If we keep wearing masks, we keep saving lives.
There's simply no good reason not to do it. And there are millions upon millions of reasons why you should be masking up -- the lives of those around you.
By just looking at someone, you can't tell what illnesses they might have that puts them at greater risk for COVID-19 and all of its complications. You can't tell whether or not they've lost someone to this horrific disease. You can't tell how long they themselves have followed lockdown recommendations, sacrificing so much of their own lives for the health and safety of others. But by just looking at someone who isn't wearing a mask in public, you can tell one very important thing -- they don't care about any of that.
Sign the pledge that you'll continue to mask up, whether or not you've been vaccinated, until we completely beat this thing!
As more and more folks receive the various vaccinations that inoculate us against the novel coronavirus, experts at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) have continued to introduce new safety guidelines. We know that these vaccines are highly effective in preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19 for those who receive them, but we are still less certain about how successful they are at stopping the spread -- in other words, your vaccination safeguards you and only you, not those around you. The solution? Continue to mask up.
Beyond developing vaccine data, another development looms -- that of new coronavirus variants. All viruses change through mutation, which is why, for example, the flu shot we receive each year consists of the three influenza strains that the World Health Organization (WHO) deems more likely to widely circulate that year. But the world has only had the time and capacity to develop vaccines against the one main strain of coronavirus, and we aren't yet sure if it protects against other variants. All of these strains are different, but they are spread the same way. And luckily, we already have a tried and true method of slowing the spread. Masking. Up.
If you don't want to take our word for it, take it from the CDC -- their official recommendations for vaccinated and unvaccinated folks alike is the same when it comes to being in public spaces. Avoid large crowds or gatherings, remain six feet apart, and wear a mask.None of us are safe until ALL of us are safe. Pledge to do your part in protecting others by continuing to wear a mask for as long as it takes!