The novel coronavirus has brought a lot of transformation in our daily lives. It has affected millions of lives and is still continuing to create chaos around the globe. The virus is caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). It was first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Since then, it has spread all over the world and jolted the healthcare system worldwide.
To tackle the spreading of the Covid-19, vaccinations were produced and the European Union approved the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine – the first in the world – in December 2020. Which was later followed by the Moderna vaccine and the AstraZeneca vaccine, and so on. However, despite receiving your vaccinations the experts suggest to still follow the preventive measures and the sops including the usage of masks.
Anyone can contract the coronavirus regardless of their age, physical condition, or any pre-existing comorbidities. However, if you possess other chronic diseases or if you belong to the elderly group of the society, the virus can take a higher toll on you. Even after the implementation of vaccinations, the virus has produced new variants with multiple mutations, and the risk of contracting the virus has become higher. The new variants are said to have the ability to escape the current vaccine protection and the antibodies produced during Covid-19 infection.
It has been revealed that the vaccine does not eradicate the chances of contracting the virus, but it can prevent the serious impact of the virus inside your body. Such as it can prevent you from being admitted in the hospitals to get treatment. However, with growing variants such as delta variants, the efficacy of the vaccines has become a serious concern.
So, it has been advised that even after getting vaccinated against coronavirus, it is extremely important to protect yourself and others from the contraction by keep wearing masks in public areas. It may reduce the chances of hospitalization or serious illness, but you can still become an asymptomatic carrier or spreader. This will put people with weak immune systems at high risk. Seeing the rise in the delta variant, the World Health Organization (WHO) has urged vaccinated people to continue wearing masks and maintain social distancing.
"People cannot feel safe just because they had the two doses. They still need to protect themselves," Dr. Mariangela Simao, World Health Organization assistant director-general for access to medicines and health products said as quoted by npr.org
Another major reason to keep wearing masks is that children are not yet vaccinated, so to keep them safe, adults should keep wearing masks while being around them.
It may not be the wise decision but the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced in late April that vaccinated people are not allowed to wear masks anymore in most of the places, except for high-risk and crowded areas such as hospitals and public transports. A few other European countries have also uplifted the rules of wearing masks in public. According to gavi.org, Israel was the first country to lift the mandatory face mask rule back in April 2021.