Del Phoenix-Wilcox: Not safe to assume anything |

Del Phoenix-Wilcox: Not safe to assume anything

Regarding Hollie Grimaldi-Flores’ column on Dec. 9, Hollie states: “If the science is correct, we should be immune well into 2021, including for my birthday in February. Celebrate good times, come on!”

Once again, Hollie means well and her intentions are in the right place, but her quote on immunity and “the science” is dangerous. “The science” is still evolving and our understanding of the short and long-term effects of, and immunity from, this virus are just beginning to unfold.

Many people have contracted COVID more than once, and of these, many had mild symptoms the first time. It never fails to impress me how often her point falls short with misstatements like this.

In this case, it is highly irresponsible for her to assume that now that she and her family have had the virus that it will be safe for them to host her birthday party in February. Regardless of her family’s immunity status, someone else who is attending might spread the virus.

Gatherings have been proven time and again through contact tracing to be the main cause of transmission. It’s not safe to assume anything, and it is highly irresponsible to make public statements such as this.

Del Phoenix-Wilcox

Chicago Park

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