The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released new safety guidelines for people who have been fully vaccinated. Those fully vaccinated don't need to wear masks outside except in large crowds.
Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new guideline for fully vaccinated people, saying they are now free to go outside without wearing a mask.
The guideline states that the new rule only applies to people who have received the total doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and completed the two weeks of wait needed to reach full efficacy.
A photo of people outdoors with masks. | Photo: Shutterstock
Fully vaccinated people are allowed to go about daily activities like running, biking, and walking without a covering. They can also attend small indoor gatherings with either vaccinated or unvaccinated people.
However, the CDC warned that fully vaccinated people still need to wear masks in outdoor events with large crowds, such as a concert or a sporting event. In all cases, unvaccinated people need to keep wearing a covering.
According to reports, the relaxed guidelines are part of the organization's first step on the road to normal. Also, recent data shows that the rate of transmission of the virus is low. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky explained:
"There's increasing data that suggests that most of transmission is happening indoors rather than outdoors." [sic]
She noted that less than 10% of documented transmission had occurred outdoors. However, with the increasing rate of vaccinated people, the case rates have reduced, allowing for more freedom.
Per reports, the practice of not wearing masks has been the norm for quite a while in some parts of the United States. The community of Oxford, Nebraska, dropped its mask mandate for the school district.
Despite the degree of freedom, masks are still needed, and keeping them can be pretty tricky with reduced wear. A storage case has been recommended as a sanitary option as compared to purses or pockets.