Matt Damon speaks out against vaccine hesitation and misinformation amid a rise in coronavirus cases across the United States.

With the rapid spread of the highly contagious Delta variant, the US has increased nearly 70% over the past week, hospital admissions by nearly 36% and deaths by 26%, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday. . CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Valensky warned that the outbreak is becoming a “non-vaccination epidemic” in the US because almost all hospitalizations and deaths are from people who were not vaccinated.

talking to yahoo entertainmentDamon 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 hesitate.

“People have many reasons, and I don’t want to downplay them,” he told the outlet. “It’s hard for me, I have some friends who are immunocompromised and can’t get the vaccine, so they have no choice but to rely on the rest of us to get herd immunity. So I see this Kind.”

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Herd immunity is considered a threshold at which the virus will not be easily transmitted from person to person as a result of vaccination efforts. However, the US is not on track to reach that limit due in large part to vaccine hesitation. Damon noted that messaging may have played a role in the current situation in the country at the start of the pandemic.

“I wish people would come out at the beginning of this and say, ‘Look, if we all do this, we’ll protect each other better,’ ‘Well, I’m not in this group so I don’t want to worry. And it won’t hurt me that much,” the Stillwater actor told the outlet. “It’s just about seeing it as an ‘I’ thing or a ‘we’ thing.”

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Starr concluded his thoughts on the matter by noting that he understands that no one can force others to get vaccinated. However, he urged people in the US to trust scientists instead of falling into the trap of misinformation on social media.

“But look, it’s a personal choice. That’s the beauty of America, it’s a free country,” Damon concluded. “And none of us would have it any other way. But I’m in favor of trusting science more than anything you read on Facebook.”

Damon’s comments echo those made by President Joe Biden, who said earlier this week that the spread of misinformation on Facebook is “killing people.”

The actor’s name came up long ago in the pandemic after his 2011 film “Contagion” was trending, when people noticed it depicted a surprisingly accurate response to a global pandemic. In the film, Damon plays a father who loses his wife due to illness and must save his only daughter from it at all costs.