The World Health Organization, WHO, advises that even the fully vaccinated continue to wear masks in light of the transmissibility of the new Delta Variant. According to Dr. Mariangela Simao, WHO Assistant Director-General for Access to Medicines and Health Products said: “People need to continue to use masks consistently, be in ventilated spaces, hand hygiene,” Simao continues, “the physical distance, avoid crowding. This still continues to be extremely important, even if you’re vaccinated when you have a community transmission ongoing.”
Of note, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month issued statements encouraging the vaccinated to stop wearing masks, possibly to emphasize a sense of normalcy in the country.
According to WHO officials, the variant—which President Joe Biden has called a “serious concern”—has now been found in 92 countries as of Friday. Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s health emergencies program, said the variant could 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.”