- these shifts in the guidelines are not necessarily permanent – developments in the nature of the pandemic, including more transmissible variants, could cause further changes in guidance; much has been written about this “variant risk” and this is a fertile topic for research, as many of the variants are less susceptible to the vaccine (whether slightly less or significantly less)
- the CDC does not wield direct governing authority over the states – while many people, authority figures, governors, legislators, etc. (rightfully) do listen and pay attention to what the CDC has to say, this guidance from the CDC is ultimately “just” guidance and does not have a legally binding effect
- we still do not have a wonderful understanding of exactly how long the protection conferred by the vaccine lasts, and while it is likely at least a few months, we don’t yet have a good sense for the true length of the protection conferred – if you consider a Flu shot, for example, the protection lasts between 1-2 years, and degrades over time, but on the other hand a Yellow Fever or MMR shot is good for life once the two-dose series is completed – therefore, just because you’re in the “green vaccinated” group NOW, you’re not necessarily in that group PERMANENTLY
- while this chart addresses primarily masking, another thing that we do know about COVID-19 is that it’s primarily transmitted indoors, so whether you’re vaccinated or unvaccinated, your risk profile will be lower with outdoor activites than with indoor activities
- the role of asymptomatic spreaders and the health effects of the virus on “long haulers” are still being studied – you should stay tuned to the news and what the authorities have to say because we’re learning more about this disease every day.
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