At the onset of the Pandemic, there was a lack of information. That led to an abundance of caution – which generally means excessive caution. We did not know if you could contract the virus by passing an infected person on the street or in a store. We did not know if it would be transferred by handshakes or picked up on inert surfaces.
Gradually, scientists were able to establish the threat based on real statistics. And what did they find?
They found that to contract Covid-19, you had to be in close proximity to an infected person for a prolonged period of time – and inhaled a significant amount of those tiny Covid pathogens. According to Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel, you had to inhale “a massive amount” of the virus. There had to be enough to overcome your immune system.
We also learned that transmission is extremely low from surfaces. You had to get those little devils in your lungs – and lots of them. And the best news was that the various vaccines gave us a 95 percent efficacy in terms of catching Covid – even in the presence of infected people – and virtually zero chance of dying from Covid.
They now know that vaccinated persons pose little danger in terms of passing the virus on to others. According to the statistics and the professionals, the chance of contracting Covid (very, very low) is about the same as spreading it. In other words, an immune person – vaccinated or recovered – has extremely little chance of catching or spreading Covid.
If you are outdoors – biking, jogging, walking, playing tennis, taking the kids to the park – the chance of catching the virus is virtually nil – vaccinated or not. In fact, it always has been. That is why even at the height of the Pandemic, doctors said it was safe to go outside – but not in crowds. I rarely saw masked people in the open air even at the height of the Pandemic. It seems common sense prevailed over media fearmongering.
Now that more than one-third of Americans have had both shots – and that includes more than 80 percent of those in the high-risk categories– and another 27 million have recovered and are immune, we are seeing a precipitous drop in cases, hospitalizations and deaths. No surprise there. That is exactly what the vaccines were intended to do.
If you are vaccinated, you are not only immune, but your chances of even coming into contact with an infected person is increasingly remote. That is why the scientists are now considering ending the wearing of masks indoors – as they did outdoors.
If you are not vaccinated – and find yourself in crowded or group situations – wearing a mask may provide both comfort and safety — probably more of the former than the latter. You do not need one indoors unless you are in very close proximity to strangers for a prolonged period – or in a very jammed crowd. If you are vaccinated or recovered, you may not need a mask in any situation.
This is not my opinion. I am not driven by some sort of political badge of honor or some crazy conspiracy theory. This is what the leading authorities are saying. This is what the statistics show. This is what you discover if you go to the sources and not take your information filtered through the media.
And even then, you have to be a discerning consumer of information for allegedly reliable sources – like the Center for Disease Control (CDC). They recently said that there is a 10 percent chance of contracting Covid outdoors. How they got that figure is not entirely known – but what is known is that it is grossly inaccurate. Most of the independent medical professionals set the outdoor risk at less than one-tenth of one percent – and that depends on the situation.
I guess we need to keep in mind that the CDC is part of the POLITICAL medical community. The folks over there are bureaucrats appointed and hired by the White House. That makes them bend to the current desire of the Biden administration to maintain a heightened sense of crisis.
We would probably be seeing a lot of the indoor mask requirements being lifted if it were not for those damned lawyers. These days, businesses must operate under extreme caution because of liability lawsuits. In that regard, they have to play to the lowest common denominator – that one nutcase who will claim to have caught Covid in their establishment and haul the owner into court.
Virtually all the restaurants I patronize have done away with requiring or enforcing a mask for some time, already. Obviously, you cannot eat with a mask on, and why bother for the 30 seconds it takes to be seated?
One can understand the hyper caution at the onset of the Pandemic – even if it was excessive. But retarding the re-opening is unwarranted. We all should understand that keeping the Covid crisis at a high degree of concern (fear) plays well for the folks in charge of Washington these days – the Democrats and the bureaucrats. It gives them greater ability to exercise the political power of the purse. They know that we Americans will often pay a high price for security and safety – surrendering both money and freedom.
As we come to the end of the Covid-19 Pandemic in America – and still need to address the opioid pandemic – we should consider that the most dangerous pandemic may be America’s growing addiction to government money. But that issue is for another day.
In the meantime, follow the science and go out for a breath of fresh air.
So, there ‘tis.