Should I wear a mask even after vaccination?
As the vaccinations starts to roll out across the world, more and more people are starting to see the light in the tunnel and the end of this pandemic. But before you put your mask in your drawer, you should take your time reading this post for more information on its future.
It’s your shot to success. Or?
By rolling up the sleeve and getting vaccinated, you’re doing mankind a big favor. But every step we take along the way, washing your hands, keeping distance and wearing a mask, will stay be a part of our lives for a long time to come. Despite that, you shouldn’t decline the shot – you should see each step as different layers where the vaccine is a strong layer of protection.
Herd immunity will be reached first when 50-80 % of the world’s population have received the shot. And while some countries such as Israel and the UK have managed to vaccinate a great deal of their population, the rest of the countries within the EU, Americas and poorer countries struggle with a slower pace.
But it’s a complicated question with ups and downs. Over in America, the US President Joe Biden recently promised that there’ll be enough vaccines “for every adult in America by the end of May,” but in Europe, Denmark and Austria reached out to Israel to develop their own vaccine and speed things up. So as you can see, it’ll take some time before we’re at the finish line. So here are some reasons why you should wear the mask even after the vaccination.
5 reasons why you shouldn’t put the mask back in the drawer
PatienceThe long-lasting effect of the vaccine will kick in after a few weeks after you’ve received the shot, protecting you up to 95 %. The feeling of sickness is normal, that’s just your immune system kicking in and it’ll go away shortly after, but you can still catch the virus if you’re not being careful.
NumbersSo close, yet so far away. Take a look at the number – 95 % effective. That means that even though the vaccine offers high protection, it does not rule out infection as soon as you leave the doctor's office. Plus, there’s a gap of 5 %, we’re not sure what will happen and that only time will tell.
SurroundingsExperts are not sure if the vaccine prevents transmission or not. There’s a concern that the patients that have received the shot still can get infected without any visible symptoms and become “silent” spreaders of the virus. So better to be safe than sorry – wear your mask until you’re surrounded by people that you know have received their second shot.
Brother and sisters“One for all, all for one”. The great quote from the book “The Three Musketeers” (1844) still stands just as strong today. Patients with chronical diseases, cancer, heart problems, diabetes and pregnant women are at a much higher risk of ending up in a hospital with severe conditions related to the coronavirus. These patients are not included in the studies of protection, we can’t say for sure that the protection will be as good for these patients.
Patience (again)There are over 7 billion people across the world and not the doses of vaccine. So stay calm, informed and wait for your turn. It’ll come.
So as much as we wish that everything would be the way we’re used to; we still have a long and winding road to walk. And if you thought that the vaccine would be the one-shot-solution, I have to break it to you – it’s not.The solution will be that we keep fighting and that we maintain the newly developed habits that we’ve come to apply to our lives. And this includes wearing a mask, washing our hands, avoid large crowds and staying at home as often as possible. Every step we take adds a layer of protection, and whenever you leave the house socializing – let your mask be that layer