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CDC Says You No Longer Need to Do This After Vaccination

You don’t need to quarantine after COVID exposure if you’re vaccinated.
FACT CHECKED BY Emilia Paluszek
A young woman is considering whether to remove the medical mask after the end of the quarantine due to the coronavirus.

If you've had your COVID-19 vaccine, what can you stop doing, when it comes to the public health fundamentals? Today at the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on "Examining Our Covid-19 Response: An Update from Federal Officials," Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was asked just that. "What is it that CDC would tell someone today their behavior or conduct can change or what their behavior or conduct should be following vaccination?" Read on for her answer—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

Dr. Walensky Said if You Were Vaccinated, You No Longer Have to Quarantine After COVID Exposure

"About a week ago, we released our first guidance on the first step on what you can do if vaccinated," said Dr. Walensky, "and that included things like small visits in your home, visits with other vaccinated people on masks and on distance, so that you could dine with other vaccinated people in your home. You could also visit with unvaccinated people as long as people in their home don't have a high risk of severe disease."

"Ware still looking at data regarding whether people who are vaccinated can be asymptomatically infected and potentially transmit to other people," said Dr. Walensky. "In that case, we wouldn't want you to be living with somebody who was immunocompromised on chemotherapy and whatnot, because we would worry about severe disease in that household. We've also released guidance on the fact that you don't have to quarantine," said Dr. Walensky, "if you have been exposed and you are vaccinated, so the quarantine has gone away with regard to people who are being vaccinated."

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What Else Can You Stop Doing? Can You Travel? Not Yet.

"We're revisiting what we should do regarding travel for those who have vaccinated," said Dr. Walensky. "And then that should be coming forward soon. That's going to likely be the next step in this regard. I want to remind people that we have now 12% of the population fully vaccinated, 39.9 million people. The initial guidance was released when we had 9% of people vaccinated. So as more and more people are getting vaccinated, as we are getting more and more data about the implications of vaccination with regard to asymptomatic infection and potential transmission, those guidelines will continue to emerge."

So get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

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