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Q: Is it okay to coerce people to take vaccines?  I am asking this Q because I read a news story where a district officials are threatening health care workers.

"No vaccine, no salary: Odisha dist warning to health workers

The Cuttack district administration on Friday threatened to withhold salary and remuneration of healthcare and anganwadi workers who fail to turn up for Covid vaccination by the February 10 deadline."

What do you think?

Krishna: It is unfortunate to deal with such situations where people refuse to cooperate with the government officials.

Sci-com failure? I don't think so. But some  people are creating panic by recklessly questioning the speedy development of some vaccines.  Yes, you should question some things but not recklessly. I tried to answer these careless questions in this way:  countering misinformation on vaccines

The fear created by these baseless allegations are making some people run away. 

In the US when some parents refused to get their children vaccinated on religious grounds, some schools refused to admit these children. When the parents of these children went to courts, the courts told them  to vaccinate the children. These parents because of their reckless behaviour might endanger the lives of other children (who for various reasons cannot get vaccinated). 

In Australia too similar situations arose where the government threatened some of its citizens that it would stop their payments if they didn't get vaccinated. 

It is the welfare of the whole societies  that should be taken into account, not a few peoples' right to refuse.  We cannot allow the vulnerable  to die because of these baseless fears of some people.

If  communication fails to convince people because of the great fear created in them by some  vested interests, 'soft threats' are okay to bring them to their senses. 

Q: Do snakes get attracted to sweet smelling bushes like "Moghili"?

Krishna: No this is not true. Snakes love areas of dense coverage where an ample food source is present. Thick bushes attract rats, lizards, chameleons and the sweet smell  of flowers attract some pollinators like birds and insects. Snakes might visit these places to eat these creatures, and hide in the bushes.  

Q: Can snakes smell?

Krishna: Most snakes have an excellent sense of smell, in part to make up for their poor eyesight and limited hearing.

Snakes do their best sniffing, not with their conventional nose (though they do smell through their nostrils, too), but with a pair of organs on the roof of their mouths called the Jacobson's or vomeronasal organ.

To smell through their mouths, snakes rely on tongue-flicking.

Q: Is it necessary to be rich to become a successful scientist because as far as I know, many scientists were rich?

Krishna: What gave you this impression? Where is the evidence?

Many scientists are not rich. What you ‘know’ is not true.

The world's richest people by degrees

Yes, some scientists are rich but they earned their money through some other means : Top 10 Richest Scientists In The World

No it is not necessary to be rich to become a successful scientist. You have to be a dedicated scientist to become successful.

Q: Why do some people question everything while others don't?

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