Vaccines are rolling out, but COVID-19 remains the number one cause of death in the U.S. The next few months are critical—especially for younger populations, who are less likely to play it safe. Young adults are less likely to see COVID-19 as a personal threat or concern and, in most cases are at the end of the line to receive vaccinations (and that does test patience). But it’s not just about them: Young adults are increasingly living at home with parents and grandparents, who are more vulnerable to the virus.
While the CDC has eased outdoor mask guidelines, only 30 percent of Americans are fully vaccinated. If you’re not yet fully vaccinated and are gathering with others not yet fully vaccinated—or have someone in your social circle who is at risk of complications due to a COVID-19—masks are still recommended.
The great need to get out and socialize means it’s tempting to take and create more risks. But now isn’t the time to let up. As we hit the home stretch of the pandemic (even while we dance), it’s more important than ever to follow safety guidelines. Stay six feet apart, wash your hands, and of course, wear a mask. Don’t quit now! We’re almost through this!!
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Since people can spread the virus that causes COVID-19 before they know they are sick, it is important to stay at least 6 feet away from others when possible, even if you—or they—do not have any symptoms. Physical distancing is especially important for people who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
The CDC recommends people wear masks in public settings, at events and gatherings and anywhere they will be around other people who do not live with them.
Wear Your Mask Correctly: Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before putting on your mask. Put the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin. Fit the mask snugly against the sides of your face, slipping the loops over your ears or tying the strings behind your head. If you have to continually adjust your mask, it doesn’t fit properly, and you might need to find a different mask type or brand. Make sure you can breathe easily. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-wear-cloth-face-coverings.html
According to Google trends, global searches for the term “Zoom crush” reached a five-year high in April 2020. https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?date=today%205-y&q=zoom%20crush
The side-hustle is real: A study published in the online journal PLOS One found age was a factor in toilet paper hoarding—with increasing age, people tended to stockpile more toilet paper.
Remember Tiger King? It premiered over a year ago—on March 20,2020.
It typically takes two weeks after the vaccination in a one-dose series—or two weeks after the second vaccination in a two-dose series—for the body to build protection (immunity) against the virus that causes COVID-19. That means it’s possible a person could still get COVID-19 before or just after vaccination because the vaccine did not have enough time to provide protection.
Fully vaccinated people (people for whom at least two weeks have passed since their last dose of a two-dose vaccination series—or for whom at least two weeks have passed after a one-dose vaccination) who do not have any COVID-like symptoms do not need to quarantine or be tested following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, as their risk of infection is low.
In public spaces, fully vaccinated people should continue to follow guidance to protect themselves and others, including wearing a well-fitted mask, practicing physical distancing (keeping at least a 6-foot distance ), avoiding crowds, avoiding poorly ventilated spaces, covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands often and following any applicable workplace or school guidance. Fully vaccinated people should still watch for symptoms of COVID-19, especially following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
COVID fatigue is very real—we’re all ready for this pandemic to end. And as vaccines make their way into arms, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. But we can’t relax just yet. It will be months before we reach herd immunity in the U.S. and globally, the timeline is even longer. Until we’re all vaccinated, continuing to wash our hands, stay 6 feet from others and—of course—wear a mask is our best shot at containing this disease and preventing deaths.
Hand-washing with soap and water removes germs from hands. To prevent the spread of germs during the pandemic, you should always wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after:
If you don’t have access to soap or water, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
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Masks help prevent people from getting and spreading COVID-19. They provide a barrier that keeps respiratory droplets from dispersing, which is the primary way that the virus that causes COVID-19 is transmitted. The CDC recommends people wear masks in public settings, at events and gatherings—and anywhere you’ll be around other people who do not live with you.
Make sure your mask:
To improve the fit of your mask, a mask with a nose wire can be worn to prevent air from leaking out of the top of your mask.
Physical distancing helps limit the spread of COVID-19. That’s because the disease spreads when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks, and droplets from their mouth or nose are propelled into the air and land in the noses or mouths of nearby people.
To help slow the spread, keep a safe space between yourself and other people not from your household. That means staying at least 6 feet from other people in both indoor and outdoor spaces.
People can spread the virus before they know they’re sick. And even people who are infected with COVID-19 but do not have symptoms can spread COVID-19. It’s critical we keep limiting close contact—stay 6 feet apart.
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