They must continue to respect the use of masks, maintain a healthy distance and wash their hands
Mexico City- After more than a year of pandemic, you finally received the Covid-19 vaccine. In the relief provided through immunization, a question may arise: Is it necessary to continue to maintain known hygiene measures?
Yes, experts pointed out, except for certain specific circumstances. Those who have been fully vaccinated should continue to respect the use of masks, keep a healthy distance and wash their hands frequently to avoid the spread of the virus.
Infectologist Jose Tiran said: “Out of respect for the unvaccinated, people who have been vaccinated must continue to take measures not to spread the disease.”
The doctor explained that although the vaccine helps prevent Covid-19 infection, its maximum protection is aimed at reducing the chance of serious illness, leading to intensive care or death.
However, the vaccinated person may be infected and thus infect others.
Michael Martinez, head of the epidemiological surveillance department, said: “It is not because you have been vaccinated, but it means that you will not be infected and you are not capable of infecting others, so it is important to continue to use masks.” TecSalud
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on April 15 that of the 75 million Americans vaccinated, 5,800 Americans were infected with the disease.
7% required hospitalization and 1% died. Although the numbers are small, they show the need to continue to proceed with caution.
Epidemiologists in Thira emphasized: “They must continue to take care of themselves because the other population is still at risk because they are not vaccinated.
Another reason to continue to pay attention is that each vaccine available so far has a different level of effectiveness against new variants of the virus. This is Javier Ramos, a professor of infectious diseases at the University of Monterey Hospital. Emphasized.
He exemplified that AstraZeneca’s biologics proved to be effective against the variants found in the UK, but not in South Africa. For the latter, the most effective vaccines are Novavax and Johnson & Johnson.
Martinez explained: “The (variants) of the original virus began to spread among people and could escape the protective effects of some of today’s vaccines.”
Therefore, the leader of the TecSalud Covid-19 program was emphasized and travel is not recommended. Whether visiting Mexico City or abroad, there is a risk of catching new variants and spreading them.
He emphasized: “If you don’t have to travel for work reasons or relatives’ life or death issues or similar important things, then don’t do it.”
When at least 70% to 80% of the population is vaccinated, hygiene measures can be relaxed.
People who have been vaccinated can start some activities more freely.
Martinez said: “Those who have been vaccinated, if they live with people who have been vaccinated at home, they can do this without wearing a mask.”
According to the schedule of the vaccine used, a person is considered to have completed the vaccination two weeks after receiving the second or only injection.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) pointed out in its guide “After receiving a complete vaccine” that those who have completed the immunization process can attend indoor gatherings of up to 10 people without the need to wear a mask or maintain social distancing.
Martínez clarified: “However, if you are going out, be with people who don’t know if they have been vaccinated and (must) continue to use masks.”
If you have been vaccinated, you can live indoors with unvaccinated people of any age. You don’t need to wear a mask or keep your distance.
However, if any visitor is very likely to get this serious disease, or live with someone in this situation, or if there are unvaccinated people from multiple families, all of them must take preventive measures .
It is not recommended to participate in medium or large conferences. When in public places, hygiene measures must be maintained.