🧵 Hi. I’m an ER doctor. I’m vaccinated, but 10 months out with a high level of daily exposure to an airborne disease. I can’t get most patients to keep a mask on when I’m out of the room,or wear it properly when I’m in. I now have Covid. Mild for now. 1/
And hopefully, gonna stay that way. I am very optimistic that I will stay well, thanks to the vaccine. My body is already at war with this stupid bug, beating it back. If I had gotten this last year, I would have been very scared. I’m middle aged, and smoked for 25 years. 2/
My cousin almost died early in, before the world closed down. I am prone to health related anxiety at times, anyway. But now I feel irritable, not anxious. Could I get really really sick? Sure. Could I even die? Yep. But I’ve done the right thing to minimize those chances. 3/
I’m confident that I’ll be ok. You know what I’m not gonna do? Take HCQ. Or Ivermectin. Or gargle betadine. Or OD on vitamins. I may seek out some regeneron. I’ll check my oxygen levels, and I’ll sit bored as hell in my basement feeling crappy for a bit. Stay well. #vaccinate

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Huge numbers of our population believe in a complete alternate reality. Alternate facts as it were.

But just as intensely as I believe they are deluded, they think I am the one who is deluded. So how can I be confident in my perception? Here's a tip:

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If I am attending a local demonstration or event and I see Nazis…neo-Nazis, casual Nazis, 2/x
master race Nazis, or the latest-whatever-uber-mythology-Nazis, I figure out which side they are on.

And if they are on my side of the demonstration? I am on the wrong side.

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Dearest trolls of the interwebs. . If you post online on your page or in a comments section and tell people the vaccine:
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2. Can cause infertility
3. Is more dangerous than COVID

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5. That this technology was just invented and cannot be trusted.

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You are:

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it is unfortunate that easy to say slogans can wipe out an entire movement. “Defund the police” does not mean “eliminate the police”, but unfortunately, it can be used as a weapon against reform since the vast majority Americans don’t read beyond slogans and headlines.
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