With more Americans dying of COVID-19 in 2021 than 2020, the pandemic brought about by the novel coronavirus simply refuses to end. This is due in no small part to the emergence of new variants and millions of people’s selfish refusal to get vaccinated. While the availability of free, highly effective vaccines is certainly cause for hope, even those of us who are fully vaccinated should continue taking a number of common-sense precautions as COVID-19 rages on. Thus, in the interest of keeping yourself and the people around you safe, take care to avoid the following locales.
Dine-in restaurants are among the locales you should be avoiding while this pandemic continues to play out, particularly in areas with low vaccination rates. Even with masking rules in place, people release a large number of droplets when opening their mouths to eat, and even if you’re fully vaccinated, it’s best not to leave things to chance. If you absolutely insist on eating at a dine-in establishment, limit your options to places that require patrons to provide proof of vaccination.
Of course, this isn’t to say that you can’t continue to support your favorite eateries. For example, placing takeout orders can be a great way to help keep local restaurants afloat. With so many restaurants now providing patrons with contactless pickup options, you should have no problem enjoying meals from the places you love in the comfort and safety of your own home.
Given how much eating and drinking takes place inside of movie theaters, avoiding them until this pandemic eventually runs its course would be a smart move. If a theater doesn’t require proof of vaccination, you have no guarantee that the person sitting next to you and munching on popcorn isn’t releasing virus particles into the air. Even if the theater has a masking policy, patrons are obviously going to remove their masks when consuming snacks and refreshments.
If you have a passion for film, avoiding movie theaters is likely to be a tall order. Fortunately, a large number of new releases can now be rented through streaming services within a short window of their theatrical debuts. Some films are even given simultaneous streaming and theatrical releases. So, while you have to wait a little longer to see certain movies, this is a small price to pay for personal safety and peace of mind.
Like restaurants and movie theaters, bars are places at which food and beverages are consumed by virtually every patron. So, unless a certain establishment is requiring customers to show proof of vaccination, you’d do well to drink elsewhere for the time being.
If your place of business isn’t requiring employees to get vaccinated, you shouldn’t be made to suffer as a result of their poor decision making. Even if your workplace has a mask policy in effect, allowing workers to walk around unvaccinated amidst the rise of dangerous new COVID variants is conducive to new infections and breakthrough cases. This can result in you, your coworkers and the various people you interact with getting sick, potentially creating infection clusters.
If your employer isn’t doing enough to protect you in the workplace, request that you be allowed to work remotely. If your job duties can be carried out effectively and efficiently from the safety of home, there’s no good reason this request should be refused. By extension, you can even seek out medical advice remotely at convenient sites like https://plushcare.com/online-doctor/.
The Homes of Unvaccinated Friends and Family Members
Unless unvaccinated friends and/or family members have documented medical conditions that prohibit vaccinations, there’s no good excuse for them to have not received their vaccines. Rather than tacitly endorse this dangerous behavior, take care to avoid visiting their respective homes – and perhaps even interacting with them in person – until such time as they’ve done the right thing.
Although the ready availability of COVID-19 vaccines should have marked the beginning of the end of this pandemic, this hasn’t exactly been the cause. With so many people refusing to get vaccinated or take other precautionary measures, the novel coronavirus remains a threat to all Americans – and indeed, millions of people the world over. In addition to getting vaccinated, masking up and taking other common-sense precautions, you should make a point of avoiding the locales discussed above.