The rising COVID-19 pandemic could soon force many countries to make people wear face masks again. The U.S. government officials say that they are also planning to do this since CDC and WHO advise them.
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A face mask is certainly reasonable for those who haven't received a single dose of vaccine and those who haven't complete the process yet. However, should fully vaccinated individuals do this as well?
May Chu, a clinical professor of epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health, said that wearing face masks still depends on the situation.
"It's so subjective and situational. It's easier to think it through if you know what the risks are that you need to evaluate," she added.
On the other hand, Linsey Marr, one of the aerosol experts at Virginia Tech, said that COVID-19 particles quickly dilute outdoors.
"If you happen to be right next to it, then maybe you'll get a whiff of it. But it's going to become diluted rapidly into the huge atmosphere," added the researcher.
Should COVID-19-Vaccinated Individuals Wear Mask?
According to NPR's latest report, many COVID-19 experts claimed that vaccinated people are still safe outdoors, even if they don't wear anti-coronavirus face masks. However, if they decided to do this, they need to avoid having prolonged close contact with other people in the area.
CDC (Centers for Disease Control), WHO (World Health Organization), and other health agencies started to suggest re-implementing face masks after new variants appeared. These include the latest COVID-19 Delta and Lambda strains.
As of the moment, the United States' daily infected cases are increasing because of the new variants. On the other hand, CDC also announced recently that the N95 mask is still effective against the new strains.
Meanwhile, there are various reasons why fully vaccinated individuals need to wear masks. One of these is protecting the people around them. Getting vaccinated doesn't mean you are invulnerable from COVID-19.
Vaccines are developed to prevent serious symptoms from harming you. This means that there's still a chance you can get the novel coronavirus.
Absence of Face Mask Leads To Some Hospitalizations?
WMFE 90.7 reported that some experts believe the absence of face masks might have affected the rising COVID-19 cases in the United States and other countries.
They added now that the face protections are not implemented, hospitalizations have increased, especially since new strains are spreading in different parts of the globe.
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Written by: Griffin Davis