To Mask Or Not To Mask?

Returning To School

To Mask, Or Not To Mask? As of June 13th, over 300 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the U.S., with 43.6% of Americans being fully vaccinated. However, alongside these growing numbers, the CDC has been changing their mask and distancing guidelines, currently advising that vaccinated Americans are not required to wear masks and can resume participating in activities they did prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, many schools are returning to fully in-person instruction, eliminating remote and distanced class settings, and many states have lifted their mask mandates as well.

To Mask Or Not To Mask?

To Mask Or Not To Mask?

While many people are abiding by the CDC guidelines and no longer wearing their masks in public, there are many vaccinated individuals who plan on continuing to wear masks and socially distance similarly to how they did before receiving their vaccine. Whatever your choice regarding ongoing use of masks, or even if you don’t plan on getting vaccinated at all, these new guidelines and relaxed expectations will impact all Americans.

It’s important to see where you fall in these categories. According to the CDC, people are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their final dose (second dose for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, single dose for Johnson and Johnson’s vaccine). This means that even if you’ve received all the doses you need to help protect yourself against COVID-19, you’re not at full protection until 14 days after the final dose. This rule applies to all individuals, regardless of age. If it has been two weeks since your final dose, you’re allowed to resume regular activities without socially distancing yourself (except for where it’s required by laws, rules, or regulations, such as a workplace or business).

As mentioned before, you can continue to wear a mask and distance yourself if you prefer to do so, since it is still possible to get the COVID-19 virus even with the vaccine.

Get Vaccinated!

If you’re not planning on getting the vaccine or cannot access one, it is imperative to maintain the social distancing and safety precautions you’ve been practicing throughout the pandemic, as outlined by the CDC. Wear your mask in public when around others and/or indoors, and avoid public settings where six feet social distancing isn’t achievable. 

Prepare To Get Vaccinated

Remember that the COVID-19 vaccine has been approved and encouraged by organizations such as the WHO and the CDC, and has been proven to significantly decrease the spread of the COVID-19 virus. While everyone has the right to make their own choices as to getting vaccinated or not, it is crucial to value the safety of others by getting vaccinated ourselves and following other precautions. Doing otherwise would be counter-productive to our shared goal of keeping others, and ourselves, safe in this pandemic.

Check With Your Con

Even as you read this, your con is hard at work examining the data and making decisions about how to plan their next events safely for everyone concerned. Check with your con about their policies and requirements.

Contact UsagiMed

Contact Usagimed

We’re all about improving safety and reducing your con’s liability. Call on us so we can be your event partners. As you plan and prepare, we will answer any questions you may have about your own internal requirements and enforcing the rules for your attendees. Feel free to drop us a question and we will answer you.

LGBTQ+ Acceptance

Anime and gaming conventions have been around for decades, giving fans of all sexualities, genders, and identities a space to celebrate the fan cultures they love. Regardless of who they are or where they came from, fans can find solace in conventions. However, finding safe spaces to express yourself isn’t always easy. While LGBTQ+ acceptance has improved significantly in the last ten years, there are still struggles that LGBTQ+ individuals continue to face. Our conventions work relentlessly to keep the space as accepting and forward as possible, through both their policies and precautionary measures.

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Carolina Fear Festival

Carolina Fear Festival has nothing to be afraid of. Usagi Medical Group was happy to provide advisory services to Carolina Fear Festival (CFF) as they plan their reopening this year. With one phone call that took less than an hour, we quickly discussed their concerns and current public health strategy, and some additional considerations for them to make as they plan their upcoming event, scheduled for May 29 and 30 in Raleigh, NC. 

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Returning to Normal?

Vaccines Administered

The U.S. returning to normalcy is seeming much more likely thanks to the rapid influx in COVID-19 vaccinations, with 21.3% of Americans being fully vaccinated as of April 11, 2020 (NPR COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker). As millions of vaccines are administered every day, public events, such as conventions, can be planned under safe conditions. However, most anime conventions haven’t been held in over a year, and while usually one year wouldn’t make much of a difference in the number of people interested in the subject of the convention, 2020 lockdowns give rise to a different story.

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Planning And Preparing For Your Next Convention

Planning And Preparing

All of us are looking at the convention-planning horizon with undisguised optimism. We are all champing at the bit to throw a big party and get back to our cons. But we must continue to exercise caution. None of us want the public humiliation of fostering another outbreak that puts our friends and fans at risk. 

The recommendations and mandates that have been in place for the last twelve months are slowly changing as we get more and more data about rates of infection, hospitalization, and the availability of a vaccine. As the data continues to get updated, Usagi Medical will help your con AT NO COST on an advisory basis. We’ll help you answer some critical questions:

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Work With UsagiMed

Bring Your Meds

It’s the down time right now. It seems we’re all cautiously beginning to gear up for a return to convention season later this year. UsagiMed remains poised to help conventions make the decisions to keep themselves and their stakeholders safe as we all weigh questions relating to “when” and “how” to conduct our next cons safely.

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Comfort TV

January has so far been the deadliest month of the COVID-19 pandemic (US deaths). There’s lots of optimism on the horizon, but we may still yet be “in the woods” for more months. Physical health and safety isn’t the only important thing, mental health is, too.  As anime lovers and con-goers, we’ve got a big hammer in our toolbox for this: Comfort TV.  

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Punch COVID-19 In The Face

What if I told you that you could punch COVID-19 in the face?

Punch Covid-19 In The Face

COVID-19 has been in the United States for at least eleven months now, and we don’t know when this nightmare will be over. But what if I told you that you can help the United States to get “back to the new normal” faster? If you’re reading this blog post, you probably already volunteer with an anime convention. You know all about how to put on a large event and keep thousands of folks moving and grooving all day and all night. So helping to get shots into the arms of 500 to 10,000 people? That’s small potatoes for you.

That’s right. You can help with vaccinations. Hear me out:

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