The sacred right to spread disease

The governor of Florida is a “my sacred right to do whatever I want regardless of the harm to others” jackass.

Florida governor Ron DeSantis on Friday announced an executive order banning “vaccine passports” in the state, which like the rest of the US continues to suffer under the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Suffer” as in die a horrible gasping death or have friends or family die such a death or be an intensive care nurse or doctor and watch patients die gasping. That kind of suffer. It’s absolute hell.

Companies around the world are working to develop such “passports”, secure records of vaccination against Covid-19 that might be used to help society and businesses return to full operation by managing entry to buildings or events. New York state has launched its own version.

The tin hat crowd is running around squawking about the secret police and our sacred liberties are gone and yadda yadda. Apparently they get to draw from the goods of society but can’t be expected to give anything back, even something so obviously reasonable as trying not to spread the virus.

But the Florida governor’s order claimed “requiring so-called Covid-19 vaccine passports for taking part in everyday life – such as attending a sporting event, patronizing a restaurant or going to a movie theater – would create two classes of citizens”.

That’s so fucking stupid. No it wouldn’t. It would temporarily create two categories of citizens, for pressing public health reasons. The end.

Vaccine passports have become the latest flashpoint in increasingly politicized battles over coronavirus policy. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a controversial far-right Georgia Republican, has said vaccine passports are Joe Biden’s “mark of the beast”, the Hill reported. She has also introduced a bill to ban such passports and fire Dr Anthony Fauci, Biden’s chief medical adviser.

But what justifies this? What’s the thinking? In what way is public health “political”? Even right-wingers don’t want to die gasping for breath in an ICU surrounded by exhausted traumatized nurses and doctors. What on earth is the point of making a political issue of precautionary measures? I’ll never understand it.

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