COVID-19 Vaccine is Just One Weapon in the Battle
The number of people being vaccinated against COVID-19 in the U.S. and across the world is increasing rapidly. This is great news in the battle against the coronavirus, but whether you’ve been vaccinated or not, you must stay vigilant about efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. “The vaccine is a big step in the right direction,” admits Dr. Alejandro Perez-Trepichio, Chief Medical Officer for Millennium Physician Group, “but it is not a green light to resume normal activities.”
For those of you who have been vaccinated, don’t be fooled into a false sense of security. Continue to practice prevention. “We are at war with this virus,” says Dr. Alejandro Perez-Trepichio. “I think a major gun in winning that battle is the vaccine, but it’s not the only one.”
As we creep closer to that much-desired herd immunity, the CDC still strongly recommends we protect ourselves and others against COVID-19 by wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet apart, avoiding crowds, washing our hands, and getting vaccinated when it’s available.
“This is even more important now,” warns Dr. Perez-Trepichio, “as the new variants become more and more dominant.” Stopping a pandemic requires all the tools modern medicine can marshall, but as experts learn more about how the COVID-19 vaccines can reduce community spread – we should keep the old-fashion basics in our cache of weapons. Now more than ever, we need to stay vigilant about staying well.