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Dr. Fauci Just Said What You Can Do After You Get Your Vaccine 

“It'll change gradually because you want to accumulate data,” he says.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci

You have received the COVID-19 vaccine, so you might be wondering when life can go back to normal. In other words, when will you be able to attend sporting events, go to social gatherings, and walk around without a mask. During an interview with Ian Bremmer on his show, GZERODr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases discussed what you can do after you are vaccinated. Read on to hear what he had to say—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

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Dr. Fauci Says Things Aren't Going to Change Overnight

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You might be vaccinated, but what you are going to be able to do isn't going to change overnight, according to Dr. Fauci. "It'll change gradually because you want to accumulate data to make sure there are two elements here: you yourself, and the danger to you. If you're vaccinated versus what is outside in the dynamics of the outbreak outside of your own individual situation," he explained. In other words, if you are in the minority of the people who have been vaccinated, and there are still a lot of active COVID-19 cases, "what you can do outside, what society will allow you to do, just because you're vaccinated restaurants are not going to open, ball games are not going to be played necessarily. So what you're going to be able to do is really going to be reflective of what your own degree of safety, what you yourself can do," he said. 

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The CDC Will Be Issuing Guidance Soon

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To clearly answer this question, the CDC will soon issue guidance. "What we're going to be trying to do very soon, I hope, is to come out with some specific statements about 'If you are in this category, this is what you likely can do.' But right now, the way things are right now, given the degree of infection and the dynamics of the virus in the community, that's the reason why we say you still have to wear a mask."

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And, Even Though You Are Vaccinated, You Might Be Able to Spread COVID to Others

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He also pointed out that while you might be protected from the virus, you might still be able to spread it to others. "Even though you're vaccinated, because you could get infected, not know it, and be completely without symptoms because the vaccine is preventing you from getting symptoms, but you can have virus in your nasal pharynx and then inadvertently and innocently, pass it on to someone else who's not vaccinated. That's the problem we're facing," he continued.

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Normal Could Return Sooner Rather Than Later

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Dr. Fauci believes that "normal" could be right around the corner. "I hope it's soon," he said. "I hope it's within the matter of several weeks to a month or more. So when you start to get really a larger proportion of the population vaccinated, people are going to say more and more, 'Hey, wait a minute. What can I do? And what can I do now that I'm vaccinated. It's a very reasonable question."

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How to Stay Safe in the Meantime

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So follow Fauci's 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.