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Robin Smith / October 25, 2021

Mandates Have Replaced Informed Consent

The CDC’s confusing and contradictory advice is making trust all that much harder.

Guidance is such a reasonable word, yet when applied to the CDC, skepticism and confusion result. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky recently announced guidance that masks will be advised in schools even among those who are vaccinated.

Dr. Monica Gandhi, who practices in the field of infectious disease at the University of California, San Francisco, was “surprised” and noted, “The entire point of the vaccines is to get back to normal, and the CDC … really has not been messaging confidence in these vaccines.” Not only does the CDC now want to embrace vaccine mandates, but it wants to mandate masks as well, regardless of vaccination status.

On Friday, Harvard Health published the following regarding COVID and kids: “Children, including very young children, can develop COVID-19. Many of them have no symptoms. Those that do get sick tend to experience milder symptoms such as low-grade fever, fatigue, and cough. Some children have had severe complications, but this has been less common. Children with underlying health conditions may be at increased risk for severe illness.”

Most won’t see this logical information because the goal is keeping the pandemic alive and allowing the government to expand and grow instead of equipping citizens to make their own decisions about COVID.

Immunizations have positively impacted the lives of millions for decades, increasing the safety of international travel, growing populations, and extending life expectancy. Smallpox, typhoid, tuberculosis, and other devastating diseases have been dramatically reduced. This does not mean that immunization shouldn’t be explained and citizens allowed to make their own informed healthcare decisions. This is no way to reason with adults and enhance their trust in public health and advances in medicine.

Many Americans seemingly have been led to believe that vaccines will prevent infection. Others mock every infected vaccinated American as if that proves the vaccines don’t work. No, vaccines are primarily developed to prevent disease and reduce transmission. In today’s world, media “experts” make sweeping declarations and serve as the final word on the evolving treatments for a novel virus. Again, this has resulted in contradictory information and has thrown gasoline on the fire of public distrust and cynicism.

Using terms like “tyrants” and “Nazis” when encouraging vaccines is unnecessary. However, those in the practice of medicine who have turned public health into partisan health have destroyed credibility and trust. Those who demanded that the government stay out of their businesses are now clamoring for government mandates instead of crafting their own workforce policies appropriate for their own employees and services. Politicians who love the growth of government control are, of course, encouraging forced healthcare decisions. It’s just easier for elected officials and unelected “experts” to use the force of law to replace informed consent.

Whether it’s to get your ears pierced or have a double lung transplant, informed consent is standard practice. The American Medical Association’s website states: “Informed consent to medical treatment is fundamental in both ethics and law. Patients have the right to receive information and ask questions about recommended treatments so that they can make well-considered decisions about care. Successful communication in the patient-physician relationship fosters trust and supports shared decision making.”

Americans are settling for mandates instead of working toward educated citizens. An educated voter can make their own informed decisions using the facts shared with them by trusted health and medical institutions instead of fearing those institutions. An educated taxpayer can decline to sign a form saying they have or have not had the vaccine without losing their job. An educated homemaker can send her child with sinus drainage to school without fear that he will be pulled from the classroom. Instead, we are allowing a culture of fear and distrust and ignoring the very science we’re supposed to embrace.

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