Almost 56.6% of people over 65 are vaccinated for COVID-19, and 75.9% received at least the first dose. Older adults, caregivers and their families are thinking about how they can be safe after becoming infected.
What are the levels of risk and precautions for vaccinated and unvaccinated people? If 19% of all American adults are fully vaccinated, including half of the elderly, how can you be safe and comfortable with your friends, family and the general public?
The Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) has issued clear guidelines, but the answer to whether a mask is safe to wear and practice physical distancing depends on how comfortable the risk and assessment of the family is. In general, if you are fully vaccinated, you can visit your home without wearing a mask or stay away from both vaccinated and unvaccinated people in the home who are at risk of developing more Covid-19 infections. However, you should also avoid public meetings and large gatherings. In Serenity Springs, practicing safe physical distancing are our main priority during group activities.
You can feel safe visiting your children and grandchildren in the same home without a mask after vaccination. However, when visiting unvaccinated people from multiple households, you should wear a mask and practice social distancing.
Safety Tips for Senior’s Protection
In crowded places and assisting living areas, even older people who are vaccinated should:
• Wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth adequately.
• Keep a safe physical distance from others of at least 6 feet.
• Avoid crowds and indoor spaces.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water.
• Sanitize your environments such as workplace or living room.
• Make sure restaurants and retailers adhere to the best hygiene practices.
• If you feel unwell, stay home and avoid public transportation.
Complete vaccination now allows adults to travel with mask and appropriate distance – without being tested unless required by the state. Although you will need to prove your vaccination before returning to the United States, you will no longer need to quarantine when you return. If you are accidentally exposed to someone with COVID-19 and live in a group setting such as Serenity Springs, you need to spend 14 days quarantine, even if you have no symptoms.