The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday released new guidelines indicating that people fully vaccinated against Covid-19 can now meet indoors without social distancing or masks.
Although public health guidelines have no legal authority, this is the first major attempt by U.S. health officials to explain how life can begin to return to normal.
Rochelle Walensky, Director of CDC, said: “We believe these new recommendations are an important first step in our efforts to resume day-to-day activities in our community.
So far, CDC advice has not distinguished between those who have been vaccinated and those who have not, recommending not to socialize indoors, travel, and large gatherings for everything. the world. Monday’s announcement marks a departure from that position.
Under the new guidelines, those who have been fully vaccinated can visit the homes of other fully vaccinated people, or homes where no one is at high risk of contracting the disease.
“If the grandparents have been vaccinated, they can visit their daughter and her family, even if they have not been vaccinated – as long as the girl and her family are not at risk of serious illness,” Walensky said.
She added that it would no longer be recommended that those vaccinated be tested and quarantined after coming into contact with someone with the disease.
However, the organization continues to advise against non-essential travel or medium to large gatherings for anyone, whether or not they have been vaccinated.
Andy Slavitt, a senior White House coronavirus adviser, said: “We have started to describe what a world looks like where we go beyond Covid-19. . . I think it’s important to note that as more and more people get vaccinated, this list of activities will continue to grow.
The United States vaccinated a record 2.9 million people on Saturday, Slavitt said, bringing the total number of people fully vaccinated to more than 30 million people, or 9% of the population.
Some 60 million people have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. While BioNTech / Pfizer or Moderna vaccines require two jabs, regulators have also recently authorized single dose inoculation made by Johnson & Johnson.
According to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University, the number of cases and deaths continues to fall across the country, although Walensky has warned that there has been a “stabilization of the decline” in recent days.
Some public health officials have also been alarmed by the cancellation of restrictions in states such as Texas and Mississippi, which recently ended mask warrants and lifted trade restrictions as cases dwindled.
Over the past seven days, there have been an average of just under 60,000 new cases per day, according to the FT coronavirus tracker – close to the same level observed in October 2020.