Factfulness: Escaping the Crazy Vaccine Myths
It is very easy to spend some effort to learn about facts.
As we now have the internet, it is easy to find almost any information we want.
Yet there are still so many people who refuse to actually check the facts and keep on ranting about side effects and conspiracy theories; I’m sick and tired of it.
This is the comparison of the COVID-19 death rate between Japan and the US.
Japan has managed to keep it 1/18 lower than the US. No wonder the IOC considers Japan a “safe country”.
US Deaths/Total Population 331,449,281 = 0.18%
Japan Deaths 14,611/Total Population 126,227,000 = 0.01%
*As of June 25
39% of people who took the 2nd dose of the Pfizer vaccine got a fever exceeding 37.5 degrees Celsius.
For younger people, those in their 20s for example, the percentage is slightly higher at around 50%.
So, there is a high chance that you would get a fever after the 2nd dose. (Nothing happened to me though…)
So, just buy some “Tylenol” (Acetaminophen/Paracetamol) from a Matsukiyo pharmacy and take it if you get a fever.
Other than that, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare also recommended over-the-counter antipyretics and painkillers like “Contac” (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug Ibuprofen) and “Loxoprofen” for treating the fever.
Now, for all those who are just afraid just because.
And irresponsible people who think that they don’t have to take it as long as everyone else takes it and we have herd immunity, please reevaluate the situation. Of course, nobody including me, who has already been vaccinated, knows if it may cause any danger in the future. However, the fact of the matter is that COVID-19 has plunged the whole world into chaos and upended everybody’s lives, the economy, and society, so isn’t it almost a responsibility to take the vaccine?
In any case, this situation will likely continue for several more years. COVID-19 will continue to evolve new variants to try and survive. Most people in the UK have been vaccinated and yet they have another lockdown.
In the past, vaccines took 5 to 10 years to develop, but the advancement of life sciences allowed us to develop them in just 1 year. This is because of the development of a new technology called “mRNA (messenger RNA)” that has never been used in (approved) vaccines until now.
Traditional vaccines are made with weakened virus proteins that are injected into the body, but the mRNA vaccines use human cells as vaccine factories to manufacture virus proteins in the body itself. The vaccine was able to be developed so quickly because mRNA vaccines only need the genetic data of the virus, making it versatile and possible to develop for any pathogen. In other words, they used AI to instantly analyze the genome, shortening the development time. They are continually sequencing new variants that appear and will probably offer vaccines for those too.
Follow real-world information like these and I am sure you will have a better idea of what you should do.