CDC issues new guidance saying people who have been fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 can gather in small groups without masks


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Paul Goldfinger, MD.

The New York Times (3/8, Rabin) reports the CDC “issued long-awaited advice to Americans fully vaccinated against [COVID-19], freeing them to take some liberties that the unvaccinated should not, including gathering indoors in small groups without precautions while still adhering to masking and distancing in public spaces.” The agency’s new guidelines also recommend “that vaccinated people may visit indoors with unvaccinated people from a single household so long as no one among the unvaccinated is at risk for severe disease if infected with the coronavirus.”

The Washington Post (3/8, A1, Sun, Bernstein) reports the CDC “said people who are two weeks past their final shot face little risk if they visit indoors with unvaccinated members of a single household at low risk of severe disease, without wearing masks or distancing.” The new guidelines “would free many vaccinated grandparents who live near their unvaccinated children and grandchildren to gather for the first time in a year.” However, the new guidelines still “discourage visits involving long-distance travel.”

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