The CDC has said that those of us fully vaccinated can, in most situations, stop wearing masks. And so the mask burnings have begun. People everywhere are gleefully abandoning their masks and rediscovering what the lower half of a human face looks like.
Except, of course, the anti-maskers. From Day One they have staunchly refused to wear masks. Never mind their risk of catching Covid, or of infecting others. Those infernal masks were an unconstitutional government intrusion, an invasion of their rights as free citizens to do what they damn well please.
Hence the problem. How are conscientious citizens supposed to know if an unmasked person is fully vaccinated or is a resister who has never worn a mask and likely, for the same reasons, has not gotten vaccinated? Especially in this era of political divisiveness, who can or should you trust?
Further complicating the situation are children under 12 years of age who are not yet eligible for the Covid vaccine. Yet they can contract the disease and are fully capable of spreading it to others. The very young cannot even be masked. You can ditch your mask if you want, but if you are not vaccinated, you’re still at risk from children. And they are still at risk from you.
It’s a conundrum for the American public. And I, although fully vaccinated, will be keeping my mask close at hand for the foreseeable future. Not that I don’t trust you. It’s the children and all those unmasked, unvaccinated others that concern me.