CDC Changes its Mask Guidance for Vaccinated Americans
Other countries are taking different approaches
With some countries rapidly inoculating their populations against the coronavirus (COVID-19), and pandemic fatigue deepening, a common question has reverberated around the world: When can the masks be removed?
In the United States, fully vaccinated individuals can now leave their masks behind when walking, jogging, biking or dining with friends outdoors, federal officials said Tuesday. Ditching a mask at small outdoor gatherings is also deemed safe, but the CDC still recommends masks for indoor activities.
More than 52 percent of eligible people in the United States have received at least one shot, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance followed calls from public health experts to relax mask mandates outdoors, where transmission is less likely. But officials warned that crowded outdoor events — like sporting events and concerts — are still dangerous, so both vaccinated and unvaccinated attendees should keep their masks in place.
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