“We’re not going to get to a place of zero risk,” Jennifer Nuzzo,
a Johns Hopkins epidemiologist, told me during a virtual Times
event last week. “I don’t think that’s the right metric for
feeling like things are normal.”
After Nuzzo made that point, Dr. Ashish Jha of Brown University
told us about his own struggle to return to normal. He has been
fully vaccinated for almost two months, he said, and only recently
decided to meet a vaccinated friend for a drink, unmasked. “It was
hard — psychologically hard — for me,” Jha said.
“There are going to be some challenges to re-acclimating and
re-entering,” he added. “But we’ve got to do it.”
And how did it feel in the end, I asked, to get together with
“It was awesome,” Jha said.
Get vaccinated and get back to normal life. It’s that simple.