Gillian Jones: Get vaccinated – and tested too – before you see your family over the holidays | Chroniclers
NORTH ADAMS – Is It Enough To Get The Vaccine When Visiting Friends And Family On Vacation?
Last year, when the vaccinations had just arrived, very few of us, if any, were vaccinated during the holidays. The only defense people had was to test, quarantine, and retest.
While I had to forgo vacation reunions last year, this year I’m spending the vacation with my boyfriend Dan and his intimate family. Continuing to do my best to stay healthy, I wear a mask in public places, limit my exposure to others, and wash my hands.
This Thanksgiving year, everyone who gathered in Dan’s intimate family had to test negative for COVID before attending. While everyone had been vaccinated, some having even received their boosters, negative test results were crucial to attend.
As well as protecting a 2-year-old who has yet to be vaccinated, there was also a family member of Dan who is undergoing radiation therapy for cancer treatment.
Everyone seems to have a story about someone who has contracted a viral infection, whether they got it from their unvaccinated children or in some other way. People should continue to be vigilant about their safety, especially if you have vulnerable loved ones.
Opponents of the vaccine might ask: if vaccinated people still get COVID, then how are vaccines effective? As far as science goes, people who are vaccinated can still get sick, but the good news is that they are much less likely to be hospitalized or die.
While we all can’t wait for this pandemic to be behind us, we must not let our guard down.
My dad, who lives in New Jersey, told me he recently attended an event with a group of people who were not wearing masks but apparently fully vaccinated.
âHas everyone tested negative? ” I asked.
“Should they have shown their vaccination records?” My father retorted.
âYes,â I replied, âand have a negative COVID test. “
I had to provide my proof of vaccination when photographing basketball games at Williams College.
It was also necessary when I went to the cinema at the Images cinema in early November. Masks were also mandatory.
With new variants, like Omicron, we must continue to be careful and wear masks indoors to protect ourselves and others. Just because you are vaccinated doesn’t mean you can’t catch or even pass COVID to someone else.
A friend of mine who is fully vaccinated and caught COVID said she was really sick and was taking a long time to recover.
The long-term, persistent impacts of having COVID are still being discovered. And honestly, it’s not that different from other viruses or bacterial infections that you don’t want to catch.
I had a severe reaction to a tick bite in May 2020. While my Lyme test was negative and I took a full regimen of antibiotics, I still don’t know if I might have any complications. ‘to come up. Did you know that some studies show a correlation between Lyme and related illnesses and suicide? What future for long survivors of COVID?
When I received my booster in my left arm, I received a flu shot in my right arm at the same time. Now that I am over 50, I plan to receive all other possible vaccines to protect myself against the disease.
I also agree to wear a mask in indoor public spaces. Last winter I was not sick at all. It was remarkable actually because I don’t know about you, but I hate being sick.
Although I haven’t always worn sunscreen in the summer, I’ve learned many times with regret that if I don’t want to get a painful sunburn and risk skin cancer, I will apply the sunscreen. lotion.
I not only want to protect myself, but also those around me, from COVID and all of its emerging strains. Isn’t that the best holiday gift you can give someone this year?
Gillian Jones, an Eagle digital visual journalist, writes a monthly opinion series on Care, Family and Seniors. His email is [email protected]