If, like half the US population, you have recently been vaccinated against COVID, you may be trying to readjust to a new norm – this time, relative freedom. But for many people, after spending more than a year on high alert, it̵
For now, maybe that’s a good thing. While finally receiving a COVID stroke means that you can begin to reassess the level of risk, there is a good case for cautious and gradual re-entry. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) emphasize that there are still certain activities that pose a greater risk than others, and most social scenarios still require masks for optimal safety – even after you get your shot. Read on to find out which activities are most risky after vaccination, and for more information on the COVID vaccine, Dr. Fauci says your COVID vaccine protects you for so long.
One of the key factors for your safety after vaccination will be knowing the vaccination status of others you meet. The fewer people in a group who are fully vaccinated, the more likely you are to become infected.
The CDC states that since children cannot currently be vaccinated, you should limit how many households with children gather at one time and children should continue to wear masks when they gather with others. The health authority says vaccinated adults can attend this type of event without a mask, as long as they are held outdoors, but advises continuing to wear a mask when inside with unvaccinated people. And for more news about the COVID vaccine sent directly to your mailbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.
Before and after vaccination, you should plan to avoid indoor conditions with poor ventilation. This is one of the most risky environments, as aerosolized droplets can stay in the air longer in places with limited airflow, says the CDC. For now, this may exclude malls, cinemas, casinos, elevators, some public transport, some bars and restaurants, and more. And for more information on the risks after vaccination, the CDC warns you to avoid this place, even if you have been vaccinated.
According to the CDC guidelines, “Fully vaccinated people can participate in many outdoor activities without a low-risk mask for themselves or others.”
However, being outdoors can create a false sense of security, given that some outdoor activities are still considered risky – such as a crowded open-air concert. For now, you should continue to wear a mask whenever you expect to be in a crowd, says the CDC.
According to the CDC guidelines, activities that include “singing, shouting, exercise or other heavy breathing” are considered a higher risk, even after vaccination. To participate safely in these types of activities (for example, training classes or other group sports, choral singing, or religious services that require participation), you should plan to wear a mask and distance yourself where possible. And for more information on the places to keep avoiding, the CDC says these are the “safest” places to go right now.