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Dr. Fauci Just Said You Can Do This Again After COVID Vaccine

Some things can return to normal for you, and some cannot, says the infectious disease expert.
FACT CHECKED BY Emilia Paluszek
Doctor Anthony Fauci

Twenty-three million Americans are now fully vaccinated, but there is still so much uncertainty about what is safe and what isn't, after you get your shots. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, appeared on the Sunday morning news shows to offer some clarity, although the official CDC guidelines have not been released yet. There are a few small things you can do differently post-vaccination, he said, and some you should not change. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus


Dr. Fauci Says Two Vaccinated People Who Are Alone Together At Home Would Not Need to Wear a Mask

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Fauci told George Stephanopolus on This Week that if you're with someone who has been vaccinated, and you have been vaccinated yourself, then there is little risk of catching COVID-19. "When you get to people that are vaccinated and protected together, like in a home setting, you can have two people that you would not need to" wear a mask, said Fauci. "We're working with the CDC right now on trying to get updated reasonable recommendations of what we can tell vaccinated people to do as you get more and more people vaccinated."


Dr. Fauci Said You Can Start Doing Some of the Things You Did Before "In the Home"

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"One of the things that I think is going to become clear that if you have individuals, adults who are vaccinated, two people that are doubly vaccinated and are protected, then you can do things that we weren't talking about before," Fauci said on CNN's State of the Union. "You can have dinner in a home without masks on you can have friends who, you know, are doubly vaccinated and are protected together with you. So you can start doing things, essentially in the home and in a setting where you're not out in the community, where there are 70,000 new infections per day, right? And you could start doing some of the things that you weren't able to do before."


You Will Still Need to Wear a Mask Around Other People

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A vaccine doesn't mean you can throw out all the public health measures we've been urged to follow. "You should still be careful," Fauci said on This Week, "because the end point of the vaccine efficacy trial is preventing symptomatic disease, which means that potentially theoretically, and maybe in reality, you're going to have infection that you don't get any clinical manifestation. So you could be protected from disease and still have virus. If that's the case, then that's the reason why you hear us all—all the public health officials—saying to wear a mask. And the reason is essentially to protect other people from" the virus. "You may inadvertently infect someone else, even though you are protected."


Dr. Fauci Warns Virus May Still be Carried by You After Vaccination

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"The reason we say" to wear a mask—"and sometimes people don't understand that and think it's being too rigid: There will be a time, and I believe it will be reasonably soon, when we will know exactly whether or not a vaccinated person really has such a low level or none at all, a virus in their nasopharynx, that will be based on data," Fauci said on This Week. "We have some preliminary data for some Israeli studies that the level of virus in the nasopharynx of vaccinated people is extremely low. If that's the case and the future studies show that it's that low, then you'll be pulling back on some of the restrictions, but you want to do it based on data, not on guessing."

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Dr. Fauci Said the CDC Would Release Instructions Soon About What You Should and Should Not Do After Vaccination

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Dr. Fauci was asked, on CNN's State of the Union, if the CDC was indeed working on guidelines for what's safe after vaccination. "We've been in intensive discussions, as recently as yesterday evening about this," answered Fauci. "The CDC will be coming out within the next few weeks, maybe even sooner, with some guidelines about what people who are vaccinated [should and should not do]." Until then, 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.