Plan to Ditch the Mask After Vaccination? Not So Fast.
With 50 million Americans immunized against the coronavirus, and millions more joining the ranks every day, the urgent question on many minds is: When can I throw away my mask?
It’s a deeper question than it seems — about a return to normalcy, about how soon vaccinated Americans can hug loved ones, get together with friends, and go to concerts, shopping malls and restaurants without feeling threatened by the coronavirus.
Certainly many state officials are ready. On Tuesday, Texas lifted its mask mandate, along with all restrictions on businesses, and Mississippi quickly followed suit. Governors in both states cited declining infection rates and rising numbers of citizens getting vaccinated.
But the pandemic is not yet over, and scientists are counseling patience.
It seems clear that small groups of vaccinated people can get together without much worry about infecting one …continued .
[Source: New York Times]