I think it will generally be allowed that unprotected sex is better sex than protected sex. And so one needn’t be an idiot to opt for unprotected sex if there were, say, only a one in a hundred chance of thereby contracting an STD. Not so if that STD were HIV. HIV is no longer the death sentence it once was, but even at one in a thousand I’d sure as hell be ‘tarping that load’. Similarly then, a younger healthier person might regard masking and distancing as akin to wearing a condom to avoid an easily curable STD, whereas someone like me would regard it as akin to avoiding HIV.
If each of us has either been vaccinated or already had Covid, then we needn’t mask and distance. Assuming vaccination or surviving Covid endows immunity from being a carrier, if either of us has been vaccinated or already had it, then we needn’t mask and distance. So it’s only if neither of us has been vaccinated or already had it that we need to mask and distance.
The number of such pairs is diminishing with each passing day. All other things being equal will it ever reach zero? No. But all other things are not equal. The virus can’t survive unless it keeps finding new hosts. And it will run out of hosts sometime – though not a long time – before that number of pairs approaches zero. So provided there isn’t a variant that can bypass our natural and artificial immunities, very soon now we’re all going to be fine. Well, except of course for those who won’t be.
Some people are more vulnerable to the vaccine than to the virus. Some people only think they’re more vulnerable to the vaccine than to the virus. And some people won’t take the vaccine on some kind of principle. So my question is:
Why should the rest of us – by which I mean those who have been vaccinated – give a shit? Whatever their reasons for not being vaccinated, these people are only dangerous to each other. And so if they’re worried about having any truck with others who are likewise unvaccinated, let them self-isolate. And if they’re not willing to self-isolate, then let them either suffer the consequence or crow that there weren’t any. Isn’t this precisely the view we take of people who don’t ‘tarp that load’?
Well, not quite. Since there’s no way to tell who has and has not been vaccinated, people who can’t take the virus have no way of knowing from whom they need to isolate themselves. Enter the so-called Covid passport.
And what exactly is the objection to Covid passports? That they discriminate against people who can’t be vaccinated. Well duh! But for what other than to facilitate discrimination did you imagine was the role of borders and passports?
To repeat: People who can’t or won’t be vaccinated are of no danger to those of us who have been. They’re a danger only to each other. But they have a right to know who these ‘others’ might be. So if you don’t like the idea of Covid passports – and I agree they could be too easily forged – how ‘bout branding a scarlet letter on the forehead of those who can’t or won’t be vaccinated?! That’s a far more reliable way to ensure they drink from their own designated water fountains.