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Many virologists write about their experiences. Due to early vaccinations and protection wearing down after six months, Israel, Hungary, the UK and Belgium started the third and booster shot on time. The Netherlands in a two year long laissez-faire policy started nearly three months later than Belgium and at a very slow pace. Appears the virus mutants travel faster across the globe than data and knowledge for politicians and even scientists. Seeing is believing.

Get your booster shot and be safe. I'll get mine next week.

In the meantime do not lower your guard!

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Dec 14th, 2021 at 01:56:11 PM EST
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I've got mine as soon as Austria opened up for all age groups about three weeks ago. I've also been wearing a FFP2 equivalent in nearly all situations I was around people not in my immediate household and using a rapid test before going under people.
Talking about masks, I can recommend the 3M aura FFP2s. No glass fogging and they don't get vastly more uncomfortable after six hours of use.
Still would prefer if it wouldn't come down to personal paranoia.
by generic on Tue Dec 14th, 2021 at 03:04:05 PM EST
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Short of biolab-grade PPE, the Auras seem to be the gold standard. I use the Aura FFP3s if I'm going to be spending time among the public. A lot of FFP3s are really FFP2s at best, which are fine for relatively short exposure but not for a full working day.

Lateral/rapid tests have a lag of a day or so during which you can be infectious but the test isn't sensitive enough to show it. The best option continues to be masking and distancing. And full avoidance if possible.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Dec 15th, 2021 at 09:40:34 AM EST
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I'm not sure that FFP3s are strictly necessary. As far as I'm aware they use FFP2s in hospitals down here, though hospitals of course have much better ventilation than you're likely to encounter anywhere else. Nonetheless, I'm probably also going to switch to the FFP3 version once I'm through my current reserves.
by generic on Wed Dec 15th, 2021 at 10:44:13 AM EST
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