The widespread availability and high rate of success of COVID-19 vaccines has prompted states across the U.S. to loosen or drop mask wearing and social distancing requirements outside of healthcare settings. However, there are still many people who are unvaccinated for various reasons, including not meeting the minimum age requirement of 12 years old. If you or your child is still unvaccinated, there are some precautions to keep in mind until COVID-19 is no longer circulating widely in the U.S.
Continue wearing a mask indoors.
Indoor settings carry the highest risk for coronavirus transmission, so this is where you should be most vigilant about continued mask wearing. Even if mask mandates have been lifted in your area, a mask remains your best line of protection if you have not been vaccinated.
Spend more time outside.
It’s challenging to continue keeping kids cooped up and isolated from their friends and peers. Fortunately, outdoor interactions pose fewer risks due to the airborne nature of COVID-19. In open air, the risk of transmission is much lower, especially where social distancing is still possible. So, you might take more time to play with your kids in the park, host outdoor playdates, go for a hike, or even set up a projector for outdoor movie nights.
Be ready to assess situational risks.
The rules for unvaccinated individuals are not set in stone, and some cases may require a situational assessment. For example, it’s not a great idea for unvaccinated kids to have a sleepover indoors. But an unvaccinated child may safely visit a vaccinated relative indoors for an extended period of time.
When you’re unsure how to maintain your health and safety in the absence of a vaccine, the medical team at MeMD can help. Connect with a board-certified medical provider anytime with no appointment necessary and no need to leave the house!