When Is It Safe to Socialize Again Since I’m Vaccinated?
Things to consider for indoor visits
The CDC states that it is safe for fully vaccinated people to visit others who also are fully vaccinated indoors and without masks or physical distancing. But, as per experts some factors to consider are if you or your friend have any underlying health conditions that could increase your chances for a serious illness from the virus.
Dr. Jill Foster, pediatric infectious disease specialist from the University of Minnesota Medial School and M Health Fairview said “If that’s the case, I’d be a lot more careful. But if you and your friend are both healthy and you’re both fully vaccinated and you want to meet in a well-ventilated room for a short period of time for a cup of coffee, then yes I think it’s reasonable to take your mask off”.
The CDC says its safe to visit unvaccinated people from a single household
The CDC has announced that it is safe for fully vaccinated people to visit unvaccinated people of a single household and without having to wear masks indoor. But this is only if the people who aren’t vaccinated are at a low risk of a severe form of COVID-19.
Dr. Foster and Dr. Woods both advise against maskless indoor meetings if the members of the household you are visiting are unvaccinated. The reason is because it still hasn’t been understood if people who are vaccinated can carry and spread the virus or not.
Why is it necessary to till wear a mask and practice social distancing in public despite being vaccinated?
It is important for everyone to still adhere to the public health guidelines like wearing a mask and practicing social distancing and good hand hygiene even after being vaccinated. This needs to be done until the majority is vaccinated says the CDC.
Dr. Woods explains “We don’t yet understand if the vaccine does prevent us from being able to harbor virus in our nose and throats that is still viable and could go on to infect other people. Until we understand that, we have to assume that there is still the potential that those of us who are vaccinated could pass it on to others and basically be another vehicle for transmission”.
Despite being vaccinated there is a possibility of still catching the virus
There is a chance that you still can catch the virus and fall sick despite being fully vaccinated. Dr. Foster explains “The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are 95 percent effective, and everyone wants to assume they’re in that 95 percent. But there’s still that 5 percent risk”.
The data found from the clinical trials of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine from 8 countries has shown that the vaccine has been 66% effective in preventing moderate and severe diseases. It was determined to be 72% effective in the United States alone.
New and more contagious variants of COVID-19
New variants of the virus that have proven to be more contagious is spreading across the globe. According to early data, the vaccines may offer protection against these new strains, but they may prove to be less effective. Further research is required to completely understand whether the vaccine is potent enough to fight the new variants.