My feeling is that I am still trying to sort out what risk is acceptable to me, personally, & what compromise I am willing to live with, knowing the more risk I accept the more I could go out again. If I feel uncertain, I feel the risk may be too high, & so must accept being isolated more, & accept the consequences which come with that.
Although I have both doses of vax, I know it is not 100% protective. My not being able to wear a mask increases my risk, & my inability to see where everyone is in relation to where I am, also increases my risk. I'm over 60, too, & not in the best of health, which adds to my risk.
& perhaps more risky, is that if I do become infected, I am a greater risk of passing it on to others, unless I manage to isolate myself before I even suspect I have it. That's when most with it are most likely to pass it on to others.
All it takes is one or two people circulating around the place. Just looking at the list on the government's website, I am surprised at how many places a person can go to in a single day.
It is 'risk management', which is part of many workplaces, & has been applied across the community too, for many things we can & cannot do.
I think it will become easier, & the sense that going out into social places will feel less risky, but it is taking some time to feel if it is already so, even here in Qld - for me, that is.
I think our Premiere has tried very hard to give us the impression they have it all under control, & are doing absolutely everything to keep us safe, She must act, bearing the whole population in mind, not just a highly populated area, but every bit of Qld.
but I think, she has not actually done enough, apart from talking up vaccines, to get people here in Qld vaccinated as quickly as we might have. Especially not nearly enough in rural areas, where health care is so lacking from the start. These are things that make me nervous & unhappy.
& there have been places mentioned beyond the south-east which have had infected people move through.
The point of getting two doses of a vaccine is to keep you from ending up in ICU with a ventilator, as the vacsces do reduce this risk considerably.
It's tougher to weigh up risking more people infected against more people out of work, school, with more mental health problems, etc in places where high numbers people are still infected every day, but people have been in lock-down for so very long. That's a different equation.