February 17, 2021 3:12 pm at 3:12 pm #1949346
It may take months, but soon the US and the rest of the world will catch up with Israel and vaccines will be easily available for all.
It is pretty clear by now that vaccinated people are EXTREMELY unlikely to have serious reactions to Covid – if they catch it at all – regardless of the surrounding population’s Covid state (correct me if I’m wrong).
However in Israel – and Jen Psaki has said this about the US too – this ‘full vaccine availability’ stage does not mean we can all go back to normal life, instead we need most people to get vaccinated and even then we might still have restrictions.
My question is; why? Why can’t this be a ‘to each his own’ situation, in which if you don’t want to die; get vaccinated, and if you don’t mind catching the virus; that’s your problem?
This is not about anti-vaax, mandatory vaccines or politics, this is about people making their own choices especially when it effects only themselves.February 17, 2021 5:21 pm at 5:21 pm #1949392Yserbius123Participant
Most of the reason why there’s a pandemic is that the approach of “to each their own” doesn’t work since it puts other people in danger.
The reason why we still have to be careful is that the vaccine is 95% effective. Meaning that one out of 20 people aren’t affected by it and still have to be careful. Since we don’t know who those people are, it means that everyone has to be careful. Statistically, that’s not an issue if everyone is vaccinated, since 5% is still really small. But since most people are still not vaccinated, that 5% partying like it’s 2019 can be a real danger to some people.February 17, 2021 5:39 pm at 5:39 pm #1949399
Hello, hello. Earth to Yserbius, hello…
Is there a reason you are pretending a huge percentage of some communities doesn’t already have antibodies? I have kids in several schools and yeshivos who have had covid run through more than 95% some of our shuls as well.
There was recently a simcha, stuffed and full, of people who allllll had antibodies. That was the condition that they were invited with. And you know what you would have said if you passed them on the street? You probably would have blamed them for murder. Why? Not because of their behavior, but because of your ignorance.
IT’S NOT PRE COVID ANYMORE, YOU CANNOT KEEP PUSHING THE “WE’RE ALL AT RISK” AGENDA!February 17, 2021 6:06 pm at 6:06 pm #1949402
>Most of the reason why there’s a pandemic is that the approach of “to each their own” doesn’t work since it puts other people in danger.<
That is true until ‘vaccines will be easily available for all’.
>Meaning that one out of 20 people aren’t affected by it and still have to be careful<
I clearly said in the OP that even those who are vaccinated and catch the virus are ‘EXTREMELY unlikely to have serious reactions’ (correct me if I’m wrong).
So why not go back to ‘partying like it’s 2019’?February 17, 2021 6:08 pm at 6:08 pm #1949407
Syag >> covid run through more than 95% some of our shuls as well.
You sound weirdly proud of your aveiros. could you verify the 95% number?
Check how many people are in the hospital from your wider community – significantly less than before?
Note that making conclusions from a very small circle of neighbors may be misleading, you need to look at larger population. Virus comes and goes in clusters. So, there might be a time period
with no cases, and then suddenly a cluster.
If the real number is 50% (this is Russia and Mexico level) and not 95%, then transmission will be reduced significantly, but not fully.
For a comparison, there was a recent conference organized by a world-known technology “futurist”, who gave PCR tests to those who wanted to attend in person. Despite that, there was a cluster of cases among attendees. Futurist apologized but seemingly is still believed to predict the future …February 17, 2021 6:45 pm at 6:45 pm #1949406Reb EliezerParticipant
CDC says that we are unsure whether the vaccine protects against infecting others not vaccinated as the virus is dormant in you and protects you against infection by creating antibodies.February 17, 2021 7:27 pm at 7:27 pm #1949430
Raboisem, savlanut. Israel is producing the answers to all these questions. We should know clearly in 1-2 months.
There are preliminary studies saying that vaccinated people have lower load and thus decrease probability of infecting others.February 17, 2021 7:49 pm at 7:49 pm #1949440
>CDC says that we are unsure whether the vaccine protects against infecting others not vaccinated as the virus is dormant in you and protects you against infection by creating antibodies.<
>There are preliminary studies saying that vaccinated people have lower load and thus decrease probability of infecting others.<
The vaccinated? No problem.
The unvaccinated? Their problem.
So again, why not reopen?February 17, 2021 7:49 pm at 7:49 pm #1949441
Meaning that one out of 20 people aren’t affected by it and still have to be careful.
Yet more disinformation from you.
1 out of 20 people might still get Covid, but that doesn’t mean they were not affected by the vaccine. 0 out of 20 people got seriously ill from Covid after receiving both vaccines (after a week or two from the second vaccine dose).
So you’re saying that we still need to be cautious even after the vaccine is widespread is evidence of either your ignorance, or that you have an agenda to unnecessary restrict people.February 17, 2021 7:49 pm at 7:49 pm #1949442
CDC says that we are unsure whether the vaccine protects against infecting others not vaccinated as the virus is dormant in you and protects you against infection by creating antibodies.
You are missing MadeAliyah’s point. Which others are going to be affected? Only those who chose not to get vaccinated.February 17, 2021 8:43 pm at 8:43 pm #1949455
Always Ask – wow, you have brought clear meaning to the word ‘misspoke’.February 17, 2021 9:51 pm at 9:51 pm #1949471charliehallParticipant
The vaccine does not prevent you from getting infected, it prevents you from dying if you do get infected. You can still pass on an infection to someone else. And if they have not been vaccinated that could kill them. You want that on your conscience?
Also, it is not clear how long the antibodies last after being infected or after being vaccinated.
Furthermore, evidence is that even 70% herd immunity is not enough to get the pandemic to die out. Famously a town in Brazil had that level and still have a massive deadly second wave. I am doing some research into this area right now with some other data and so far things are depressing. We may need to get 80% or even higher immunity. Currently no NYC zip code even has a 50% antibody positive test rate so we are nowhere near being able to think about herd immunity.
Besides, killing off the stupid is not something Jews should be advocating.February 17, 2021 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm #1949507
Besides, killing off the stupid is not something Jews should be advocating.
I happen to agree with that answer to MakeAliyah’s question.
The question is if antivaxxers are stupid, or defiant? And does that change our responsibility to them?February 17, 2021 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm #1949509
Charlie, glad to see someone working on this! If you are doing analysis, it got to be by a connected cluster, not just by zip code. People mostly communicate within their own group .. you can use maybe mobility data + estimate ethnicity from names to see if there are tighter cluster – maybe some indeed are 95% …February 17, 2021 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm #1949510
However, I seriously question how likely it is for someone who has been vaccinated to be contagious. The medical guidance I have gotten is that someone who has antibodies does not need to quarantine if exposed to someone with Covid. Although I am aware that not everyone agrees with this, even the CDC which is generally very cautious does give a window of 76 days during which a vaccinated person does not need to quarantine if exposed.February 18, 2021 12:03 am at 12:03 am #1949527
>> how likely it is for someone who has been vaccinated to be contagious
again, preliminary results show that you are right. But opposite thinking goes as following: vaccine may prevent serious illness more than viral load. Then, vaccinated person will be walking around feeling healthy but possibly infect others, especially those with whom they are in prolonged contact, such as family. Just like children …
Even if the load reduction is confirmed, the question is – by how much. Would it be enough not to reduce other measures. And the main protection, of course – despite the threads online – is not the masks, but deciding where not to go.February 18, 2021 12:05 am at 12:05 am #1949538
So do you think the CDC is jumping the gun by allowing vaccinated people to avoid quarantine even when exposed?February 18, 2021 12:11 am at 12:11 am #1949540
I had the wuhan virus last april. In July I tested positive for anti odies but not even enough for plasma donation (28 whatevers). 10 months later I still have 28. I doubt I’m an exception, i think immunity lasts a lot longer than they want to commit to saying.February 18, 2021 6:36 am at 6:36 am #1949547
>> CDC is jumping the gun by allowing vaccinated people to avoid quarantine even when exposed?
good question. Maybe they have numbers, or feeling pressure from politicians. When politicians say that “they will follow science”, they take responsibility from themselves but MIGHT be pressuring scientists behind the scenes.
Hopefully, this is a transient question: if vaccines decrease prevalence of the virus, then it will be easier for everyone.February 18, 2021 6:40 am at 6:40 am #1949575Thinking out loudParticipant
For context: Can anyone describe a different illness in which a vaccinated person can give the illness to others, while not sick themselves?
Is this specific to Covid 19? Is it specific to the system of using mRna to create the protection?
Actual real knowledge is appreciated. Please include your sources. If you are expressing an opinion, or a personal conclusion based on a combination of whatsapp, legacy media and you neighbors, please just make that clear!
Thanks!February 18, 2021 6:42 am at 6:42 am #1949596
Professor @charliehall, I really appreciate you taking the time to share your knowledge and expertise in this field.
You raised three main concerns that I feel may not be valid, so please show me were I am mistaken:
1. It is not clear how long the antibodies last after being infected or after being vaccinated.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but when we do find out how long the antibodies last, that will be the time period after which it will be recommended to revaccinate, so we’re back to square one.
2. It is necessary to achieve herd immunity.
Why? The vaccinated are safe regardless and the unvaccinated have themselves to blame.
3. Killing off the stupid is not something Jews should be advocating.
Of course not, but this is not killing by intention, this is killing by living your life. For example, you wouldn’t run over a stupid person lying on the road, but you also wouldn’t give up driving completely in case a stupid person will run into the road and you’ll kill him.February 18, 2021 7:52 am at 7:52 am #1949651AyiddishekupParticipant
There are ppl hu can’t get vaccinated bec if medical conditions what about them?February 18, 2021 9:26 am at 9:26 am #1949663
There are ppl hu can’t get vaccinated bec if medical conditions what about them?
So we’ll be wearing masks etc. forever?February 18, 2021 9:56 am at 9:56 am #1949677
>There are people who can’t get vaccinated because of medical conditions what about them?<
Who? The CDC has a list on their website that lists all possible medical conditions and allows them all to be vaccinated but warns that there is limited information on side-effects.
So to answer your question; there aren’t ‘people who can’t get vaccinated’.
(Again, correct me if I’m wrong.)February 18, 2021 10:06 am at 10:06 am #1949682
So to answer your question; there aren’t ‘people who can’t get vaccinated’.
Well of course they CAN get vaccinated, there’s just no information as to whether the vaccine is safe or effective for those people.
I’m not a doctor, but it would seem reasonable to me that the vaccine would be less effective or completely ineffective on someone who is immunocompromised.February 18, 2021 11:29 am at 11:29 am #1949699
@Meno I’m also not a doctor but:
1. I highly doubt the CDC would allow immunocompromised people to be vaccinated if it may be unsafe and likely ineffective.
2. Many immunocompromised people are already in protected environments such as a hospital.February 18, 2021 11:36 am at 11:36 am #1949703
I highly doubt the CDC would allow immunocompromised people to be vaccinated if it may be unsafe and likely ineffective.
From the CDC website: “Immunocompromised individuals can receive COVID-19 vaccination if they have no contraindications to vaccination. However, they should be counseled about the unknown vaccine safety profile and effectiveness in immunocompromised populations, and the potential for reduced immune responses and the need to continue to follow all current guidance to protect themselves against COVID-19 (see below).”
Many immunocompromised people are already in protected environments such as a hospital.
I don’t think this is true. There are plenty of people undergoing chemo treatment in outpatient settings. That’s just one example.February 18, 2021 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm #1949717
The Immunocompromised ‘community’ make up 3.6% of the US population, they are also in danger of the flu and remember, most of them will survive. It makes more sense to invest in keeping them protected – which we should have always done – then keeping the world under Covid restrictions forever.February 18, 2021 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm #1949719
I agree with you on that.
I was disagreeing with the people who said that the point of continuing precautions after everyone is vaccinated is in order to protect those who can’t be vaccinated.February 18, 2021 2:42 pm at 2:42 pm #1949750
So we are back to square one.
This is a serious question, is there no good answer?February 18, 2021 2:48 pm at 2:48 pm #1949784
It’s likely just because it’s easier for them to play it safe. Bottom line is they don’t know anything for sure. Remember “two weeks to flatten the curve”?
No one will have a problem if they suddenly decide to ease up restrictions, but if they decide to tighten restrictions when they said they wouldn’t everyone will call them liars.February 18, 2021 5:52 pm at 5:52 pm #1949829
I don’t think they are just playing it safe. The science is clear, when fully vaccinated you are more likely to be struck by lightning than to die of Covid.
Yet in Israel the vaccinated still need to mask and socially distance and in all likelihood the US will follow suit even when vaccines are fully available.
Till when? And why?February 18, 2021 9:54 pm at 9:54 pm #1949872
All these are “first world problems”. How about – do we have a moral reason to vaccinate low-risk groups while there are hundreds of millions of high-risk people all over the world who will not get a vaccine for maybe years?
Should Jews at least make sure to help Jewish communities in 3rd world countries?February 18, 2021 9:57 pm at 9:57 pm #1949875ujmParticipant
If the permit the vaccinated to go around unmasked and socially mingle closely, they’ll have no way to effectively stop those who are not vaccinated from taking advantage by acting in public as if they’re vaccinated.February 19, 2021 3:47 am at 3:47 am #1949944
>Should Jews at least make sure to help Jewish communities in 3rd world countries?<
Great idea for a new thread.
>If they permit the vaccinated to go around unmasked and socially mingle closely, they’ll have no way to effectively stop those who are not vaccinated from taking advantage by acting in public as if they’re vaccinated.<
Why should they not let the unvaccinated ‘go around unmasked and socially mingle’?March 6, 2021 8:25 pm at 8:25 pm #1954521
1st off, thread title is inaccurate. it’s a question, not explainer.
2nd, here are 2 articles from home page: 1 – Israel fears s African variant out of ctrl . but the vaccine, though less effective, is still 90% effective, so why’s this a big deal?
2 – twenty senior citizens, all vaccinated, test positive for covid.
sounds scary–til you read that NONE had symptoms. so what is this? fear mongering?March 7, 2021 6:28 am at 6:28 am #1954624
Current Israeli numbers for over-50s: -80% of haredim and Arabs either recovered or vaccinated (at least once, I think), and 98% of the rest of the country. Almost all people currently in hospital are those who were not vaccinated (include younger ones)
So, this may be a forecast for similar numbers in some pockets of Israeli community – a minority of 20% has to be convincedMarch 7, 2021 8:29 am at 8:29 am #1954707
>1st off, thread title is inaccurate. it’s a question, not explainer.<
I hoped that someone would make it into an explainer, but unfortunately that has not yet happened.March 31, 2021 1:06 am at 1:06 am #1961411
Really makes you think what this fear mongering is all about.March 31, 2021 1:16 am at 1:16 am #1961418
I had been planning on posting this for some time, I just needed the time for it:
If we’re to take all the facts we were told when the vaccine was 1st introduced, the the vaccine was the absolutely WORST way to deal with corona. (some have since changed but that doesn’t excuse the rollout when they were assuming these facts):
1. Those vaccinated can still transmit, though they’ll be asymptomatic.
2. We will never reach herd immunity.
3. Antibodies from the vaccine will wear off after 8 months (I think they had a dif number originally)
4. Even those vaccinated might (5-10% chance) die from Covid.
What follows is an endless pattern of people getting vaccinated, infecting everyone else unwittingly, more asymptomatic (vaccinated) people catching it and infecting it….what follows is everyone must get vaccinated forever every few months, sick and old people have no hope of ever leaving their house safely ever again, masks will become a permanent structure…….of what help is this insanity? It doesn’t even completley protect those vaccinated, so this is pure insanity.March 31, 2021 8:28 am at 8:28 am #1961421
Participant, it seems you have hard time living in a world without someone protecting you from all dangers. Please understand that this is how most people lived through centuries, and somehow kept their sanity.
Not complete sure, who told you these facts, but some of these reflected uncertainty and referred to the worst case. As of now, there are lots of good news on all your itemsApril 1, 2021 6:01 pm at 6:01 pm #1961897
>Please understand that this is how most people lived through centuries<
Please explain.June 22, 2021 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm #1985476
a couple of reports about high infection rates in Israel…does anyone know how many of the 154 cases were vaccinated?June 23, 2021 12:30 am at 12:30 am #1985500
Participant: 1/3 were vaccinated, 1/2 were children, 70% were Delta. While the level in the country is low, the cases seem to be connected with arrivals, some from low-risk Cyprus. Israeli gov is asking Israelis not to travel for fun. They are not saying it to visitors from Chutz, but think for yourself.
MA > Please explain.
people were exposed to transmittable diseases all the time. They either took protection or not, and contined living (Obviously, we are coming from those who did). For example, Newton did most of his work on physics after abandoning Cambridge for his estate for a couple of years during a bubonic plague pandemic.June 23, 2021 12:38 am at 12:38 am #1985510
to previous questions from Participant, according to my limited understanding:
vaccines increases immune response. Yes, it may move someone from symptomatic to asymptomatic, but at the same time, it will prevent someone else from asymptomatic transmission at all. Very weak vaccines, like Chinese, seem to be creating problems on countries like Mongolia, possibly because of immediate relaxation of rules. Vaccines create 2 responses – antibodies and T-cells. Antibodies prevent transmission and also decrease with time and possibly with variants. T-cell take time to respond, so they prevent serious illness but not transmission. T-cell response may even improve with time and is covering more variants. In the same Mongolia, cases skyrocketed, deaths increased way less, at least for now.June 23, 2021 2:12 am at 2:12 am #1985519
Participant, indeed, the reality that you described is nothing less than insanity.June 23, 2021 9:38 am at 9:38 am #1985652
thanks. next question: of those vaccinated and infected , how many have serious symptoms?
I was asking based on the info we were told then. as I think I’ve mentioned, they did change a few stuff.June 23, 2021 2:42 pm at 2:42 pm #1985741
If we take Israel as an example of how the covid-19 “vaccine” is working in a country that has vaccinated 80% of its citizens, the highest vaccinated population in the world per capita, they are now are now pushing off their date of opening to individual foreigners until August 1st instead of July 1st as originally planned, due to the new Delta coronavirus varient! This is is over 14 months of them closing the border to foreigner travelers (with only a small exception of yeshiva students and close relatives coming for simchas). This entire testing and hyperfocusing on the coronavirus is absolutely ridiculous. The virus will not go away because of human effort.
When hospitals are overflowing with patients then it’s a time to close borders and place citizens in quarantine, otherwise life needs to continue as usual because they cannot be finished with this through human effort. Viruses cannot never be entirely contained, eradicated or stopped from spreading, there’s no such thing. Viruses can only become extinct naturally (through Hashem’s will) . Hashem created viruses because the world needs it to exist and only he can make them extinct. The covid-19 virus is a result of human tampering but still could only do the damage because it was Hashem’s Will. And when it will be His Will then the virus will become extinct from this world and not a moment before regardless of masks, vaccines, closing the borders, quarantines, etc. And that’s why people need to return to normal life and stop with these narishkeiten.June 23, 2021 5:41 pm at 5:41 pm #1985835
> And when it will be His Will then the virus will become extinct
So, it seems to be His will to create a vaccine so fast, but some rebels refuse to take it preventing all of us from return to normal life – and have hutzpah to complain.June 23, 2021 7:42 pm at 7:42 pm #1985848
Always Ask, well, many feel that you are a sheep for believing in such a stupid thing as a shot that doesn’t work when coronavirus verients keep on popping up all the time and proof is Israel not opening normally and having to shut down when 80% got the shot and the rest had covid-19. And with people getting serious illnesses from these shots you think we are interested in being bullied into taking the shot particularly when many of us had the virus already? And I don’t understand what your issue is. Those who took the shot are safe even if you do get the virus you are still safe so what is this shouting and bashing all about? You think we have chutzpah and we think you are stupid so we are even.
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