As long as we survived for almost 1 and a half years after the COVID-19 pandemic, everything is possible. We obeyed the rules, stayed at home, went through the home office and online education. Now, we feel free to grab life again, more than ever. Unfortunately, nothing can replace the victims we’ve had so far, friends and families lost one way or another. Finally, the global efforts invented with the COVID-19 vaccines and aiming for a common goal remained essential. That’s how people got a step closer to destroying the previously unknown enemy. The next thing many Americans hoped for and prayed for so many times before is now an inevitable truth.
In last Thursday’s Briefing, CDC updated its guidelines, USA fully – vaccinated citizens are free of any limits, no matter if it’s indoors or outdoors.
This is definitely a great success because it took a lot of patience and controversial opinions. Over 117 million Americans, which represents 35 %, received both shots, and over 154 million – one of 2. That’s enough if you’re 2 weeks after one dose of Johnson & Johnson, or the second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. So, having a single shot of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines doesn’t make you entirely safe.
People constantly criticized the government for keeping measures for too long, so this decision was about to come. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky left the back door open by saying the situation is unpredictable, so tightening is always an option. However, compared to last year’s mixed recommendations, this is a huge breakthrough. If you have a vaccine, apparently that allows you to ditch the mask and avoid social distancing even in crowded places. However, these measures don’t include public transportation again. Traveling by any vehicle is still available, and can only happen when your mask is on.
But memories still remain of the 4th wave it had, taking it to the first place of worlds COVID-19 trackers. In contrast with winning overall approvement before, Joe Biden is presently grilled about wearing a mask during his recent speech to Congress. Moreover, remembering his goal to reach herd immunity till celebrations for 4th July seems 100 % complete. But do all American citizens feel free to grab life again?
Actually, the CDC guidance update has some serious issues to deal with, regarding business. For Harold Kim, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform federal, state, and local requirements have never been so confusing.
he said, considering many essential workers face unvaccinated people, refusing to wear masks. Children and people with chronic diseases, plus COVID-19 Pandemic long-haulers are at a certain risk, too.
With all of this information in mind, are we to worry anymore? Besides concerns, this brand new stage of the COVID-19 pandemic battle gave us 1 vitally important thing that has been taken from us: FREEDOM. Whether to embrace the amazing opportunity or not, we can take a deep breath and decide. While time’s moving along and doesn’t put any pressure, we are comfortable doing as we’re pleased. Should that include wearing a mask, it’s in our hands. It’s about accepting the change and feel free to grab life again.