The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that fully vaccinated Americans do not need to wear masks when outdoors.
According to the new guidelines, those who receive all the necessary jabs can dispose of their facial coverings alone or in a small group of vaccinated people.
However, the CDC has left guidance to wear masks indoors, in crowded environments and at venues.
To date, more than 95 million Americans have been fully vaccinated.
Following the announcement of the CDC on Tuesday, President Joe Biden celebrated the new guidance as “extraordinary progress.”
“Our scientists are confident in the data that it is very unlikely that the virus will infect or infect others,” Biden said. “The conclusion is clear. If you are vaccinated, you can do much more.”
The president also urged Americans who had not yet received the shot to do so, calling it the “Patriot Act.”
“Vaccines not only save your life, but also the lives of those around you, but they also help us return to a more normal life.”
Health officials announced new safety guidelines at the White House Coronavirus Task Force Briefing on Tuesday.
“Small and medium-sized gatherings for people who are outside and vaccinated can be safely done without a mask,” said Dr. Rochelle Warrensky, director of the CDC. This includes outdoor exercise and eating.
She said deciding whether to wear a mask at a large outdoor gathering depends on other concerns such as the ventilation of the venue and how much space is left between people. It was.
The guidelines are fully vaccinated. That is, two weeks after the person’s last vaccination.
Evidence suggests that Covid-19 infection can occur outdoors, The risk of infection is very low.. Early studies also show that fully vaccinated people are much less likely to spread the virus.
Dr. Warensky said the fully vaccinated mask guidance was primarily aimed at “protecting unvaccinated individuals.”
“We really want unvaccinated people to return to the basic principles of limiting interaction with people and increasing ventilation and spacing,” she said.
Health officials pointed out that the number of cases in the United States has stabilized as the rate of vaccination continues to increase, and called on more people to apply for vaccination on Tuesday.
As of April 26, nearly 141 million Americans (about 42% of the total population) have been vaccinated at least once, according to the CDC.