Science has a way of presenting real facts and connecting the dots that you may not have seen connected. For example, who would have thought to find a connection between people deciding to get vaccinated against covid-19 and traffic accidents? A recent study by American Journal of Medicine He shares the science behind such a link.
In the study, Canadian researchers examined more than 11 million Covid-19 vaccination records of consenting individuals over 18 years of age from a wide range of social, economic and health backgrounds. Of these 11 million, 16 percent (1,760,000) were unvaccinated. The researchers examined records and identified diseases associated with traffic accidents in unvaccinated individuals, such as dementia, diabetes, sleep apnea and alcohol abuse — and then looked at the traffic accident side. Those factors include events that sent patients to the emergency room, time and date, ambulance involvement and a “severity score.”
Taking all these parameters into consideration, researchers were able to identify individuals who did not receive the Covid-19 vaccine as being more vulnerable to traffic accidents. But it was not because of the vaccine. The link actually involves risks associated with decision-making—decisions about vaccination and whether to obey (or not obey) traffic laws.
Of course, this does not mean that you will enter or cause a traffic accident if a bullet is not fired. Relationships don’t work that way. However, researchers found that if an individual is reluctant or unwilling to “protect himself” with the vaccine, these same people are more likely to pay no attention to traffic laws. And there’s the data to back it up.
If you are not vaccinated, 72 percent They are more likely to be involved in a serious car accident. These numbers seem worse when the study indicates that the percentage is “similar to the relative risk associated with sleep apnea” but not as bad as those who abuse alcohol. But the danger remains. Thus, the study said, “the risk outweighs the safety gains from modern automobile engineering advances and poses a risk to other road users.”
One thing the study did agree on was that “correlation is not rationality.” The study did not attempt to address whether or not there was a link between not getting vaccinated and reckless driving. The authors of the study, however, gave their opinion.
One possibility relates to distrust of government or libertarian beliefs that contribute to both vaccine preferences and increased traffic accidents. A different explanation for everyday risks could be misconceptions, distrust of nature conservation, resistance to regulation, chronic poverty, exposure to misinformation, insufficient resources, or other personal beliefs. Alternative factors may include political identity, negative past experiences, limited health knowledge, or social networks that lead to skepticism around public health guidelines. These intangibles remain topics for further research.
If you want to know more, you can read more about the study and its results. over here.