Sincerely, I used to feel bad for them. I thought that mocking a person who was so stubborn that they were willing to die or let their loved ones die because they didn’t trust scientists was wrong. But, now that I’ve heard a thousand times that someone “did their own research,” I’m ready to throw in the towel. These people are dangerous, and now they’re mostly (with regard to COVID) only a danger to themselves. The CDC said vaccinated people can do pretty much anything without a mask this week. Their hope is that it inspires more people to get vaccinated. Sadly, I don’t think that’s the case for anti-vaxxers.
Luckily, smart people and smart alecks are all over the internet pointing out when someone is wrong. Some of them, however, point at the severity of the wrongness. Those people are often hilarious. They go for the jugular, and at this point, it’s a matter of life and death.
Hopefully, the more people hear others say the right thing, the more conspiracy theories will fade into nothingness. Of course, things will get worse before they get better, but like my fear of flying, the more I do it, the more I believe the numbers: I likely won’t die in a plane crash (I knocked on wood as I wrote this sentence). People need to be told when they’re wrong, even if they double down on their argument. In time, they’ll see the light.