As time passed, the number of days our vaccines were cheated began to increase. For a few people, occasionally hitting a wall may indeed be harmless. But in the end, a series of stupid things will allow contact and cause illness. Our shortcut also sends a signal to others to relax you, if not, relax.
Now is not the time to relax, on the contrary. Julie Downs, a psychologist and behavioral scientist at Carnegie Mellon University, said to me: “We are nearing the end, and we should be extra careful now.” The problem is that our mistakes have not only slowed our pace. They let us down, just like opening the oven door repeatedly will extend the time to bake a cake (and worse, crash your delicious dessert). Having made such great progress, our impatience is at great risk. And now, we are in danger of seriously threatening the outcome of the pandemic.
It is impossible to expect every possible social situation that the CDC arranges for vaccinators may encounter. However, it is indeed difficult for public health officials to adjust the guidelines based on new data on vaccine effectiveness. Shaky rules are difficult to communicate and follow. Even the director of the CDC, Rochelle Walensky, appeared to be shaking last week while discussing how vaccination can effectively prevent infection and the risks of travel after vaccination.