As COVID-19 positive cases continue to climb in Indiana, public health experts say we should prepare for a surge in new infection rates, especially in unvaccinated people.
The CDC recently released new public health recommendations for fully vaccinated people.
Fully vaccinated people can:
- Participate in many of the activities they did before the pandemic; they may choose to wear a mask for some of these activities.
- Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel and from self-quarantine after travel.
- Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States.
- Refrain from routine screening testing if feasible.
Infections happen in only a small proportion of fully vaccinated people, even with the Delta variant. However, preliminary evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people who do become infected with the Delta variant can spread the virus to others. To reduce their risk of becoming infected with the Delta variant and potentially spreading it to others: CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people:
- Wear a mask in public indoor settings if they are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
- Fully vaccinated people might choose to mask regardless of the level of transmission, particularly if they or someone in their household is immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease or if someone in their household is unvaccinated. People at increased risk for severe disease include older adults and those with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, overweight or obesity, and heart conditions.