One year ago, experts, government officials and the public grappled with uncertainty regarding COVID-19, unsure of the proper protocol and precautions.
Now, as the public faces an optimistic vaccination timeline, people are eager to receive the vaccine. But as researchers come to better understand the effectiveness of vaccines at reducing transmission, changing recommendations have left some feeling confused or skeptical.
As of March 16, over 1.3 million North Carolinians have received complete doses.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released new guidance, stating fully vaccinated people may gather indoors without wearing a mask. They can also gather indoors with low-risk unvaccinated people from one other household.
People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two weeks after the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
But how should people adapt their behavior as things continue to change?
Jim Thomas is an epidemiology professor in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. He helped advise the CDC and created a Pandemic Ethics Dashboard to guide policymakers through ethical dilemmas posed by the pandemic.
The Daily Tar Heel sat down with Thomas to reflect on the past year of ethical dilemmas under COVID-19 and how both institutions and individuals can make better decisions as vaccines become more widely available.
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