05 May Will N95 Masks Protect Against Variants?
As more variants of COVID-19 emerge, people are asking if the N95 face masks and current vaccines will offer protection from the new iterations of the virus.
In April, the World Health Organization (WHO) talked about “Vaccines, Variants and Mass Gatherings” in episode #34 of its podcast “Science in 5.”
On the Bright Side
There is good news: “What has been shown so far is that if a person receives a full course of vaccination, then there’s enough protective immunity in the body to protect against severe disease, even from these variants,” WHO’s Chief Scientist, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, says in the podcast, which originally aired on April 16, 2021. When she says a “full course of vaccination,” she means two shots of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the single shot dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
“Even in the countries where there are a lot of variants circulating, people who have been vaccinated are not ending up in hospital or dying even if they do get the infection. So, I think overall the news is positive,” Dr. Swaminathan says.
There is still so much we don’t know about COVID-19, though, so intensive research continues to be conducted around the world.
“Companies and labs around the world are working on newer versions of the vaccine, which accommodate the proteins of the variant virus. So, I think in the next few months, we will begin to see results from clinical trials which are looking at these new modified vaccines. And then we will be able to take a decision on whether people are going to need boosters or not,” Dr. Swaminathan said in the podcast.
What we do know at this point is that wearing a face mask – particularly a high-quality N95 particulate respirator – is a highly effective tool in reducing the spread of COVID-19 in all of its forms, including the delta variant. We offer a selection of selection of N95 masks. Including N95 particulate respirators and NIOSH-approved N95 DuraMask.