Just a short piece today, on CNN, an op-ed by Tina Sacks, “What anti-vaxxers sound like to me”.
She does describe her young son’s brush with what was, in hindsight, apparently MIS-C, the pediatric syndrome that once in a while results from mild or symptomless infections with SARS_CoV2.
Then she describes the right not to take the theoretical risk of a vaccine (or an artificial idea of body sanctity) as a false right, totally ignoring the downstream consequences of your “right” to others.
Of course, one can imagine absurd extensions of this theme. Suppose a deadly virus came along that hid only in the follicles of men’s beards. It’s a sci-fi idea now. Suppose the only prevention was total laser epilation. Imagine the idea of body sanctity then. True, just a screenplay tease now. Actually, the best masks (N95’s and their clones) don’t fit well over beards now.
Fauci said today that with the current anti-vax sentiment around (among “conservatives”) we could not have put polio or smallpox away. And, as we pondered in the 2000’s, that idea may not be lost on international enemies.