Comedian and former game show host Joe Rogan ruffled feathers this week by discouraging young adults from receiving a COVID-19 vaccination.
Among those who publicly criticized his non-medical opinion was Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Biden administration’s top health adviser, who called Rogan’s rhetoric “incorrect.”
Fauci went on to assert: “You’re talking about yourself in a vacuum. You’re worried about yourself getting infected and the likelihood that you’re not going to get any symptoms. But you can get infected — and will get infected — if you put yourself at risk.”
Citing the risk of spread by those who have the virus without symptoms, he emphatically denounced Rogan’s dismissive take on the impact of COVID-19 on young people.
“So if you want to only worry about yourself and not society, then that’s OK,” Fauci said. “But if you’re saying to yourself, even if I get infected, I could do damage to somebody else even if I have no symptoms at all, and that’s the reason why you’ve got to be careful and get vaccinated.”
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