Despite a drop in cases post the second wave, we are still facing a massive threat from the mutant Delta variant of the SARS-COV-2 virus, spreading across the world.
While vaccines alone cannot guarantee us protection from the variant, there's now a greater need of masking which needs to be put in place. Double masking has been proven to be highly effective and protective against the variant, according to media report.
Why are masks so important to use even after vaccination?
Masks, for one, protect in two different ways- the infected one, and others in contact. For an infected person, a good quality mask can filter the viral particles being exhaled.
Indoor spaces can be a great place for airborne viral particles to collect and settle in dim, poorly-ventilated spaces, and thus, can become a high-risk setting for the spread of coronavirus.
Gatherings of any kind
The surge in cases may have stopped, but it's still not the time to rush back to normalcy.
Vaccination offers a certain level of reassurance, but gathering in huge numbers, not paying heed to social distancing or not maintaining safety bubbles can pose a big threat.
Weddings, processions or funerals- wherever there may be chances of crowds collecting, or ample chances to gather are not the wisest place to let the masks come off.
Grocery stores, shopping visits
Even before the virus began to dominate across the globe, grocery stores and shopping outlets were considered to be the germiest places to visit and right now too, they are high-risk places. Visits to such places may be essential but with the Delta variant, it's crucial that masks be kept on, and if possible, double masking be followed through.
Hence, while a vaccine would be able to limit the chances and severity of your infection, it's vital that masking and sanitization still be done to safeguard one's health.
Modes of transport and public places
With cases coming down, people are rushing outdoors to travel. This is also being termed as the revenge travel trend and unfortunately, has also led to a lot of crowding and spurt of cases. However, even if you are planning to travel or relax while you go out, do remember that this is a scenario where your masks cannot just come off.