In US, now people who are vaccinated can go mask less, providing relief to many and hope that they can back to normal again. It comes after The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention eased its guidelines Tuesday on the wearing of masks outdoors for fully vaccinated Americans unless they are in a big crowd of strangers. Also those who are unvaccinated can go outside without masks in some situations, too.
The pandemic outbreak has already taken lives of over 570,000 people in U.S. For most of the past year, the CDC had been advising Americans to wear masks outdoors if they are within 6 feet of one another.
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said: “Today, I hope, is a day when we can take another step back to the normalcy of before." This gives hopes to many in the country. Nearly 141 million Americans - about 42% of the total population - have received at least one vaccine dose as of 26 April, according to the CDC.
United States of America witnessing positive changes from rising vaccination numbers to declines in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths; and research showing that less than 10% of documented instances of transmission of the virus happened outdoors. Some experts revealed the relaxed guidance as a reward and a motivator formore people to get vaccinated.
The CDC says that whether they are fully vaccinated or not, people do not have to wear masks outdoors when they walk, bike or run alone or with members of their household. They can also go mask less in small outdoor gatherings with fully vaccinated people.But unvaccinated people — defined as those who have yet to receive both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the one-shot Johnson & Johnson formula — should wear masks at small outdoor gatherings that include other unvaccinated people. They also should keep their faces covered when dining at outdoor restaurants with friends from multiple households.
But everyone fully vaccinated or not, should keep wearing masks at crowded outdoor events such as concerts or sporting events. The mask recommended at indoor public places, such as hair salons, restaurants, shopping centres, gyms, museums and movie theatres.