Opinion | Casting Blame Amid the Covid Crisis

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To the Editor:

Re “Let’s End the Covid Blame Games,” by Bret Stephens (column, Dec. 1):

Mr. Stephens’s argument seems to be that facts about Covid are muddy at best, and people are entitled to their opinions and actions in the face of a global health crisis.

The most relevant question to guide individual and community behavior is: “Am I a danger to myself and others?” If you are unvaccinated, you are a significant danger to yourself and to others. If you encourage vaccination refusal, you are adding to the danger.

New Covid cases are much higher among the unvaccinated, and new variants are fostered by anyone who gets sick. Hey, we’re up to Omicron.

Politicians and public figures who discourage responsible behavior — getting vaccinated — are deluded or self-serving, pandering to a significant minority that stands in the way of the human community. We should blame them. We should reject them.

Please, get vaccinated.

Michael Buchman
Highland Park, N.J.

To the Editor:

Bret Stephens’s assessment of the “Covid blame games” is both accurate and timely. With over 5.2 million deaths worldwide due to Covid, including more than 790,000 deaths in the United States, this virus has proved that it does not differentiate between Democrats and Republicans, blue states and red states. It is an equal opportunity virus. People are losing their lives and families are tragically losing loved ones, regardless of their political ideologies.

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