As I cruised the various news outlets (it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it), I came across an interview on CNN with a Dr. Stephen Sample, an emergency room medic in Jasper, Indiana.
My first reaction is how in the world did CNN come up with a guy in the emergency room in Jasper, Indiana to bring on the show – and why? He did contract Covid but appears to have come through it with flying colors. God bless him for his good work, but I failed to see the kind of credentials that would qualify him to do anything more than give an anecdotal perspective on the Covid Pandemic at his hospital in Jasper, Indiana.
Incidentally, that is a town of approximately 15,000 people located on the Patoka River in Dubois County — and is the 48th largest community in Indiana. How did they even find this guy?
The only reason I could ever imagine why Dr. Sample was plucked from medical obscurity to opine on Covid on the national scale is that he was just another voice promoting the perma-pandemic philosophy.
Dr. Sample is all in on the recommendation that we should all be wearing masks in all indoor locations … that we should still have strict social distancing … and we must have mandatory vaccinations. In other words, we should conduct ourselves as if 70 percent of Americans are not vaccinated and millions more do not have natural immunity. We shouldn’t ignore the numbers where we live – and currently, my adopted state of Florida has the lowest rates in the nation.
Dr. Sample seems to be oblivious to what the big-time doctors and scientists say – that those of us who are vaccinated have a very little chance of contracting Covid … unlikely to get a serious case, if we do … and almost no chance of dying from the virus. In Florida, we are not even likely to meet up with anyone with Covid.
When asked how he would be spending the Christmas holiday, Dr. Sample was even more emphatic. He will not hold or attend any gathering unless EVERYONE everyone is FULLY vaccinated – including boosters. Based on the science and the statistics, that seems a bit extreme to me.
What does concern me, however, is that the medical community may never never give up the masking and distancing policies. I say that because the only place I have been required to mask-up in Florida is in medical facilities – hospitals, clinics and doctors’ offices. Not in restaurants. Not in stores. Not in theaters. Since the medical professionals are always dealing with all sorts of communicable diseases, they can rationalize masking and distancing on a permanent basis.
There is also another reason the medical facilities require masking … Liability. I can see how fear of the lawyers will lead doctors to impose strict policies. We have become a very litigious society – and the first time a person believes they caught a cold by sitting in a doctor’s waiting room, the lawsuits will follow.
All this strict advice from Dr. Sample and others comes in the face of good news about the Omicron variant. As initially believed, it produces milder symptoms, and the infectiousness may only be slightly more than the Delta variant. More importantly, the current vaccines seem to be taking care of all the Covid variants for the most part. Any drop in the efficacy seems minor so far.
Because I do believe that those of us who are vaccinated can return to our normal lifestyle, I need to underscore that everyone should get vaccinated. I will respect their right to refuse – no mask and vaccine mandates – as long as they accept the risks yo themselves and the other unvaccinated folks. I accept the right, but not necessarily their wisdom.
Dr. Sample and his CNN anchor lamented that too many folks are acting like the Pandemic is over. Not at all – at least not for everyone. But as the doctors and scientists have repeatedly said, it is a pandemic among the unvaccinated. Not my pandemic. I am only acting like it is over for ME – because it is..
So, there ‘tis.