While the pandemic forced us to mask up, it seems that we’ll keep wearing them as we’ve noticed that we’ve been less ill of late. Funny, that.
Any proof you need to show for the fact that isolation, quarantine, and mask wearing worked during the pandemic is probably going to have something to do with it being months, perhaps a year or more, since the last time you were ill.
Like, common cold, sneezing, blocked nose, cough, sinus-y degrees of illness. Patent medicine ads telling you to “soldier on” type stuff.
When you don’t share close quarters with strangers, and if you do, you take precautions to not breathe in their … ahem … droplets, you tend to not get sick. Funny how it works – like all those experts said it would.
Now that much of the developed world is becoming fully vaccinated, there would be, seemingly, less reason to wear masks in public. But it’s not stopping a number of people to continue to sport them, even as the worst of the novel coronavirus pandemic is behind us.
The Guardian reported how many are still choosing to wear their masks both in and out of doors, despite there being perceptions of no obvious, surface need for them to do so.
So, why is this the case?
Speaking to the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Kristin Englund, MD, said that even after vaccinations had taken place to a large enough degree, mask wearing should continue in some circles.
“Unfortunately, getting vaccinated does not instantly mean we can go back to how life was before,” she said. “Until we have some level of herd immunity, the vaccine is now just another layer of protection against COVID-19.”
Many are still choosing to wear their masks both in and out of doors, despite there being perceptions of no obvious, surface need for them to do so.
People taking an abundance of caution, it would seem. Which is … good, right?
The US-based Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has made it official that fully vaccinated people can now safely gather indoors, in small gatherings with other people who are fully vaccinated – no mask required.
But they also said it was important to note that fully vaccinated people should continue to wear face masks and maintain physical distance while in public spaces.
“The vaccines are certainly a step in the right direction – and a reason to celebrate – but we’re not out of the woods yet,” Dr. Englund said.
The New York Times has been providing similar coverage, saying that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines look to be effective at preventing serious illness, but it remains a question as to how well they will curb the virus’ spread.
Michal Tal, an immunologist at Stanford University, told the Times that it’s going to be critical for people to know if they have to keep wearing masks.
“A lot of people are thinking that once they get vaccinated, they’re not going to have to wear masks anymore,” he said. “They could still be contagious.”
We’re not out of the woods just yet. Unless, of course, we’re willing to let some people die if it means we can open up the borders.