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The CDC Just Said Fully Vaccinated People Can Do This Like Normal

This is what their new guidance says.

Once you have been fully vaccinated with either the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine, what can you do and how can your life change? These are just a few of the questions that have been asked several times over the last couple of months. This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is releasing guidelines outlining exactly what those who are vaccinated can safely do, and what they should still avoid to keep themselves and others safe during the pandemic. "We know that people want to get vaccinated so they can get back to doing the things they enjoy with the people they love," Rochelle Walensky, the CDC director, said in prepared remarks. "There are some activities that fully vaccinated people can begin to resume now in the privacy of their own homes. Everyone — even those who are vaccinated — should continue with all mitigation strategies when in public settings." Read on to find out what you can do—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus


It Will Depend on Community Infection

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First of all, people who are vaccinated need to consider what is going on in the community before taking liberties. "The level of precautions taken should be determined by the characteristics of the unvaccinated people, who remain unprotected against COVID-19," the guidelines read. 


Vaccinated People Can Go Maskless Around Others Who Are Vaccinated

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Per the guidelines, those who have been vaccinated can visit other vaccinated people without masking up or social distancing. 


Vaccinated People Can Go Maskless Around Low Risk People in Their Same Household

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Per the new guidelines if you have been vaccinated, you can go maskless around others who live in the same home, but only those people are at low risk for severe disease. 


Skip Quarantine and Testing…Even If Exposed to COVID

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If you have been vaccinated there is no need to quarantine or be tested if you are exposed to someone who has Covid-19, if you are asymptomatic. However, you should monitor for symptoms for 14 days.


You Must Still Wear a Mask and Socially Distance if Around Unvaccinated People At Increased Risk

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When you are around people who are unvaccinated, you must still take precautions, including masking up and social distancing. This is crucial when it involves those who are at increased risk for severe Covid-19, or if the unvaccinated person has a household member who is at higher risk.


You Must Still Wear a Mask and Socially Distance if Around Unvaccinated People From Multiple Households

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If you are around a bunch of people from different households who are unvaccinated, you also need to take precautions. 

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Do Your Part

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So follow the public health fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Leah Groth
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