After 18 months of near isolation, including more than 11 months of near total isolation, we’re in the middle of the fourth wave of Covid 19. Cases here in DC are on the rise, and we’re back near the 10 cases per 100,000 residents. Vaccination rate is stalled out at 62% with one shot, and 54% full vaccinated.
These numbers aren’t high enough.
The new Delta variant is as transmissible as chicken pox, which, for those of you never had it (because we developed a vaccine), has a transmission rate about 3x the previous variants. Worse, folks who are getting infected — even those who are vaccinated — are carrying higher viral loads in their respiratory tracts, and that means they can spread it further. And, if they’re vaccinated, there’s a pretty solid chance they’re not symptomatic.
Mainly I’m posting because I don’t want to see anyone I know, personally or professionally, killed or given longterm disability by Covid. Please, get vaccinated. If you’re concerned about the vaccination’s efficacy, the data says it’s highly effective at preventing serious illness and death. The side effects of the shot are neither life-threatening nor serious in all but the rarest of cases. If you have concerns talk to your primary care doctor. Talk with medical professionals who’ve dedicated themselves to making other people better. And listen. Please. We’re all counting on you.