02/27/2021 at 10:50 pm #86267LaurenParticipant
- Location: Central Illinois
I’ve been taking COVID extremely seriously- I shower every time I get home from going out, I bake any take out food, and I wear 95s because my mom has MS and is imunocomprimised (and I happened to sign on to staples one day and they had them in stock. We bake and reuse those too, per Standford study ettique, so it’s not like I’ve been wasting a n95 and throwing them away after one use. A box can last me a few months now that I stopped going out to work at my boring retail job)
Anyways, I just got my second shot yesterday, and my mom will have her second shot and the 2 weeks to build up immunity will be up on April 20th. Everyone in my bubble will be double vaxxed (mom, me, girlfriend, grandma) and we have no other no-masked connection.
My favorite auction house has gone on through the entire thing, even during heavy lockdowns. They are in a tiny red town and never got shut down to my knowledge. I’m guessing mask usage is low, but tbh mask usage is low when I pick things up from an online auction, which I’ve been doing since June.
Like, at what point are we feeling comfortable with Auctions again? I also let everything I buy quarantine before I touch it again to list it, so I’m confident all the germies are gone.
I accept that I’m totally being padantic about this whole thing and taking more precautions than probably necessary, but I feel like I can start to let my gaurd down once the whole bubble is vaxxed. Still wear masks, still wash hands, but maybe go to an auction again?
02/27/2021 at 11:18 pm #86268JayKeymaster
- Location: Virginia
I believe in better safe than sorry. Not sure when we’d feel comfortable going back to live auctions where we stand around people in enclosed rooms for hours. That’s much different than picking up items quickly when you buy online.
I guess outdoor auctions would be safe, but as you mentioned, most auctions I go to are populated by folks who are pretty anti-authoritarian so likely low mask usage.
There’s just so much we dont know about this current virus and how effective these vaccines are. Im hopeful we reach herd immunity with enough vaccinations by the summer, but we’re still far from out of the deep end yet IMHO.
02/28/2021 at 3:43 am #86271Antique FrogParticipant
- Location: Leicester
Even before lockdown I avoided using the toilets at my favourite auction house- a room 12 foot by 16 foot with a stainless steel trough and two cubicles serving several hundred men. It had a permanently wet floor. I think it was built in the 1970s, when they stopped selling cattle and moved on to antiques and furniture, so maybe the ‘ambience’ wasn’t too noticeable then.
Thinking here in the UK seems to be that the vaccine is very effective at mitigating the effects of infection. I’ve had one dose of Pfizer; a couple of friends had one dose of Astra-Zeneca and had reactions lasting a day or so (fatigue and feeling cold etc.) The Germans give figures of about 40% reacting to AZ in that way. I had a slight ache in the shoulder. Although mix-and-match is apparently okay, I assume everyone will have their second does with the same vaccine as the first.
02/28/2021 at 6:36 pm #86298workhorseParticipant
- Location: California
1 week After the 2nd shot of moderna or pfizer you are 95 percent protected against serious or deadly disease from covid 19 inclusive of variants. Still wear a mask, still disinfect your hands, but I’d say you are OK to go out at that point. I am a retired physicians assistant, also relatively immunocompromised myself, and me and the wife are both done with the vaccine. We plan on feeling more relaxed going out but will still be cautious until more people get their vaccines.
03/14/2021 at 8:13 pm #86731LaurenParticipant
- Location: Central Illinois
Thanks all. I’m just not quite there yet, I think. However, I am rolling back on the “shower as soon as you get home” which has been great for my mental health, and I’m feeling more comfortable going to thrift stores. I haven’t actively scavenged in months from a thrift, and I found a TI 84 CE for a couple bucks this week, so I’m calling that a win.
03/15/2021 at 3:26 am #86743sonia_pcParticipant
- Location: Lisbon, Portugal
As time goes by and more scientific studies are available, I gather that surfaces aren’t that much of an issue as air spread of the virus. However, I still take extra care with everything that comes inside my home, especially food.
Also, new, faster spreading and more damaging strains of the virus keep showing up and vaccine protection against those has to be evaluated.
The long term effects of the virus, even on people without symptoms is still being evaluated as well.
As someone living in Europe, I really envy the comparative swiftness of US’s vaccine deployment. It will definitely have a huge and positive impact. We are struggling with vaccine availability.
That being said, I will still be taking extra care even after I get my vaccine (don’t know when that will happen yet as I am in my early 40s without health issues)
I always use 2 n95 masks when going into closed spaces and avoid staying long. Masks help but are not full proof.
03/15/2021 at 5:36 pm #86777TopNotchParticipant
- Location: WI
I’ve gone to a couple auctions this year for fun more than anything. People have mostly tried to distance, but it’s not always possible. Very few people wear masks. I think the people who never stopped attending auctions, likely are not concerned with the virus. I am strictly in the “we’ve always had viruses” camp myself and have already had it, so the distancing is less of a concern for me. That being said, I did decline entry into one last year that was packed like sardines in a tiny room for an estate auction. No thank you. Virus or not, that was too close and there are tons of illnesses that could be spread.
Viruses aren’t likely to disappear. It will never be safe to go to an auction.
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