COVID Guidelines - Attending Public Gatherings
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released new guidance on choosing safer activities for those fully vaccinated vs. not vaccinated. Our Parish Nurse, Judy Newberger, has compiled this information and also discusses the timeline for safely returning to the public after recovering from COVID-19.
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FOR THOSE FULLY VACCINATED (2 or more weeks after second dose of 2nd Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or 2 or more weeks after single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine):
Indoor gatherings with other vaccinated individuals and low risk children - not wearing masks or social distancing is OK.
Wear masks if visiting unvaccinated individuals, especially those at high risk.
Outdoor activities without a mask is OK except in crowded settings and venues such as stadiums.
Public or Large Gatherings (including church):
Continue to wear well-fitted masks and social distance. In large gatherings, many people present are at high risk, including unvaccinated, immune-compromised individuals, and even some vaccinated individuals. It is possible vaccinated persons may be able to spread the virus. Research is ongoing.
Individuals who have a condition or take medications that weaken the immune system must talk with their healthcare provider to discuss activities allowed even if vaccinated.
FOR THOSE UNVACCINATED:
Small outdoor gatherings with fully vaccinated family and friends – No mask
Any size outdoor gathering with a mix of vaccinated and unvaccinated friends – Wear a mask!
Indoor gatherings any size other than household – Wear a mask
For Those Recovering from COVID:
May be around others 10 days after testing positive AND
24 hours without fever without using fever-reducing drugs AND
Symptoms have improved.
Symptoms such as loss of taste or smell and fatigue may last for weeks or months and are not a reason by themselves to isolate.
Tests may remain positive for 3 months or longer without the person being contagious.
If severely ill, they may need to be isolated up to 20 days and should follow the advice of their provider.