The most annoying term used in media these days is the term “expert,” as it applies to COVID-19.
No disrespect is meant towards the medical community or public health officials with that statement.
It’s just that we’re about a year into into the pandemic and coronavirus is something we’ve never dealt with, even if there have been positive advances, such as the introduction of the various vaccines being jabbed into the arms of Canadians.
Even with the vaccine roll-out underway, it’s interesting to note that manufacturer’s instructions indicate that the second jab of the Pfizer vaccine should come within 21 days of the first, 28 days in the case of Moderna. Now, we’re being told that the time between jabs in both cases could be as much as four months.
The reason they’re postponing those second doses is to give as many people as possible their first doses, but will a four month delay make the first jabs any less effective, since the manufacturer’s conclusions were based on clinical trials?
Canada has been slow in rolling out its vaccine program due to supply issues and if it hits high gear as government officials predict in the next few months, the wait time between first and second jabs might be reduced, but another wild card is the effect of the new variants that are becoming a concern.
Wild cards and mixed messages have been common since the pandemic began. Remember at the beginning when officials questioned whether the wearing of masks and closing the border would do much to stop the transmission of COVID-19, yet eventually made both standard procedure.
Despite the progress that’s been made, we’re still in uncharted waters with COVID-19.
That doesn’t mean there is no end in sight with the pandemic, but the closer goal on the horizon, for those in the golf industry is the start of the 2021 season, which may conclude in circumstances we would consider “normal,” or pre-pandemic.
Just as easily, however, the industry in all or some jurisdictions could face different circumstances due to the wild cards mentioned previously. If anybody says they have the answers, ask for guarantees. There aren’t any.
Another uncertain season is ahead of us, but the good news is we’ve also made progress as an industry, establishing the game as a safe outlet. It would seem he industry will continue to do so, with small victories along the way.
But there are no guarantees, just as there are no “experts”