1126 "I did my own research."

This article, originally from the New York Times (SMH), is incredible:

They died from COVID

Then the online attacks started

New York: Before he died of COVID-19 in September, Nick Bledsoe was not shy about publicly sharing his opposition to masks and vaccines on Facebook. 

In April, Bledsoe, an auto mechanic from Opelika, Alabama, added a frame declaring “I don’t care if you’ve had your vaccine” to his profile photo and urged his father not to get the shot.

During the American summer, he posted a petition against school mask requirements, cursed President Joe “Biden and his vaccine” and in his final post, shared a video casting doubt on the safety of vaccination against the coronavirus. 

Then, with his last words before being placed on a ventilator, Bledsoe agreed to get vaccinated once he recuperated, according to his father. But he never left the hospital, dying at the age of 41 and leaving behind a wife and four children. 

The day after Bledsoe died, his father started urging those who were unvaccinated to get the shots.

The details of Bledsoe’s death and desperation-fuelled change of heart stayed largely confined to his Facebook page. That is, until they appeared in screenshots the following week on a website that compiles the coronavirus deaths of vocal vaccine opponents.

Almost immediately, strangers began barraging the dead man’s Facebook page with insults and mockery.

“They were making comments that he should have died, that he deserved to die,” said his father, Hal Bledsoe. “It hurt.”

Tapping into the outrage are Reddit forums where there are entries focused on “suicide by COVID”.

Brytney Cobia recently posted on Facebook the following account of her experiences working as a doctor in Birmingham, Alabama, USA:

“I’m admitting young, otherwise healthy people to the hospital with very serious COVID infections. One of the last things they do before they’re intubated is beg me for the vaccine. I hold their hand and tell them that I’m sorry, but it’s too late. 

"A few days later when I call time of death, I hug their family members and I tell them the best way to honour their loved one is to go get vaccinated and encourage everyone they know to do the same.

“They cry. And they tell me they didn’t know. They thought it was a hoax. They thought it was political. They thought it was ‘just the flu’. But they were wrong. And they wish they could go back. But they can’t.”

From Peter Singer's article in the SMH: 
Why vaccination should be compulsory

1104 What is it like to get CoViD?
What does it actually feel like when you have Covid?

We should expect to see a renewed push of disinformation and vocal resistance from the anti-vaccination movement. 

Over the past year, seemingly endless conspiracy theories and misinformation campaigns have gained traction online amidst rising COVID-19 infection rates worldwide


Looking at the history of these movements can help us understand why they can be so effective at capturing a popular following.


As a historian of medicine, it’s become clear from researching the history of vaccines that those who promote anti-vaccination consistently use a standard set of strategies. 


Although it can be hard to see patterns of argument in the modern context, looking back at a historical instance of epidemic and misinformation provides a useful case study for revealing today’s recurring anti-vaccination strategies.


One popular pamphlet published in 1885 during the smallpox epidemic in Montréal is a great example. 

Over a century later, we have the benefit of living in a world that has eradicated smallpox using a vaccine


Yet in the past, smallpox vaccination was hotly contested, despite the evidence in favour of its effectiveness.


I have blogged a fair bit about CoViD:

1155 Inquiry into CoViD

Cross Party Inquiry on the Australian 
Government’s Response to COVID-19

1147 CoViD Fake News

Mis-information and Dis-information:
What's the difference?

1144 No Mandates ?

Say No To Vaccine Mandates ...
Really ?

1140 Vaccine or poison?

Are medicines, like the CoViD vaccines, poison?
Of course they are!

1127 CoViD deaths in the US 

CoViD is a leading cause of death in the US.
But guess who's dying the most?

1126 "I did my own research." 

Doing your own research may have
consequences beyond your expectations

1122 Jacqui Lambie says it like it is

The nation listened, when
Jacqui Lambie said it like it is

1121 No Vacc, Yes Covid

Alan Kohler says it like it is:
Not vaccinated? 
You'll get immunity by contracting CoViD.
If you survive.

1120 CoViD Vacc Wrongs

CoViD Vacc Conspiracy Wrongs 

1114 The last Anti-vaccer's Dream 

a satire by Paul McDermott

1113 Joe Rogan 

Joe Rogan has lost his mind

1110 The Who, How and Why of COVID-19 

A Quadrant essay referencing Craig Kelly and
adapting his 'science' re. alternative meds

1109 Why not vaccinate? 

This is the conundrum of our times:
Why would one want to not get vaccinated?

1107 CoViD Facts and their Sources

Three people to listen to about CoViD
and vaccinations


Finally: The authorities may wise up 

1104 What is it like to get CoViD?

What does it actually feel like when you have Covid? 

1098 We're all gonna die ...

Here we have it: A conspiracy theorist proves to us that we're all gonna die, unless we believe his nutty nonsense and don't get vaccinated!@#$%^&*(

1091 CoViD Anti- and Non-Vaccing

Taking the Red Pill on CoViD vaccine Redux 

1088 Taking the 'Red Pill' on CoViD vaccines

To be taking the 'Red Pill' on CoViD vaccine 
alternatives means to face reality and facts 

1082 Vaccination? Yes? No? Maybe?

Should we get vaccinated against Covid? 

1053 5G and CoViD conspiracies

Does 5G cause the Corona Virus Disease?
If you inform yourself on social media ... yes.

1031 The 5G / Covid-19 Conspiracy

This is serious:
5G will give you COVID-19
It must be true, it's all over Facebook

1030 The Trumpvirus

The Trumpvirus ...
incompetence, ignorance and negligence in action

1022 Trump: It's gonna be just fine

Trumps has it under control
and it's gonna be just fine

1021 The existential question regarding COVID 19

There are many questions about COVID 19   
but one is truly existential 

1020 More Corona Virus

Here's the in-depth info on Covid 19 you need
brought to us by Kurzgesagt

1019 Coronavirus anyone?

What can every individual do regarding the Coronavirus? Flatten the curve.