Are Masks Still Required if You’ve Had the COVID Vaccine?
Many Minnesotans have already had the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Some people are wondering if they're still required to mask up when they're out and about in public. It's a good question, so I decided to do some digging. Here's what I found.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, even if you've had the vaccine, you're still supposed to wear your mask in public. It's a little confusing, but here's why.
In short, experts still don't quite yet understand how the virus spreads from people who have been vaccinated to those who haven't. They still need to do more real-world research...and that's only done by, you guessed it, studying the vaccine in the real-world.
The CDC says, "We also don’t yet know whether getting a COVID-19 vaccine will prevent you from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 to other people, even if you don’t get sick yourself"
While they continue to study COVID-19 vaccines, the suggest you continue to follow their guidelines.
- Wear a mask that covers your mouth and your nose.
- Social distance at least 6 feet apart from other people
- Avoid crowds
- Avoid places/spaces that are poorly ventilated
- Wash your hands
The CDC says they're still not sure when they'll stop recommending the use of masks in public. One thing is for sure, it'll be a happy day in Minnesota when we get the green light to throw them away for good.
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