On the whole, we have been getting a lot of good news regarding COVID-19 vaccine numbers. Many of us are allowing ourselves the first sense of hope we’ve had in a long time. However, now is the time to stay diligent in our precautions because although the vaccine is a huge step in prevention, it is not a failsafe. The US has moved forward but has not returned to normal. While speaking with Mehdi Hasan on MSNBC on Monday, our fearless medical leader, Dr. Anthony Fauci, gave a bit of a state of the union as it pertains to the virus. One of the big take-aways was Dr. Fauci is still advising against eating and drinking inside due to crowding and maskless, non-vaccinated patrons who can still spread the virus.
Medhi Hasan: Eating and drinking indoors in restaurants and bars. Is that okay now?
Dr. Anthony Fauci: No, it’s still not okay, for the simple reason that the level of infection, the dynamics of infection in the community are still really disturbingly high. Like yesterday there were close to 80,000 new infections and we’ve been hanging around 60, 70 seventy-five thousand. So if you’re not vaccinated, please get vaccinated as soon as vaccine becomes available to you. And if you are vaccinated, please remember that you still have to be careful and not get involved in crowded situations, particularly indoors, where people are not wearing masks. And for the time being until we show definitively that a person who’s vaccinated does not get the subclinical infection and can spread to others, you should also continue to wear a mask for the time being.
As will shock no one, a bunch of conservatives got furious at Fauci advising caution and called for him to be fired. But these right-wing reactionists are exactly why Fauci is making these recommendations. All he is actually advising is that people still use caution when out in public. He told people specifically to “not get involved in crowded situations, particularly indoors, where people are not wearing masks.” If the population could be trusted to keep their masks on and stick to a lower percentage occupancies to ensure proper distancing, Fauci wouldn’t have to issue these warnings. We’ve gotten used to thinking that vaccines are some form of invisible force field because they have proven so effective against so many diseases. But Fauci is erring on the side of caution because this virus and its recovery are still unknown. Ii makes sense that as long as the virus can still spread, and while we are learning about the new variants, we take as few risks as necessary. A beer in a crowded bar is just not necessary, no matter how much we want it.
A lot of diligent Twitter folk are wisely reinforcing recommendations that you should wear a mask even if you have had a vaccine:
Just because you get the vaccine doesn’t make you exempt from wearing a mask.
— Free Agent I WR Holder (@RepG_Suspenser) April 6, 2021
friendly reminder that just because you’re fully vaccinated and doesn’t mean you should stop wearing a mask ☺️
— Diana 🧚🏽♂️ (@dannnyyyy04) April 13, 2021
Which is great and I applaud them. But it has also given way to my new favorite meme:
Just because you get the vaccine doesn’t mean you can pick up a wounded man by the side of the road, and then live for years in domestic bliss with him without ever learning his name before the horrors of his past catch up and destroy both your lives
— Aysha (@ayshaufarah) April 11, 2021
Just because you’re fully vaccinated doesn’t mean you can read from the Necronomicon without consequence.
— Kealan Patrick Burke (@KealanBurke) April 11, 2021
Friendly reminder: just because you're fully vaccinated, doesn't mean you can simply walk into Mordor
— Micah W., religious and trying to be spiritual 🌹 (@ansibil) April 10, 2021
Just because you got the vaccine, doesn’t mean you can start bare knuckle boxing for a gangster so you can get your mum a caravan with the periwinkle blue seat covers.
— Just Sheryl🇨🇦🐝 (@campbellsheryl) April 12, 2021
just because you're fully vaccinated doesn't mean your son who's been dead for 16 years is now alive and Aaron Tveit
— james holod kennedy (@jamesholod) April 8, 2021
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