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COVID19 Third Wave: Precautions fully vaccinated people should follow

COVID19 Third Wave prospect is hanging dangerously at the horizon. Different mathematical models are suspecting the country to face the third wave by end of August. Which is expected to peak by mid-October. A few experts have even suggested that the third wave of COVID19 has already started in the country. As the R-factor has crosses 1 in various districts. Amongst the many questions and speculations there is only one certainty – COVID19 is still very much a clear and present danger. Also Read: Diet plan for COVID19 and post COVID patients

The only ray of hope in the on-going pandemic is the vaccination drive. India has cross the milestone of 50 crore vaccine doses with nearly 11.15 crore people with 2 doses of vaccine. Many states have also started lifting lockdowns and restrictions as numbers have eased. But if being vaccinated good enough? Also Read: Recovering from COVID19: Do’s and Don’ts when recovering from asymptomatic, mild or sever covid

With news of fully vaccinated people getting COVID19, many are now questioning the drive. Needles to say, it remains extremely important to get yourself vaccinated. Apart from that, what is important is to understand that getting vaccinated is only the first step in the battle against COVID19. There are a few rules one must still follow. Let us understand the precautions and COVID appropriate behaviour for people who are fully vaccinated. Also Read: Yoga during COVID19: Don’t rush to start your breathing exercises, warn experts

Fully Vaccinated – Meaning and importance

As per the official figures, out of the 50 crore people, only 11 crore people are fuly vaccinated. In other words, these are the people who have received two doses of vaccine. However, as per the CDC, people are considered fully vaccinated if 2 weeks are elapsed after

  • They have received both the doses of a 2 dose series of vaccine, ex. Covisheild or Covaxin, or
  • They have received the single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

It is important to remember that a period of 2 weeks should have elapsed. Also, people who have only received the first dose of their vaccine. Though still protected, ust remember they are not considered fully vaccinated.

All such people who have received one dose of vaccine, hence, ought to follow the norms and guidelines as set for people who are not vaccinated. The level of precautions for people who have only received the first dose is the same as the person who has not received any dose as yet.

COVID 19 Third Wave & Precautions for vaccinated people

It is important to state here that research has shown enough evidence to prove that vaccination helps. The  level of efficacy, the impact of the infection and the severity of the disease all have been seen to be affected by the vaccination. Hence, it is extremely important to get vaccinated at the earliest. Moreover, the impact of the third wave – and whether or not it would hit us also depends on how effectively and responsibly we follow guidelines even after vaccination.

Having said that, it is also important to point out that full vaccination offers better protection and all those who have only received the first dose, must ensure COVID19 appropriate behaviour. As for the people who are fully vaccinated, there is good news.

With completion of your vaccination, you can consider doing the activities that were normal before the pandemic happened. But there are still precautions one must follow. There are two very specific reasons for that

  • Vaccines only limit the chances of infection – a person who is fully vaccinated can still get COVID, even though it would be much milder. These are considered breakthrough infections and some new variants may be able to overcome the barrier of the vaccine to make you ill
  • Vaccines limit transmission of the virus but no conclusive study has proved it yet. While Israel’s numbers are reassuring, one needs to remember that the disease and vaccination drives are relatively new and one must remember that we are still trying to understand the disease

Given the circumstances, it is hence important to follow basic precautions even if you are fully vaccinated. Here is a list of what all you can do and what precautions you should take to avert the COVID19 third wave.

Precautions to follow

  1. Wear a mask when indoors in public places even if you are fully vaccinated
  2. If you are in an office with central air-conditioning, try to wear a mask and follow the protocols set by the workplace
  3. Keep your hands sanitized and ensure that you follow hand hygiene effectively
  4. Use masks while using public transport

People who are vaccinated may however enjoy the activities with other friends and family that is also fully vaccinated. Open spaces are welcome and going for a walk without a mask, provided you are in open space and not accompanied by another person. Maintaining distance continues to be important.

Remember, we are still in the middle of the pandemic till we are not at the end. Waves are a nature of a pandemic. Once must hence always keep their guard up and follow basic practice of hand hygiene, social distancing and appropriate behaviour. Stay Safe, stay healthy in the COVID19 third wave.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.

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