The arrival of the COVID-19 vaccines is a landmark moment in our battle against the coronavirus. Now, as more countries provide vaccines to its citizens, questions are being raised whether we need to continue to follow pandemic precautions like face masks and social distancing, even after receiving the doses.
Health officials around the world recommend people continue to wear face masks, remain socially distant, wash their hands, and stay home when feeling sick – even after they have received the necessary numbers of COVID-19 vaccines.
This messaging might seem confusing – after all, isn’t the purpose of the vaccine to grant your immunity against the virus?
ARE YOU THE SPREADER?
The answer is a little more complicated than that. While the vast majority of people who are vaccinated will be protected from falling sick because of the virus. However, vaccinated people may still be able to transmit the virus, even though they do not display any symptoms.
According to the US Centre for Disease Control, scientists and researchers are still learning “how well COVID-19 vaccines keep people from spreading the disease.”. Early data looks promising, however there is no concrete information available yet. They have advised people to continue to wear a mask as we know “that prevention steps like wearing a mask help stop the spread of COVID-19.”
PROTECTION AGAINST OTHER AIRBORNE DISEASES
Since the start of the pandemic last year, we have seen a surge in the use of face masks. However, face masks have been used in countries with a high pollution rate well before the onset of the COVID-19.
This is because we know that wearing face masks not only allows us to breath filtered air, it also prevents the spread of germs. MEO Air face masks are built to provide superior filtration that let you use masks for extended periods of time without any discomfort.
Our Helix™ Filter Media is the world’s most breathable filter. It is made from New Zealand sheep wool which naturally inhibits the growth of bacteria and removes noxious gases. It is efficient in capturing 99.80% PM 0.1 particles and filtering out more than 99.99% of airborne bacteria.
PROTECT OTHERS WHO ARE VULNERABLE IN THE COMMUNITY
It will be months before countries around the world achieve herd immunity. Until then, people who get the vaccine early still need to do everything they can to keep others safe.
Once countries open their borders for visitors, tourists and overseas workers, it will be difficult to ascertain who is asymptomatic but a spreader. Because the vaccines are so new, we don’t know how long they offer protection against COVID-19.
It is important to continue to wear a mask and follow pandemic precaution measures, as wearing a mask not only protects others, but it also protects you.