The light at the end of the tunnel doesn’t SEEM to be a train coming in the opposite direction when speaking about the COVID-19 global pandemic.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently announced that suggested a lifting of the mask guidelines for those that are fully vaccinated AND feel comfortable around non-vaccinated folks. Therefore Washington State’s Governor Inslee adopted the same.
Of course, the words heard were: you don’t have to wear a mask anymore.
Farthest from the intention of the announcement! Businesses retain the right to require masks on patrons prior to entry!
The Land of (Mask) Confusion
I don’t understand why there is confusion. The workflow chart starts with: are you vaccinated? If yes, then you have the option to opt-out on mask wearing. If not, then continue to wear a mask.
Anti-vaxxers, and anti-maskers have been itching for this moment – they know they will not be questioned or requested to prove their status! So they rip off their masks with the zeal of a woman with 38 DDD bra taking it off after a long day.
Of course, Americans will refuse to make it easy. For me, I’m not fully vaccinated. The 2nd shot of the Moderna is due soon (as of this writing) That said, once fully vaccinated I’ll continue to wear a mask until it’s awkward by societal “norms”.
Statistically speaking, I’m confident that if I was predicted to contract it … I would have by now. I’ve known co-workers to have ‘got the ‘rona’, and in one case, a poor soul got it TWICE. Also, friends, and co-workers having adverse effects from the 2nd shot of the vaccine.
I considered myself blessed.
Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch …
COVID-19 is still indiscriminate on who it ravages. Washington State statistics are 27th in of all the United States. As of yesterday, May 19, 2021 – total cases 427,372 (907 new cases), total deaths 5,733 (20 new deaths)
But those deaths shouldn’t be discounted. Those folks were mothers, truck drivers, loved members of their community. Now? They are gone forever. The finality of it all upsets me.
So while the end seems near, it’s not over until the fat lady sings. And … she’s not even warming up.