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Is Wearing A Mask Still Beneficial?

Covid 19 pandemic completely changed our lifestyle. Social distance, washing hands, and most importantly, wearing masks became the new norm. In fact, wearing masks became mandatory in most countries, and those who flaunt these rules were punished. 

The reasoning behind wearing a mask is that it helps to prevent your respiratory droplets from reaching others. Studies show that when masks are worn correctly (over the nose and mouth), it reduces the risk of spreading droplets to the other person by up to 90%. What are good promotional items? Face masks can be really good for businesses who still want to engage with customers face to face and for branding. 

But with the rollout of the Covid 19 vaccine being intensified, the importance of wearing a mask is slowly fading away.  

Is wearing a mask still beneficial?

The world health organization still insists that wearing a mask is still beneficial in the fight against Covid 19. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing a mask in indoor and outdoor public places along with following other Covid 19 guidelines recommended by the WHO, such as the washing of hands and social distancing, especially for people who have not been fully vaccinated.

WHO recommends wearing masks in countries where a vast majority of people have not been fully vaccinated. 

However, when more than 60% of the population have been fully vaccinated in the US, the CDC has eased the wearing mask rule directing that fully vaccinated people can stay without masks both indoors and in public places. This is because their chance of getting Covid or falling severely ill if they get infected is significantly low.

Although masks are not necessary for secondary school pupils and college students in England, rules are not the same everywhere for other UK citizens. 

Wearing of masks and vaccination

With most countries rushing against time to vaccinate their population against the coronavirus, more and more people do not see the need to wear masks. Most Covid 19 vaccines are highly effective, with most of them having more than 90% effectiveness against Covid 19. 

However, most health experts say that not wearing at this point is not a wise move. Instead, they recommend that people continue wearing masks and follow other guidelines until the world gets some level of herd immunity.

The US CDC justified their decision to lifting the wearing of masks to people who have been fully vaccinated, indicating that people who have received full doses have less than 75% chance to have asymptomatic infections. 

This means that fully vaccinated people are less likely to get severely ill, even when they get infected with Covid 19, thus no need to wear masks.

With the virus mutating fast and variants such as the Brazil variant, south Africa variant, UK variant, and India variant being easily transmissible and more deadly, health experts are afraid that lifting Covid 19 guidelines such as wearing masks even for fully vaccinated people will do more harm than good. 

Reasons why wearing facemask should continue: 

We have not yet achieved herd immunity

Although some countries like the UK, US, and Israel have vaccinated most of their population against Covid 19, most countries, especially developing countries, are still lagging when it comes to Covid 19 vaccination. As long as a large population is still unvaccinated, the coronavirus will remain a huge threat to the world. 

For us to reach herd immunity, 50%-80% of the world population needs to be fully vaccinated, and that is still far from being achieved. Only a few countries have managed to vaccinate more than 50% of their citizens. Vaccines are certainly a step in the right direction, but it does not mean that we are out of the woods yet.

Although studies have shown that vaccines are effective against Covid 19 variants, health experts say this virus is resilient and are afraid that it is just a matter of time before the vaccine becomes less effective against the deadly variants. 

They insist that the best and more effective way to beat this virus is to continue following government guidelines until we develop some form of herd immunity.

Additionally, the new variant of Covid 19 seems to affect children. The case of Covid related deaths among children has nearly tripled, a clear sign that this virus has become deadlier. Most experts still think that enforcing mask-wearing even for fully vaccinated adults should continue because most children are not yet vaccinated.

It takes time for the vaccine to become effective

Most people think that once they are vaccinated, they immediately become immune to covid19. However, that is not true. In fact, there are many cases of people who have fallen severely ill from this virus after being vaccinated. This is because it takes time for the vaccine to become effective. 

According to CDC, it takes about two weeks after administering the second dose for the vaccine to be fully effective. This means that you will still be at risk of getting Covid 19 and even becoming severely ill until that time. The best way to prevent this is by wearing masks and following other Covid 19 guidelines.

Fully vaccinated people are still asymptomatic spreaders

We need to keep in mind that vaccines prevent people from becoming severely ill; it does not mean that it is 100% effective. This means that you can still contract the virus and spread it to other vulnerable people who have not yet been vaccinated. 

Experts are worried that fully vaccinated people will become super-spreaders in the coming days because they don’t show the symptoms. That is why wearing masks is still important.

A lot is still unknown about Covid 19 variants

Another reason people should continue wearing masks because a lot is still unknown about deadly variants wreaking havoc in some parts of the world. Some experts say more research needs to be done to determine whether the vaccine is fully effective because some fully vaccinated people are fallen severely ill to some of these variants.

Although most people want to go back to their everyday life, experts still insist that wearing masks is essential even for fully vaccinated people. Doing this simple act alone can reduce the risk of getting this virus by up to 80%. 

In addition, if you wear masks while maintaining other guidelines such as using sanitizer, you can prevent the spread of Covid 19 by up to 95%.