With around 165 million vaccinations administered in the US, there is a well-deserved feeling of accomplishment and a desire to return to normalcy. Additionally, the vaccinations available today have been found effective against most of the known variants, and infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci has predicted that the US will be able to avoid a dreaded fourth wave of the virus. However, there is still a lot we do not know about the spread of disease after vaccination.
One of the biggest concerns is whether or not vaccinated people with no symptoms will still be able to infect unvaccinated people around them. The US National Institute of Health is currently conducting a study comparing nasal swabs between a vaccinated group, an unvaccinated control group and the close contacts to both groups of participants. The study is slated to be completed in December of this year, providing answers to these questions about this type of infection.
In light of these concerns, being fully vaccinated is not a license to ignore precautions and restrictions. In order to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our communities at large, the CDC has released guidelines about what activities we can expect to enjoy, and those we should continue to hold off on for the time being.
Fully vaccinated people are welcome to:
- Meet indoors in private residences, with no masks or social distancing precautions, with other vaccinated people.
This means that if you and a friend are both vaccinated, you can meet up at your home for coffee.
- Meet indoors in private residences with unvaccinated people who live together, as long as they don’t have any underlying conditions (such as lung disease, being over 65, etc)
Let’s say your neighbors are unvaccinated but healthy, you can join them for dinner at their house.
- Travel domestically without testing or self-quarantining
You are able to go on a road trip without worrying about different entry requirements about testing from state to state.
- Forego testing and self-quarantining after exposure to a person infected with the disease
If you find out there was an outbreak at your job, you don’t have to stay home for 2 weeks or get tested.
- Leave the US without testing or self-quarantining, unless required by your destination (newly added to the list, as of 04/02/21).
You can take a trip to places like Belarus or Brazil, among others, without showing a negative test.
Meanwhile, here are things even vaccinated people should still avoid:
- Meeting indoors, in a public place, without a mask or social distancing precautions
If you go to a bar, stay 6 feet away from others and wear a mask.
- Gathering with unvaccinated people from different households.
No house parties in the future as of yet.
- Participating in medium or large gatherings
Something like a large wedding or a full stadium are still not advised.
- Travel anywhere without a mask
When you go on those trips we mentioned above, you should still mask up in public!