I wanted to share a little slice of humanity that happened to me today. Buckle up, this is a long thread.

I was out running errands and while I was in a shop, I heard a loud crash and the power suddenly went out.
There was a car accident right out front. One of the cars had struck a pole for the power lines and flipped.

My emergency medicine instincts kicked in and as soon as I recognized what had happened, I ran to the car.
The pole had broken nearly in half, and the top portion was somehow upright and stable, holding power lines up. Fortunately, the driver of the flipped car was able to get out on her own and was safe, and there was no one else in the car.

None of that, of course, was remarkable.
What was notable, though, was that there were easily a few dozen people nearby gathered around and at least a dozen of us immediately there helping to get the driver out of the car and secure the safety of the scene.
I thought for a moment about all the people helping out. I know the vaccination rate for my county, and simple probabilities tell me that a number of the dozen or so folks helping out were not vaccinated.

Yet, here they were jumping into action to help.
I don’t bring this up to disparage or shame those folks, quite the opposite. The point is that I recognize that these are fundamentally good people who care about others and care about their community. That will help a complete stranger in a frightening and dangerous situation.
But for some reason, they’ve been misled and drawn away from putting that same energy into doing something simple, easy, safe, and free that could also save others and help their community and getting vaccinated.
They are victims of disinformation spread by people and entities with an agenda - COVID contrarians and denialists, grifters who know better but have sold their souls for the profit of selling false hope and disproven or untested treatments, those hungry for power or proximity…
…to power leaning into political divisions and outrage, and foreign entities seeking to divide us from within.

This is why I push back strongly against those who spread bad and harmful information, and why I believe medical and nursing boards need to act more swiftly…
…to address this vitally important issue. When health professionals spread misinformation, that information becomes more “sticky” and harder to combat in the collective consciousness of the public, no matter how incorrect, simply and ironically due to their credentials.
I say ironically because these same people rail against “credentialism” except when supporting their argument and confirming their biases. The time to act is now. The fact is that we no longer have time to wait.

Otherwise, we are in for an even more bumpy road. Buckle up.
For those challenging this story or who want evidence of what happened, here you go (not the power pole balancing precariously on the left):
Note* the power pole

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How responsible science communications should be done. Excellent writing @tarahaelle.

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The level of condescension is astounding, even for someone as entirely self-absorbed and bloated with underserved over-confidence as VP.

As someone nearly 5 years out of training, exactly as he references, I can tell you that I was as committed to the art of medicine as…
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His descent to Godwin was rapid:
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I don’t have words anymore.

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