Curse of the bell curve

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Bell curve example
An example of a bell curve

A few months ago as the vaccine for Covid was getting out and things seemed hopeful again, something curious happened: some people decided they didn’t want the vaccine. How could that be?

Some people said there was a conspiracy behind getting vaccinated and even Covid itself. Which can’t be true when you realize that with any conspiracy theory, if no one involved in such a conspiracy doesn’t talk, then there is no conspiracy as someone is bound to say something!

Some people said it was their right not too. But they can’t actually believe that when they drive on the same road as other people and they know they don’t have the right to drive drunk! Also, the government isn’t putting any metaphorical or actual gun to anyone’s head to get it.

Some people don’t believe the vaccine actually works and don’t trust it. But isn’t that like if there was a zombie apocalypse, and we decided not to kill zombies because we didn’t believe that shooting their brains out worked?

A man I talked to about this brought to my attention the bell curve. Things start out slow at the beginning, like when it took some time for us to roll out the vaccines to people. Then there’s a surge, like how we quickly got past half the population getting vaccinated. And now things have slowed down because we’re at the tail end of the curve.

As frustrating as it has been for someone like myself — who’s been vaccinated for a few months now — who has worked and stayed at home for well over a year — and who is itching to get out into the world again like never before — this is something that I can grasp! It turns out that we have to follow statistical facts. After all, it can’t possibly be the alternative that people actually believe any of those other things! Right?