The Centers for Disease Control in the United States, gave us a glimpse into what they believe will be OK for people who are vaccinated.
The major take-away from the press release is those who are fully vaccinated can spend time with unvaccinated people indoors without a mask, so long as those who are unvaccinated are at low-risk for severe COVID-19.
“As vaccinations increase, this guidance represents a first step toward returning to everyday activities in our communities, and CDC will update these recommendations as more people are vaccinated, rates of COVID-19 in the community change, and as additional science and evidence become available,” the CDC said in a press release regarding the guidance.
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the federal health agency gave a briefing at the White House on Monday in regards to some of the direction given in the guidelines.
“We’ve been through a lot this past year, and with more and more people getting vaccinated each day, we are starting to turn a corner,” said Walensky. “And as more Americans are vaccinated, a growing body of evidence now tells us that there are some activities that fully vaccinated people can resume at low risk to themselves.”
The CDC says 9.2 per cent of all Americans have been fully vaccinated according to their data. That means over 30 million people south of the border are already fully vaccinated … or almost the whole population of Canada.
Everyone should avoid medium-to-large-sized gatherings indoors regardless of vaccination status. If you are fully vaccinated and decide to partake, they should continue wear masks, practice distancing and wash hands often. Going to the gym poses a smaller infection risk for fully vaccinated people.
“However, precautions should still be taken as transmission risk in these settings is higher and likely increases with the number of unvaccinated people present,” the CDC says.
According to the CDC fully vaccinated people should still wear fitted masks and practice physical distancing and other mitigation measures (hand hygiene, covering coughs, avoiding crowds) as a precaution, while out in public.
Lastly, “Fully vaccinated people should not visit or attend a gathering if they have tested positive for COVID-19 in the prior 10 days or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of vaccination status of the other people at the gathering,” per the guidelines.
“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 Walensky, in the release. “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. As the science evolves and more people get vaccinated, we will continue to provide more guidance to help fully vaccinated people safely resume more activities.”
Algoma Public health points to the Ontario Guidlines for Aftercare which can be found here.