COVID-19 is a communicable, respiratory disease that can cause severe illness in some people. COVID-19 is easily transmitted from person to person in close contact through the respiratory droplets and aerosol particles released by infected persons during coughing, sneezing, singing, talking, and breathing. Since 2019, the spread of COVID-19 has had a devastating impact around the world.
COVID-19 vaccines greatly reduce your chance of severe illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. The majority of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are occurring in people who are not fully vaccinated. People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, meaning it has been two weeks or longer since they have finished their vaccine series, can feel safer engaging in social situations.
Vaccination continues to be our best layer of protection against COVID-19, especially when paired with other public health best practices. If you are fully vaccinated, you should still wear masks in certain settings, including public indoor settings in areas of substantial and high transmission. You may also choose to wear a mask, regardless of the level of transmission, especially if you are around someone who is at increased risk of severe disease.