Shirley Schley, 86, and Wick Downing, 90, invited her granddaughter to dinner this weekend.
“I haven’t seen her for months. Because it took them so long to get their photos, ”Schley said. Among those fully vaccinated, the couple are considering going out, but not sure yet. “You know my bridge club is restarting and I’m not ready… I’m just wary of crowds right now and have to get over it.” Wick is more confident. “It just doesn’t concern me. “
When asked if he would go to a crowded restaurant?
” Oh no. I wouldn’t feel comfortable in a crowded restaurant, ”Wick said. “I guess there might be some sort of residual process in my head.”
“Our minds are wired for self-preservation,” said Vincent Atchity, president and CEO of Mental Health Colorado. “We need this transition period where we have to recognize it, we have been vaccinated now.”
We can compare ourselves, says Atchity, to snails.
“They’re quick to squeeze into their shells because it’s a natural protective instinct, but you have to stick around for a while and watch them slowly come back.”
Fully vaccinated and going out for dinner, Andrea Tompkins, 41, and Jared Williams, 34, did well.
“I think there are still things on our minds that worry us,” Tompkins said. “Not completely in it yet. How to get there, ”added Williams.
They were good with dinner. But a concert full of people?
“Maybe in a few months,” Tompkins said of returning to life as it was before the pandemic. “I think I had a kind of social anxiety that showed up where it was, I don’t know if I know how to be with people now.
She works from home.
“Every day for a year, all you’ve heard of is COVID, safety and taking precautions.
Sixteen people who were fully vaccinated have died from COVID-19 in Colorado, according to the CDPHE. They are among 1,190 deaths among people with COVID-19 since the start of the year. This represents 1.3% of those deaths, and the deaths have not yet been examined, so they may be due to other causes.
“Given the large number of COVID-19 vaccinations currently underway, events such as heart attacks, strokes, serious illness and death are expected to occur, by chance only, in the days following vaccination” , said the CDPHE in response to our questions.
The most recent year for data available on global causes of death in Colorado from the CDC is 2019. Using these death rates, on average over the first four months of the year, 2,662 Coloradans would have died a cancer, 2587 or heart disease and 1028 from various accidents.
Dying from COVID if fully immunized is not approaching.
“It won’t happen overnight. We have changed all of our behaviors for a year now, ”said Atchity. “We cannot eliminate all risks from our lives, and we actually live with a tremendous amount of risks which are greater than the risk of contracting the COVID 19 virus after being vaccinated.”
Some, he points out, will never be the same again. This will include people who have lost loved ones. Others will further mitigate the risk because they have learned how to do it. Tompkins always takes a certain caution over others.
“The perception of people around you who may not be vaccinated or who don’t know that I am vaccinated. I don’t have my mask, maybe they see me as a risk to them.
Atchity recommends taking part in things, if you are ready and protected.
“And so we cut the break. Do the right thing, get vaccinated, be part of the team to end this pandemic. “
Schley and Downing have tickets to a Rockies game next week. They expect to wear masks and follow protocols.
“I’m nervous about this,” Schley said. But they are leaving. “So I think we just need to start doing things.”