There are always people who will argue against science and public health. Medical treatments for addiction, vaccines, speed limits, seatbelts, smoking bans, condom use ... all of these had and have die-hard opponents with their individual rationales for opposition.
I guess I’m saying this for those of you who feel frustrated and hopeless against the loud voices of those who oppose public health measures. There is always an uphill battle to diffusion of health innovation. Most times, the actions that save lives advance over time.
I definitely feel that frustration... I'm shopping for punching bags for my home (seriously). Stay in the part of the ecosystem you believe in, be steady, and focus on being a helper.
These are the pathways people use to dissuade
- but it doesn't help in 100% of cases
- but there's a rationale it might hurt instead of help
- but it encroaches on my freedoms
- but the data aren't perfect
- but my morals are offended
They're not novel; they're standard.

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