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January 25, 2021

Why masks and restrictions are still needed to beat Covid

By Paul Dennis

25 January

Stephanie Kelton, an economist and academic, re-tweeted about vaccines not being the only solution to bringing down the coronavirus cases and in ending the pandemic.

According to data, an estimated 105 million US citizens have been infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus and an increasing number of people continue to be infected and become ill with the virus.

A new Columbia University model warns that wearing masks and social distancing will be important in reducing infections and controlling the virus until mid-summer or later.

The model emphasises that vaccines are not enough, and if restrictions were lifted soon, it could lead to more infections and deaths.

Jeffrey Shaman, an epidemiologist at Columbia, stated that the number of people with immunity, that is, the number of people recovering from the disease along with those vaccinates, had to be large to take the wind out of the sails of the pandemic.

As a result, social distancing and mask mandates need to be in place until July 2021, to prevent another virus resurgence.

 

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