After a year in varying degrees of lockdown, there were widespread hopes that COVID-19 vaccination programs would finally mean that people could get their lives back to a semblance of normalcy. Unfortunately, that was not the case. However, Dr. Anthony Fauci is now telling the world that some reduction of precautionary protocols could b in the near future, for the vaccinated.
In the CNN clip below, Dr. Fauci says that some measures may soon be mitigated, for those who have been vaccinated, particularly with regard to interactions within family groups.
Dr. Fauci: Recommendations about relaxing stringency of COVID mitigation measures for those who have been vaccinated are coming “pretty soon.” pic.twitter.com/Bk0IRx2Uc8
— The Recount (@therecount) February 23, 2021
Currently, the CDC‘s guidelines and recommendations include avoiding crowds and gatherings, and keeping 6 feet of distance from any person who doesn’t live in the same household as you, as well as, of course, wearing a mask and washing hands frequently to minimize the risk of spreading the disease.
The population has balked at this, with some groups even holding protests to demand that any mandates regarding these precautions be declared unconstitutional, and plenty of pressure from right-wing politicians to reopen businesses and schools.
A person can still contract an illness after being vaccinated against it, though the duration and intensity of the infection will likely be reduced, and those who are infected can still pass the disease on, even if they’ve been vaccinated. For these reasons, continuing to wear a mask and social distance has been the recommendation for those who have already received the vaccine.
However, as the population grows nearer to achieving herd immunity, the possibility of a return to normal life becomes a reality.
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