Now that millions of Americans have been vaccinated — and millions more are being vaccinated every day — people are starting to wonder if it’s finally safe to start gathering in small groups.
In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released new guidelines on how fully vaccinated people can safely gather with one another. Though the pandemic is still very serious, it’s becoming clear that there’s light at the end of the tunnel.
From what the new guidelines are to what vaccinated people should continue doing in public, here’s everything you need to know about the current state of the pandemic.
What Can You Do Once You’ve Been Vaccinated?
According to the CDC, those who have completed a vaccine series or have gotten a single-shot vaccine more than two weeks prior can visit with one indoors without masks.
They also revealed vaccinated individuals can visit unvaccinated people if everyone in the household is at low risk of developing a severe case of COVID-19.
In fact, fully vaccinated people do not have to worry about quarantining or getting tested for COVID-19, as long as they are asymptomatic.
What To Do in Public If You’ve Been Vaccinated
While vaccinated individuals can spend time with a small group of other vaccinated individuals without masks, it is still very important for everyone to wear masks when they are out in public spaces.
It is also vital for everyone, regardless of if they’ve been vaccinated or not, to avoid large public gatherings and to continue to practice social distancing.
“Until more is known and vaccination coverage increases, some prevention measures will continue to be necessary for all people, regardless of vaccination status,” the CDC shared.
How Does the Vaccine Protect the Body?
According to Nahid Bhadelia, who is an infectious disease physician and medical director of Boston Medical Center’s special pathogens unit, vaccinated individuals are prepared to fight the infection.
The reason the virus has a very low chance of being transmitted by a vaccinated person is that less of the virus has been able to replicate in their body. As more people continue to get vaccinated every day, our country will move closer and closer to herd immunity.
In fact, according to President Joe Biden, he hopes we will see herd immunity in the United States by summertime. But, in order for this to happen, everyone needs to continue to follow CDC guidelines and get the vaccine when eligible.