Vaccinating, right now, is a good way of achieving herd immunity and will give us a scope of when things can get back to normal, albeit slightly.
However, vaccination doesn’t guarantee a complete end of the pandemic. The vaccines we are using are still experimental, and there’s no credible evidence to support its working. Mass immunization and prevention rates also depend on the number of people who get vaccinated, and the doses available for use.
Therefore, resuming a total pre-COVID lifestyle won’t be so easy.
Here’s a list of activities you can safely do, and the ones you can’t after vaccination
1. You cannot be devoid of using a mask right away
Packing the mask away would be one of the biggest mistakes to make right now.
Vaccination, even though helpful only offers a certain degree of protection. Reinfection is still a real possibility that hasn’t been ruled out yet.
Not only do vaccine doses offer protection after 14-28 days (the time it takes for robust antibodies to develop in the body), mass immunization will take more than a year to fully develop. That means a lot of people will still be vulnerable. We wouldn’t be able to know who a carrier is and is not. There will also be people who won’t take a vaccine. Hence, using a mask and following basic hygiene will still be the best way of keeping COVID-19 and related illnesses at bay.
2. You cannot consume alcohol for 45 days
A vaccine can only do its job only when there’s a strong and healthy immune system to support it. For the same reason, experts have ruled out people from consuming certain things for a while, including alcohol. According to experts, people should refrain from drinking alcohol for at least 45 days after getting vaccinated.
Alcohol is believed to suppress immune functioning and render a person incapable of developing adequate immunogenicity after receiving the vaccine dose.
3. You can start caring for the people with COVID
The one thing you can do after getting complete doses of vaccines is start caregiving for the ones who might be suffering from COVID-19, safely. This is one of the reasons why shots have been prioritized for those on the frontlines-healthcare workers, doctors and essential staff.
While basic precautions (such as mask-wearing and hand hygiene) will still need to be followed, with COVID immunized records, you’ll have bleak chances of getting infected from direct contact. This will also provide a sense of relief for the ones living in close contact with infected patients (such as family members).
4. You should still follow social distancing
Six-feet distance is a good way to prevent infections. A number of researchers have proved that ample social distancing has helped minimize the risk of infection, ever since the pandemic started. In a way, it will still need to be followed. Just like basic hygiene protocols, maintaining a safe distance will fight COVID-19 and any more infections which come our way on a community level.
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