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Masks, distancing still important even with vaccination, study suggests

Vaccination alone might not be enough to end the #COVID19 pandemic, according to new study.

Even with a majority of the population vaccinated, the removal of pandemic precautions could lead to an increase in #coronavirus spread.

Mehul Patel, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and colleagues used a mathematical model to simulate coronavirus spread among the approximately 10 million people of North Carolina.

They found that coronavirus infections, hospitalizations and deaths would continue to rise if pandemic precautions such as quarantine, school closures, social distancing and mask-wearing were lifted while vaccines were being rolled out.

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