Most people who know me are aware of my irrational hatred of the face masks the medical professionals have asked us to wear during this pandemic. I suspect several factors are at play, chief among them creepiness, accompanied by some sort of visceral revulsion that seems trauma-related. I only say that because it's a similar reaction that I have to other (minor) traumas; it's not an official diagnosis. Despite these hangups, I wear a face covering because negligent homicide isn't a life goal. As much of a misanthrope as I can be, peoples' lives do matter to me. Once I am vaccinated, I have gradual plans to see friends and family who I can trust will also get the vaccination, and there will be no masks. In fact, save some of your masks for after we've achieved mass vaccinations, so you can throw them into the bonfire I'm planning on having.
Today, I read two articles: one arguing that at about fourteen days after the second shot, individuals can begin relaxing measures such as distancing and masking. The other article argues the opposite: