CDC eases indoor mask requirements for fully vaccinated Americans

CDC eases indoor mask requirements for fully vaccinated Americans

The CDC guidance notes that while it is safe for fully vaccinated people to stop wearing a mask or social distance in any setting, mask-wearing should be guided by measures put in place by state and local governments.

The action allows vaccinated passengers to explore by themselves on shore at points of call.

Dr. Anthony Fauci got out in front of the announcement today, saying in an interview with the New York Times, "We've got to liberalize the restrictions so people can feel like they're getting back to some normalcy". In late April, for example, the agency revised its outdoor mask guidance, but it drew so many distinctions - between vaccinated and unvaccinated people, small gatherings and large ones - that some people were confused.

The new guidance comes as the aggressive US vaccination campaign begins to pay off. USA virus cases are at their lowest rate since September, deaths are at their lowest point since last April and the test positivity rate is at the lowest point since the pandemic began.

"Americans knew before the CDC that if you were vaccinated, you shouldn't have to wear a mask". "If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic".

"You will still be required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations", the agency's website says.

The Israeli study, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, showed the vaccine was 97% effective against symptomatic COVID-19 and 86% effective against asymptomatic infection in over 5,000 health care workers.

President Joe Biden has set a 4 July goal of vaccinating 70% of Americans with at least one jab.

"I think it's a great milestone, a great day", Biden said, speaking from the Rose Garden. He added, "we're going to be moving on that in the next little bit". Also, the thousands of people who were vaccinated during clinical trials previous year have not been showing up infected with new strains either. It's a move that seems geared to encouraging more people to go get their vaccinations, but is anyone really listening to the CDC where this would matter, and will this really move any of the truly vaccine-hesitant to go get their shots?

However, if you live or work in a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still get tested, even if you don't have symptoms.

The easing guidance could open the door to confusion, as there is no surefire way for businesses or others to distinguish between those fully vaccinated and those who are not.

There are some caveats. They hope it will encourage more people to get the jab. That's because of continued uncertainty about whether the vaccines can rev up a weakened immune system as well as they do normal, healthy ones.

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