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CDC Updates Guidance To Celebrate Holiday

The CDC has released new guidance for how people can safely enjoy the holidays during the COVID-19 pandemic. The best way to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 is by making sure those eligible are vaccinated before the gathering.

The CDC also encouraged people to wear masks during the gatherings. The says people who are mixing households or are travelling from different parts of the country could consider additional precautions such as taking a COVID-19 test or avoiding crowded indoor spaces before travelling.

CDC Updates Guidance To Celebrate HolidayEven though children under 12 cannot receive the vaccine, the CDC advises against putting masks on children younger than 2 years old. The guidance for 2021 is different from 2020 when the U.S. was amid a winter surge and COVID-19 vaccines were not widelyAvailable.  CDC asked people to wear masks 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.

People with compromised immune systems should wear masks, even if they are vaccinated and have an approved third dose unless a doctor tells you otherwise. Others should also consider wearing masks as well. The CDC travel recommendations have been the same for months and still apply. Masks are required on all public transportation, regardless of vaccination status. It’s recommended people avoid crowds whenever possible, and use hand sanitiser frequently.People should get tested for COVID before and after their trip. If they do get tested, the recommends quarantining for seven days.

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