People are rushing helter skelter for vaccines. There is a shortage and many hospitals in Bangalore have suspended the vaccine program due to lack of stocks. Online slots for vaccines where available are being cornered by techies since they are very good at the game of fastest finger first.
People are desperate. On meeting ( at a six feet distance) they ask "vaccine done?" and not "how are you?". A burst of envy greets the other person if the reply is positive.
The fear is palpable. Everyone is trying to "be safe", and "being careful".
To the best of my knowledge that involves trying to run away or hide from something which will anyway get you. Many people who have been "safe" have also got the virus.
There are repeated exhortations to continue wearing the mask and maintain distance even if one is vaccinated. Why this should be so, I can't figure out. I do get the standard explanation being trotted out but that is not convincing.
It seems to me that whether you follow all precautions and take the vaccine, or you don't do any of those things,
the chances of anything happening to you is about the same. Or , so marginally different, that it makes no difference.
But the cost of "taking precautions" is high. And it is certain, a hundred percent probability of decline in immunity due to masking and distancing, due to shallow breathing, and lack of exposure.
Life is anyway a probability game. There is no such thing called hundred percent.
In such a situation, the most rational approach is to do nothing. No masks, no distancing, and no nothing.
Better to live every day and die once, than die every single day.