CDC Asks Vaccinated Americans to Do Away With Masks. Is It Too Early A Decision?

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CDC Asks Vaccinated Americans to Do Away With Masks. Is It Too Early A Decision?

 CDC Asks Vaccinated Americans to Do Away With Masks. Is It Too Early A Decision?
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Summary

  • CDC announced Wednesday that Americans didn’t need to mask up if they were fully vaccinated.
  • CDC qualified that if going in large gatherings, masks might be needed.
  • Does this guidance signals America’s return to normalcy.

The America’s Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on 28 April that the fully vaccinated Americans didn’t need to wear a mask if going for a small gathering or a meal out. The CDC in its guidelines on wearing masks said that the masks would be required only if the Americans were going for big gatherings like concerts, stadiums, or any other large crowd of strangers.

Further, it said that those who were yet to be vaccinated could go out without masks in some situations.

The shift in policy towards mask points to the direction that America is on the way back to normalcy from the severe outbreak that it witnessed last year.

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Last year, CDC was constantly advising the Americans to wear masks and maintain a distance of six feet from another person. However, now the signs are that normalcy is returning and the US can take another step towards normalcy, said the CDC director, Rochelle Walensky. She said last year was full of don’ts, but year 2021 was about what Americans could do. It may be noted that such a big change came as about 140 million people have got at least one dose of vaccine, and nearly a half of them have been fully vaccinated.  

The decision was taken in view of the rising number of vaccinated people, decline in the number of COVID-19 patients, and hospitalisations and deaths. There has been a significant decrease in transmission, so it signaled a return of freedom from masks.

Also Read: COVID-19 Weekly Roundup: Latest developments around the world

People are also saying that the relaxed guidelines were to reward the people who had been prompt enough in getting their vaccinations done and encouraging others to go for vaccinations as soon as possible.

Also Read: Are the Vaccines Working? When will Covid-19 end?

Even the President of the United States, Joe Biden, endorsed the guidance from the CDC and said that if people were vaccinated, they could do more things outdoors and indoors and feel more free. In his speech, post CDC announcement, he encouraged the younger generation to go for vaccinations as soon as possible to be able to reap the rewards of unmasking.

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