(WXYZ) – Now that Memorial Day weekend has arrived, a lot of people can’t wait to get out there and celebrate. But are traditional gatherings and activities safe?
My family and I love Memorial Day weekend, it’s a great time to relax and meet up with family and friends. But my answer to your question, “should people be careful” will depend on whether a person is vaccinated or not.
So let me start with those who have completed their plans. If everyone is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you can come together indoors and outdoors. You can cuddle, eat, drink, dance and be merry! And you don’t need to wear a mask or social distancing.
As for mixing with unvaccinated people, you can do that too. Vaccines are really protective and your risk of getting infected is low.
Having said that, if you are immunocompromised – for example, you have cancer, or you are a transplant patient, or if you are taking drugs to weaken your immune system – then you should be very careful. I personally suggest that those who are immunocompromised keep their mask and social distance as they are more vulnerable to infections and disease.
Now what about the unvaccinated group? Well, outdoor festivities are a lot safer than indoor gatherings. But if the celebrations are indoors, the CDC recommends that you wear a mask and social distancing. Especially if you are visiting several households that are not vaccinated.
Remember that just because the virus count is low doesn’t mean the risk is zero.
If you are traveling by bus, plane, or train, be sure to bring a mask. It doesn’t matter whether you are vaccinated or not. The CDC requires masks when using public transportation.
It is also important to mention that everyone should be very careful if they are in high traffic indoor public spaces. There are a lot of people traveling across the country for the holiday weekend. And some are from hotspots.
In addition, we need to be aware of the new, more contagious variants. So I strongly recommend everyone to follow pandemic precautions in those situations where large numbers of people are gathered in public places.
On that note, I hope everyone has a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend. And if you have not yet been vaccinated, consider making an appointment soon.
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