- Mar 22, 2005
I'm not sure I agree that we had the balance right regarding flu/colds.I've dealt with influenza for decades - Doctor-call has vaccinated more people against it than anyone outside the NHS. The flu is horrid, but society accepted a balance was required and restrictions weren't necessary with effective vaccines. Exactly how it should be for COVID. Let's not forget that covid IS the flu. It's literally a cold virus. You know this. You also know that suddenly separating a specific cold/flu virus for special attention was purposeful.
I agree that people have a right to go about their business but I should feel safe going about my business too.
Pre Covid many people would turn up to work with the flu because if they didn't they would not get paid. They would still go out shopping, clubs, pubs, restaurants etc.
Did anyone ever think about the people that were infected? Did anyone ever think about how that person suffered? Or how their family suffered?
e.g. the flu used to knock me about for at least 1 week. Many times it was 2-3 weeks and once it was close to 3 months.
In Thailand it's compulsory to check temperature when walking into 7-Eleven, malls etc. I think that should be compulsory everywhere. Here they would think that violates their freedom.
I used to respect people's decisions not to vaccinate until I almost died from chicken pox. Never had chicken pox as a child and vaccines weren't available until mid 90's.
I understand that people have a right to make decisions about their health but not when that decision can affect others. That compromise I will never accept but powerless to do anything about it.