With Hugs and Haircuts, U.S. Epidemiologists Start Returning (Carefully!) to Everyday Life

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More stated masks have been crucial in outside conditions when distance couldn’t be maintained, like picnicking or climbing. 1 / 4 stated masks have been all the time crucial then.

“Think of always ensuring two of three: masks, distancing, outdoors, particularly if among nonvaccinated individuals,” stated Eyal Oren, an epidemiologist at San Diego State University.

When it comes to outside actions with giant crowds the place it’s onerous to preserve distance, like at a live performance or protest, the epidemiologists have been nearly all in settlement that masks have been nonetheless crucial, no matter vaccination standing. Some recommended persevering with to keep away from such occasions if potential. “There will almost certainly be vaccinated and unvaccinated people mixing in such an event,” stated Steve Ostroff, an epidemiologist with a personal consulting follow.

The infinite decision-making about how to behave within the pandemic stays sophisticated. But danger calculations are starting to change. Eventually, pandemic decision-making for vaccinated folks may turn into much less about defending society at giant, and extra about one’s personal willingness to tackle danger.

“I think that when all the high-risk groups are vaccinated, it is time to shift attention to letting everyone decide for themselves what risks they are comfortable with for themselves,” stated Anders Huitfeldt, an epidemiologist on the University of Southern Denmark.

Some epidemiologists say this shift can occur as quickly as people are vaccinated: “Being vaccinated should throw open the floodgates to everything you could do before,” stated Zachary Binney, an epidemiologist at Emory.

But many stated coronavirus precautions remained necessary for shielding high-risk folks and slowing the virus’s unfold, even for vaccinated folks: “While I am comfortable taking personal risks, I would not tolerate risks that could harm others,” stated Kevin Andresen, who leads the Covid response crew on the Colorado Department of Public Health. “Covid precautions protect everyone, not just me.”

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