CDC issues new COVID-19 guidance for the holiday season

New holiday COVID-19 guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges eligible individuals to get vaccinated in opposition to the virus and put on masks — in some circumstances — when gathering. 

“Because many generations tend to gather to celebrate holidays, the best way to minimize COVID-19 risk and keep your family and friends safer is to get vaccinated if you’re eligible,” the CDC says in its guidance, issued on Friday. 

Children in the United States who’re 11 years outdated and youthful aren’t but eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.  

“Protect those not yet eligible for vaccination such as young children by getting yourself and other eligible people around them vaccinated,” the CDC says. 

Getting vaccinated helps defend these have the vaccine in opposition to extreme sickness and dying from COVID-19. Unvaccinated adults are over 6 times more likely to check constructive for the virus and greater than 11 occasions extra seemingly to die from it in comparison with those that are totally vaccinated, the CDC discovered.

When it involves gathering this holiday season, the company says it’s usually safer to assemble outdoor than indoors. 

For those that are gathering at indoor public areas, unvaccinated or not totally vaccinated individuals ought to put on well-fitting masks over their nostril and mouth, in the event that they’re 2 or older. Fully vaccinated people in areas with substantial to excessive transmission charges must also put on masks in public indoor settings.

People who’ve a weakened immune system must also put on a masks when gathering. “You might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission if a member of your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated,” the CDC says.

For those that intend to travel for the holidays, the CDC recommends avoiding doing so if you’re not totally vaccinated. 

“If you aren’t totally vaccinated and should travel, observe CDC’s domestic travel or international travel suggestions for unvaccinated individuals,” it says.

In September, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned that the U.S. could possibly be dealing with one other “dark winter,” though that may be prevented.

“If we don’t get people vaccinated who need to be vaccinated, and we get that conflating with an influenza season, we could have a dark, bad winter,” Fauci instructed CBS News’ Major Garrett. “…We could also avoid a dark, bad winter if we get people vaccinated to a very high degree over the next several weeks to a month or two.” 

Fauci’s worry has been expressed by different well being specialists as nicely. 

Earlier this week, analysis offered at an American Academy of Pediatrics convention confirmed that final year’s decline in flu and customary respiratory viruses final winter was attributable to individuals sporting masks and social distancing. If that very same stage of precaution is not adopted this fall and winter, specialists stated, there could possibly be a “twindemic” of COVID-19 and the flu. 

“Although each of these things is not perfect, taken together, they really are effective in preventing illness,” Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious illnesses specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, stated. “…It just shows you that these viruses, which are really very contagious, will take advantage of us as we open up, gather together, take off our masks.” 

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