He expressed his exasperation in dealing with an anti-vaxxer patient and explained why he finds a specific mentality that many of them have to be particularly infuriating.
After over a year of trying to curb the spread of COVID-19, treating the infected, and urging people to take the pandemic seriously, medical professionals now face the utterly mind-numbing task of convincing folks that vaccines are safe. Albeit a challenge they're familiar with, it is bound to be particularly frustrating in the current scenario as getting most—if not all—of the population vaccinated against the novel Coronavirus is the only way out of this nightmare. One doctor recently took to TikTok to express his exasperation in dealing with an anti-vaxxer patient and explained why he finds a specific mentality that many of them have to be particularly infuriating.
Sitting in a car, the TikTok user — who goes by the username @doctormorbius38 — explained that his final patient of the day turned out to be an anti-vaxxer. "As if my day wasn't fu**ing exhausting enough as it is, the last patient of the day hit me with every single anti-vaccination conspiracy theory that you could possibly imagine," he says in the 1-minute-long video. "And look, I just let it go, I didn't really want to have an argument, but he just kept going and going."
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Although he tried his best to maintain his cool and make it through the patient's visit calmly, @doctormorbius38 said there was one moment when he nearly lost it. "And then there was one moment where he said something that really just sent me over the fu**king edge," he said. "The part where he says, 'Well, you know what doc? Your opinion is just as valid as mine is.'" This mentality, @doctormorbius38 says, is "the f**king problem that we have in this country."
"Very trained scientists and fu**king medical professionals that are having educated opinions about all of this [are] being equated to people that have basically almost no scientific fu**king background at all," he says in the clip. "Look, I respect this gentleman as a person [and] as a patient, but he's a fu**ing truck driver and has absolutely no medical or scientific background whatsoever. If you're not medically trained or scientifically trained on this subject matter, your opinion is not equal to others that are." @doctormorbius38 later clarified in a comment that he wasn't belittling truck drivers in his video. "I apologize... I'm not denigrating truck drivers. I love my truck drivers. I'm just fu**ing angry," he wrote.
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The video has since gone viral on other social media platforms where netizens who're just as frustrated with anti-science conspiracy theory enthusiasts backed @doctormorbius38's thoughts on the matter. "This guy is 100% on the money. Shut the f**k up about your Facebook degree in epidemiology," tweeted @mel_giancarlo. "The whole point of going to school for over a decade [and] then dedicating your life to science is so that your opinion carries actual weight. Stop listening to every Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene. Just because words come out of their mouths doesn't mean there's validity," urged a Twitter user named Frank Giugliano.
"A large portion of this country is going to be nearly impossible to educate. The propaganda and fear-mongering have put their roots far too deep now. The anti-vax stuff I see on [right wing] social media is really intense. If that's all you see, it's going to be difficult to come back," tweeted @patriottakes. "I wish people would understand that all [health care professionals] are exhausted. To the bone. And fed up. Then to have a person without scientific or medical knowledge say that their uneducated opinion is just as valid is ludicrous. Don't want the vaccination, don't take it. Leave," wrote @Suburbanbella.