Kodak developed the first-ever digital camera but has failed to keep up with industry trends. It was not the advent of digital photography that led to its failure. They could have been the trendsetter. It was because they chose to curb the digital trend for fear that digital cameras would eat up the market share of traditional cameras and, more importantly, films.
Likewise, even with face coverings, social distancing, and widespread lockdown in effect, we may still fail to stop COVID-19 from spreading. It’s not that these measures don’t work. It’s because we don’t — and we can’t — do it properly at all times. How many times have you talked with someone within 6 feet? How many times have you pulled your face mask under your nose or chin? How many times have you tried to get around the ban in the face of a stay-at-home order?
Vaccines are not 100% effective in protecting against any virus, either. Yet, it’s horrendously stupid of many to interpret “not 100%” as “0%.” Since there’s not a single course of action to end this pandemic once and for all, we have to take ALL possible measures simultaneously for the highest levels of safety — even so, we’re not 100% safe.