Just because you are vaccinated, it doesn't mean that life can return to pre-pandemic normal, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Over the last week, the nation's leading infectious disease expert has discussed at lengths the things you shouldn't do after being vaccinated. Read on to find out what you should never do after your COVID vaccine per Dr. Fauci—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Signs Your Illness is Actually Coronavirus in Disguise.
Don't Assume You Are Fully Immune
During the April 12 White House COVID-19 Response Team Briefing, Dr. Fauci presented evidence that the majority of vaccines—including COVID—do not offer 100 percent protection against the virus. "If you look at the vaccine group — at the number of breakthroughs over the number of vaccinations — and you see — or the number of breakthroughs, number of infections in the number of people — there are always breakthroughs regardless of what the efficacy of the vaccine is," he said.
Don't Assume That You Can't Spread the Virus
During an appearance on This Week with George Stephanopoulos Dr. Fauci explained that post-vaccination, you may not know you have COVID because you are asymptomatic, but still spread it to others. "You should still be careful," said Fauci, "you could conceivably have—because the end point of the vaccine efficacy trial is preventing symptomatic disease, which means that potentially theoretically, and maybe in reality, you're going to have infection that you don't get any clinical manifestation. So you could be protected from disease and still have virus. If that's the case, then that's the reason why you hear us all, all the public health officials, saying to wear a mask. And the reason is essentially to protect other people. You may inadvertently infect someone else, even though you are protected."
Don't Leave Your Mask at Home
During the same briefing, Fauci emphasized that while you don't have to wear a mask at home when you are around vaccinated family members, you need to put one on in public. "When you are in the home — you are vaccinated people — or you have a child, and a grandmother, grandfather, whoever it is — as long as they're in good shape, you don't have to wear a mask. But once you go out into that big bad world out there, where there are a lot of infections going on — 80,000 new infections in one day — that there is an issue there that you've got to be careful with," he said.
Don't Spend Time in Public Places Where People Aren't Masked Up
In an interview with Insider he revealed that despite being vaccinated, you still won't find him at places like movie theaters or indoor sporting events unless masks are mandated. "I don't think I would—even if I'm vaccinated—go into an indoor, crowded place where people are not wearing masks," Fauci said
He also revealed to Insider that travel isn't on his agenda anytime soon. "I don't really see myself going on any fun trips for a while," he said. In fact, other than spending some time in private settings with some of his vaccinated friends, his life isn't changing much since before he and his wife were vaccinated. "If we could just hold on for a while," Fauci said, "we'll reach a point where the protection of the general community by the vaccine would really make it very unlikely that we're going to have another surge."
Keep Protecting Yourself and Others
So follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.