I got my second shot of the Pfizer vaccine last Friday. I didn’t experience any negative symptoms except a sore arm and a little fatigue. It is a reassuring feeling to be vaccinated, but I wanted to know why vaccinated people are still being asked to wear masks. Basically, it has less to do with science and more to do with pubic perception.
Being fully vaccinated is defined as two weeks after your final dose of the vaccine. If you are fully vaccinated, the chances of you getting and spreading COVID are extremely low. One study showed that in unvaccinated hospital workers 2.6% of them got COVID. Yet, of the vaccinated workers, only 0.05% got COVID. So if there was 2000 unvaccinated workers, about 50 got COVID. Yet, if there was 2000 vaccinated workers, 1 got COVID. And that was among hospital workers who were around the virus. I’m guessing those numbers are lower for the general population.
Another study showed that the viral load of those who were vaccinated and still got COVID was about 1/3rd of the viral load of unvaccinated people. This means that if you are vaccinated and happen to be the 1 in 2000 that actually get COVID, it will be an extremely mild case of it. This also suggests a significant decrease in the ability to transmit the virus.
The point is that if you are fully vaccinated, your masks are a fashion statement and a sign that you want to help reduce people’s fear, but, scientifically, they aren’t doing much. They’re like a putting up an umbrella inside a building. Vaccinated people are basically walking around with the equivalent of lace parasols on our faces.
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