It might be a week since you watched the Barenaked Ladies. And five days since you made fun of them. But it has been two weeks since you received your last and last dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. This means that you are now “fully vaccinated”. So besides being able to tell people on dating sites that you are fully vaccinated and “laid back, easy going, and enjoy having a good time,” what else does that mean? What does the full vaccination allow you to do that you couldn’t do before?
Surely you and many other people are interested in the answer to this question to be answered. After all, “congratulations. Now that you are fully vaccinated, you can get away socially and wear face masks, ”which may not quite cut it for many people who are tired of these“ unprecedented times ”. The past year may have your urge to ‘past times’. The more precedence, the better. ”
Well, being fully immunized does not mean that you can completely return to normal, regardless of what “normal” means. For example, don’t start panting at everyone you see, which is rarely a good thing to do either. It is not common to hear someone say, “It was a good conversation and the panting was superb.” In addition, the Covid-19 vaccination will not offer you 100% protection. Even after being fully vaccinated, you can still catch the virus, develop Covid-19, and spread the virus to others. Vaccination simply greatly reduces your risk of getting more severe Covid-19 and may lower your risk of catching the virus.
With the Covid-19 coronavirus still spreading widely in the United States, now is not the time to let our guard down. Since you don’t know who may be carrying the virus, try to maintain social distance and wear a mask when you are in public. Social distancing means keeping six feet or a Denzel (because Denzel Washington is about six feet tall) from everyone. And continue to wash your hands thoroughly and frequently and to disinfect any items that may have been contaminated.
It may seem like nothing has changed, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers some important differences. And one of the big differences is what to do to travel. If you remember, last year in many cases traveling meant you had to quarantine yourself for 14 days after arriving at your destination. Traveling often meant getting tested for Covid-19 before and after the trip. However, now, after being fully vaccinated, you can forgo testing and quarantine when traveling across the country. The exception is if you’ve been with someone with Covid-19.
So let’s say you were staying at the resort town of Mar-A-Lago during the recent Covid-19 outbreak and came into close contact with someone who then tested positive shortly thereafter. You should have been in quarantine for 14 days and tested for Covid-19, whether or not you had symptoms and were fully vaccinated. Again, this is because the vaccine’s protection is not 100%.
International travel is a little different. What you need to do depends on your destination. First, check out the regulations and the situation of the Covid-19 coronavirus in your destination country. Your destination may require you to take a test before leaving the United States. In addition, before boarding a flight back to the United States, you will always need to present documentation indicating a negative test result or recovery from Covid-19. Oh, and within three to five years of your return, you will need to take the Covid-19 test. The difference is that you won’t need to automatically quarantine yourself when you return.
When it comes to the Covid-19 vaccination, it’s not all about you, however. Getting vaccinated is like wearing clothes in the workplace. You can’t just say, “As long as I wear clothes, everything will be cool. Nothing bad can happen. For example, the day of the pogo stick in the office would be very different depending on what everyone is wearing and not wearing. Likewise, your risk of catching the Covid-19 coronavirus or infecting others increases with the number of unvaccinated people around you.
Therefore, you can have a lot more leeway when everyone is fully immunized. The CDC says that “you can congregate indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask or standing 6 feet away.” It doesn’t mean participating in group hugs and playing Twister. Try to stay away from crowds and poorly ventilated areas. It’s always a good idea to stay away when you can. However, getting yourself and everyone around you vaccinated greatly reduces your chances of closer contact.
Therefore, before you go to an indoor location like a gym, check to see if everyone is vaccinated. This will determine how much you can relax your precautions. Without the guarantee that everyone is fully vaccinated, it’s a good idea to maintain strict social distancing and the wearing of a face mask. Again, avoid crowded, poorly ventilated areas, or disregard Covid-19 precautions such as regular surface disinfection.
Keep in mind that “fully vaccinated” does not mean receiving a single dose of the Pfizer / BioNTech or Moderna Covid-19 vaccine or not waiting two full weeks after the last dose of the vaccine. Do not necessarily take their word that they are fully immunized, as surprised people may actually be lying about their immunization status. And in this case, lying doesn’t mean lying on a couch. This means that people may not be honest about whether they have received the vaccine. So, if a company claims everyone is fully vaccinated, ask them how they check this, if they ask to see the Covid-19 vaccination cards.
These guidelines may change as we learn more about Covid-19 vaccines and as new variants of the Covid-19 coronavirus continue to spread. It is still not clear how long the vaccines will provide protection. It is also not yet clear to what extent vaccines can prevent you from catching the virus in the first place. The vaccines seem to offer reasonable protection against the variants that are known today, but that could change. This is yet another reason why it makes sense to maintain other precautions as much as possible. Remember, Covid-19 vaccines are like Swiss cheese. This does not mean that you have to put the vaccine in a ham sandwich. This means that the vaccines are not perfect and have holes. Other precautions can help cover these holes. After all, it’s not a good idea to expose your holes.