The COVID pandemic of 2020 put us all on high alert regarding our risks for infection, but with nearly 50% of Americans now have been at least partially vaccinated, many of us are becoming far laxer in our compliance with precautions that are still recommended.
Unfortunately, our comfort levels aren’t indicative of reality regarding the spread of the virus. Although vaccines are now available to every American, cases of COVID-19 are still on the rise in some areas. This is partially due to the fact that vaccines are not an immediate fix. It will take several months to create herd immunity. In the meantime, we don’t yet know whether or not vaccinated individuals can still spread the virus, and viral mutations are also a rising threat. Two out of three epidemiologists warn that viral mutations will render first-generation vaccines ineffective by 2022.
Ultimately, it’s important for us to be aware of our own risk factors for contracting and spreading the virus, and it’s important for us not to ignore precautions right now.
We all need to stay united in fighting against this common enemy.