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I think it was out of an “abundance of caution” that they didn’t immediately announce vaccinated people could unmask.  They didn’t want to get blamed (or sued) if vaccinated people experienced severe sickness or death based on being “cleared” to unmask early on.  I think that’s risk management talking (which doesn’t always follow logic), not scientific expectations.   I’m a firm believer that nature follows patterns. What other illness do you still worry about catching or spreading after having it (or a proven-effective vaccine for it)?  Nobody worries about being either a carrier or a victim of chicken pox or the measles once they’re immune.  Why should they have that fear about COVID?  I also agree that refusing to admit vaccinated people could unmask contributed significantly to vaccine hesitancy, as it erased a large motivator for people who were already at low risk for significant complications from COVID.  Not just the “why get it if I still have to wear an uncomfortable mask?” angle, but the larger question of “why get it if I still have to live in fear?” In the end, you can find believable descriptions of evidence to support just about any path forward you can imagine (and don’t ever believe the government won’t lie to you in order to shape your behavior in favor of their agenda, which may not be known to you at the time – remember Fauci saying masks were ineffective when he fully believed they were, just so you wouldn’t buy up the limited supply he wanted medical workers to have?).  For better or worse, their willingness to create policy based on their desired outcome works both ways here.  Fauci will lie about masks and potentially sacrifice people’s lives in order to protect the mask supply for doctors, but they’ll also crunch the numbers and weigh any potential loss of life resulting from an “early” unmasking policy against the anticipated longer term benefits of breaking through vaccine hesitancy for a significant portion of the population if they think that’s the only way to get to herd immunity. You ultimately have to digest information from multiple (sometimes conflicting) sources and go with your gut.  My gut has told me from the start that fully vaccinated people are no longer at significant risk and no longer pose a significant risk to others.  That would require an unprecedented violation of the patterns we’ve observed in illnesses our entire lives.

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I think it was out of an “abundance of caution” that they didn’t immediately announce vaccinated people could unmask.  They didn’t want to get blamed (or sued) if vaccinated people experienced severe sickness or death based on being “cleared” to unmask early on.  I think that’s risk management talking (which doesn’t always follow logic), not scientific expectations.   I’m a firm believer that nature follows patterns. What other illness do you still worry about catching or spreading after having it (or a proven-effective vaccine for it)?  Nobody worries about being either a carrier or a victim of chicken pox or the measles once they’re immune.  Why should they have that fear about COVID?  I also agree that refusing to admit vaccinated people could unmask contributed significantly to vaccine hesitancy, as it erased a large motivator for people who were already at low risk for significant complications from COVID.  Not just the “why get it if I still have to wear an uncomfortable mask?” angle, but the larger question of “why get it if I still have to live in fear?” In the end, you can find believable descriptions of evidence to support just about any path forward you can imagine (and don’t ever believe the government won’t lie to you in order to shape your behavior in favor of their agenda, which may not be known to you at the time – remember Fauci saying masks were ineffective when he fully believed they were, just so you wouldn’t buy up the limited supply he wanted medical workers to have?).  For better or worse, their willingness to create policy based on their desired outcome works both ways here.  Fauci will lie about masks and potentially sacrifice people’s lives in order to protect the mask supply for doctors, but they’ll also crunch the numbers and weigh any potential loss of life resulting from an “early” unmasking policy against the anticipated longer term benefits of breaking through vaccine hesitancy for a significant portion of the population if they think that’s the only way to get to herd immunity. You ultimately have to digest information from multiple (sometimes conflicting) sources and go with your gut.  My gut has told me from the start that fully vaccinated people are no longer at significant risk and no longer pose a significant risk to others.  That would require an unprecedented violation of the patterns we’ve observed in illnesses our entire lives.