People vaccinated in the United States can go out without a mask in many settings, the Biden administration said, to a significant extent to ease social distancing requirements as new cases decline and vaccinations increase.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced their updated face cover guidelines on Tuesday, under pressure from some public health experts to do more to get people to get vaccinated.
Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, said Tuesday that “generally for those vaccinated, outdoor activities. . . are sure”.
Those who have received all of their Covid-19 jabs can attend small outdoor gatherings or dine outside with people from other households “safely, unmasked,” she said.
“Starting today, a gathering of a group of friends in a park, leaving for a picnic – as long as you are vaccinated and outside you can do it without a mask,” said Tuesday Joe Biden, US President. .
“So for those who haven’t been vaccinated yet, especially if you’re younger or think you don’t need it, that’s another great reason to go get the shot,” a- he added.
The portion of the U.S. population fully vaccinated against Covid-19
Coronavirus infections in the United States continue to fall to levels last seen six months ago. The country has recorded an average of 54,400 infections per day over the past week, according to the CDC, up from a peak rate of nearly 250,000 reached in early January during the most severe wave of the pandemic. Nearly 573,000 Covid-19-related deaths have been reported in the United States, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Data from Monday’s CDC showed 231 million Covid-19 vaccines have been distributed to Americans so far, or 42.5% of the total population who have received at least one dose. Almost 29% of the country is fully vaccinated.
But the pace of vaccinations has slowed over the past two weeks, from about 3.4 million doses per day to 2.7 million.
Many public health experts have urged the Biden administration to do more to encourage vaccinations, especially among young people who are less at risk of contracting the disease. This includes easing restrictions for people who have been fully vaccinated.
The CDC had previously recommended that people wear masks whenever they were indoors or could not maintain a distance of six feet from another person. Under the new guidelines, masks will still be recommended in crowded outdoor environments, such as sporting stadiums, where physical distance may be more difficult to achieve and some people may not be vaccinated.
Walensky also said it was safe for fully vaccinated people to “resume indoor activities,” such as attending church services, eating indoors at restaurants and bars, and attending. to exercise classes – although they are still advised to wear masks.
Earlier this month, the CDC director described a sense of “impending doom” as case rates across the United States and some states, including Michigan, began to rise again. But on Tuesday, she said she was more comfortable with the current situation, as the new infections stabilized and she could see “more vaccines entering people’s arms.”
The guidelines would likely remain in place “until widespread vaccination is carried out,” Walensky said. A person is fully vaccinated against Covid-19 two weeks after receiving their last vaccine, whether for two or single dose regimens.
Some states have already started raising mask mandates. Texas Governor Greg Abbott was among the first to take action in early March, while Connecticut is expected to lift its outer mask requirement in early May. New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has asked residents to continue wearing masks until at least June, but hinted it could become less stringent over the summer.
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