CDC Announces Fully Vaccinated People Can Go Outside Without Wearing Masks

Kathleen Kinder
Kathleen Kinder

Updated · May 10, 2021

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The US Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has brought some relaxation in its guidelines saying that people who have taken full two doses of the COVID19 vaccine do not require to cover their faces unless they are in huge crowds of unknown people.  The agency has said that people who are not vaccinated yet as well can do without facemasks in some cases. Health experts from the agency have said that the new guideline is a carefully attuned step on the way back to normal life from the COVID19 pandemic. The pandemic has claimed the lives of around 570000 people in the US. Since the COVID crisis has hit the US, the CDC has been advising people to cover their faces outdoors if they are within 6 feet distance from each other. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the CDC has said that the time has come when we can take a step further towards a normal life. She has said that the decision has come after more than half of adults in the US have been given at least the first dose of the COVID19 vaccine. As per the report,   more than a third of adults in the country have been fully vaccinated. Walensky has said that the number of new COVID19 cases, the rate of hospitalization, and deaths due to the virus have reduced in the US. She has claimed that many studies have shown that there have been less than 10 percent of incidents of virus spread outdoors.

Dr, Mike Saag, who is an infectious disease expert at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has come in support of the new guideline. He has said that people are on the last leg of the pandemic and with the new guideline; people will be able to do their normal life activities again. Some experts have said that the ease in the guideline will serve as a reward for people who have taken the vaccine and it will motivate others to get the shots. President Joe Biden has said that people who are vaccinated are allowed to return to their normal daily activities more safely indoors and outdoors as well. Biden has said that for people who have not been vaccinated yet and those who are young and thinking that they do not require vaccination, this is another reason to get the shots. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been very cautious about its guidelines during the COVID19 pandemic. The officials from the CDC have said that people who are vaccinated with the two doses of the COVID19 vaccines do not need to cover their faces while walking, running, riding a bike, or when they are with the members of their families. Such people can go to small gatherings without wearing masks where attendees as well are fully vaccinated. However, the agency has said that people who have not received any of the doses should be wearing masks at all outdoor gatherings that include people who have not been vaccinated. The officials have said that people who have not been inoculated should cover their faces while dining outside at restaurants with friends or with people from multiple families.

The CDC has made it clear that everyone fully immunized or not should cover their faces at crowded outdoor events such as sports events or concerts. As per the new mandate, everyone should cover their faces at indoor public places such as hair salons, restaurants, shopping centers, movie theaters, gyms, and museums. The officials have said that it will be safer for vaccinated people as well. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the CDC has said that at present, it is hard to identify who is vaccinated and who is not. She has said the new CDC guideline will be a model for states for setting their mask-wearing needs.  Dr. Babak Javid, who is a physician-scientist at the University of California, has supported outdoor mask-wearing. He has said that people in the US are sensible to understand the risks and take a call. Dr. Javid has said that everyone is waiting for mask-free existence. Dr. Mercedes Carnethon, who is a professor and vice-chairperson of preventive medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago as well has lauded the relaxed guideline from the CDC. She has said that it is the right time to offer some relaxation, as there are enough data about the situations where the spread of the virus can take place.

Kathleen Kinder

Kathleen Kinder

With over four years of experience in the research industry, Kathleen is generally engrossed in market consulting projects, catering primarily to domains such as ICT, Health & Pharma, and packaging. She is highly proficient in managing both B2C and B2B projects, with an emphasis on consumer preference analysis, key executive interviews, etc. When Kathleen isn’t deconstructing market performance trajectories, she can be found hanging out with her pet cat ‘Sniffles’.