Unvaccinated people against covid and lifting up the mandates don’t sound so good. COVID-19 mask mandates are disappearing across the United States. Officials at the (CDC) say vaccinated people can resume normal activities without wearing masks in most situations. However, that doesn’t mean everyone should put aside their face coverings just yet.
Unvaccinated people should still wear masks indoors and where physical distancing isn’t possible, experts say. Unfortunately, children have to follow these safety rules as well. The COVID-19 vaccines are not yet approved for people under the age of 12.
“If there continues to be a risk in the community like there currently is, masks should be worn [by unvaccinated people] whenever there is risks of transmission,” Dr. Michael Myint, an infectious disease specialist, said. “These risks include all indoor spaces and outdoor crowded spaces where social distancing can’t be maintained. This is to both protect yourself but also to protect others. Given the fact that an unvaccinated individual is much more at risk of becoming ill from COVID-19. Further, wearing a mask protects others around you as COVID-19 can present with minimal symptoms.”
Dr. Jonathan Leizman, chief medical officer at Premise Health, said that unvaccinated people “should continue to wear masks in most settings. This includes when attending small, outdoor gatherings with other unvaccinated people, going to the grocery store. Also visiting the barber or hair salon, going to a museum, and participating in exercise classes.”
“when unvaccinated individuals from multiple households are interacting, they should wear masks. Similarly, if individuals from multiple households interact and their vaccination statuses are unknown, masks should be worn,” he added.
“If you are with a small group of friends, who are vaccinated it is possible to be unmasked. When in larger groups (more than 10 people), I think masking will be the preferred route. Outdoors, unmasking may be considered if there are more than 10 people.”
Doctor Myint said that there will be a chance of unvaccinated people acquiring the coronavirus until COVID-19 is no longer circulating widely in the population.
“The current thought is that between 70 and 90 percent of the U.S. population has to have a vaccine against COVID-19 to reach herd immunity,” Leizman added. “Right now, the U.S. has reached a milestone of half of all U.S. adults fully vaccinated against the virus. As the Pfizer vaccine in recent weeks has become available to children over the ages of 12, this brings us one step closer to achieving herd immunity and getting back to normal as soon as safely possible.”
“Even now, with vast numbers of adults that are vaccinated, we are still seeing new infection and, unfortunately, new hospitalizations and deaths,” Nachman said. “Of importance, these hospitalizations and deaths are overwhelmingly among adults who have not been vaccinated.
So in the meantime, if we don’t have vaccine or we don’t have antibodies against covid, we should always put our protective mask indoors.