To Mask Or Not To Mask?
New CDC guidelines on the need for masks has rapidly changed the landscape of the coronavirus pandemic. Is it over? This is a question we are hearing from many people. The other big question is, “Do I wear a mask, or not?”
Now, this has happened rapidly as vaccinations have become readily available in the U.S., and anyone who wants one can basically walk into many different places to get it. With over 50% of the adult population already vaccinated people are feeling a lot safer. However, there is still a significant percentage of people who don’t want the vaccine for their own reasons. I am a scientist and I say everyone should get the vaccine, but many people won’t.
This is all happening practically overnight so now the question of wearing a mask or not is on most people’s minds. People are gathering in close quarters again and it will be interesting to see what the impact is on cases and hospitalizations.
If you haven’t been vaccinated you’re at risk for the coronavirus but if you’re around vaccinated people, we’re not entirely sure you are at any greater risk than they are. What happens next as large gatherings are happening at 100% pre-COVID capacity?
For now, people need to use common sense and not take chances with their health. No one wants to be sick, so it may be the best idea to evaluate your surroundings, who you’re in contact with, and whether they have been vaccinated before you decide to burn the mask.
The brighter side is, anyone in this country who wants the vaccine can get it. It has been, and is, one of the greatest health achievements in the history of mankind. We have taken decades of scientific research and applied it to the coronavirus and made this happen at “warp speed.”
Those who are worried about taking the vaccine will see how it goes and as more time elapses and the safety is verified, more people should feel comfortable and confident about getting vaccinated. And, perhaps, herd immunity will protect most of the rest.
Where we go from here is still up in the air, but the future is looking a lot better. As more people get vaccinated we can all move forward to a new place where everything seems normal again.
If you have any questions regarding the virus or the vaccine, let us know and we will be happy to address them.