Why are vaccines so important in our daily lives?
Vaccines are one of the best tools we have to prevent disease and death in both children and adults. Getting vaccinated is one of the easiest things that we can do to keep ourselves and our children healthy. When I think about all the things I do to stay healthy—eat well, exercise, manage stress—that’s a lot of work. But it’s easy for me to go and get my flu shot, or bring my kids in to get their vaccines. And when I do that, I’m preventing disease, not just in myself and my family, but also in the communities where I live and work.
Can herd immunity to COVID-19 be achieved without vaccination?
In most cases, herd immunity is not achieved without an effective vaccine. For COVID-19, the percentage of the population that needs to be infected to achieve herd immunity is estimated to be between 70% and 90%, and this is assuming lasting immunity is possible.
Who benefits the most from herd immunity?
Herd immunity protects the most vulnerable members of our population. If enough people are vaccinated against dangerous diseases, those who are susceptible and cannot get vaccinated are protected because the germ will not be able to “find” those susceptible individuals.
What type of mask should I wear during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Some masks work better to help to stop the spread of COVID-19. Recommended masks include:
- Non-medical disposable masks.
- Masks that fit properly (snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face).
- Masks made with breathable fabric, such as cotton.
- Masks made with tightly woven fabric (i.e., fabrics that do not let light pass through when held up to a light source).
- Masks with two or three layers.
- Masks with inner filter pockets.
Can the COVID-19 virus spread through drinking water?
The COVID-19 virus has not been detected in treated drinking water. Conventional water treatment methods used in most municipal drinking water systems use filters and disinfectants to remove or kill germs, like the virus that causes COVID-19. The Environmental Protection Agency regulates water treatment plants to ensure that treated water is safe to drink.
Can I be forced to work during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Generally, your employer may require you to come to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, some government emergency orders may affect which businesses can remain open during the pandemic. Under federal law, you are entitled to a safe workplace. Your employer must provide a safe and healthful workplace.
Is it dangerous to eat out during the COVID-19 pandemic?
To protect yourself from catching COVID while dining out, the CDC recommends following these tips: Don’t go out if you’re sick. Wear a face covering at the restaurant at all times, except when eating. This includes indoor and outdoor dining areas.
What is the safest food option when traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic?
The safest option is to bring your own food. If you don’t bring your own food, use drive-through, delivery, take-out, and curb-side pick-up options.
Can filtering facepiece respirators (FFRs) such as N95s be reused during COVID-19?
The CDC considers N95-type FFRs a one-time-use product and recommends that cleaning, decontamination, and subsequent reuse of FFRs should only be used when there is a critical shortage of FFRs and should only be performed on NIOSH-approved FFRs without exhalation valves.
Are you immune to the coronavirus disease after recovering from it?
The immune response, including duration of immunity, to SARS-CoV-2 infection is not yet understood.