Matt Damon spoke out against hesitation and misinformation about immunization amid rising numbers of coronavirus are sweeping the United States.
With the rapid spread of the highly contagious delta variant, cases in the United States have increased by about 70% over the past week, hospital admissions have increased by about 36%, and deaths have increased increased by 26%, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday. CDC director Dr Rochelle Walensky warned that the epidemic in the United States was becoming "a pandemic of the unvaccinated " because almost all admissions to the 'hopital and deaths are among those who had not been vaccinated.
Contacting Yahoo Entertainment , Damon called on people to get vaccinated for free. However, he made sure to note that he understands that there are many reasons why people may still be hesitant.
"There are a lot of reasons people have, and I don't want to belittle them " he told the outlet. "It 's difficult for me, I have a few friends who are immunocompromised and they cannot get the vaccine so they have no choice but to rely on the rest of them. us to do our part to achieve collective immunity. So I look at it this way. "
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Matt Damon spoke against disinformation about vaccines on Facebook. (Angela Weiss / Images)
Collective immunity is considered a threshold at which the virus will not also be transmitted easily person-to-person as a result of vaccination efforts. However, the United States is not on track to meet this threshold due in large part to reluctance to vaccinate. Damon noted that the messages at start of the pandemic may have played a role in the current situation the country finds itself in.
"I would have liked at the beginning of this person to come out and say," Look , if we all do that, then we will protect each other better ', rather than ' Well I'm not inthis cohort so I don 't have to worry and it ' s not going to hurt me too much ' "the " Stillwater "actor told the store. " It ' s not going to hurt me too much ' " is just treating it as "me " or "us ". "
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The star concluded his thoughts on the matter by noting that he understands that no one can force other vaccines. However, he urged Americans to trust scientists rather than fall for social media disinformation traps.
"But look, it's a personal choice. It's the beauty of America, it's a free country," Damon concluded. "And none of us would have it any other way. But I am strongly on the side of trusting science more than what you read sur Facebook. "
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Damon's comments echo those of the President Joe Biden , who said earlier this week that the proliferation of disinformation on Facebook is " kill people . "
The actor's name appeared very early in the pandemic after his 2011 film " Contagion "started to become a trend when people noticed that he portrayed a surprisingly precise response to a global pandemic. In the film, Damon plays a father who loses his wife because ofdisease and must protect her only daughter at all costs.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.