Public health expert CarolWinner, founder of the social distancing company “give space,”says protective measures of wearing masks, social distancing and frequent hand washing will still be important to follow even after you’ve had the COVID-19 vaccine. Though asymptomatic, those vaccinated could still be carriers.
Mission Hills, United States - January 19, 2021 /PressCable/ —
Public health expert Carol Winner, founder of the social distancing company “give space,” says protective measures of wearing masks, social distancing and frequent hand washing will still be important to follow even after you’ve had the COVID-19 vaccine. Researchers are confident that the vaccines are 94-95% effective, but uncertain as to its protection against asymptomatic transmission.
“It is possible that a person gets vaccinated and subsequently exposed to the virus, and although they do not show symptoms can become an asymptomatic carrier,” asks Winner. “Continued research will give us more answers. In the meantime, we must continue preventive practices to protect ourselves and our community.”
So how might someone who is vaccinated still become infected?
“The vaccine stimulates the production of antibodies that help us reach a level of immunity,” she says. “People develop immunity at varying levels, so while the vaccine should protect the individual from developing symptoms, it is unknown whether it elicits a strong enough immune response to completely destroy the virus. So even after taking the vaccine, the person could unwittingly spread the virus by sneezing, coughing, singing, talking to others in close proximity.”
Winner predicts that it’s going to take many months before most Americans get vaccinated and it’s important to understand that not everyone can or will get vaccinated, so practicing safety measures is important.
“We are in this for the long haul, so it’s imperative that we keep wearing masks, practicing social distancing and hand-washing,” she recommends.
Winner is founder of for the Love of Peach, a company formed in 2017 long before the COVID-19 pandemic. The idea was inspired by her experience with her mother, a cancer survivor.
“Her immune system was compromised, and her doctors often cautioned her to be aware of the dangers of touching, hugging and kissing friends and relatives,” she recalls. “Despite his warnings, it was difficult for her to tell others not to get too close, so constant engagement led to relapse. It got me thinking about how to address this issue. The solution was the ‘give space’ message coupled with the peach symbol that can be found on our line of merchandise, including poncho nursing covers, 3-way scarves, T-shirts, ball caps, sweatshirts, vests and other items emblazoned with a peach symbol and the words, ‘give space.’ Some of the items are anti-microbial to offer added protection.”
Winner says that prior to COVID-19, “give space” was helping those with cancer and autoimmune diseases; developmental disorders like autism and physical disabilities; trauma; cultural sensitivities; and myriad other reasons. In addition to running her company, Winner is the author of an interactive book, “What Do I Do With My Hugs?,” to help children to define their personal space and understand the importance of the personal space of others.
For more information, visit GiveSpacePeach.com, or reach Winner directly at call 301-335-7314.
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