Shut up at home or … How to avoid covid-19 infection when others don’t want to vaccinate?

While anti-vaccine aggression is on the rise, vaccinated people are plagued by one question: what can we afford? It’s not about confronting haters and adventurers. Doubts are about your own safety.

The only weapon we currently have against the coronavirus is vaccination. This was reminded in Bialystok by health minister Adam Niedzielski on Wednesday. Of course, ammunition also provides everyone with their own immune system, but when they do not know the enemy or we do not equip them with knowledge about them (thanks to vaccines), they will die in this confrontation. The minister visited the staff of the Infectious Diseases Clinic in Białystok and the patients treated there for covid, none of whom were fully vaccinated.

Does such immunization, however, guarantee safety? Unfortunately not. It allows you to be much more sure in public space that you will not get infected, but it will never be a 100% guarantee. Such would only be achieved by a full lockdown and breaking social ties. More important, however, seems to be a much lower risk of severe covid disease, without pulmonary and cardiac consequences, which are the most common reason for hospitalization and leave a permanent mark on the body.

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Safer among the vaccinated

Many people, however, would like to know the dangers of dealing with other people with mathematical accuracy. We have a society today clearly divided into three or even four groups: fully vaccinated, partially and not at all. The fourth group includes people who have contracted the infection and the antibodies and memory cells produced as a result of it protect them against the next one. But it is not a defense – contrary to what you can read on social media in groups opposing vaccination – as strong as after two doses of vaccines. And the effectiveness of protection also depends on the time that has passed since covid was contracted, because the level of antibodies always decreases over time (also in the case of the vaccinated).

To reduce the risk of “catching” the coronavirus, it is safest to contact only people who are protected against it with two doses of the vaccine, and at least two weeks have passed since the last one. Johnson’s vaccine is single-dose, so here the guarantee is after a single injection. But no preparation gives 100%. protection, especially in the case of the delta variant that is already dominant in Poland – the vaccinated person would, however, have to be unlucky to become infected with other vaccinated persons who, even without visible symptoms, would be able to infect them with coronavirus.

Is it impossible? The latest expert report from Imperial College London indicates that double vaccinated people three times less frequently than unvaccinated people tested positive for coronavirus. Moreover, analyzes of the PCR test results carried out by the REACT-1 research program suggest that fully vaccinated persons may be less susceptible to transmission of the virus to other people than unvaccinated persons due to, on average, lower viral loads on their mucous membranes.

Prof. Paul Elliott, program director of REACT at Imperial’s School of Public Health, said: “These findings support our assumptions that both doses of the vaccine provide good protection against infection. However, we also see that there is still a risk of infection as no vaccine is 100 percent. effective, and we know that some double vaccinated people can still get sick. ‘

Jennifer Aniston doesn’t party with anti-vaccines

According to prof. Elliott, even with ease of limitations, we should still act with caution to help protect each other and limit infections. Masks indoors, as much as possible outdoor activity.

Being present at a wedding with 150 guests will be the more risky the more guests are not vaccinated – and the same rule applies to more modest parties, say 10-15, but on a smaller scale.

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Instead of searching the internet for statistics trying to estimate the degree of risk, just use common sense: in a larger crowd it will always be easier to come across unvaccinated people or those who have not yet learned to follow the rules of hygiene (e.g. sneeze into an open hand and then they serve as a greeting). But on the other hand, a concert or sports event in the open air and a distance from other people as far as possible will be a better idea for safe socialization and leaving the house than a birthday party in a cramped and stuffy studio apartment, to which the host has invited a dozen people and it is not sure if they are all vaccinated.

Unless Jennifer Aniston (the star of the series “Friends” and more) invites us to such a house party. The actress in an interview with InStyle said she began to distance herself from people who refuse covid vaccines. “There is still a large group of people who are anti-vaccine or just don’t listen to the facts. I just ‘cut myself off’ from a few people who either refused to get vaccinated or refused to admit whether or not they were vaccinated against the coronavirus, ‘Aniston admitted at the end of this long conversation.

Can actresses, celebrities and fashionable influencers afford such confessions in Poland? Will we see President Andrzej Duda visit a vaccine bus in Podhale? The minister of health himself, who was on pilgrimage to hospitals in August, will not change the attitude of those who are not convinced about vaccinations, so the question of mutual safety will be rattling on people’s heads for a long time.

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