot is just a substitute for a bullet. If your vote isn’t backed by a bullet, it is meaningless. Without the bullet, people could ignore the election outcome. Voting would be pointless. Democracy has violence at its very core!” ~Muir Matteson, “The Nonviolent Zone”

  3. Well, actually, neither COVID nor its vaccines alter the DNA in any of your cells. Some viruses do this, but not the coronaviruses, which don’t get into your nuclei at any point. The vaccine has even less involvement with your cells’ extranuclear protein production apparatus, as it only gets that apparatus to produce a bit of the spike protein from the mRNA of one gene.

    Not that your acquaintance is off-base in worrying about viruses taking over his DNA, making him some sort of notional zombie. Perhaps you shouldn’t tell him that, sadly, this has already happened. And it’s already happened not just to him personally from viruses he’s been exposed to in his life that, unlike coronaviruses, do alter the DNA of some cells, but, much worse, has been going on for billions of years. The genome he was born with has been shaped since the beginnings of eukaryote days by viruses that don’t just get into our DNA, but get into the DNA that gets passed on to the next generation. Eukaryote evolution could not have happened without these viruses doing sometimes major surgery on the proto-pre-human genome, all the way back to the beginning of multicellular life.

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