SocraticGadfly: Coronavirus, Week 58: CDC says masks down, but is it a good idea?

May 18, 2021

Coronavirus, Week 58: CDC says masks down, but is it a good idea?

The CDC has said fully vaccinated don't need to wear masks in most places, but is that so good? The Trib has the Texas angle, including comment from Dr. Peter Hotez, who worries that it's a bad message with Texas' low, and slowing, vaccine rates. (Only 1/3 of adults are fully vaccinated.) A blog from Harvard Law agrees that it's probably a bad public health decision.

Meanwhile, a number of stores are saying that if you're jabbed up, come in without a mask. That includes Walmart, Trader Joe's and Costco. Employees generally oppose it, surely in part because they know what I suspect: Wally and Two-Buck Chuck land ain't checking for vaccination cards, and Costco probably isn't. (That said, as Costco told Ricky Schroeder, it still TOTALLY follows state law where applicable.)

Speaking of? My local Tom Thumb is getting worse on masklessness than Wally. Corporate says it will talk to them again. And, what will happen? Dock the store manager some bonus money and we'll find out.

And, yes, those people are likely unvaccinated. So, not checking vaccinations only really encourages more cheating.

The vaccine-refusniks are largely Trumpist, per the link above, but the vax-hesitant are largely nonvoters. And, in many cases, unaware the vaccine is free, among other issues.

Ill Eagles have been afraid to get vaccinated, for obvious reasons. Mexican nationals, on the other hand, had no problems crashing Texas vaccination clinics. More here.

Parkland plans to keep running its long-haul COVID clinic through the end of summer.

On the "what is it" front, some evidence suggests COVID is ultimately a disease of blood vessel linings.

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