Excerpted from Forbes by Mark Kortepeter

There have already been several research reports supporting the benefits of wearing masks in the healthcare setting and the community to reduce transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. But a question on everyone’s minds is: When can we stop wearing masks? Can we stop wearing them after vaccines are available?

People are sick of masks. I get it. I am an infectious disease and public health physician, and wearing a mask is even wearing on me. So, when can we stop wearing masks? The short answer is: not any time soon. Wearing a mask continues to be important, especially as cases surge across many states in the U.S. and colder temperatures force us back indoors in closer proximity to others.

Although we look forward to having vaccines available in the near future, there are numerous reasons we still need to wear masks even after vaccines become available.
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