How to protect yourself from variants of Coronavirus? People should get vaccinated as soon as they’re able, and in the meantime, the best way to prevent infection with a new coronavirus variant is to stick to the fundamentals that we know work.
The hospital in which I work is now treating fewer people with Covid-19, after a deadly coronavirus resurgence this year. The number of people hospitalized in the United States with Covid-19 has declined 29 percent over the last two weeks, most likely due to the increased vaccine and previous infections immune systems as well as government-imposed restrictions. It feels like we can start exhaling.
However, the situation remains sensitive. The number of new cases reported daily by Covid-19 has declined significantly since its peak in early January, but recently the rate has stabilized as a threat to reverse our modest development in new variants of the virus. Some of these new variants are more communicable and more virulent. It may also be less susceptible to certain vaccines than the previously dominant coronavirus lines. A variant discovered in Brazil infected people who had previous infections with Covid-19.
People should be vaccinated as quickly as possible and in the meantime, it is best to stick to the basics we know of work to prevent infection with a new variant of coronavirus.
Continue to wear a mask – better than ever
Masks are, apart from vaccines, the most important tool for controlling the spread of coronavirus. Every mask is better than every mask. But as some of the new variants are more contagious, it is even more important to upgrade your mask.
Choose ones that filter airborne particles effectively, such as N95, KN95, or KF94, or obtains a surgical mask and adjust it correctly for your face. They can protect you better against droplets and airborne particles and prevent you from infecting others if your coronavirus is in place.
If a mask specifically designed to filter aerosols is impossible to find, a cloth mask worn over an operational mask provides significantly better protection than a single mask. The right mask (or masks) is particularly important to be used in crowded indoor environments where ventilation is poor.
As scientists are still studying the extent to which vaccinated persons can still transmit the virus, vaccine users should still wear masks around those who have not been vaccinated.
Because Covid-19 mainly spreads through the air in the form of droplets and aerosols, it is crucial to properly ventilate the indoor areas to control viral spread. Maximizing ventilation is most important if people cannot help themselves like in schools, workplaces, and grocery stores, or traveling by taxi, ride share, or by public transit.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends, inter alia, the opening of doors and windows, using fans that enhance air circulation, and the installation of high-efficiency particulate air filtering systems. Financial support from the government should be provided to small companies that cannot afford such measures.
Our need for socialization is acute after almost a year of isolation. The C.D.C. will soon publish guidelines for those who have been vaccinated to show which activities are and are not safe. But President Biden’s Chief Medical Adviser, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, said that people who were vaccinated can safely meet with other people who had the vaccine in private.
Although people who have been vaccinated may yet transmit the virus to each other, data from vaccine trials indicate that it would most likely lead to only mild disease if symptoms occurred. But people who are not vaccinated should continue to avoid high-risk activities such as spending time indoors with people outside the family or small group, getting crowds, and skipping.
Get a vaccine
All three of the coronavirus emergency vaccines are excellent for stopping serious diseases. In order to get a shot, there should be no question of which vaccine to get, but when to take it. If you have been vaccinated, do what you can in your community to inform those who are reluctant to shot the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines.
It only takes one person to begin an outbreak and everybody can take steps to stop it. After all, the new variants continue to spread in the same way. This means that the same interventions work as long as we constantly use them.