What’s in a Tweet?

Scott Adams is taking heat in some corners of the Internet for this tweet:

Adams’ critics — predictably — are making all sorts of unrealistic assumptions regarding his fairly innocuous observation. One in particular takes him to task for glossing over various vaccination risks that were much discussed early in the pandemic.

The critics appear to think that we are soon to learn that the Covid-19 vaccination program was a big failure. I doubt anything like that will happen in the near future. Ten years from now, perhaps, but not imminently.

My own view, while decidedly incompetent, is that SARS-COV-2 has turned out to be much as a number of epidemiologists predicted two years ago, more or less indistinguishable from the severe influenzas to which humanity succumbs from time to time. I expect that the vaccines will eventually be shown to be of mixed value, helping some but harming others sufficiently to raise public health policy concerns. In the future, people will look back on Covid-19 the way Baby Boomers look back on crouching beneath their classroom desks during civil defense drills.

6 thoughts on “What’s in a Tweet?

  1. Adam’s tweet really isn’t about the vaccine at all.

    What he is saying is that if something bad comes along those who opposed the vaccine did not do so due to superior knowledge but because even a blind squirrel finds an acorn now and then.

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    1. I take Adams’ tweet as saying the absence of superior knowledge cuts both ways. No wonder the anti-vaxxers took offense.

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  2. Whether the vaccines have long term effects in a decade or so is speculative, of course.

    Long haul COVID symptoms may also have long term effects due to possible, (or probable since we have confirmed organ damage in some active cases as far as I know) impact on longevity, quality of life, organ problems, etc.

    It is amazing how the efforts to denigrate the vaccine are ignoring reality. We have about 800,000 plus deaths in less than 2 years. Seasonal flu is more like 10% of that. 20% in a really bad year. Hardly equivalent to COVID.

    So the harsh reality is that 800,000 plus people will not know, nor care, about the long term effects of a vaccine they most likely did not have access to in 2020 or turned down in 2021. And it a small number of cases, the vaccines did not help, but then they were never perfect. 80-90% at best, so people who got the jab might still die occasionally. Though most breakthrough infections are milder and survivable.

    Put another way, if someone believes the vaccine (which ones?) make him magnetic, gives Bill Gates a tracking device, creates infertility or horrible babies, or that Dr. Fauci is a Nazi, perhaps long term effects are moot. Nature is funny that way.

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    1. RE: “We have about 800,000 plus deaths in less than 2 years. Seasonal flu is more like 10% of that. 20% in a really bad year. Hardly equivalent to COVID.”

      It is amazing to me how the efforts to fear-monger in the name of Covid-19 ignore reality. The Spanish flu of 1918 killed 675,000 Americans. Since the U.S. population has more than tripled since then, the Covid-19 death toll would have to be at least 2,400,000 to be comparable.

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