Take off your mask. I don’t want to break more bad news to you but if your fellow man is not protecting you, you are doing nothing to slow the spread of the virus. It’s everywhere. It is too late to stop this thing.
Let’s clear things up for those in the back who haven’t heard: masking, nor vaccinating, will save you from catching SARS-COVID-19. It’s already evolved past the bivalent vaccine in the North, and it’s only a matter of time before it becomes a problem everywhere. Blame people all you want for not masking in public and spreading this sucker, but it’s already in your home somewhere, even if you think you have found a klatch that is “safe”. Stop fucking fooling yourself and learn some science about the vaccine. It’s all out there, you just have to fucking read about it. Literally go to the CDC first for advice.
The good news is it’s not an assassin like Delta. Omicron and its subvariants are waiting for us to slip up, and when we do decode the latest spike proteins on this very clever virus, we will issue a fifth vaccine (I’ve already heard about people who have actually had a fifth shot) and then you’re going to see a lot of people whining that “vaccines don’t work” and that there is no point to it.
That is untrue. You are merely giving yourself a better chance of not getting it than the thoughtless guy in front of you in line who won’t take a shot. We will have to get a shot at more regular intervals if we lose control of information on the trajectory of competing subvariants. I believe we have a winner, and so you’ll just have to get your FREE shot from the government or your insurance if you would like as much chance of it missing you as possible. There’s no reason to die from this bug unless you are immunocompromised or otherwise infirm, and those of you who have been keeping up with your vaccines have probably already gotten COVID but did not notice because carriers can be asymptomatic. You may have been short of breath a few months ago and didn’t know why. You did the right thing. You vaccinated, and your body eventually got serious with the virus and punched it in its little barely-living face. You saved a hospital bed for someone more vulnerable.
You may catch it again soon. Do not worry. Again, you have done the right thing for yourself, which is all you can do in a pandemic. But trying to protect others? Very polite, but too late. You will never leave the house if you let bad logic go too far.