On Monday, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidelines for what they consider “safe” for those who are vaccinated.
“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’s statement read.
The CDC’s data 9.2 percent of the American population is now fully vaccinated.
Almost 20% of America has received at last one of the doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“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 CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.
The CDC has announced that fully vaccinated people who are from single households can safely gather indoors with other vaccinated people without masks or social distancing.
The CDC has now called vaccinated people indoors a “likely low risk.”
With mixed crowds of vaccinated and unvaccinated folks the CDC claims that the transmission of COVID-19 is a “low risk.”
“The level of precautions taken should be determined by the characteristics of the unvaccinated people, who remain unprotected against COVID-19,” the CDC went on to say.
The CDC still recommends unvaccinated people who are “high-risk” to COVID-19 wear masks, social distance and gather in areas that has good ventilation.
The guidelines go on to say that the more people that people interact with the higher potential exposure will be.
Despite lowering some restrictions, the CDC still tells people to avoid “medium to large” amounts of crowds indoors.
Those who are fully vaccinated that are in large crowds are still encouraged to wear masks, social distance and keep up good hygiene.
They added that going to the gym and dining inside is a much lower risk for full 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 stated.
This means in public areas of gathering, the CDC recommends fully vaccinated people to wear effective masks, social distance and mitigate risk by limiting crowds, covering coughs and washing hands.
As far as isolation and testing goes, the CDC also provided other new guidelines.
“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,” they said.
However, those who are vaccinated are told not to test if they aren’t experiencing symptoms even if they’ve been exposed.
If fully vaccinated people are exposed, they are asked to monitor their symptoms for 14 days.
People who are in “congregated facilities” like prison’s or other correctional facilities should still quarantine for 14 days because of the higher risk involved.
Despite the success of President Trump’s Operation Warp Speed and the vaccines, the CDC still recommends caution and for people to adhere to local guidelines.