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CDC Just Warned "Do Not" Do This After Your COVID Vaccine

You can visit other vaccinated people in small gatherings but you cannot do the following things.
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The CDC has finally released a list of what you can—and cannot—do after getting your COVID-19 vaccine. "We know that people want to get vaccinated so they can get back to doing the things they enjoy with the people they love," said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "There are some activities that fully vaccinated people can begin to resume now in the privacy of their own homes." And there are some things you cannot do. Read on for those—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus


After Your COVID Vaccine, You Cannot Visit Another Household Without a Mask If They Are At High Risk

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"CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people can visit with unvaccinated people from one other household indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing, as long as the unvaccinated people and any unvaccinated members of their household are not at high risk for severe COVID-19 disease," says Walensky. As an example, she said:  "If grandparents have been vaccinated, they can visit their daughter and her family, even if they have not been vaccinated so long as the daughter and her family are not at risk for severe disease."


After Your COVID Vaccine, You Cannot Stop Wearing a Mask When in Public Settings

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"Everyone, including those who are vaccinated, should continue with all mitigation strategies when in public settings," says Walensky. That means keeping your mask on even when out. Why? Because you could still transfer the virus to someone who is not vaccinated.


After Your COVID Vaccine, You Cannot Stop Wearing a Mask When Visiting Unvaccinated People From Multiple Households

Woman at home opening the door wearing a facemask to avoid the coronavirus.

You must "wear masks and physically distance when visiting unvaccinated people who are from multiple households," says the CDC. "When fully vaccinated people are visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households, everyone should wear masks and physically distance and meet outdoors in a well ventilated space."


After Your COVID Vaccine, Everyone Should Wear a Mask and Physically Distance Around Any High Risk People

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"if an unvaccinated individual or any unvaccinated member of their household are at risk for severe disease, everyone, regardless of vaccination status, should still wear a mask and physically distance and choose to meet outdoors or in a well ventilated space," says Walensky.


After Your COVID Vaccine You Should Not Travel


"Everyone, whether vaccinated or not, should continue to avoid medium and large size gatherings as well as non-essential travel," says Walensky. "And when in public spaces should continue to wear a well-fitted mask, physically distance and follow other public health measures to protect themselves as others, COVID-19 continues to exact a tremendous toll on our nation. Like you, I want to be able to return to everyday activities and engage with our friends, families, and communities science, and the protection of public health must guide us."

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After Your COVID Vaccine, You Don't Need to Get Tested for COVID if You're Showing No Symptoms

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"CDCs new guidance also recommends that fully vaccinated people do not need quarantine or get tested, following a known exposure to someone with COVID-19 as long as they are asymptomatic at this time," says Walensky. "The CDC is not adjusting current guidance on travel. We believe these new recommendations are an important first step to our in our efforts to reduce resume everyday activities in our communities. However, we remain in the midst of a serious pandemic and still over 90% of our population is not fully vaccinated, but we are working hard to get there." 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.

Alek Korab
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