The Trolley Problem and Vaccinating Young People Against COVID

The Trolley Problem and Vaccinating Young People Against COVID
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Death from COVID-19 is worse than myocarditis from the vaccine. Though this seems like an uncontroversial statement, intelligent doctors from prestigious universities have penned articles opining that it is preferable to leave young people vulnerable to the virus. While some doctors are clearly motivated by reflexive contrarianism and the media appearances that brings, I suspect that this viewpoint is partially explained by a quirk in how we perceive risk, specifically our tendency to view risks of omission differently from risks of commission.

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