Paul Thottingal, MD, infectious disease physician with Washington Permanente Medical Group and national infectious disease leader for Kaiser Permanente, told Health.com that most in-person interactions for those who are fully vaccinated are “quite low-risk.”
However, Dr. Thottingal said fully vaccinated people may want to take precautions to protect both themselves and others as the highly infectious delta variant fuels an increase in COVID-19 cases across the nation.
“You may want to know about other people’s vaccination status to help think through how you can make activities as low-risk as possible for everybody,” he said.
That may mean wearing a mask at indoors, such as at a bar or restaurant, or better yet, gathering outdoors, Dr. Thottingal said. “Out in the open air, I think you’re OK.”
He also suggested that anyone hosting friends with unvaccinated children should wear a mask, in part to model safe behaviors.
“It’s easier to support the kids if everybody’s wearing a mask without singling them out,” he said.
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