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Yes, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Evidence is emerging that people get better protection by being fully vaccinated compared with having had COVID-19. One study showed that unvaccinated people who already had COVID-19 are more than 2 times as likely than fully vaccinated people to get COVID-19 again,” the CDC says. But if you were treated with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days. Talk to your doctor about the timing.
The CDC says:
This is a new virus, so we are still learning about it. Based on what we know so far, if you didn’t have a bad case, you can be around others after:
If you have a badly weakened immune system, talk to your doctor before being around others. Most people do not need testing to decide when they can be around others. If your doctor advises testing, they will let you know based on test results.
Experts say you’re not in the clear just because you’ve already had the virus, says the Cleveland Clinic. If you’re not vaccinated, you may be at an even higher risk of getting sick again.
The American Red Cross says you may be able to help others. Patients who have fully recovered may have antibodies in their blood plasma that may help people with bad COVID-19 infections.
Because COVID-19 hasn’t been around long, it’s hard to know for sure.
The American Heart Association says some people have symptoms that continue after COVID. Examples are:
Older people and people with many serious health problems are the most likely to have lingering issues, says Mayo Clinic. Common ones are cough, headache and joint pain. Although COVID-19 is seen as a disease that mostly affects the lungs, it can harm many other organs. That can cause long-term health problems.
If you’re worried about how you’re feeling, think about checking in with your doctor.
Originally published 9/15/2020; Revised 2021
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