Since Covid is a respiratory illness, much like seasonal flu, the best we can hope for with a vaccine will be results similar to an annual flu vaccine. Not 100% effective, however, it cuts down transmission, duration, and lightens symptoms to a tolerable level. It’s more about mitigation and less about elimination. I’ve been getting an annual flu jab for at least the past 18 years and haven’t caught flu in that time. I‘ve had bronchitis, stomach viruses, and the occasional upper respiratory infection, but never flu.I’ve noticed some here in another thread they look forward to an effective vaccine so they can go back to a movie theater. I have to ask myself, self, what is an effective vaccine? I’ve heard anywhere from 50% to 90% is what we can hope for. 50% doesn’t impress me at all and 90% is not a guarantee you will not get covid.
Then you have to consider those who will not get a vaccination because they are anti-vaxers. Then there will be those who aren’t anti-vaxers but don’t think the covid vaccine is effective or safe enough. I can see myself in that category under the right circumstances.
I’m saying I’m worried a vaccine will not be the game changer we hope for. Between the vaccine not being 100% effective and those who won’t get it, how much good will it do?
I do feel we already have a game changer device already available. It’s the mask. If 90% of the country would wear one, I believe covid would be gone in a year. Had all been wearing one since March or April, many lives would have been saved. But we all know how the wearing of masks is going.
We have met the enemy, and he is us.
My wife is wanting to do things like go back to crowded theaters and tourist traps like Branson and Disney World. I’m out. I absolutely refuse until the situation is under control and there isn’t a 50/50 chance that I’ll catch Covid because some people are stupid and can’t play along.
The mask is an absolute game changer and it’s a shame that there is a significant population of armchair doctors who run around shouting about “not gonna wear one because it infringes on my rights”.