This time last year, the US was a very different place with COVID. Most states were shut down, new cases rose sharply, and it seemed like years before that there would be a vaccine to protect us from the virus. Fortunately, things have changed drastically. Not only do we have three safe and effective vaccines, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 1
While many people have started eating indoors at restaurants and going into the office for work, the CDC still encourages everyone to stay away from large gatherings indoors. Updated guidance from the CDC of April 27 states that everyone – including fully vaccinated people – “should avoid large indoor large personal gatherings and follow any relevant local guidelines that limit the size of gatherings.”
The agency explains that large indoor collections, whether sporting events, festivals, concerts, weddings, parties, conferences or trade shows, pose a risk because they “gather many people from multiple households.”
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If you have decided that attending an indoor event is something you need to do, the CDC says it is important to know the number of COVID cases in your community or the area where most attendees come from. If it is a place where the virus spreads to a greater extent, it may mean that there is a greater chance that the guests have been exposed to COVID.
Room ventilation, collection length, ability to physically distance, mask wearing practice, number of unvaccinated people (including children) and “behaviors such as singing, shouting, physical exertion or heavy breathing” could all increase the risk of COVID transmission, warns CDC. And for more guidance to follow, the CDC says you should not do this until 4 weeks after you have been vaccinated.
The CDC explains that if you are vaccinated, the risk of becoming COVID yourself or transmitting the virus to others can be “very low.” But the agency adds, “large indoor gatherings and those that include unvaccinated people from multiple households increase the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission.”
It is particularly important that fully vaccinated people “take precautions when visiting unvaccinated people at increased risk of serious illness from COVID-19 or visits with unvaccinated people who have people at increased risk of serious illness in their own households,” explains CDC.
Regardless of your vaccination status or the one around you, if you have tested positive for COVID or have symptoms of the virus, the CDC says you should wait 10 days before visiting or attending a collection of any size.
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If you do not heed the CDC’s warning, the agency says that again, even if you are fully vaccinated, you must wear a well-equipped mask at a crowded personal gathering.
The CDC also encourages vaccinated people to wear masks when visiting non-vaccinated people who may be more likely to get COVID.
“Although these vaccines are extremely effective, we know that the virus spreads very well indoors,” says the CDC director. Rochelle Walensky, MD, said during a briefing in the White House on April 28. “Until more people are vaccinated, and while we still have more than 50,000 cases a day, wearing a mask indoors will provide extra protection.”
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The CDC now says that fully vaccinated people can participate in outdoor activities and leisure without a mask, as well as visit other vaccinated people without a mask and visit “unvaccinated people (including children) from a single household who are at low risk of severe COVID-19 disease indoors without to wear masks or physical distance. “
“If you’re fully vaccinated and want to attend a small outdoor gathering of people who have been vaccinated and unvaccinated, or eat at an outdoor restaurant with friends from multiple households, science shows you’re vaccinated, you can do it safely, masked, “Walensky said on April 28.
COVID Adviser in the White House Anthony Fauci, MD, spoke with Today on April 28 on the CDC’s new guidelines for outdoor masks, saying the new rules are proof that “we are going in the right direction.” “The risk of becoming infected if you are vaccinated and outdoors is extremely low,” he said.
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