As coronavirus vaccines are being administered around the globe, many are wondering when—or if—life can go back to normal. Scientists at Columbia University just released a new model that shows millions of people will continue to be infected, regardless of the vaccine, unless we continue to social distance and wear masks.
In a poll of 700+ global Sermo physicians, 88% said people need to continue social distancing and mask-wearing even after being vaccinated. And 89% fear this news will be unwelcomed and ignored by the public. When asked when it will be safe to stop wearing masks, this is how Sermo doctors responded:
Fifty-four percent of Sermo physicians said they believe the double-mask trend is effective. And 72% believe this summer could be a major turning point for getting control of the virus.
Here is more of what Sermo physicians have to say on this topic:
Vaccine is probably the key to ending the pandemic, along with natura immunity; it may be that about one third to one fifth of the U.S. population is already naturally immune, so that is a good thing, and contributes to herd immunity.Internal Medicine
We have variants of Covid and no evidence that the current vaccines will protect recipients.Internal Medicine
In New Jersey I know only a few healthcare professionals who have been able to get even one vaccination. Those at high risk of getting and spreading the virus have not been able to be vaccinated. A better system needs to be put in place. Virginia has sites where 1000 people a day can be vaccinated. New Jersey, the most densely populated state, has not done this.Internal Medicine