With the Delta variant spreading rapidly across the globe, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended fully vaccinated people keep wearing face masks.
As WHO’s assistant director-general for access to medicines and health product, Dr. Mariangela Simao, shared: ‘People cannot feel safe just because they had the two doses. They still need to protect themselves’.
‘Vaccine alone won’t stop community transmission. People need to continue to use masks consistently, be in ventilated spaces, hand hygiene…the physical distance, avoid crowding,’ the expert added during a news briefing from WHO’s Geneva headquarters.
This comes after many countries have relaxed face masks and social distancing guidelines since transmission and infection rates have been declining thanks to the vaccination drives.
However, WHO has emphasised that although the vaccines offer solid protection, they may be less effective against the Delta variant, which is 40 to 60 percent more contagious than the Alpha variant.
WHO urges people to wear their face masks, practice social distancing, and stay safe.