Vaccinate yes or no?
Vaccinate yes or no?
In the media you could listen or read about vaccines that have a efficacy of 95%, however, there are people who wonder if it is a good idea to take it or not.
The Coronavirus has had a devastating impact on the entire world and more than 1.7 million people have already died.
At the time when the Coronavirus was at its highest level of mortality, this new virus killed almost twice the number of people who died from cancer.
Even worse, the Coronavirus has morbidity than most chronic diseases. This means that if a patient suffering from any other chronic disease becomes infected with the Coronavirus, this makes his condition worse and more dangerous.
There are some who comment that only 1% of those who become infected with the Coronavirus, die. This means that the other 99% would survive; This information may be correct but does not reflect reality.
For every 1% (1 in 100) who die from Coronavirus:
• 19% are hospitalized
• 18% have damage to their heart for the rest of their life
• 10% will have permanent damage to their lungs
• 2% will experience neurological damage resulting in chronic physical weakness and loss of coordination
• 2% will experience neurological damage that would result in loss of cognitive function.
It has also been detected that those who become infected with the Coronavirus could suffer from different conditions such as impotence.
Taking into account that this information is interesting in order to understand a little more about the vaccine against Coronavirus.
In the United States and Europe, any remedy or vaccine goes through a very rigid and strict control process. In fact, even a rapid process, such as that of the vaccine against the Coronavirus; it took many months, efficacy and safety tests on thousands of people (over 30,000) before it was approved.
The vaccine against Coronavirus is based on a new science, where the genetic code of the virus is copied and a protein similar to it is made synthetically. A small fraction of the genetic code of the Coronavirus, in the form of a protein, is what is injected into the body.
The moment the protein that has been copied from the genetic code is injected, the body believes that this same protein is the virus and immediately activates an immune system and begins to generate antibodies that fight against what it believes to be the virus. The body produces enough antibodies in case the person becomes infected later by the real virus, the person will have enough to fight against the virus and for this reason, they do not get sick.
Normally, in order for the body to create an even stronger immunity, you will be given two doses of the vaccine injection. A first dose and after 21 days the second to increase the effectiveness that allows the body to react in a better way against the virus. The vaccine begins to take effect when it is injected but reaches its maximum effectiveness 7 days after the second dose.
Most of the side effects are mild and can last for a day; To understand what the side effects are, it is good to know what happens in the body when a virus (any virus, even the one that causes the stomach flu) enters the system.
Normally all human beings have bacteria and viruses in the body; the moment the amount is much larger, the body begins to take action. Our body through immune cells sends a battalion of chemicals (cytokines) to our blood that stimulates our immune system to attack viruses.
Cytokines cause inflammation, which is the body itself in its natural way to heal itself. This inflammation causes the symptoms that make us feel bad or weak; Some examples are headache, muscle pain, sore throat, bone pain, and pain in the body in general. A person can recognize several of these symptoms the moment they have any flu or even a stomach flu, there too the body begins to react.
Each symptom is a reaction of the body with the goal of trying to get rid of the virus; for example, when we have a fever, there the body rises in temperature to kill the virus; when we cough, when we sneeze or simply when we have mucus, there it gets rid of the virus that has entered through our mouth or nose. Vomiting or diarrhea is our body's way of removing the virus from our digestive system.
It normally takes 5 to 6 days for a person who has been infected with the virus to have symptoms but it can take up to 14 days for them to start to appear and they can be mild or heavy. A person with a healthy immune system, if the body is strong enough to generate antibodies when the Coronavirus attacks it. For others, such as people who have chronic diseases, such as heart disease, lung disease, blood disease, pressure, diabetes, being overweight, or cancer, the Coronavirus can be very dangerous. In the same way, it also counts for those whose immune system does not work very well, HIV patients or dialysis patients.
This is why it is recommended that this particular group, combined with adults over 60 years of age (but certainly those over 85 years of age) get vaccinated as soon as possible; since most of those who died from the Coronavirus fall under this category.
The way the vaccine is created, it must be kept very cold, which makes it more challenging to deliver. Not only because you need special equipment that is expensive, but you need personnel who know how to work with cold remedies. The time in which the vaccine is well is very short and that is why careful coordination is very important.
According to experts, once 70-80% of the population has the Coronavirus antibodies (group immunity) the pandemic is over; this may be, since they have had the virus via contagion or have been vaccinated. This makes the virus not present in enough people to continue spreading and to continue infecting people, in which it could be summarized that the virus would come to an end.
Different ways have been mentioned that you can identify those people who already have antibodies (whether they have already had the virus or the vaccine). There is talk of a passport, a card or a small book (similar to a yellow / orange one that many years ago was necessary to be able to travel to different countries around the world); This will allow to know the current state of health of each person.
There are different strategies of who will get the vaccine first; in Belgium, for example, they will start with residents, health center and hospital staff. The general thought is that they will start first with the group that works in the public health area (doctors, nurses, assistants, etc.). The second group is the high-risk group, including those who live in the elderly or geriatric, those of an advanced age or those who have any chronic problem with their health.
In different countries, the following group is being considered, those that are key in the industry of each country; for example, for countries that live off tourism, the entire tourism sector that has contact with visitors and tourists would be the next group to be vaccinated.
Until now there is no certainty about what each country and each government will do, and which group will follow next; A somewhat controversial but nonetheless interesting theory is that those who are most irresponsible should be vaccinated first. According to the theory, there is a group that does not take care of itself, that does not follow the rules to avoid contagion. They represent 20% of the population, but are responsible for 80% of infections.
If this group were vaccinated first, infections could drop by 80%. Naturally, it would be difficult to get this group vaccinated since in the same way that they do not adhere to the rules established to avoid contagion, they would not be interested, much less concerned about getting the vaccine.
The key question would be, if it is your turn to get the vaccine, if it would be a good idea or not to apply it, the answer is a very easy one; If you fall under one of the important groups, it would be a good idea to get vaccinated as soon as possible. If you do not fall under this group, but considering that if you get vaccinated, you would have the opportunity to avoid getting infected, avoid infecting your loved ones, but it will also help your community and the economy.