Wear a mask in public
Street. LOUIS – With no sign of a recent coronavirus outbreak in Missouri, the interim chair of the St. Louis-area COVID task force is advising everyone — regardless of vaccination status — to hide masks in public.
According to the task force, seven people in the St. Louis area have died from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. 91 people were also admitted to intensive care units in the same time period. Almost all of these individuals have not been vaccinated.
“When we first started with masking and social distancing guidelines, the goal was to wear masks for protection until a vaccine was available,” said Dr. Clay Donaghan, acting chief of the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force.
“A vaccine is available, but unfortunately the vaccination rate in our community has not been high enough to prevent the spread of the delta variant. Now we need to go back to masks to combat this new wave of infection.”
We have two ways to combat the spread of COVID, Donagan said: vaccinations and wearing a face mask.
And while vaccination offers protection from COVID-19 symptoms and hospitalization, it is not a cure. A vaccinated person can still catch the virus and inadvertently transmit COVID to others.
“It’s about personal choice and we urge our community to choose to protect each other,” Donaghan says. “You probably won’t get sick personally, and your children probably won’t get sick either, but you can still pass the disease on to others and keep spreading it.”
Medical experts say that at least 70% to 80% of people need immunity to reduce spread in the general population. The safest method of immunization is vaccination.
Donagan admits that asking vaccinated people to wear a mask again seems unfair, considering that the CDC has previously said that vaccinated individuals can remove their masks. Unfortunately, Missouri’s low vaccination rate and fast-spreading delta variant mean that Society has to adapt.
“The safest thing for our community and the most effective way to get back on track is to wear masks – and get vaccinated!” He said.