Covid vaccinations and the necessity of mask

You’re immunized against COVID, so isn’t it safe to dispose of your mask now? It depends. The World Health Organization has various suggestions for vaccinated people for various reasons. The clashing direction comes as the exceptionally infectious delta variant with overwhelming new cases all throughout the world, including Pakistan.

WHO officials repeated their recommendations that everyone should keep wearing their masks to lower the risk of the virus spread. This is happening due to the new variants entering the countries and there is no vaccination for that.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

If you’ve been fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.

  1. You can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations. That includes local business and workplace guidance.
  2. If you travel you do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel, especially in the US.
  3. People need to pay close attention to the situation at your international destination.
  4. There is not need to get tested before leaving your country unless your destination requires it.
  5. You still need to show a negative test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding an international flight to the United States.
  6. Get tested 3-5 days after international travel.
  7. You do NOT need to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States.
  8. If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.

Delta variant

The delta variant is the latest variant and it is the most contagious of the variants identified so far. According to the WHO, the delta variant has been identified in 85 countries so far. And is spreading among the unvaccinated population, the organization said during the press conference.

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Wearing a mask consistently continues to be important, even for people who are vaccinated, a WHO official said during a press briefing in late June. “People cannot feel safe just because they had the two doses. They still need to protect themselves.”

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