Wednesday, 28 April 2021 20:52

New CDC Guidance: Vaccinated Americans Don't Need Masks Outdoors

Written by Casey Harper, The Center Square


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New federal guidance around masks will have Americans breathing easier this summer.

President Joe Biden held a news conference on the North Lawn of the White House on April 27 on the heels of an announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that Americans who have been vaccinated no longer need to wear masks outside.


"Earlier today the CDC made an important announcement,” Biden told reporters. “Starting today, if you are fully vaccinated and outdoors, not in a big crowd, you can go without a mask. The bottom line is clear. If you're vaccinated, you can do more things more safely, both outdoors as well as indoors."


According to the new guidance, “you can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart. You can also gather indoors with unvaccinated people of any age from one other household---for example, visiting with relatives who all live together---without masks or staying 6 feet apart” as long as no one in the group is at high risk of severe illness from the virus.


Someone is considered vaccinated two weeks after they have received the vaccine, including the second shot for vaccines that require it.


“COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick,” the CDC said. “Based on what we know about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic.”


The guidance also applies to travel, stating you do not need to be tested before or after traveling or go into quarantine when you return.


For international travel, you will still have to show proof you have recovered from COVID-19 or a negative test result to fly to the U.S., but you are not expected to self-quarantine after arrival. The CDC still recommends travelers are tested within three to five days of returning.


The CDC also said “if you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms,” unless you...

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