Miss Gustin’s letter regarding Torgensen’s vaccine cartoon was a prime example of misinformation (Mailbox, September 15). She started with something true: vaccines don’t necessarily prevent people from getting COVID. Then she went on to imply that we the audience lied about it. And she used emotionally charged statements like “publicly admitted” and “this is disturbing” (italics mine). She deliberately misinterpreted the truth that Faucci et al weren’t “admitting” anything, they were trying to educate the public about realistic expectations.
I listen to CNN and NPR – probably mainstream media. From almost the beginning, scientists, epidemiologists and other health professionals have told us that vaccines will not necessarily prevent you from getting the virus. What they said vaccines do, and continue to do incredibly well, is reduce serious illness, hospitalizations and deaths. The statistical decoupling of infection rates from deaths is proof of the vaccine pudding. Also the fact that the majority of COVID deaths occur in unvaccinated people.
As for “…a portion of the public that resists facts, science, and reality,” Ms. Gustin, I’m willing to put my sources alongside your sources anytime. I ask you, Ms. Gustin, to stop spreading false information. Tell the whole truth, or nothing.
For those who want to see facts and figures about who gets COVID and who dies from it, I suggest epidemiologist Katelyn Jetelina’s blog.
Lauri Rose, Dinsmore