Letter to the Editor Daily Herald July 2021

When my friend’s 28-year-old son was moved to the ICU after a week of fighting COVID Delta variant, I upgraded my thinking about recommending the vaccine. My family is fully vaccinated. I also use xylitol nasal spray daily to ward off bacteria and viruses in the sinuses where most yucky germs enter the body. Why? Because we believe that vaccines are safer than rolling the dice with COVID.

We also support government efforts to turn the troubling trendline down. The benefit there being that people go back to work and get the economy rolling again. The slow economy affected large groups of people unprepared financially, mentally, or physically for a worldwide recession. So, what was the mind change?

So many young adults choosing to go unvaccinated. I tried to understand how some are more afraid of the “emergency use” vaccine than the virus. Now we know that the Delta mutation is spreading fast and victims trampled by this killer are largely the unvaccinated. So, get vaccinated or get sick, possibly really, really sick.

One associate pointed out and the media has echoed the thought that the unvaccinated population creates the perfect “petri dish” in which the virus can mutant. That’s not a comforting thought, is it. Now, to me the anti-vaxxers seem less concerned about their neighbors and families that they are about their own story that the vaccine is optional, or we can’t let “da man” run our lives.

So, adults get vaccinated. You did it for polio. You did it for smallpox. Be smart. Be wise, Be concerned for the rest of the people in your world. Get vaccinated. Wash your hands, wash your mouth, wash your nose. And, if you aren’t vaccinated, wear a mask so the rest of us can be forewarned.

About the Author:

As founder of PilmerPR, John Pilmer, APR serves as a PR and marketing communications advisor for both emerging and established companies. He offers customers more than 20 years of results-driven business PR and marketing experience. John and the firm have provided PR consultation and campaigns for clients such as Mozy, Novell, AdvancedMD, Certiport, NextPage, ElectraTherm, Altiris, Avamar, EmergeCore Networks, FSLogic, INVISUS, 10x Marketing, MWI, Project Insight, REIC, Seastone, US Synthetic and Funding Universe (now Lendio), among others.

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