Fully Vaccinated People Can Stop Wearing Face Masks, Physical Distancing in Most Settings, Says CDC

Watershed Moment Comes as Case Numbers Continue to Fall

By Paul Riegler on 13 May 2021
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that individuals who are fully vaccinated no longer need to don a face mask or stay six feet (1.8 m) away from others, be they indoors or out.

The watershed moment comes as case numbers in the United States continue to fall.  Over the past 14 days, the number of new coronavirus cases per day has dropped by 30% and the daily death toll over the same period has fallen by 10%.

The CDC’s guidance still calls for those who are fully vaccinated to follow such precautions in doctor’s offices, airports, and hospitals.  Masks and social distancing would also be required on airplanes, trains, and buses, as well as in prisons and nursing homes.

The new recommendations also require fully vaccinated people to wear masks when and wherever required by federal or local officials and by individual businesses or workplaces.

In April, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease specialist and White House said that people would have to continue to wear masks until more is known about whether inoculated individuals can transmit the coronavirus.  Since then, scientists have learnt that the possibility of transmission in uncrowded outdoor spaces is negligible.

“It is likely that if you are vaccinated, that you are not going to spread infection, if you get infected without any symptoms. There’s no doubt about that,” Fauci said in an interview with Fox News on April 4. “

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