Fully Vaccinated People Can Stop Wearing Masks Indoors And Outdoors, CDC Says

The CDC updated their mask wearing rules today that is part of the Conditional Sail Order on cruises

The CDC updated their mask wearing rules today that is part of the Conditional Sail Order on cruises

He also said vaccinated people do not need to wear masks outdoors. "Bottom line, I would not be here toff it had not been for those Afghans, Iraqis who lived with us, served with us, fought alongside us and in some instances died alongside with us, and we could not do our job", says Rep. Crow.

Right now, the vaccination figure is around 59 percent of adults with at least one dose, while the country is reporting around 38,000 daily new cases - a per capita rate of 11 new cases per 100,000 people, well below global hotspots and falling fast.

The new guidelines state that vaccinated crew and passengers may gather or conduct activities outdoors, including engaging in extended meal service or beverage consumption, without wearing a mask except in crowded settings.

During a Senate hearing on Tuesday, CDC director Rochelle Walensky faced criticism from Republican lawmakers for what they described as the agency's confusing messaging and guidance. "The idea that people who are fully vaccinated can take off their masks, can go outside, can go inside, be around people and not have to worry about covid anymore, that's absolutely huge", Besser said.

Cuomo challenged Walensky to produce data that suggests it's unsafe for vaccinated people to fully unmask, prompting her to mention data around the spread of COVID-19 variants in the United States. She warned that people who are immune compromised should speak with their doctors before giving up their masks.

Walensky said the evidence from the US and Israel shows the vaccines are as strongly protective in real-world use as they were in earlier studies, and that so far they continue to work even though some worrying mutated versions of the virus are spreading.

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The CDC has been widely criticized for being too cautious in updating its guidance on wearing masks.

"I always considered the CDC to be the gold standard". The CDC is expected to say on Thursday that people can stop wearing masks indoors.

Other experts, however, have said the agency had to move cautiously with a new and unpredictable virus, arguing that updates were appropriate only after real-world evidence demonstrated that the vaccines were as effective as they were in clinical trials.

'So, here we have unnecessary barriers to reopening schools, exaggerating the risks of outdoor transmission, and unworkable restrictions on summer camps. 'It matters because it undermines public confidence in your recommendation, in the recommendations that do make sense, in the recommendations that Americans should be following'. He added that it doesn't promote vaccinations to tell people to "get vaccinated but do the same thing".

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the CDC, announced the new guidance on Thursday afternoon at a White House briefing, saying the long-awaited change is thanks to millions of people getting vaccinated - and based on the latest science about how well those shots are working.

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