Why would anyone be stupid enough to risk this?

A just-released (but not-yet published) study has concluded that 80 % of COVID-19 patients had “lingering symptoms or signs 14 or more days after acute infection”.

And these symptoms are nothing to sniff at, of course, since loss of smell was still prevalent in about 25 % of the COVID-19 patients after 14 days, and in many, much longer..

Other common symptoms include persistent fatigue (58%), headache (44%), attention disorder (27%), hair loss (25%), and shortness of breath (24%).

And perhaps the most frustrating thing about all these persistent long-term symptoms – there were over 50 in all – is that no one knows how long they will last, no one knows how to treat them properly (it’s still all guesswork), and no one knows if there will be some long-term complication added on to this pile, say a higher risk of dementia in those who show persistent neurological signs, or a higher risk of heart attack in those who show lingering cardiovascular symptoms.

You’d have to be an idiot to risk that.

But as we’ve sadly learned, there are lots of idiots out there.

And they not only put themselves at needless added risk; they also put the rest of us at added risk.