Need to Navigate Public Spaces During the Pandemic? Here Are Some Safety Tips

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Wide-scale, global vaccination efforts remain ongoing with hopes of making the COVID-19 pandemic a part of the past. Currently, we're experiencing a cycle of victories and defeats; on one hand, over 1.6 billion adults are fully vaccinated. On the other hand, the delta and lambda strains of the novel coronavirus have caused COVID-19 cases to surge. Through it all, masks remain crucial tools for preventing and reducing the spread of COVID-19.

Experts are still reluctant to set a definitive "end" date for the pandemic. For example, variants of COVID-19 keep appearing. The delta variant is spreading so rapidly that the World Health Organization (WHO) has updated its guidance regarding mask guidance for vaccinated people. WHO officials want masks to be a part of normal life whether you're vaccinated or not. This is to slow the spread of the delta variant and protect those who cannot get vaccinated, like children under 12 years old. 

This, paired with global vaccine distribution inequity, means we still need to do our part in mitigating the spread of the virus. Yes, it's fatiguing, but it remains critically important to continue to follow the ever-changing public safety guidelines. Something to keep in the back of your mind if you can't remember the guidelines for a certain space: staying on the side of caution can only help.