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Can I give you a hug? | CNN

June 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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If you still feel weird touching people, you're not alone, write Megan Ranney and Elizabeth Stuart. As the light at the end of the Covid tunnel gets closer, the possibility of pre-pandemic interactions -- hugs, high fives, intimate dinners, big weddings -- are tantalizingly close. But it also remains frustratingly difficult to figure out what's right, what's safe and what's respectful.

Our social interactions these days so often start out with an awkward question: “Can I give you a hug?” Or, “You okay with a handshake?” Or even just, “Vaccinated?”

There is a clear question of public health at play: first and foremost, we have to decide whether it’s safe to engage in these types of contact with friends, coworkers, or people you are meeting for the first time (especially if you don’t know their vaccination status).

From the perspective of science, for fully vaccinated people spending time with other fully vaccinated people, it is absolutely safe to go back to the physical interactions we might have had before the pandemic – hugs, handshakes and more.

The higher the vaccination rates and the lower the rates of Covid-19 in your community, the smaller the chance of an interaction being risky.

If only 1 of 100,000 people in your area have Covid-19, and you’re vaccinated, the chance of you catching an infection in any given social interaction is practically zero, regardless of whether the people around you have gotten their shots.

Third, keep an eye on community transmission and vaccination rates in your area, and be prepared to scale back physical interactions if transmission rates rise.

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