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Center for Disease Control Updated Guidelines
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The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued updated guidelines with three variations of Covid-19 vaccines now available to everyone in Group 1B. However, they caution Americans to remember that we are still learning how the vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19. And stated that precautions still need to be taken even after you've been fully vaccinated until we know more.
Many of the scientist and officials have said the reason they went ahead and issued these reduced guidelines is because they knew that if they issued more restrictive guidelines people simply would not follow them. The American public is just tired of the pandemic and has what is being referred to as "Pandemic Fatigue". So, they went ahead and issued guidelines they felt were "safe enough" and that people would actually follow. CDC Director, Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH appeared on Good Morning America on March 10th and urged everyone to remember that these loosened restrictions apply to people within their homes, not in gatherings with the general public.
Good News for Seniors
But, what has actually changed? Well, there is some good news for seniors! If you have been vaccinated, you can visit with and hug your children and grandchildren without wearing a mask even if they have not been vaccinated. This must be only one household at a time and they must not live with anyone who has an increased risk for severe illness from Covid-19. These guidelines also apply to visiting with your friends who live in one household. In addition, you can gather indoors with a small group of fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
Under these new guidelines, if you have been fully vaccinated and you find out that you have been around someone who has COVID-19, you don't have to stay away from others or get tested unless you develop symptoms. This is not the case if you live in a group setting. You need to get tested and stay away from others in these types of settings such as senior living, assisted living and long term care facilities.
The CDC still recommends wearing a mask to protect yourself and others even if you have been vaccinated! And stay six feet away from others, avoid crowded places, and poorly ventilated places. Please continue to only gather in small groups in homes and protect those at increased risk. Domestic and international travel is not recommended.
Still Learning About COVID-19
The CDC is reminding everyone that they are still learning how effective the vaccines are at preventing COVID-19, especially severe illness and death, particularly variants of the disease. They are also learning how long the vaccines protect people. Updates will be provided as more knowledge becomes available.