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Dana Hawkinson, MD: If you are fully vaccinated, there are less restrictions. You do not need to be masking. You can go to different places and get-togethers, people's houses. You're able to do those really without those restrictions of the social distancing and the masking.
Dr. Hawkinson: If you are 12 and under, you need to continue to do those things that we have really done for this past year or year and a half: continuing to distance, continuing to mask, do hand hygiene, stay out of those situations where there could be a lot of people there.
Dr. Hawkinson: It is OK to take your kids to the pool. I would still encourage, if not everybody is fully vaccinated, and especially if those children 12 and under, please try to encourage distancing.
Dr. Hawkinson: Baseball games certainly will be less risky, because they are played outdoors. So, that is always going to reduce your risk of getting COVID-19. If the concerts are outdoors, it's going to be less risky. So, it's, again, judging and trying to determine the amount of people there. You have to assume that not everybody is probably vaccinated. If you can eat outdoors, that will be much safer than eating indoors.
Dr. Hawkinson: If you're grocery shopping or in a store, we do understand that you will probably not be exposed to 1 person for very long, but there will be other people there who are not masked. So, it's just that person's individual comfort level.
Dr. Hawkinson: If you can make certain that everybody is fully vaccinated, under the CDC guidance, they will allow fully vaccinated people to get together without social distancing or masking requirements.
Take good care
Following several simple practices will help you and your loved ones reduce risk of infection. But if you or someone close to you does feel ill, it’s important to recognize symptoms and seek care responsibly. Review these guidelines on prevention, symptoms and supportive care.
Follow these guidelines to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like flu and COVID-19.
- Wash hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect regularly.
- Practice physical distancing and stay home when sick.
Symptoms of COVID-19 may occur 2-14 days after exposure. Some of the most common include:
- Shortness of breath
Secondary symptoms may include loss of taste or smell, fatigue, diarrhea, aches or muscle pain, headache, runny nose, sore throat or chills.
If you find yourself or a loved one feeling ill, do the following:
- If you have symptoms, call your doctor’s office or urgent care center.
- Alert your doctor if you have been in contact with someone ill or have traveled.
- Treat mild cases at home with fluids, pain and fever reducers and rest.