Did the CDC Just Give Us a Great Reason to Get the COVID Vaccine?
I had COVID a few months back, and although it was not the best time I've ever had in my life, I was blessed with a very mild case. The worst part of my whole COVID experience was all the dang quarantining that went along with it.
Don't get me wrong, I didn't mind staying home while I was contagious. The frustrating part came from the continued quarantining that was required when just one of my immediate family members tested negative. Let me just say this, if someone in your home tests positive for COVID, life is a lot less confusing if every other person in the house tests positive too.
Let's fast forward to the present, I am beyond frustrated with the quarantining that needs to happen if one of your children develops a runny nose. You know dang well they just have a cold, but now they have to miss multiple days of school while you wait for COVID tests to come back. I'm so tired of everyday life getting upended by this dang virus. I am by no means blaming the schools or the health departments for enforcing these safety regulations, I totally get it, but that doesn't make it suck any less.
Shall we get back to the point of this article now? Quarantining sucks. We all know this, but now the CDC has updated their guidance when it comes to getting the vaccine and quarantine rules following an exposure. The Chicago Tribune quotes the CDC saying;
Fully vaccinated persons who meet criteria will no longer be required to quarantine following an exposure to someone with COVID-19.
There is just one more thing you should be aware of though, the Trib article also says;
At least two weeks must have passed since the second shot, because it takes that long to build full immunity. But the CDC says it’s not known how long protection lasts, so people who had their last shot three months ago or more should still quarantine if they are exposed or show symptoms.
And now my "no more quarantine bubble" just got busted a bit.
For those of us that like to err on the side of caution, it looks like social distancing and quarantining will still be the thing to do.
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While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.