Will Face Masks Stick Around Post Pandemic?

Currently, the population in the United States of America is slowly growing their immunity through vaccines. A large part of the population in the United States of America are wondering if they will be wearing face masks even after the pandemic is over. As time goes by, the public health officials in the United States of America are slowly loosening face mask requirements. Some people might decide to keep wearing brace masks while they are out in public settings for multiple reasons, such as reducing the effects of social anxiety and protecting themselves and others from infections.

All across the United States of America, the public health officials and departments are gradually loosening their face mask requirements.

The recent guidelines state that people who have been vaccinated are not required to wear their face mask in certain settings while indoors, and for people who have not yet been vaccinated, they can often go without a face mask while they are out in public.

During the duration of the Coronavirus pandemic, face masks have played a vital role by acting as a form of protective shield against the coronavirus.

They have protected millions of people all over the world from breathing in droplets that are floating in the air that might be carrying the coronavirus and aerosols. They also prevent other people from being vulnerable to our droplets that might be infectious.

Currently, the United States of America is boosting the immunity of its population through vaccines. Some people are left wondering whether they will still be required to wear face masks while they are out in public, even after the pandemic is officially over.

While in Asia, millions have been wearing face masks for more than a decade. In Asia, wearing a face mask is considered a form of courtesy to other people to wear a face mask when feeling sick to reduce the spread of germs to other people.

The United States of America will most likely experience a reduction in face mask-wearing as the immunity of the population gradually continues to improve. But for millions of Americans, they might decide to keep wearing their face masks even after the pandemic is over.

To Reduce Seasonal Illness

Face masks offer protection from a huge range of infectious illnesses. Face masks can protect us from the coronavirus and act as protective shields from some common respiratory diseases such as the common cold and influenza.

“Since the pandemic started millions of people all over the world have regularly been wearing face maks and because of this the flu virus and the common cold infections have been significantly less compared to previous years”, stated Dr Bindiya Gandhi, who is a family medical physician and an integrative from Atlanta Georgia.

Asian nations have a long history of their people regularly wearing face masks even before the pandemic started in order to reduce the rate of infections from airborne diseases. In Asia, the practice of wearing face masks became more common in 2003 after the SARS outbreak.

“It seems more sensible and likely that millions of people will continue to wear face masks even after the immediate threat of the Corona virus has reduced”, stated Dr David Cutter. He works as a family medical physician in Santa Monica, California.

To Reduce Social Anxiety

Millions of people who are currently suffering from social anxiety as well as other mental health issues have found some form of relief from wearing face masks.

The millions of people suffering from social anxiety are often scared of criticism or judgement from other people around them. Face masks can act as a form of psychological and physical barrier.

A study from 2020 carried out in Poland discovered that wearing face masks can reduce the levels of great anxiety in people.

Some health experts have stated even though there are other methods that are much more effective for controlling mental health issues. For some people suffering from mental health issues, face masks are offering them some form of relief from their condition.

” This is not the most appropriate strategy for coping with social anxiety but for now it is providing a safe haven for millions of people,” Gandhi stated.

During Public Transportation and Travel

Dr Gandhi believes that face masks will become increasingly more common during public transportation and air travel.

” I think millions of people will be wearing face masks during public transportation and air travel for now mostly as a protective measure and I think the travel industry will most likely make face masks mandatory even after vaccination.” Stated Dr Gandhi.

People with Compromised Immune Systems

Individuals who unfortunately have immune systems that have been compromised, such as individuals who have HIV or currently undergoing chemotherapy, wore face masks often even before the pandemic as a protective shield. This is because common everyday illnesses such as the flu or the common cold can be fatal, and their immune system would be unable to fight against the infection.

“We can see this in the hospitals and while those individuals are out in public,” says Dr Cutler

We are most likely going to see a lot of people, even those with underlying health issues or who are living with compromised immune systems wearing their face masks while they are in public spaces.

Face Masks are an Easy Strategy For Preventing Infections

During the pandemic, face masks have proven to be vital assets in the fight against the coronavirus. Face masks have proven to be able to effectively reduce the rate of infections of communicable diseases such as the common cold and the flu and not just the coronavirus.

Every year the flu is solely responsible for more than sixty thousand deaths in the United States of America alone. If more individuals wore their face masks during cold and flu season, we could noticeably reduce the number of infections we experience year after year.