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Ever heard the old saying saying “one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter?” The current debate over socialism strikes me as one such situation. The world socialism comes up in our letters and Street Talk virtually every day, but there is a lot of hypocrisy.
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To me, an individual has the right to not get vaccinated for coronavirus. But other individuals, and businesses, should have the right to to shun them.
One of our regular coronavirus columnists, Leana S. Wen, has often written that people should be given rewards for being vaccinated. That includes encouraging events and activities that require proof of vaccination.
What activities should you do once you’re vaccinated? “With 30 percent of Americans fully vaccinated against covid-19 and a larger segment that either won’t or can’t yet receive the vaccine, the United States is in an ‘in-between’ place,” laments Wen.
Wen says there is no one-size-fits-all answer. Though vaccines are extremely effective, they won’t protect us 100 percent. “Most of us are not willing to wait years for the pandemic to be over to resume our lives, so we need to live with risk and accept the idea that others will make very different choices from us,” advises Wen.
The doctor encourages vaccinated people to consider three factors. Medical risk of your household; personal risk tolerance; and circumstances involved.
The risk profile of your household is low if everyone is vaccinated. The exception is if a family member that may be severely immunocompromised. The vaccines might not protect such people as well.
Then there are families with unvaccinated members. “That does not necessarily mean that the household must take extra precautions. If all adults are inoculated but the children are not yet, and the kids are generally healthy, I’d consider the household to have a low risk profile overall.” says Wen.
Yes, the coronavirus does carry the potential of long-haul covid and unknown long-term consequences, even including children. And breakthrough infections can occur, although they are relatively rare. Out of more than 87 million fully vaccinated people, the CDC received reports of 7,157 covid-19 infections.
Those are pretty good odds.
Just assess the risk level, suggests Wen. For example, an indoor restaurant that follows CDC guidelines for distancing has much lower risk than a packed bar with hundreds of patrons. An outdoor wedding with 50 people where proof of vaccination is required is much safer than an indoor banquet of 200 with guests of unknown vaccination status.
Wen says she and her husband would have a medium tolerance of risk if it were just the two of them, but with the kids, it’s lower.
So WWWD (What Would Wen Do)?
“My husband and I would go to well-distanced and well-ventilated restaurants but not crowded bars; we wouldn’t bring the kids except to outdoor eateries. I’d attend full-capacity church services where everyone is masked. My toddler has playdates, always outdoors, mask-optional. He’s going back to preschool, where masks are required indoors. We’d have no problem with the family taking an airplane for short flights, but aren’t ready yet for the 18-hour trip to see relatives in South Africa. If a social gathering won’t have masks or distancing, I’d go if it’s outdoors or requires proof of vaccination, but would still avoid indoor, unmasked, unvaccinated get-togethers.”
She also urges grumpy old men like me to have tolerance for one another’s individual choices, but to keep making the case that vaccination is our society’s pathway back to normalcy. That, I am doing.
“Should vaccinated Americans speak up to persuade others to do the same?” That is the Daily Post Reader Poll question for Tuesday.