Words matter. I hope the next time Rogan weighs in on science he considers his own more carefully. — Dr. Jonathan Reiner, CNN medical analyst and George Washington University professor
Words matter. I hope the next time Rogan weighs in on science he considers his own more carefully. — Dr. Jonathan Reiner, CNN medical analyst and George Washington University professor
Joe Rogan's lame medical advice
While it's true that most young Americans will survive a Covid-19 illness, the group is not without risk. Since the pandemic began more than a year ago, 2,374 people under the age of 30 have died because of coronavirus infection, a toll greater than the number of Americans killed in Afghanistan since 2001.

Covid-19 doesn't have to kill you to wreck your life. A recent study of "long-haulers" published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that more than 10% of health care workers recovering from relatively mild Covid-19 infections were still experiencing significant symptoms, such as loss of taste or smell, fatigue and breathing problems, eight months later.

But perhaps the most compelling reason to vaccinate young people is that according to a study from the Imperial College London, Americans between 20 and 49 years old were responsible for around 70% of the spread of Covid-19 last year. Studies from Israel have shown that vaccination is highly effective at preventing not just illness, but also asymptomatic spread.

While large numbers of older people are effectively immune from infection, the reservoir for this virus in the United States is young, unvaccinated Americans. Vaccinating the young will drain that reservoir.

Joe Rogan has a loud and influential voice, and the ear of millions of young Americans. As we try to put an end to the pandemic, he can be an important part of the solution. Words matter. I hope the next time Rogan weighs in on science he considers his own more carefully.
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