- Feb 5, 2017
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Marriott Ko ‘Olina
I am doing the sorts of things recommended by the CDC: washing hands, using hand sanitizer, wearing a mask, etc. I will also state that Palm Beach County has mandated masks in all public buildings. However, I am out and about in my community regularly. My husband is permanently disabled and does not drive so I am the designated shopper for my family. I make all the runs to the grocery store, gas, restaurant pick ups, etc. I am going to the beach regularly, etc. I have tried to be careful without being a hermit crab. We have also taken several road trips since the pandemic began to tourist areas within Florida: we spent one week at Sanibel Island and a second week at Marco Island/Naples. I would not consider myself to be “quarantining” at home. As a Floridian, we are welcome in few states at this point so our trips have all been in-state.In order to study the efficacy of the vaccine you need both areas with a high presence of the virus and people who are more likely to be in contact with those infected. The high risk people are very unlikely to meet the 2nd condition and depending how careful they are (probably the most careful of all) they may skew the results. My concern is that, according to the OP, they are specifically looking for high risk individuals so I am wondering what percentage of the subjects are indeed high risk. I am curious, if the OP can share of course, what kind of precautions she has taken so far to avoid being infected.
The current location of 89 trial sites matches up with areas of the country where the virus is now spreading rapidly. That’s important because the more people who volunteer in areas where the virus is actively circulating, the more likely those participants will be to get exposed to the virus. That would help the researchers more quickly determine whether people who were vaccinated with the experimental shot had better protection in fighting infection than those receiving placebo. My understanding is that after two doses, scientists will closely track which group experiences more infections as they go about their daily routines, especially in areas where the virus still is spreading unchecked.
While I would prefer to be in the test group, rather than the control group, it is randomized and there is no way to know which shot I will have been given. My understanding is that the study will be “unblinded” at the end and you will know if you received the real vaccine or the placebo. But that is a long ways off . . .