- The WHO stated that people who are fully vaccinated should continue to wear masks in public.
- The announcement came as people worried about the rapid spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19.
- A WHO official said: “People cannot feel safe just because they have taken two doses.”
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The World Health Organization said this week that people should continue to wear masks and take other measures to curb the spread of Covid-19. Fast spread of Delta variants Covid-19.
“People can’t feel safe just because they have two doses. They still need to protect themselves,” said Dr. Mary Angela Simão, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Access to Medicines and Hygiene Products. NBC Finance Channel Report.
“Vaccines alone cannot prevent community transmission,” she added. “People need to continue to wear masks, keep them in a ventilated space, and maintain hand hygiene… keep their distance and avoid crowding. This is still very important, even if you are vaccinated during community transmission.”
In the updated guidelines, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated in May In most indoor or outdoor environments, a fully vaccinated person does not need to wear a maskAll 50 states in the United States quickly followed the new guidelines, removing mask requirements in most cases and reducing other restrictions designed to prevent the spread of the virus.
The mask is still need On airplanes and public transportation in the United States.
Over time, South Africa has tightened the requirement to wear masks in any public places, and those who fail to do so will face criminal prosecution.
As Insider pointed out earlier, this variant does not seem to cause more serious Covid-19 cases, but it does seem to make the virus more likely to spread.on There has been a surge of 40% to 50% of the Israeli Delta variant cases, including the vaccinated populationEarlier this week, Chezy Levy, Director-General of the Israeli Ministry of Health, said.
Still a vaccine It seems to be effective in preventing serious illness and death. Countries facing outbreaks of variants with low vaccination rates have experienced a surge in Covid-19 mortality rates that have never occurred in countries with high vaccination rates.