The Covid pandemic seems to rage fiercely in recent two weeks. Territories in Asia saw a spike in new Covid cases, and many of the patients are asymptomatic. Even patients who had been inoculated also fell ill.
Many are asking whether there still is a need to get ourselves inoculated, since one will still be infected. And the answer is yes. Why? Simply because vaccination helps us avoid falling seriously ill, and one’s infectivity can be reduced significantly when infected.
Put it this way. Even after inoculation we still wear a mask, we still practice personal hygiene by washing hands with soap and water. When there are big events such as concert and football match, the health authorities check audiences’ vaccination record and rapid test result at the entrance.
When big events attended by mask-wearing inoculated individuals are proven to be safe and few new infection cases might occur, that might mean further relaxing the restrictions is possible. 2021 English FA Cup Final between Leicester City and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium could be a good starting point.
As infectious disease specialist at Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital Dr Leong Hoe Nam puts it, when coronavirus only causes normal cold and patients no longer need to be hospitalised, we will move on in life as it is.
With vaccination and self-discipline, I believe our target is not far away. But of course, we need to make sure that vaccination and self-discipline go hand in hand to achieve the goal.