The unvaccinated are perpetuating pandemic
On July 15, the number of patients infected with COVID-19 at Sarasota Memorial Hospital was 25, up from 5 just one month ago.
The seven-day average of positive COVID tests at the hospital was 7.5%, up from 1.6% last month.
State rates of COVID have also risen dramatically, almost entirely among the unvaccinated. Continuing this pandemic requires unvaccinated persons.
Anyone has the right to experience the infection themselves, but these unvaccinated persons infect others before they even know they are ill and thus perpetuate the pandemic.
It is time to stop being nice to those who choose to infect others. The unvaccinated are the reason we all continue to experience the economic, social and physical consequences of COVID.
If you want to rid our society of all the negative consequences of the past year, get your shot and work on your friends and family who are reluctant to get theirs.
You can start by sending them this letter.
Bruce E. Robinson, MD, Sarasota
Irrational anti-vaxxers suspend disbelief
Florida COVID-19 infections surge. Gov. Ron DeSantis is asleep at the switch, while Florida is headed for a train wreck.
Why not get vaccinated? Does the reluctance by some to be COVID-vaccinated reveal a political concern? Do supporters of former President Donald Trump fear giving credence to science and credit to President Joe Biden?
Or, are confidence men like Trump able to convince followers that his lies are truth because they so want to believe they are true?
Rational reasoning is suspended when emotion is overtaken during a time of political turmoil. Beware of demagogues who deliver nonsense to the gullible.
Will some Manatee and Sarasota county parents deny health and well-being to their school-age children come August and September due to their own unscientific predilections?
So many questions. Beliefs and actions that go unchallenged are not credible.
Paul Dain, Bradenton
Women’s health not up to Manatee County
In regard to the Herald-Tribune Reader Question: I am writing on behalf of women throughout Manatee County who stand against the abortion clinic ban under consideration in Manatee County, similar to the Heartbeat Act signed into law in Texas in May (“Manatee County to explore local abortion regulations,” June 9).
There are numerous reasons why this should never come to pass in Manatee County, nor should it be up to the county commissioners to decide women’s health choices and, in some cases, their fate.
There are no health clinics in Manatee County that offer abortions, thus the commissioners are wasting time and money on this useless effort. They should be focused on helping the community deal with the hyperaggressive Delta variant of COVID-19, family planning services, foster care services and nonpartisan, nontheologically based reproductive health clinics.
The commissioners should be looking after our poverty-level and homeless citizens.
There are so many ways the county commissioners need to spend their time, particularly since a ban on local abortion clinics would have to be approved by the state Legislature, in addition to the County Commission.
Do not turn back women’s rights by decades and decades. Move forward together, as a whole, Manatee.
Emily Kaufman, Bradenton
Abortion protesters: Do something useful
Responding to the Herald-Tribune’s question about Manatee County considering an abortion ban: Many a day I drive by Planned Parenthood only to see some self-righteous, holier-than-thou, misguided protesters (many of them men) standing outside with signs, their presence there designed to intimidate and harass women entering the building.
My first question for these clueless zealots is, “Why don’t you put yourself to good use and get involved with clubs, institutions and schools that get to the root of the ‘problem,’ educating youths, promoting contraceptives and making them more accessible, and teaching personal responsibility, instead of trying to shame women for a deeply personal, difficult decision.”
The men could mentor hormonally driven boys and young men, who are the missing half of the “sin.”
My next question to these protesters is, “How many of the unwanted children have you adopted and are you willing to pay more taxes and vote for more social programs and burgeoning foster care that subsidize kids?”
Women in every county should be free to seek medical care nearby and to make decisions about their own bodies, decisions that should be made only between the woman and her doctor, not in a back alley in Manatee County.
Jennifer Pace, Sarasota