With the pandemic extending for more than a year now, our masks have certainly become an accessory that some of us can’t wait to shed. With the vaccines operating in full swing, can we hope it's time we can bid goodbye to our masks?
Well, it's not yet the time.
One of America’s leading infectious diseases experts, Dr Anthony Fauci has some bad news for everyone. He believes that we cannot take off our masks even after we have been administered the coronavirus vaccine.
Dr Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He is also the chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden. On Monday, he told Fox News that an estimate of 70 to 85 per cent of the adult population will be needed to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity. Thus, this would enable enough protection to achieve a situation “where the level of virus is so low it’s not a threat at all.” Hence, at this stage, one can start thinking about not wearing masks. He further remarked saying “but we’re certainly not near there yet.”
In an interview with Fox News correspondent Bret Baier, Dr Fauci commented: “If everything falls into the right place and we get this under control, it is conceivable that you might be able to pull back a bit on some of the public health measures as we get into the late fall of this year.” He further added a caution saying “But there’s no guarantee of that.”
So currently, the only alternative is to continue to wear masks and take all the existing precautions to battle the virus. Even though infection numbers are taking a drop, the United States will have to be careful as some cases of the UK corona strain have been found in America.
“The data that we get from our British colleagues is that this virus tends to transmit more readily from person to person, which means that we’re going to have to double down on our public health measures,” Dr Fauci said.
All in all, like any other health expert what Fauci ultimately intends to say that no matter where we live, it's important to incorporate all the necessary safety measures as the pandemic is still not over.