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Can we stop taking COVID precautions after being vaccinated?

Prevention post vaccine
Prevention post vaccine

It will tempt folks to think they can resume a “normal” life after they have received the two-dose course of the COVID-19 vaccine. But infectious disease experts warn you will still need to wear a mask and practice social distancing even after getting vaccinated.

What is not known is whether vaccinated folks could become unknowing “Typhoid Mary” candidates – capable of becoming infected and spreading the coronavirus to others, even though they themselves are safe from a serious illness.

You could be infected and you could be contagious even though you had the vaccine, said Dr William Schaffner, a professor of infectious disease with the Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.

We cannot guarantee you that with two doses of the vaccine you are not harbouring the virus in an asymptomatic manner and could spread it to other people. Infection prevention also will keep others from becoming sick if the vaccinated have inadvertently become infected with the coronavirus.

If you are hugging somebody and they are not vaccinated and they are in a vulnerable population, maybe they have diabetes or maybe they are over 60, you could infect them with the virus and they could become sick. The vaccinated also will protect themselves from the small but real risk they could develop a serious case of COVID-19 despite their inoculation.

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