Planning Summer during a Pandemic

By: Samantha Walker

The world has been on pause for over a year as every country on the globe combats the corona virus pandemic. With the availability of vaccines, the lower daily number of cases, and as scientists begin to better understand the virus, there is a chance of a taste of normality this summer.

It is still advised to avoid large crowds and to wear a mask when social distancing is not possible, but there is some leeway that was not available last summer.

Some American states have lifted COVID-19 restrictions, but these changes were not approved by scientists or those who work within disease control; therefore, if traveling to these states, it is important to use caution when considering the lack of restrictions.

While there will not be many major concerts, multiple musicians have adapted to online concerts and more intimate settings. Already, musicians Trace Adkins and Judas Priest have concerts planned for this summer. With events like these, it is still recommended that attendees follow CDC guidelines.

For those that are fully vaccinated, the CDC has announced that masks are no longer necessary outdoors, if there is no large group of people, and that vaccinated people can gather in small groups with others without worrying of social distancing or masks.

According to the CDC, someone is considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer or the single dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

Another plus for those vaccinated is the ability to travel domestically without receiving a corona virus test before or after.

As of this week, officials in Brussels announced that vaccinated Americans will be allowed to travel to the European Union by this summer.

Thankfully, as communities and companies have been able to adapt to life in a pandemic, most should be able to hold some events similar to those that would have been enjoyed in the past, like fairs and car shows.

Despite these new freedoms, it is important to continue meeting CDC guidelines, like wearing a mask in heavily populated locations and reporting any symptoms.

When it comes to getting vaccinated, the only requirements in the United States are to be over the age of sixteen. Vaccines are available are most pharmacies, Walmart, and even Thiel College is hosting the Primary Health Network Mobile Vaccination Clinic at the Passavant Center today, April 30th from 9a.m. to 1p.m.

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