Like more than 120 million other Americans, Jan Massie is completely immunized to COVID-19 and, according to the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, should pretty much forego wearing a mask. Yet, even though the temperature increases in her native Alabama, she continues to cover her face because of the advantages of wearing a mask that she claims are too great to avoid.
People Are Still Skeptical About Giving Up Masks Even After Receiving CDC Guidelines
Although covered up during the pandemic, the former educator did not contract the infection caused by the latest coronavirus, nor did she catch the flu or her usual twice-yearly colds. Unlike others, she has received no negative media backlash for wearing a mask. Therefore there is no reason for her to stop it now, she says.
Massie, who lives in Birmingham’s suburbs, said on Saturday that she wore a mask when it wasn’t necessary. Many people, more than she thought, are still doing that.
With COVID-19 infections on the drop after more than 580,000 fatalities and more than a third of the U.S. population completely vaccinated, millions of people are debating to either continue wearing face masks, which have served both as a barrier against illness and a source of intense political discussion in the last year. People have a variety of reasons for discontinuing or choosing to wear a mask.
Many people are willing to give up their feelings of despair, loneliness, and apprehension in the face of the pandemic. Ditching facemasks, including those decorated with pearl studs or sports team signs, is a noticeable, empowering way to go forward. Others are also concerned about novel virus strains and the possibility of contracting the virus and spreading it to others, despite the fact that the chances of these are significantly diminished for all those who are completely vaccinated.
Denise Duckworth was one of the people without the mask that strolled through New Orleans’ revitalized French Quarter, where jazz players and visitors have repopulated the streets.
Duckworth, who was visiting from Kansas City, Missouri, said she has long been opposed to masks and believes all of their laws are biased and misleading.
On an energetic Friday, which made the Quarter sound more natural than it had in months, Duckworth, like many others, was not wearing a facemask. Alex Bodell of Ithaca, New York, stood out in the crowd due to the black mask that covered his nose and ears, but he was more at ease because of it.
He looked a lot more at ease, and he said he was having a lot more fun getting completely vaccinated and knowing that, regardless of the mask that he was wearing.
The CDC announced last week that completely vaccinated patients, all who have had their final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and are two weeks past their final dose, should stop wearing masks in crowds and most indoor environments, as well as stop social distancing. People that have only been partially vaccinated or are unvaccinated should continue to wear masks, according to the CDC.
Masks are still needed in densely packed indoor environments such as vans, trains, hospitals, jails, and homeless shelters, according to the guidelines. It does, however, pave the way for the reopening of offices, classrooms, and other facilities that were closed during the pandemic.
College student Andrew Kodet, who was not wearing a mask at an outdoor gathering in Fargo, North Dakota, said he has been vaccinated and would obey CDC guidelines.
If an individual has been vaccinated and has made an attempt to avoid spreading the disease, it is about time to start the reconstruction process, said Kodet who is 20 years old. For him, there is nothing partisan about that.