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Virus Experts Beg You Do This Now to Stay Safe

Wear a mask even if you’re vaccinated, advises the WHO.
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The coronavirus pandemic isn't over, and it may last even longer due to new variants emerging—one, dubbed Delta, is the "most dangerous" of all, according to experts, because it's more transmissible. How does this affect you? Well, even vaccinated people should be using extra caution, according to statements from the World Health Organization on Friday. Read on for 5 tips that could save your life—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Have "Long" COVID and May Not Even Know It.

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The World Health Organization Begs Vaccinated People to Still Wear Masks

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"People cannot feel safe just because they had the two doses. They still need to protect themselves," Dr. Mariangela Simao, WHO assistant director-general for access to medicines and health products, said. "Vaccine alone won't stop community transmission," Simao added. "People need to continue to use masks consistently, be in ventilated spaces, hand hygiene … the physical distance, avoid crowding. This still continues to be extremely important, even if you're vaccinated when you have a community transmission ongoing."

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WHO Says There is Still Need for Caution

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"Yes, you can reduce some measures and different countries have different recommendations in that regard. But there's still the need for caution," Dr. Bruce Aylward, a senior advisor to the WHO's director-general, said at the briefing. "As we are seeing, there are new variants emerging."

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The Delta Variant May Be "More Lethal"

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The new Delta variant has the potential "to be more lethal because it's more efficient in the way it transmits between humans and it will eventually find those vulnerable individuals who will become severely ill, have to be hospitalized and potentially die," Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO's health emergencies program, said Monday, according to CNBC.

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CDC Says Variants Can Break Through the Vaccines at Times

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"Current data suggest that COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States offer protection against most variants currently spreading in the United States. However, some variants might cause illness in some people even after they are fully vaccinated," CDC spokesperson Jade Fulce told CNN in an email on Friday. She added that no vaccine is "100% effective at preventing illness." "However, people with breakthrough infections may get less severely ill or have a shorter illness than they would have if they had not been vaccinated."

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How to Stay Fully Safe During This Pandemic

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So follow the public health fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Alek Korab
Alek Korab is a Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the ETNT Health channel on Eat This, Not That! Read more