Health Officials Worry About Nashville Going Easy on COVID Restrictions
March 16, 2021
There seems to be more crowds outside as more people get the COVID-19 vaccine and cities begin to open with less restrictions. According to the article: Crowds Make Health Official 'Cringe,' Urge for Caution as Nashville Loosens COVID Restrictions
, health officials want to remind us that we aren't completely safe yet, as they see crowded sidewalks, restaurants, and bars in downtown Nashville. Vanderbilt Medical Center Infectious Disease Dr. William Schaffner warned that we could be simulating another surge if we are not cautious.
As Nashville entered a new phase of COVID-19 guidelines, allowing for more capacity and extended operational hours, the city saw a rise in activities. Although the number of positive COVID cases has decreased, Dr. Schaffner advises that we keep an eye on the UK variant; he believes it's gaining popularity, which makes him nervous. With cities continuing to reopen, the concern has grown.
The CDC issued new recommendations on Monday for those who have been completely vaccinated, the first step toward returning to normal activities. According to the CDC, an increasing body of evidence indicates that people who have been completely vaccinated are less likely to develop an asymptomatic infection and are therefore less likely to spread the virus to others; and even those who are fully vaccinated should continue to wear masks and maintain social distance when around those who are at high risk, when visiting unvaccinated people from multiple households, and when out in public.
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