Since the approval of different vaccines for the control and prevention of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, hopes of the pandemic ending in the coming months have increased. The majority is now expecting to see a coronavirus-free world and a life without masks in the summer of 2021.
According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, there are chances of the health crisis being resolved this year if people get vaccinated and follow guidelines for prevention by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
So far, no improvement has been noted in people taking instructions for coronavirus spread as many people continue to experience fatigue. This is the main reason the levels of transmission are still high.
On the other hand, the distribution of vaccines has started effectively. Although it is slow at the moment, a few changes are likely to increase the speed especially now that new studies have confirmed the vaccines work against the new strains of SARS-CoV-2 as well.
Overall, the global number of new infections of coronavirus is going down slowly, which means that there are chances of the pandemic ending this year. However, with the new hopes and excitement, there are new concerns regarding coronavirus control.
It is understandable that people are excited about getting the vaccine after staying in lockdown for months and experiencing drastic changes in everyday life but there is a need to understand getting vaccinated does not mean a person cannot spread the virus.
New research on the coronavirus vaccines shows that it may take some time to cause an immune response. Additionally, one dose of the vaccine is not enough for all people regardless of their overall health and level of risk.
This information is not new. Scientists have known that all vaccines other than those for SARS-CoV-2 do not work instantly. Secondly, being vaccinated also does not mean a person who does catch the infection cannot spread it further.
A number of reports on new cases have shown that people developed the infection even after they had been vaccinated as they had contracted the virus before.
Similarly, they also highlighted that people may be able to spread the virus further for 3-4 days even for people who have already been vaccinated. This is why it is important to avoid having a false sense of security after getting the coronavirus shot.
People, especially those in high-risk groups should not plan or go to any meetings or events even if they are small after getting the vaccine. Also, it is equally to follow CDC’s guidelines for protection.
Without taking preventive measures, it is not possible to bring down the transmission rate of the virus and end the pandemic. As Dr. Fauci said, only a combination of measures for coronavirus control by the people and vaccine can end the pandemic.
This applies to all age groups from younger adults to older adults even after taking both doses of the vaccine. Until the crisis is officially over, do not stop following the guidelines for maximum protection.