Fully-vaccinated Americans can return to life without masks, CDC says

Fully-vaccinated Americans can return to life without masks, CDC says

He also said vaccinated people do not need to wear masks outdoors. As for indoor spaces, vaccinated people will still need to wear masks in crowded places including public transportation like buses and planes, hospitals, prisons, and homeless shelters.

The CDC will also no longer recommend that fully vaccinated people wear masks outdoors in crowds. Cuomo asked, noting that the restriction for fully vaccinated people to continue wearing masks when in crowded settings seems "too safe" and fuels arguments that the CDC has been exaggerating the threat from the virus, undermining confidence in its messaging.

The CDC last updated its guidance for vaccinated people on April 27.

Most fully-vaccinated Americans can finally stop wearing their masks nearly anywhere - indoors our outdoors, the CDC announced on Thursday.

"If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic", Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during a White House Covid-19 briefing. The announcement marks a major milestone in the effort to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.

During a virtual meeting Tuesday on vaccinations with a bipartisan group of governors, President Joe Biden appeared to acknowledge that his administration had to do more to model the benefits of vaccination.

"I think we all either feel guilty or we feel it's not time, or we see everybody else doing it", she said.

"Good point", Biden responded.

But she added it will be important to define clear metrics "because one of the biggest problems with communication during the pandemic has been the perception that public health agencies are moving the goalposts".

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.

A study among health workers from Britain showed an 86 percent reduction in asymptomatic infection after two doses of the Pfizer shot while a huge study of the general population in Israel showed 94 percent efficacy.

Other experts, however, have said the agency had to move cautiously with a new and unpredictable virus, arguing that updates were appropriate only after real-world evidence demonstrated that the vaccines were as effective as they were in clinical trials.

Cuomo challenged Walensky to produce data that suggests it's unsafe for vaccinated people to fully unmask, prompting her to mention data around the spread of COVID-19 variants in the United States.

There are some caveats.

Walensky - who in March warned about a feeling of "impending doom" as USA infections rose - spoke with optimism about vaccines approved for young people aged 12-15 - even appearing to suggest they lobby their parents for the shot. 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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