Gavin Newsom’s decision to lift the COVID-19 stay-at-home order comes just as a more contagious virus variant is spreading right now.
"We can't let our guard down at this point in time,"- BMC's #infectiousdiseases experts, Dr. David Hamer & @Assoumou_MD share insight into the new COVID-19 #variant as it reaches Massachusetts, & the importance of continuing safety 😷 measures, via @NECN: https://t.co/o7TqoDp4YU— Boston Medical Center (@The_BMC) January 27, 2021
The variant spreads much faster than the original one, that’s why it is not the time to encourage gathering with others at restaurants. The variant from the UK is thought 50% to 70%more quickly than the previous versions. We still don’t know whether we can win the race between these new variants and our ability to vaccinate quickly.
Although progress is being made to vaccinate the population, the pace is too slow. Experts say that about 70% of the population needs to get vaccinated to stop the spread of the disease. Even if the health officials can double the vaccination rate, it would take until August or September to vaccinate 70% of the population.
Given that, people are suggested to get self-quarantine currently and at the same time, upgrade our masks. If you can’t get an N95 mask because they are in short apply, consider wearing two-layer quality masks to increase your protection when leaving home. And make sure the masks fully cover your nose and mouth, at the same time, remember to keep the social distance to get proper protection.