Should you still wear a mask after both Covid vaccines?

Covid vaccines have emerged as the world’s saviour and the only tool to prevent future lockdowns. People require two doses for complete protection, after which their immune system should have the equipment to fight off more than 90 percent of infections. But while cases continue to rise, people need to augment their toolbox to push protection as close to 100 percent as possible.

Should you still wear a mask even after having both Covid vaccines?

Although tens of millions of people have had at least one Covid jab, daily case rates are sky-high.

Yesterday’s totals passed 27,000 for the first time since early 2021, thanks to the Delta variant of the virus.

People still have to wear a mask as part of the Government’s Covid restrictions.

Even after both vaccines, official advice suggests people should still take precautions.

The advice asks people to:

  • Continue social distancing
  • Wear a face mask
  • Wash hands regularly and carefully
  • Ventilate enclosed locations by opening windows
  • Follow the latest guidance

These precautions keep people safe as their body adapts to the vaccine, which needs four to five weeks to build immunity.

During this time, their body will have close to the same level of protection it had pre-vaccine.

Questions remain as to whether ministers will choose to keep the policy active after July 19, when estimates suggest two-thirds of the population will have both Covid jabs.

They want to eliminate as many restrictions as conceivably possible by the Freedom Day date.

The Prime Minister is yet to reveal which ones, however.

Instead, people are left relying on rumours and advice from public health professionals.

People can still get sick after having both Covid jabs and pass it on to the people they love.

And if the high case rates sustain themselves, the chances of infection grow with them.

The Delta variant, which is now dominant in the UK, is also more infectious than its close relatives.

Medical professionals advise people to keep wearing their masks after they have completed their vaccine regimen.

Lawrence Young, Professor of Molecular Oncology at Warwick Medical School, said they go a long way to making the body’s respiratory entrances inhospitable for Covid.

He told the Huffington Post wearing a mask after vaccination is “still important”.

Masks stop people from getting infected, he said, by acting as a barrier and keeping “your nose warm and moist which also inhibits infection.”

The World Health Organisation (WHO) follows with its official advice.

Dr Mariangela Simao, WHO assistant director-general, told reporters last week people will need masks to bring down community transmission.

She said: “People cannot feel safe just because they had the two doses.”

“They still need to protect themselves.”

“Vaccine alone won’t stop community transmission.

“People need to continue to use masks consistently, be in ventilated spaces, hand hygiene, the physical distance, avoid crowding.

“This still continues to be extremely important, even if you’re vaccinated when you have a community transmission ongoing.”

Post source Daily Express

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