The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a fresh set of guidelines regarding masks on Tuesday, 27th April.
According to which, fully vaccinated Americans can choose not to wear masks outdoors unless for populous venues.
CDC Guidelines Imparting A Breath Of Fresh Air For The US Citizens
This indeed seemed like a breath of fresh air for the Americans, as it eased out the mandatory wearing of masks in public.
A liberating mandate.
During a White House briefing, the public health officials stated that those who are fully vaccinated could take on activities like walking, running, hiking, or biking outdoors without wearing masks.
This guideline prevails even when the individual is accompanied by their family members or fellow inmates of the same household.
It also applies to small outdoor get-togethers with both fully and partially vaccinated individuals.
The guideline also extends to outdoor eateries with companions from different households.
A step towards restoring the pre-covid life.
According to CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, these new set of guidelines provide a much-needed push to return to a normal life.
She further added that things are much more safe and convenient for fully vaccinated individuals than those who are not.
However, it is still suggested to wear masks even for vaccinated people in indoor public set up and venues where it is requisite.
Determining the safe outlook.
A person is held fully vaccinated after two weeks of taking the second dosage of the Pfizer-BioNtech and Moderna vaccine. For the J&J vaccine, it is after two weeks of getting the single shot.
Public health management by the CDC witnessed subtle alterations starting from stringent implementation of lockdown measures to providing benefits to those getting the shots as a means to encourage vaccination.
In another White House briefing on the same day, President Joe Biden stated that vaccination provides the liberty to engage in more activities both in and outdoors while maintaining the safety shield.
He added those who are still doubtful about getting their shots should consider this a good reason to take their turn.
Data showing hopeful reality.
According to a publication on the official CDC website, 29.1% of the total population is fully vaccinated. At least one dose of vaccination is received by 42.7% of people.
For the above 18 populace, one dose recipients and fully vaccinated individuals are 54.2% and 37.3%, respectively.
The senior citizens, those above 65 years of age, 81.8% have received one dose at the least, and 67.9% stand fully vaccinated.
This proves to be quite relieving given the fatality observed among this age group in the initial coronavirus outbreak across the United States and Europe.
Initiatives across the states.
A few states have already leaped faith by relaxing the mask protocols. Kentucky residents can now forego the mask for any events held outdoors with less than 1000 people.
Massachusetts also looks forward to relaxing certain restrictions towards April end, as Gov. Charlie Baker has stated to the media the previous week.
It is important to note that restrictions are being eased out first for the outdoor activities. This is because the chance of transmission is much lower for this set compared to indoor ones.
In an interaction with the ABC News’ “This Week,” the chief medical adviser of White House, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has expressed that vaccinated people have a negligible risk of infection while outdoors.
Eased out restrictions extending to other sectors.
For other sectors like schools or flights, the relaxations are not upright and imminent.
The president of the flight attendant union has stated that the federal mask regulation for flights, issued by President Joe Biden, is likely to extend till September.
As stated by the education commissioner of Florida, Richard Corcoran, masks are to remain optional for schools throughout the academic year of 2021-22.