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A view from Dave Trott: The clarity of desperation

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Strange that those Americans who pride themselves most on being patriotic are anti-vaxxers.

Many years ago George Washington, perhaps the greatest patriot of all, decided to make vaccinations mandatory.

Historians agree that, without those vaccinations, America could have lost the war and would not now be a country but a British colony.

What happened was, in 1776, smallpox was killing a huge chunk of Washington’s army and spreading fast.

It didn’t affect the British troops because most had survived smallpox when they were young, so they were immune.

But at one point, 90% of the deaths among American Continental Regulars were caused by disease, not by British troops.

So Washington had to make a decision, he had three choices.

Wait for herd immunity: let nature take its course and let many die.

Quarantine: lock the troops away so they couldn’t fight.

Inoculation: risk an experimental procedure........

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