Some are getting canceled within their companies or organizations. That's the situation nurse Dani Kurtz has found herself in.
Kurtz, who used to be a labor and delivery nurse at the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, tells Renz: "As things developed with this whole pandemic, I started asking questions, and when I was asking those questions, I just came to dead end after dead end within my organization to the point where I would be pulled into the manager's office, 'oh, listen, the way you're going about doing this, just hold off.'"
She adds that she was asked to stop asking questions for allegedly instigating an environment of fear -- something that she noticed people have actually been doing from the corporate level all the way down. First, the fear of the virus, then the fear of the unvaccinated. (Related: COVID-19 fatality rate DROPS to lowest level on record despite mainstream media fearmongering about delta variant.)
"They were basically telling me to stave off my critical thinking abilities while they come up with the answers that they were going to go ahead and deliver, and we're going to go ahead and just do that," she says.
The government and big corporations have been instigating fear regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. President Joe Biden tells the American people that fully vaccinated people are at an incredibly low risk of getting the disease.
"Only one out of every 160,000 fully vaccinated Americans was hospitalized for COVID per day," Biden says. "We're going to protect the vaccinated from unvaccinated co-workers."
While the position of the government allows them to introduce and enforce stricter measures to contain the outbreak, not all methods are effective enough to compel people to follow and coercive measures to ensure compliance are not always the answer.
Fines and jail time for those who defy standard operating procedures and attempts of negative reinforcement to avoid total lockdowns are some of the strategies implemented but have not gotten the desired effects.
Power, influence and trust are not static elements. The attempts of governments to stop the pandemic have led to contradictory and confusing messages, and this has affected the public's trust in experts, like those from the health departments. The public is now questioning their directives and the statistical data shared because of the lack of progress, increase in cases, deaths and political discourse.
Challenging and questioning assumptions can be uncomfortable for the government and corporate bodies, but these questions, similar to the ones raised by Kurtz, need to be done for the safety of the population.
Progress in managing and overcoming the pandemic needs rational behavior, and there must be support and compliance from both sides. Compliance comes from a combination of management and influence, as well as persuasion and communication. The government and "higher-ups" cannot achieve them through quick solutions through fearmongering and the blame game.
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