Confusion permeates the interweb when it comes to masks and COVID-19 vaccines.
I know this is shocking, but despite Doug’s “Wear a Mask” public service announcement video there are lots of anti-maskers still out there, especially in Tampa Bay, and every day in my office I encounter patients and family members who are not eager to get vaccinated.
Legitimate questions remain about the nuances of mask wearing including:
- Do I need to wear a mask after vaccination?
- Should I double mask?
- What’s the best double masking technique?
An excellent podcast on JAMA Clinical Reviews with John T. Brooks, MD, chief medical officer of the CDC’s COVID-19 response team answers these questions and more. Brooks also reviews recently published epidemiologic data that reinforce the role of mask use for pandemic control.
Listen to the podcast here
Dr. Monica Gandhi gave Grand Rounds at UCSF focused on the new vaccines and discussed how we should behave when we are in a group of fellow post-vaccinees.
Dr. Gandhi believes we can relax restrictions following vaccination and the lucky post-vaccinated can mingle with each other:
Gandhi and a colleague published their paper on the dual cloth and medical procedure mask (cloth on the outside) approach which they feel approaches 90% reduction of transmission and should be employed when maximal protection warranted:
Get your COVID-19 vaccine ASAP (any one you can get) and please keep on masking.