by Cade Slaughter / May 3, 2021
There has been exciting news that has recently come out from the CDC that relates to masks. The CDC stated that vaccinated people throughout the United States and the world can go outside without masks. A lot of it has to do with the fact that approximately 140 million people within the United States have received at least one dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine so far, which helps bring hope in returning to our normal lives as soon as we possibly can. It has also been stated that approximately one-third of the United States population is fully vaccinated.
The CDC did come out and say that, however, wearing a mask in highly-crowded areas is still recommended for all people, vaccinated or not.
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.
“Today, I hope, is a day when we can take another step back to the normalcy of before,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said. “Over the past year, we have spent a lot of time telling Americans what you can’t do. Today, I am going to tell you some of the things you can do, if you are fully vaccinated.”
Walensky stated the decision was driven by rising vaccination numbers, declines in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths – noting that less than 10% of documented instances of transmission of the virus happened outdoors.
A lot of young people recently have been encouraged by the CDC and President Joe Biden to get vaccinated, as the latest data and numbers have given more reason for everyone, even adolescents, to receive at least one dose of the vaccine.
“The bottom line is clear: If you’re vaccinated, you can do more things, more safely, both outdoors as well as indoors,” President Biden stated. “So for those who haven’t gotten their vaccinations yet, especially if you’re younger or thinking you don’t need it, this is another great reason to go get vaccinated now.”
For people who have yet to receive at least one dosage of the Pfizer or Johnson&Johnson vaccines, the CDC still recommends masks outside, even in small gatherings.
The CDC continues to recommend masks at indoor public places, such as hair salons, restaurants, shopping centers, gyms, museums and movie theaters, stating that is still the safer course even for vaccinated people. It is estimated that the public should potentially see a much more familiar way of life by approximately mid-2022 in all of the United States.