Federal health officials released guidance Monday that gives fully vaccinated Americans more freedom to socialize and pursue routine daily activities, providing a pandemic-weary nation a first glimpse of what a new normal may look like in coming months.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said people who are two weeks past their final shot face little risk if they visit indoors with unvaccinated members of a single household at low risk of severe disease, without wearing masks or distancing. That would free many vaccinated grandparents who live near their unvaccinated children and grandchildren to gather for the first time in a year. Long-distance travel is still discouraged, however.
I’m not clear on why long-distance travel is discouraged. I suppose they are trying to get to the point where the virus is not spreading at all, or close to not at all. But if a certain percentage of people refuse to get vaccinated though they have the ability to do so, it’s either because they have severe autoimmune issues, in which case they are likely not getting on planes anyway, or because they are suspicious of the vaccine, in which case I’m not sure it’s others’ responsibility to refrain from traveling to protect them.
Still, grandparents seeing their grandkids is what people need to hear.