I just got this book from the library! Judging by the response to this tweet, this mockup of a book is very popular. It’s been done very well. It amused me. Like 90% of people in developed countries, I am one of those who strongly believes in and welcomes the vaccination programme. It is a huge lifesaver. I am strongly against the anti-vaxxer brigade who I believe are:
- Jeopardising the health of the community;
- Selfish in their beliefs;
- And in many cases plane stupid and ignorant.
Strong criticisms, I realise, but this is a matter of life and death. Of course, we have to respect the rights of others which I do. Novak Djokovic, the No. 1 tennis player at the moment has not been vaccinated. He’s not said it but he refuses to say whether he has or has not been vaccinated which by strong implication means that he has not been vaccinated. This may cost him the opportunity to defend his Australian Open title which is coming up because the authorities in the state of Victoria are threatening to ban any player from the tournament if they’ve not been vaccinated.
I’m surprised that Novak is against vaccination. It sends a bad signal to people who are ambivalent about vaccination. The Covid vaccinations are the most heavily tested and trialled vaccinations that the world has ever seen. They’ve been proved to be highly beneficial to both the individuals who accept them and the community at large. There is a very small risk of strong side effects which people have to accept because overall the vaccination benefits them tremendously.
It is important to state that vaccinated people are less likely to spread Covid based on new research by British scientists who examined how the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines affected the spread of the virus. People who have been vaccinated are less likely to spread the virus even if they become infected after vaccination. This is as per a scientific study. This study adds to the growing body of evidence that vaccines reduce transmission of the Delta variant of the virus. That is why it is so important that people get vaccinated and it is also why I have said that people who are anti-vaxxers our selfish. They are allowing themselves to potentially become spreaders of the disease when this potential would be much reduced after vaccination.
But back to the book cover on this page. I love the expressions of both cat and girl. There is a serious aspect which I think people are entirely disinterested in namely that can owners can give their cat Covid by breathing over them. And it has happened. It has also happened in zoos where big cats have contracted Covid from zookeepers.
Fortunately, it is believed that domestic cats have very strong immune systems against Covid resulting in fairly mild symptoms and a resolution of the disease quite quickly without human intervention. In terms of the spread of this virus and the pandemic, if humans were all cats, it wouldn’t have happened! Update: Having read the comment below from Tamara Beinlich, I can recall one domestic cat dying of Covid.
Covid is a zoonotic disease which means that it can be transmitted between humans and animals. This means that animals can give it to humans and humans can give it to animals. There aren’t that many zoonotic diseases. A very common and fairly mild one is ringworm which is highly contagious. When a domestic cat gets a cold, they can’t give it to their owner and vice versa.
Some experts have suggested that animals like domestic cats might create a reservoir for the disease. This suggestion seems to be incorrect. There is no danger in that happening in my opinion. Mainly because domestic cat cure themselves quite quickly.
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