Mass vaccination is the only sustainable way out of this pandemic and back into personal well-being and economic health for the country--and it is working! We protect ourselves and others at the same time by getting vaccinated. “I believe that ethically everyone should take the vaccine,” the Pope has said. “It is an ethical choice because you are gambling with your health, with your life, but you are also gambling with the lives of others” (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-pope/pope-francis-to-have-covid-19-vaccine-says-it-is-the-ethical-choice-for-all-idUSKBN29E0LY). “The devil is taking advantage of the crisis to sow distrust, desperation and discord,” the Pope said (https://nypost.com/2021/03/28/pope-francis-satan-is-taking-advantage-of-covid-19-pandemic/).
Setting an example, our public health experts and all current and past living presidents have gotten vaccinated. It is inconceivable that any others are better informed about the safety and efficacy of the vaccines than our country's top medical experts and political leaders.
Data now coming in show that COVID-19 vaccination is highly effective in preventing (a) COVID-19 disease, (b) SARS-CoV-2 infection, and (c) transmission of the virus to others. No data yet exist to show that ANY other medical treatment can do any of these things except possibly limit the severity of disease once it develops.
To date, there are no reported studies showing that vitamin D supplementation protects against infection by SARS-CoV-2. Instead, some small, methodologically weak studies have suggested that low vitamin D levels correlate with severity of COVID-19 disease (2,3,4,5,7). However, there are no large, properly designed studies to rule out confounding factors (1,9,10,12,15,16). Correlation does not prove causation (13). Furthermore, other studies have found no relationship (6,8,12,14). Often only measured at the time of hospital admission, low vitamin D could even be a consequence of COVID-19 (1,7,13,17).
Various treatments for symptomatic COVID-19 have shown various degrees of benefit (in some cases no benefit), but nothing on Earth rivals vaccination as a means to sustainably PREVENT infection, transmission, disease, long-term sequelae, and loss of life. The longer it takes to get everyone vaccinated, the more opportunities for mutations and the more entrenched the virus will become. If you are already vaccinated, thank you! If not, step up!
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