Masks will be the New Normal?
As vaccines roll out and summer approaches, people are looking for light at the end of the tunnel.
The New York Times writes: "This coming summer will probably be more open because more people will be vaccinated, and the virus seems to slow in warmer months as people can more easily socialize outdoors. But expect an uptick in cases and hospitalizations next winter, scientists say.
“It’s a really exciting time for science, but I would maintain that caution,” said Delivette Castor, an infectious disease epidemiologist at Columbia. “For me personally, I will not be at ease until we have sufficient coverage in the community and we’ve had it for a durable period of time.”
Scientists also say it’s unlikely that life will look exactly like 2019 again. In the new normal, there may be more mask-wearing during flu season or in crowded places because awareness has been raised. And there will probably be more systems in place to prevent pandemics from being as deadly, Professor Castor said. These include methods for tracking emerging infections and screening before activities like flying." (from The New York Times, Dec. 21, 2020, "What You Can Do Post-Vaccine, and When")
Many things can still happen in the next few months. But these are possible scenarios. Masks are a cheap and efficient way to prevent virus spread, and so will probably stay with us for a while. It's probably worth getting a very comfortable one that you're willing to wear for a while.
by SmitMask www.smitmask.com