Not in terms of death, but in terms of losing them them to propaganda.
I have a long time friend who I cut ties with a few months ago. He had been on the edge with conspiracy nonsense before but this was the last straw. Throughout 2020 he was full on with the conspiracy, anti mask and anti vaxx nonsense. I had to drop him.
My dad is somebody who I consider to be a very intelligent person. Unfortunately, every now and then he dissapoints me a bit. He has told us that he’s not getting the vaccine. He believes in covid, masks etc but not vaccines. His reasoning? “Do you really trust these people”?. My dad will always be my dad, but I’m very pissed off with him…
I don’t even bring up the lockdown, vaccines, masks etc at work or in small talk anymore. I’ve accidentally run into a disturbingly sizeable amount of nuts through simple conversation. For example my boss is a great manager, but you can tell he’s one of those people by what he says. He frequently uses dog whistles towards conspiracy nonsense. Several coworkers have also openly stated their “opinions” on these scientific issues. Safe to say I’ve lost a bit of respect for them..