We've spent well over a year here being masked
and following all the safety guidelines.
Guess what? It worked.
I'm still not sure how it's all going to work but the CDC announced today that fully vaccinated people in the USA will no longer need to wear masks indoors or outdoors, and no longer need to diligently practice social distancing. This is a tremendous change after a year of fogged up glasses, curbside deliveries and extra hot Summer walks with a mask firmly covering my mouth and nose.
I'm hoping it will also be a tremendous incentive for the unvaccinated to get in and get their FREE and CONVENIENT, no appointment necessary, vaccines so we can really attain herd immunity and move through life more freely. The virus is still out there and running free so unvaccinated, asymptomatic carriers can still infect other unvaccinated people. And those unvaccinated people who become infected can still suffer horribly and even die tragic, and now preventable deaths.
While I am certain that a sub-group of people will lie and cheat and pretend to be vaccinated to unfairly enjoy society's ground breaking achievement I'm equally certain that they will, statistically, only hurt, infect, damage, and kill others who are also not choosing to get vaccinated. I wish it wasn't the case but I guess everyone gets to choose between good and evil in their own self. Vaccine Karma?
What this means for us, personally, is more travel, more restaurant dinners, and more face-to-face work with clients.
This will positively affect lots and lots of professional photographers who have been hanging on, financially, by thin threads. Now people will be able to have traditional weddings, go to conferences and trade shows, and generally bring back event photography for a wide range of photographers. This will smooth a transition back to real work.
I hope that everyone who reads this is vaccinated or intends to get vaccinated as soon as possible and that you'll (metaphorically) twist a few arms of your vaccine hesitant friends and get them to understand the benefit to everyone. The more people who get the vaccines the less chance we have of going into another lockdown in the near future because unvaccinated people have become incubators for new and more virulent variants of the virus. Variants that are not fought off nearly as well by the existing vaccines.
If we all work together we'll be back at our chosen trades/crafts/arts/professions and having fun in no time.
Can't imagine how much fun we could have in the year(s) ahead! A big sigh of relief and a thumbs-up for all the people who are doing their part by lining up to get a small shot and become wonderfully immune.