We received an email from "Auntie Vaxx" who wanted to inform us of the death of Louisville Doctor, 36 year old SarahBeth Hartladge, who passed in March while attending a conference in Florida. She was the associate medical director of Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness. She worked diligently to help vaccinate the citizens of Louisville from Covid-19. She organized drive-thru vaccination and testing sites and appeared regularly at briefings with the mayor.
Auntie Vaxx included this article from WorldTribune.com where they said her death was "sudden and unexpected" and implied it was because of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Those scare tactics don't work on us, Aunti Vaxx. A quick google search helped me learn that Dr. Hartladge's autopsy said she died of heart disease and she also had Chronic Granulomatous Disease (CGD) which is: "an inherited disorder that occurs when a type of white blood cell (phagocyte) that usually helps your body fight infections doesn't work properly. As a result, the phagocytes can't protect your body from bacterial and fungal infections."
The anti-vaxxers want to try and associate the deaths of pro-vaxxers, under the age of 40 to the Covid-19 vaccine. The data does not support this (links below). There have been many studies on the risk of myocarditis and the Covid-19 vaccine. While there have been a few, very rare instances, there is no evidence to support the claims that the Covid-19 vaccine is killing young people by causing heart attacks. The Cardio Metabolic Institute has some interesting data on the increased rates of heart disease and heart attacks on patients under the age of 40 in an article titled, What's Behind the Rise in Heart Attacks Among Young People? According to the article, "1 in 5 heart attack patients are under the age of 40" and "Having a heart attack in your 20s or early 30s is more common. Between the years 2000-2016, the heart attack rate increased by 2% every year in this young age group." Maybe it's that our young people have a more sedentary life than ever before.
As much as the anti-vaxxers want to scare us with stories like Dr. Hartladge's death, correlation does not imply causation. These claims that the Covid-19 vaccine are causing heart attacks are unfounded and we will not be swayed without the science to back up these claims.
Good try, Auntie Vaxx. Cute name, too, but we don't fall for scare tactics.