(Washington) Health officials said on Tuesday that Americans who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 no longer need to wear masks abroad, except when in crowds, in another step toward a gradual return to normalcy in the United States.
If you have been fully vaccinated and want to participate in a small gathering with vaccinated and unvaccinated people, or have dinner at a restaurant outside […] Rochelle Wallinski, director of the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), the main federal public health agency, said the scientific data shows you can do it safely, without a mask.
“On the other hand, we continue to recommend wearing the mask in outdoor places that people frequent, such as full stadiums or concerts,” she added during a press briefing.
This exception is justified by the fact that, in these cases, there may be many unvaccinated people who are potentially at risk of contracting a severe form of COVID-19.
Inside, health authorities also believe that for people who have been vaccinated, participating in activities such as a choir, religious service, going to the movies or even to a museum, does not pose a risk if they continue to wear masks.
Finally, unvaccinated people can also walk, run, or cycle with their family members, without wearing a mask, the CDC says.
“It’s very simple: if you get vaccinated, you can do more things, both indoors and outdoors,” President Joe Biden said Tuesday, praising the “extraordinary progress” that has been made in the states. 19 B.
95.8 million were vaccinated
A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the vaccine is injected (the second dose given in two injections).
This is the case for at least 95.8 million people in the United States, or nearly 30% of the population who received the necessary dose (s) from one of the three vaccines authorized in the country (Pfizer / BioNtech, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson).
Health authorities have updated their recommendations based on the new ads.
In the United States, restrictions vary by state, and some have strict rules requiring masks to be worn anywhere outside of the home, even without anyone around. These states must now change these obligations, even if they are not fully obligated to do so.
This is the case of Massachusetts, for example, where the governor announced on Tuesday that he would lift the obligation to wear a mask outdoors when physical distancing is possible.
Health authorities began recommending that all Americans, that is, including those who were not sick, wear masks from the beginning of April 2020, that is, a little more than a year ago.
The wearing of the mask quickly became a highly politicized issue in the United States, with conservatives, under Donald Trump, seeing it as an affront to their individual freedom. Progressives generally view the mask as a way to show that they take the virus seriously, and their solidarity in times of crisis.
It is now widely believed that the transmission of COVID-19 occurs mostly through the air, not only through droplets emitted when coughing or sneezing, but also through tiny particles that remain suspended in the air and which can be emitted simply by speaking or even breathing .
For this reason, being in a room inside is more dangerous than outside, because air gets trapped there, especially when it is not being ventilated.
Several studies reinforced this idea, as they showed that the vast majority of infections occur during internal contact with an infected person.