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Put your masks on, we are about to hit some turbulence | CNN

July 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A passenger wears a face mask to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus as he waits for a Delta Airlines flight at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Dr. Comilla Sasson writes that while vaccines are "ridiculously effective" in preventing people from becoming hospitalized as a result of Covid, they're not a silver bullet -- and that even the vaccinated should keep wearing masks indoors or in crowded outdoor settings.

When we get on an airplane, we trust the pilots sitting in the cockpit flying the plane, the flight attendants who are walking through the aisles to keep us safe, and the air traffic control crew managing a myriad of quickly changing conditions.

When we go into lockdowns, restrict travel, and mandate masks and other prevention strategies, health care and public health officials, along with government workers, make these decisions, based on the data they have, with conditions changing quickly, in order to keep the public safe.

What we didn’t and couldn’t predict, is how quickly Covid-19 itself changes, how much of the world remains unvaccinated, and that this novel coronavirus, which no one had heard of or had to treat just 24 months ago, would cause these crazy, unpredictable, turbulent conditions.

Here is my plea to you: On behalf of your pandemic plane crew, I am begging you, get back in your seats, put on your seatbelts (masks) and get ready for a rocky ride.

And I promise, as soon as we can hit some better and less turbulent conditions, we will turn off that seatbelt sign and let you take off our masks and relax again.

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