The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday eased mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people in a significant step toward returning to pre-pandemic life. Now they don’t need to wear masks in outdoor crowded places and most indoor settings. During a Rose Garden address addressing the new guidance President, Joe Biden said, “Today is a great day for America.” “If you are fully vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask,” he said, summarizing the new guidance and encouraging more Americans to roll up their sleeves. “Get vaccinated — or wear a mask until you do.”
The guidance still refers to wearing masks in crowded indoor settings like planes, buses, homeless shelters, hospitals, and prisons. But it will help clear the way for reopening school, workplace, and other venues and even removing the need for social distancing for fully vaccinated people. According to Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, at an earlier White House briefing, they all were waiting for the moment when some kind of normalcy can be achieved.
Baiden administration and CDC have faced pressure to ease restrictions on fully vaccinated people who are two weeks passed after the last dose of Covid vaccination to highlight immunization benefits. The country’s aggressive vaccination campaign has helped in controlling the spread of the virus. Since the September loss rate is seen, and since last April death rate is the lowest point, the test positivity rate is the lowest.
Rochelle said the long-awaited change is due to many people getting vaccinated and based on the latest science about how well those vaccines are working. He further said anyone who is fully vaccinated could participate in outdoor and indoor activities, large or small, without physically distancing or wearing masks. If one is fully vaccinated, one can start doing things that one has stopped doing during the pandemic.
This guidance will create a lot of confusion because there is no proper way to determine who is vaccinated and who is not. Walensky and Biden said people who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear masks indoors.