Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates, 65, received his second dose of the Covid vaccine a week ago, he said in an interview on the social media app Clubhouse on Wednesday. But even though the Microsoft co-founder is fully vaccinated, he still follows safety precautions such as wearing a mask.
“I want to be a good example,” Gates told Andrew Ross Sorkin at the Clubhouse. “If you’ve been vaccinated, you can still send.”
The Centers for Disease Control says that even people who are fully vaccinated for Covid must continue to follow people’s health safety measures. While the vaccines in use by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech have been shown to be very effective in preventing serious illness and death from Covid, it is not clear at this stage whether they prevent infection.
“I’m not going to stop using masks or be careful, especially around older people who have not been vaccinated,” Gates told Sorkin, who is also a co-anchor on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”
Many have wondered at what point we will be able to return to normal, or at least cut back on preventive measures such as social distancing and masking.
“It’s not until late spring or summer that we get to numbers where you can look at changing your behavior significantly,” Gates said.
Gates said he plans to wear masks during the fall until the infection rate drops significantly, adding that the practice “is not a hugely catastrophic thing.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci, a White House medical adviser, said that it is possible that Americans will have to continue wearing masks through 2022, during an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. The necessity of masks depends on the level of virus circulating in a society.
“If you see the level come very, very low, I want it to keep coming down to a baseline that is so low that … there is a minimal, minimal threat you will be exposed to someone who is infected,” Fauci said. .
While people who have been vaccinated should wear masks in public and around people outside the household who have not received the vaccine, it is safe for fully vaccinated people to gather without masks.
In May or June, all priority groups will be vaccinated so that young people without underlying conditions will be eligible to be vaccinated, Fauci said during and interviewed by “Pod Save America” 18. February.
There should be enough doses of vaccine to inoculate 300 million people by July. So, according to Fauci, getting vaccinated in everyone’s arms can take you through the summer.
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