Since the coronavirus pandemic made our lives miserable, returning to the pre-pandemic life is a huge step. Therefore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people on Thursday. It permitted to stop wearing masks outdoor in crowds and most indoor settings.
President Joe Biden, while addressing the audience in an event said, “Today is a great day for America.” His staff and he were not wearing masks when the new guidance was announced.
“If you are fully vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask,” he said, summarizing the new guidance. “Get vaccinated — or wear a mask until you do.”
The guidance states that people are supposed to wear masks in crowded places like buses, planes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters. But it might help while reopening workplaces, schools and other venues.
Moreover, it might reduce the need for social distancing for those who are fully vaccinated.
The CDC and the U.S. government have faced pressure regarding the guidance – those who are two weeks past their last required COVID-19 vaccine dose — in part to highlight the benefits of getting the shot.
The country has seen a decline in the number of COVID cases since September. But vaccinating millions of people is a huge challenge.
Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, said “Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities — large or small — without wearing a mask or physically distancing,” Walensky said.
“If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.” He added.
But this will lead to a lot of chaos as there is no surefire way for businesses or others to distinguish between those who are fully vaccinated and those who are not.
Anyways, the more people continue to get vaccinated, the faster infections will drop. So, it will be harder for the virus to mutate enough to escape vaccines.