I went to the office today and didn't wear a mask at my desk. I put one on to walk around, but there were fewer than 10 people around, and all are vaccinated, so...
It will depend on the situation but generally yes.
Many offices are still requiring, so yes.
No, not planning to stop, my office requires it when in the same space with someone else and so do places like the subway, buses, stores, museums, etc.
yes. I think it's weird that on the one hand us liberals are like 'republicans ignore science!' then we ignore science.
how is it ignoring science to wear masks indoors?
@Anonymous - if you have been vaccinated why the need to wear a mask? can you explain your thinking? Ty.
@Anon well the vaccine isn’t 100% effective and less so against the variants. There are cases of fully vaccinated individuals who have contracted the variant and have needed to be hospitalized, some have died. Nobody will be monitoring whether the unvaccinated will be wearing masks. I think it’s a bit too early. CDC has completely lost credibility with me. Just this week they finally accepted that the virus is airborne and then did a turnabout dropping both masks and distancing. I hope we will all be okay with all the variants and what is happening elsewhere in the world. There is a surge of cases in South Asia again due to the variants.
Also, where is the safety data? The low infection rate of the vaccinated is based on mask wearing. Are we going to really rely on the honor system that the unvaxed are going to wear masks? They are the ones most likely who won’t wear masks as well. Being vaccinated doesn’t prevent you from carrying the virus and doesn’t prevent transmission. We are still in a Gray zone with the variants.
@ Anonymous vaccine theory suggests that if I can’t mount enough of a viral load to get sick because I’m vaccinated, I also can’t mount a viral load sufficient to pass along the virus to others. So far, this is panning out in the studies. Something like 90% drop in transmission from people who received the Pfizer vaccine. I believe the initial caution regarding transmission from vaccinated individuals was warranted, but the data is showing it’s not of big concern.
With you on the rest, though.
vaccine efficacy data is mostly as useful as what it tells you will happen if you get covid. almost no one with any us approved vaccine died or became severely ill. kids are at very low risk. so masks aren’t an issue unless you would wear a mask to protect against like - a cold
@Anonymous kids are at an increasing risk, per my colleagues in pediatrics across the country. But also importantly, kids are vectors.
Vectors for who? Each other? Vaccinated people who will be fine?
Vectors for transmission, but perhaps the more apt metaphor here is reservoir. In epidemiology, a reservoir is the habitat in which an infectious disease lives, grows, multiples, and - most concerning - mutates. The percent of the population under 12, plus those above 12 who won't get the vaccine for whatever reason, is still pretty darn high.
UK is around 33% vaccinated, somewhat similar to US, but they are seeing a spike in cases with the variant. I don’t think I am comfortable taking off my mask until the situation with variants clarifies.
And the kicker here is that unless you're wearing a respirator or similar, the mask isn't even protecting *you.*
@Anonymous this is really irresponsible to say. Masks DO have varying degrees of effectiveness, but wearing a level 2 mask is NOT the same as wearing no mask at all.
@Anonymous Sure, it’s better than nothing- but what seems more irresponsible is glossing over the fact that cloth masks are insufficient protection for those who are partially vaccinated or unvaccinated and remain ineligible at this time. Wearing nonmedical masks remains a mostly altruistic act.
So would you be comfortable in letting a plumber or home repair workers into your apartment without masks? I guess you would be.
@ Anonymous no and our housekeeper is one of those who refuses to vax.
@Anonymous Time for a new housekeeper then.