Get Vaccinated. mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective in preventing both asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic infections SARS-CoV-2 infections in real-world conditions among health care personnel, first responders, and other essential workers.
A December 14, 2020 to March 13, 2021 study looked at the effectiveness of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna mRNA vaccines in preventing SARS-CoV-2 infections among 3,950 study participants in six states. The Real-World Study Confirms Protective Benefits of mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines “Results showed that following the second dose of vaccine (the recommended number of doses), risk of infection was reduced by 90 percent two or more weeks after vaccination. Following a single dose of either vaccine, the participants’ risk of infection with SARS-CoV-2 was reduced by 80 percent two or more weeks after vaccination.”
If you’re not vaccinated:
- Don’t assume people who aren’t sick are not infected. Avoid close contact with others not in your household.
- Minimize or totally avoid spending time in enclosed, poorly ventilated, spaces when people who don’t live with you are present, especially when numerous others are present. It is safest to remain out doors even when 6 feet away from others and even when everyone is wearing masks.
When you can’t avoid contact with people who do not live in your household, consider these things as you move through your day:
- People Can Spread the Virus Even If They Are Not Sick
- Outdoors Is Much Safer Than Indoors
- 6 Feet is Not a Magic Number
- The Further Away, the Lower the Risk
- The Less Time Spent Indoors with Others Who Don’t Live with You, the Lower the Risk
- Open Windows, Good Ventilation, Masks, especially multilayered masks Are Your Friends
- Some Masks Are More Protective Than Others (see tip # 7 below)
- Watch the following humorous Video by Doctor Mike Hansen that explains Airborne Transmission of Corona Virus. A warning this video has some partial nudity; some viewers may find it objectionable- viewer discretion is advised.
- After you leave work or any place where you have been in close contact with others or in an enclosed space with others for a long period of time during the day, use the tips on this link to keep you and your household safe: After You Leave Work
- Understand levels of risk. Check out this infographic on masks and distance.Learn when and how to wash your hands to prevent getting infected after touching surfaces by clicking this link: When and How to Wash Your Hands Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.