As your humble resident pharmacist of 30+ years -- and one who prides himself on being a healthcare professional who "helps take people OFF medications when possible" -- and someone who currently teaches a postgraduate program on clinical leadership, education and research, I hope you'll take my brief comments as a more 'experienced' voice.
Kinda like listening to the VAM goddesses and gods when it comes to questions like "Is this REALLY a new VAM or something that a neophyte simply doesn't know is normal...?"
I don't say the following to offend you, but if you are offended you can own your decision to be so: remember, just because you have an opinion and experiences with something, doesn't mean your voice and opinion should be given much weight. I've written on this elsewhere in that "dumbocracy is the poison in the water that is killing us all": https://gjkeil2-82005.medium.com/dumboc ... 6c5dd1ff7f
Please, please, listen to the experts on this - not your mother, not your friend, not your favorite news outlet, and not your own "educated reading."
The brief take: there is inherent risk in taking ANY medicine - just as there are consequences of NOT taking them. Please do not spout out statistics that something is x% effective only, etc. because these statistics are extremely complicated, just like the virus, just like the comorbidities people have, just like physiology and pharmacology are part of the equation (and so is genetics, etc.).
It doesn't matter if you're young or old - getting a vaccination will not just help prevent YOU from getting sick, it will help you not spread it as easily to others. Just because you're vaccinated doesn't mean you can't still get the virus and share it, by the way, so wearing a mask is still a valid way of helping slow down the spread. Those under 40 w/o medical problems still should consider the vaccine because of this simple fact... Getting sick and being a carrier making others sick are different things...
For the love of GOD: Hydroxychloroquine does NOT have a long safe track record - besides it has never been proven in any way to help Covid symptoms - it shouldn't because it doesn't make sense pharmacologically. Just because there are idiots (referencing Trump by name) who say things like "Just try it? What have you got to loose?" doesn't mean you need to listen to them. What have people lost? Money... certain functions... and life.
If you don't wear a mask, don't get the vaccine, etc. - fine. We'll all need to feel comfortable sanding in front of our creator (if you believe in that stuff) and stand proud of what we did with the intelligence we were supposedly blessed with.
I have plenty of the latest information on all of this but won't share it here. If you want to learn more, just reach out. Please do so before you decide to share your opinions not matter how convinced you are of them?