WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A viral video showed grandparents giving warm embraces to their children and grandchildren.
- Evelyn Shaw said she only got the courage to hug her granddaughter after getting her doctor’s prescription saying, “You are allowed to hug your granddaughter.”
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that more guidance will be provided for fully vaccinated individuals in the coming weeks.
The old normal is slowly returning in the US.
After a year of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans can now see glimpses of normalcy. In a viral video, grandparents were already able to hug their children and grandchildren after being vaccinated.
On Monday, the first guidelines for fully vaccinated people were released.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that fully vaccinated people can now visit one another without having to wear masks or maintaining a six-feet distance. It added that inoculated individuals can visit, even indoors, those who are not vaccinated yet without wearing masks or staying six feet apart.
With the ongoing vaccination and government guidelines, family members have gained back their confidence and sense of security to be with their loved ones again.
Evelyn Shaw, a resident of the Bronx borough of New York City, told CNN that she only felt comfortable to hug her granddaughter Ateret Frank after receiving a prescription from her doctor stating, “You are allowed to hug your granddaughter.”
“I was stuck in COVID land and having this prescription from my doctor gave me the courage to let her in,” Shaw told the news outlet. “There we were, standing in my apartment just hugging and hugging and crying and crying for the first time in a year, which was an out-of-body experience. It was blissful.”
Another grandmother from North Carolina enjoyed a warm embrace from her grandkids, whom she asked to walk backwards toward her so she could hug them from behind.
“My mom suddenly made an unexpected request,” Deana C. told CNN. “She asked our children to walk backwards to them, one at a time, so that she could put her arms around them for just a moment and hug them. I was so surprised, because we haven’t been anywhere near each other in over a year.”
“I was overwhelmed with joy at the sight of my child and my mom hugging for the first time in over a year,” she said. “I wanted to share this moment to shine a little light during a dark time and encourage others to stay vigilant.”
Social media platforms have been flooded with stories like these two grandmothers’. Searches for “Can I hug my grandchildren after vaccine” surged by 3,400 percent, Google Trends said on Tuesday.
More regulation is expected to be issued in the coming days so vaccinated Americans can be guided well.
“They will address travel, they will address workplaces, they will address houses of worship,” the nation’s top infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci said on Thursday. He added, “You’re gonna see that coming out pretty quickly.”
Source: The Hill