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Here's how to get the pandemic behind us, and yes, some people will die.

OCT 22, 2021 • 3 MIN READ

The legitimate reason for government restrictions relating to COVID is the potential stress patients may have on our health care system. During the first waves of the pandemic, some counties like Italy saw their hospitals stretched to the brink of collapse. Governments now use these stories as benchmarks for their public safety concerns.

I don't really have much to say about how governments handled the pandemic in the beginning. Vaccines weren't available at the time, and we really didn't know how much risk the virus imposed. So what were governments to do?

Encouraging people to wash their hands, wear masks and keep a social distance seemed like a reasonable plan. I had some concerns about lockdowns, but at the time -- and with so many unknown unknowns about the virus, I was okay with isolating during temporary lockdowns.

That time has passed. We now live in a world where vaccinations have become widely available. No matter where you live, who you are, you can get a vaccination.

I did. I certainly didn't want to be first in line, but I did get vaccinated as a way to do my part. I felt it was a small part to help end the pandemic and of course felt it would provide additional protection to my aging body. Some people have chosen not to. I respect their decision.

Sadly, we have entered an era of politicizing the issue. I never thought of it as a political issue, but now it has clearly become one.

What does remain is the one legitimate concern that goverments have: Hospitals my break because of COVID patients.

The statistics now show that if you have been vaccinated, you can still get sick from the virus, but to a much lesser degree, and the chances that you will end up in a hospital and dying greatly decline. And, at least what we've been led to believe, is that if enough people are vaccinated then the virus will be held off by 'herd immunity'.

But there aren't enough vaccinated people. In other words, there are too many people who have chosen to not get vaccinated.

Again, and I can't say this loudly enough, I respect their decision and choice to do what they want. I wouldn't want to force them to be vaccinated.

But being unvaccinated comes with certain risks. Ask those who have refused the vaccination, they will tell you they understand the risk. Even in the face of increased risk, they have chosen not do get the shot.

It's like recreational parachuters. They understand the inherent risks to parachuting, but choose to do so anyway.

By taking on this increased risk, parachuters pay more for insurance. But we don't shutdown entire economies because someone chooses to take on risk.

But somehow the unvaccinated, who are choosing to take on additional health risk, are impacting entire economies. Governments continue to impose hefty restrictions that unduly penalize those who have been vaccinated. It's the unvaccinated who should pay.

They should literally pay. They should pay a lot more for insurance, and lose access to some of their healthcare.

Governments should stop bothering the rest of society by turning us into the vaccinated pass police making people wear masks, and limiting gathering spaces. Simply charge the unvaccinated more for their choice.

I don't care what other people choose to do. If they want to wear masks, fine. If they want to get a vaccination, fine. Or not -- fine by me too. What I do care about is government restricting my life because of other peoples' choices.

The only fair approach is to charge less for health insurance if you choose to get the vaccination. Then governments can go back to solving climate change and the rest of us can go about living our lives.

Oh, and yes, some people will die -- but they will have chosen to do so -- and paid more for their insurance.