Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry does not walk on water. Nor is she untouchable when it comes to criticism.
I have long questioned her and other health officials and the lack of specific data released during the COVID-19 pandemic.
See, that’s a legitimate line of criticism when it comes to Dr. Henry.
But then there’s people like Alana – and there are a lot of these folks – who write to me acting like they know more than Dr. Henry when they don’t even come close.
“My level of education and research is fairly extensive in respect to this epidemic,” starts Alana’s email as I roll my eyes.
Dr. Henry is one of the world’s leading experts in her field so don’t write to me starting off with this ridiculous sentence. Just go away.
After falsely implying that Dr. Henry is somehow profiting off the pandemic, Alana moves onto saying that the case data being given out is “false” which it isn’t.
Then she moves onto bizarre conspiracy theories.
“Please research the main ingredients of these vaccines. We the people need to take a look at everything as a whole including the implication of 5G which is absolutely toxic to humans. Everyone and everything is ill and same with the insects and birds!!!! This is killing all human. Nature and quarantine or isolation are two very different terms the hypocrisy is absolutely revolting and corruptive violation of our basic human rights. We are dangerously close to being put into concentration and communist style state.”
I share this to show you how paranoid some people have become during the COVID-19 pandemic. I share it because people express shock when they hear that some people are refusing to take the vaccine, despite the data that shows how safe they are and effective in fighting the virus.
These are not just a few people. There are a lot of people who think they are smarter than Canada’s best scientists and are willing to risk their lives – and some of ours - in order to somehow prove it.
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