Lifestyle & Management
If You Have Been Fully Vaccinated
People who have been fully vaccinated can take part in some activities they did before the pandemic:
You can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic but to reduce the risk of being infected with variants and possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
In general, you do not need to wear a mask in outdoor settings. In areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated.
You can travel within the United States without quarantining or being tested for COVID-19.
Everyone, vaccinated or not, still has to wear a mask while using public transportation, such as buses, trains, and planes (including while in the airport).
How do I know if I am fully vaccinated?
You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving:
- Two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
- One dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine
NOTE: Studies have shown that against COVID-19 decreases over time. Receiving a booster shot improves your protection against COVID-19, especially for people 65 years or older. Additionally, if you have problems with your immune system, talk to your healthcare provider. You may not have full protection even after receiving the vaccine. The CDC recommends that individuals receive an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) as a booster instead of Johnson and Johnson.
If You Have Not Been Fully Vaccinated
People who have not been fully vaccinated need to take extra precautions to prevent catching or transmitting COVID-19:
- Wear a mask in indoor public areas, such as stores or restaurants.
- Avoid crowded outdoor spaces. If you are in such a space, wear a mask.
- When you are outside your home, keep six feet away from others. If someone in your home is sick, keep six feet away from them until they have recovered.
- Wash your hands regularly.
- Keep an eye out for symptoms of COVID-19. Get tested right away if you develop symptoms.
Pay Attention to Your Mental Health
The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for people’s mental health. You may be scared of developing COVID-19, lonely from keeping your distance from others, or have anxiety about the future. Here are some tips for taking good care of your mental health during the pandemic.
- Reduce Isolation. Isolation contributes to loneliness and poor health outcomes, especially for older adults. Experts recommend keeping in touch with the people most important to you, getting outside and keeping physically active, and minimizing exposure to news and other distressing media.
- Manage Stress and Anxiety. You can help reduce your stress and anxiety by connecting with friends and loved ones, taking part in relaxing activities such as exercise or hobbies, and eating well-balanced meals. You may find it helpful to call a hotline or join support groups (which should have virtual options for attending) if your stress levels keep increasing. Make sure to talk to your healthcare provider if your stress and anxiety make it difficult to perform your daily activities.
Last Updated December 2021