I know I have, especially if they spew misinformation that’s been debunked or anti-science junk. I’ve also lost patience with Gov’ner Parson, who didn’t want cities or counties to have mask mandates again, yet they are and the State of MO is suing each city in MO that has mask mandates again. It’s all really stupid, including Gov’ner Parson. I didn’t stop wearing my mask, in part because my doctor said it was premature even for the fully vaccinated (she was right too) and because of fear of a breakthrough infection. I continue to wear my mask with no desire to do otherwise. The dude who was in the hospital with COVID-19 (I think he went on a ventilator after he said it) still says he won’t get vaccinated will probably be one who earns the Darwin Award at the end of the year, if not before. Sadly, I fear, the virus will become endemic. If we had the same issues with the Polio vaccine, we wouldn’t be where we are today with that virus, but too many humans today are too stupid to do what needs to be done to fight COVID-19. It’s like some de-evolved. I’m not angry about going back to masks, because I never stopped wearing mine, despite being fully vaccinated. I’m angry with all the stupid humans in this world, including Gov’ner Parson. They make those of us who are smart enough to wear masks, social distance, and get vaccinated look bad, all because we live in the same state. Vaccine passports would be great too, but Gov’ner Parson won’t allow that either. And those who say it’s their choice, their body, and their right to not get the vaccine never once thought that women should have the right to carry a pregnancy to term or terminate it was their choice, their body, their right. Anti-vaxxers rather harm others than think rationally. If they don’t start thinking rationally, COVID-19 vaccines might not work and the virus becomes endemic with serious consequences to the human species.
But with Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations now surging again and officials across the US suddenly reimposing restrictions after a summer of semi normalcy, McCullough and many other vaccinated Americans are becoming increasingly angry at those who are refusing the shot.
The average number of new cases daily is up more than 400% since last month. Hospitals are again filling with Covid-19 patients -- many younger than ever before, and most unvaccinated. Mask mandates are back in parts of the country. And this week, the CDC updated guidance it issued in May and said fully vaccinated people should wear masks indoors in areas with "substantial" or "high" Covid-19 transmission to prevent further spread of the dangerous Delta variant. More than 80% of the US population lives in a county impacted by that guidance.
While Tolford said she understands people's feelings about being forced to take a shot, she said a lot of people view their decision to refuse as a "Constitutional-like freedom," when, really, it's a communal public health issue.
"Personal liberty is really exaggerated in this country, to the point where people are just flat out being put in danger," McCullough said. "That people think that they have this authority, and this autonomy, to just put others at risk, is infuriating." He said he worries about the virus continuing to mutate and eventually becoming much worse than the current circulating variants. "It's not freedom that you make this decision that then impacts my freedom," he said. "That's not freedom one bit."