Some people have been vaccinated against coronavirus, but the risks associated with spending time outside your household have not been completely eradicated.
“The hard part is that right now I think we still all need to be aware of everything we do, whether we are vaccinated or not,” said Dr. Ada Stewart, a family physician with Cooperative Health in Columbia, South Carolina. and president of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
“It makes a difference if you are vaccinated, especially if you have family members who are vaccinated, and then you can all come together in a different way,” Stewart said. “So there is a small difference, but everyone still needs to follow the public health measures recommended from (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).”
But there are exceptions. For example, if you are fully vaccinated and visit people who are unvaccinated and at high risk for serious illness or death from coronavirus, wear a mask and exercise physically.
Also, avoid attending medium or large gatherings where you may not know the vaccination status of each person. If you are vaccinated but have unvaccinated children, know that “we just have to be careful when we are around them,” Stewart said. “Wash our hands, wash their hands, use the masks.”
Create ways to help your children remember how safe they are, such as setting up chairs as “physical reminders that going beyond this is more than 6 feet,” said Regina Davis Moss, assistant CEO of health policy and practices of the American Public. Health Association.
Tips for unvaccinated adults, grandparents and children
For unvaccinated people who want to visit unvaccinated extended family, virtual gatherings are still best. However, if you are unvaccinated and choose to visit unvaccinated family, everyone should be outdoors, wearing masks and staying at least 6 feet apart.
“Maybe avoid a meal indoors, but still do it outdoors,” Pollitt suggested. This applies to vaccinated persons who visit unvaccinated people – who are at greater risk of serious disease or death from coronavirus – and unvaccinated in general.
Grandparents who want to see unvaccinated grandchildren from different households “should see the grandchildren separately or do it all outdoors” to reduce the risk, said CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and visiting professor of health policy and management at George Washington. University Milken Institute School of Public Health. “They should not mix them indoors.”