I managed to make it through the Covid- 19 pandemic unscathed. I don’t even think I had a cold this year. I got plenty of fresh air (no mask on) and sunshine and kept my immune system supercharged with plenty of rest and mostly eating a whole food plant based diet. I traveled in the tristate area and the Caribbean, and did my best to live my life to the fullest. I did all this with a little commonsense and a few precautions.
Well rather reluctantly, I am now vaccinated. I pretty much succumbed to it seeing the writing on the wall. Vaccinated Americans are going to have “freedoms” that non-vaccinated Americans will not. At this point I can travel without a 10 day or 14 day quarantine that I previously experienced after my Caribbean vacations. I’m also allowed to attend my daughter’s college graduation simply by showing my vaccine card.
I’m hoping this vaccine is going to give me all my freedoms back real soon. I’m ready to enter my local CVS and produce store without a mask. In general, everyone keeps their distance and partitions and other precautions continue to be in place. In CVS I use the self checkout so there’s really no human interaction. (I prefer it that way in general) I’ve been social distancing my whole life. People can continue to wear masks if that makes them feel more comfortable, but I’m vaccinated and either the vaccine works or it doesn’t.
I also think we can stop the silliness of walking into a restaurant with a mask on, only to remove it a second later as you are seated. Once again, if you feel more comfortable walking in with the mask, be my guest.
Everyone has a different comfort level and that’s fine. I am not overweight. I do not have high blood pressure, diabetes etc. I was the primary caretaker for my husband when he had covid and remained healthy. I’m equipped with the knowledge of how to best avoid getting sick. Most importantly, I’m vaccinated.
I would like to travel to the Caribbean without pretesting now that I’m vaccinated. I certainly don’t think I should have to test to return to my own country.
Wearing a mask on a plane makes sense to me. Sitting in a doctor’s waiting room with a mask on is commonsense. We probably should have been doing that for years. There’s probably a lot of places you can probably avoid germs by wearing a mask, but it’s time to allow people the freedom to make their own decisions.
If you are vaccinated, I think you should act like you are vaccinated!