Since the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines, I’ve noticed increasing numbers of people walking around without masks. Today, a maskless woman stood within 6 inches of me while talking. When I said something to her, she replied, “I’m vaccinated.” I politely told her that being vaccinated doesn’t mean she shouldn’t still wear a mask. She insisted I was wrong and called me illiterate. Insult aside, I think she honestly believed that she was correct.
Researchers don’t yet know exactly to what degree, in the real world, a vaccinated person is protected, or whether they can still transmit the virus to others. Until they do, the CDC and every resource I’ve checked (including local DoH guidelines) advises that even if you’ve had 2 doses of the vaccine, you should still wear a mask to protect others (and yourself, since building immunity takes several weeks after the second dose and even then, the vaccines are not 100% effective). It’d be nice if the healthcare folks giving the shots were advising people of this, just as a pharmacist advises on rx drugs, but maybe not. Just hoping to quell misinformation.
From the CDC FAQ:
Do I need to wear a mask and avoid close contact with others if I have gotten 2 doses of the vaccine?
Yes. Experts do not yet know the extent of protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide in real-world conditions. We also don’t yet know whether getting a vaccine will prevent you from spreading the virus to others, even if you don’t get sick. While researchers learn more, it’s important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic, including social distancing and wearing a mask.”
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You are cordially invited to the Washington Opera Society’s exclusive Christmas/Hannukah Party!
We are pleased to welcome our great opera stars to the company!
Juliette Di Bello, Manuela Tomasz Korossy, Kristin Sampson from the NY City Opera Company, and Kevin Short of the Metropolitan Opera.
Don’t miss this unique holiday concert of seasonal favorites and hit arias from the operatic repertoire sung by our cast of stellar singers. Maestro Benichou will bring his infectious energy as he leads the WOS Festival Ensemble in an evening sure to remember. Glad tidings!
You are cordially invited to the Embassy of Austria for a thrilling evening with Mozart. What a better way to spend Christmas and Hannukah! Our full orchestra and lead singers, some of whom sing at the Met, will appeal to teens as they begin their journey to the classics! We expect to be sold out soon…..
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Under the Gracious Patronage of H.E. Petra Schneebauer, Ambassador of Austria
Julien Benichou, Conductor
Kevin Short as Figaro
Manna K. Jones as Susanna
Stephen Powell as Count Almaviva
Laquita Mitchell as Contessa
Anna Kelly as Cherubino
Maggie Polglaze as Barbarina
John Gibney as Bartolo
Leah Heater as Marcellina
Christopher Jon Hartung as Antonio & Don Curzio
Narration provided by Robin Phillips
Embassy of Austria
3524 International Court NW
Washington, DC 20008
Doors Open/Cocktails 6:30 pm
Performance including Intermission 7:15 pm
Wine Reception with Heavy Hors d’oeuvres 9:15 to 10:30 pm
Box Seats $250
Orchestra Reserved $150
Seniors (over 65 years old) Unreserved $80 [sold out]
Students with ID $50
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