Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Oct. 20, 2021

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Letter: Weigh risks, get vaccinated

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In our everyday lives, we face risks all the time. When we get out of bed in the morning we face risks. We could fall over and get hurt and other bad things could happen, and these risks increase as we get older. I am 80 years old. So we weigh the risks of getting out of bed versus what would happen to us if we just stayed in bed.

When I considered the risks of getting the COVID-19 vaccinations versus not getting them, I decided the risks of not getting vaccinated far outweighed the risks of getting vaccinated. Some people have had bad reactions from getting them, but several of my friends who were not vaccinated have died from COVID. Others who have gotten COVID have long-term problems with their lungs after most of their symptoms have gone away. To me, the better decision was to get the vaccinations.

Our local county health department director said something to the effect that a person sick with the delta variant breathes 1,000 times more copies of the virus than a person sick with the original COVID-19. So if you are anywhere around a person with the delta variant you are very likely to get it. By getting vaccinated you protect not only yourself, but also those around you. So please do yourself and your friends a favor by getting vaccinated.

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