CDC Just Said No One Can Do This Safely Right Now
This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidance, explaining what you can do when you are fully vaccinated. It includes things like mingling with others who have been vaccinated without wearing a mask or social distancing, and being around others in your own household who haven't yet been vaccinated. However, there is one activity noticeably missing on their list, which Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention addressed at the White House COVID-19 Response Team Briefing on Monday. Read on to find out what nobody can do safely right now, per the CDC—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
The CDC's Advice on Travel Goes for All: Don't Do It
"At this time the CDC is not adjusting current guidance on travel," Dr. Walensky stated. "We believe these new recommendations are an important first step in our efforts to resume everyday activities in our communities. However, we remain in the midst of a serious pandemic and still over 90% of our population is not fully vaccinated, but we are working hard to get there.
Therefore everyone, whether vaccinated or not should continue to avoid medium and large size gatherings as well as non-essential travel."
Later on, she explained why the CDC is still not condoning travel. "Every time that there's a surge in travel, we have a surge in cases in this country," she pointed out. "We know that many of our variants have emerged from international places. And we know that the travel corridor is a place where people are mixing a lot. We are really trying to restrain travel at this current period of time. And we're hopeful that our next set of guidance will have more science around what vaccinated people can do, perhaps travel being among them."
Again, she reiterated that "our travel guidance is unchanged," and even those who are vaccinated should follow "whatever travel guidance is currently in place."
"We would like to give the opportunity for vaccinated grandparents to visit their children and grandchildren who are healthy, and who are local, but our travel guidance currently has been unchanged," she added.
How to Stay Safe During This Pandemic
So follow the fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, 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.