Letters to the Editor – Thoughts on COVID-19, the virus that will not go away – .

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Letters to the Editor – Thoughts on COVID-19, the virus that will not go away – .


Strengthening health structures, a weapon against the pandemic

Re: “Experts warn of future pandemics – US must grapple with social structures to prepare, he says,” reported Tuesday.

This is an excellent article which should serve as a barometer to enrich our arsenal of pandemic weapons. As the article states, in addition to vaccines, therapeutics and storage, the United States must address social, economic and racial inequalities in order to successfully tackle the next pandemic-inducing virus.

Health determines resilience to a pandemic. Living wages, safe housing, clean air and water, and nutritious food determine health. For too long, the criticality of the pandemic-health relationship has been overlooked by politicians, the media and the general public.

Paul Dreimiller, Plano

The virus feeds on the need for freedom

I hope that when the new COVID variant visits the United States, it will meet a new political opening. The variant is not about the Red State or the Blue State, it is bipartisan and feeds its insatiable hunger on both sides of the aisle. He is color blind.

This variant reminds me of the off-planet lifeform monster in the movie Alien. The monster indiscriminately killed – a platoon of Marines, a handful of scientists, and a few astronauts.

We now have 23 months to live with COVID and we have learned a lot. But knowledge has no value unless it is used. We have learned that it is an airborne virus, spread by people who often do not have any symptoms. We have three effective vaccines until the age of 5 and a third booster.

But the cunning COVID virus is mutating. He is a shapeshifter and takes advantage of people who do not seek protection. The new variant has mutations that would make it more contagious. This virus could soon be hunting down your street or shopping mall. The virus thrives on human weakness – the wants to have individual freedom. It is a battle between the rights of the individual against the greatest number.

James Sherrard, Plano

Omicron, it’s back to basics

I hear it will take about three months to change the vaccines for omicron. I plan to continue to wear a mask indoors except inside my own car and when I have lunch with my mom at her house.

Jack Heaton, Irving

Report deaths by vaccination status

Re: “Dallas, Tarrant Surpasses 10,000 Dead – Dark Milestone Reached As Just Under 72,000 Texans Died From COVID-19,” Metro & Business story from Nov. 19.

Not once in this story has the difference in the pattern of death between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated been documented. How can The morning news from Dallas Avoid mentioning that almost all deaths occur among the current minority of our local population who are not fully vaccinated?

How can The news support public health and report deaths from COVID-19, including current death numbers, without giving the significantly lower percentage of current deaths that came from the 58% who are now fully vaccinated this month? The simple publication of a COVID-19 death chart going back 12 months, before a vaccine was available, with the monthly balance between vaccinated and unvaccinated deaths, will send a sobering message!

Please never report the current COVID-19 death numbers without giving the percentage that were among fully vaccinated and not fully vaccinated, and give the percentage then fully vaccinated in the population, updating all percentages as they change with each report.

Give us the data! The public will quickly see how to save their life!

Bill R. Betzen, Dallas

Origin of the anti position

I predict there will be conflict in households with children who are delighted that they, along with their friends, can now get the COVID-19 vaccine – but their parents are “anti-vaccine”. Besides the disappointment and lack of protection for children, they might also be prone to trouble from some of their vaccinated classmates.

I wonder, when the polio and smallpox vaccines were introduced, were there a lot of people who said, no, we have to wait years of testing to make sure they’re safe? Going to school in the 1950s and 1960s, I always considered vaccines a part of life, compulsory in order to be able to enroll. Why is it so important now? How many people were injured by their shots? How many of those who died wished they had them?

A cartoon on the editorial page a few months ago made me laugh. President Joe Biden sat at his desk and decreed that vaccines would no longer be allowed – at that point, the staunch Trump supporter also changed his tone. If Biden says this, I want that, and vice versa. I imagine there is a bit of that.

John Vehon, Dallas

Stop insane hoax treatments

Bathing in Borax? Drink bleach? Are you taking a medicine that can treat infections caused by worms in cats and dogs? Isn’t it much easier to get the photo? OK OK. Don’t you want the shot? Don’t go to the hospital. Don’t get expensive antibody treatments. Just stay home and endure it. Alone.

Ann Thornton, Dallas

Stupid, dishonest politicians or both

Re : « Doubts about Hall », par Thomas Kelly, 27 novembre Letters.

The writer quotes Republican State Senator Bob Hall as saying that “vaccines … actually kill more people than we save.” This is just one example that shows how uneducated / uninformed / uninformed (or dishonest?) A section of our politicians is.

Graham Donathan, Benbrook

Being anti-vax is not Christian

I totally agree with Kelly regarding State Senator Bob Hall’s opinion on vaccines. He and his family are getting COVID vaccines, but he claims to be a Christian. I really wonder about this statement. A Christian loves his neighbor as yourself. By not getting the vaccine, you are putting your family and your neighbor at risk.

Where does he get his information that more people have died from the vaccine than they saved? I guess he also thinks that Donald Trump is still president, that John F. Kennedy Jr. is coming soon, and the sun is spinning around the earth.

I thank God every day for taking care of me and my family. I even pray for people like Senator Hall.

Doug Moore, Grande Prairie

Non-vaccines trap us forever

Re: “Quarter of Texans: No Thanks – Poll Also Says One-Third of Parents Don’t Want Their Children Vaccinated,” Nov. 25 report.

We may have already gotten a head start on this year’s Grinch Awards, as we learn that a significant portion of Texans are still refusing to take the COVID vaccine. Due to stubbornness, delusion, and gullibility, we seem to be stuck with enough non-vaccines to perpetuate the virus forever. Bah bullshit, it sounds bad now.

Tony Torres, Garland

Why denigrate the “scientific questioners”?

Re: “We’re making a toast – These are the people who make a difference,” November 25 editorial.

Your toast to Dr. Philip Huang, while a nice gesture from your editors, doesn’t need to come at the expense of people who sometimes choose to question science. Don’t we have a long history as a species of questioning science? It’s frightening to think of where the human race would be right now without some of history’s great “science questioners”.

Calling those who have questioned the science or sought alternative views during this pandemic “charlatans and opportunists” is grossly irresponsible. Many of these “charlatans” are themselves doctors. When did it become mandatory that we all blindly follow government appointed professionals?

Alex Danza, University Park

Bullies, vax or stay outside

In many parts of the world, or at least in the first world countries, vaccination rates have reached a level high enough that we can resume almost normal life. There are still travel restrictions, masks are compulsory in certain circumstances and those who are not doubly vaccinated are excluded from certain places and activities.

The last item, some exclusions, causes problems when a group of people might go out for a meal and those who cannot prove their double vaccination or medical exemption are denied entry. They would be disappointed, but it is in the interest of the majority as well as for themselves.

The problem is that some of the excluded resort to yelling and even violence and try to force or attack staff. From personal observation, most of the guards are young employees with no real authority or means to arrest these people. As has been reported in the media, a number of people, including politicians, suggest that all restrictions should be removed to prevent these conflicts, although doing so would increase the chances of COVID spreading.

Since when should bullies come in and have their bad behavior supported by politicians? Don’t let them do what they want. Basically vax-up or stay outside.

Dennis Fitzgerald, Melbourne, Australie

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