(RightWing.org) – Americans reached several grim milestones as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CDC’s COVID Data Tracker indicates that more than 581,000 people have died so far from the coronavirus in the United States. That figure could surpass that of the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic, which claimed roughly 675,000 American lives and killed at least 50 million globally.
On a more positive note, by mid-April, more than half the adults in the United States received at least one round of the COVID-19 vaccine. In some areas, enough people were inoculated to reach the 70% lower-end of the projected requirement to hit herd immunity.
All in all, Americans are tired of being cooped up at home, and they are tired of having to wear masks everywhere they go, indoors and out. With so many people receiving vaccines, Americans are asking how long they might expect mask mandates to remain in place?
CDC Updates Its Mask Recommendations
On April 27, the CDC lifted most of its outdoor mask guidance, citing the “stunning progress” made combating COVID-19. Americans who were fully vaccinated could skip wearing a mask outdoors when alone or in small groups. Masks would remain necessary in crowded places like sporting arenas.
On Thursday, May 13, the CDC issued new “Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People.” Vaccinated people can now “resume activities” without social distancing or wearing masks, except when to do so violates laws, regulations, workplace policies, or rules established by businesses.
The sudden announcement of the change in mask-wearing recommendations has raised some questions. We will answer a few below.
- Are mask mandates up to each state? Yes, the CDC’s update is a list of recommendations.
- Can states enforce CDC mask-wearing recommendations? That is up to the individual states.
- Should a fully vaccinated individual wear a mask around unvaccinated people? The CDC states that fully vaccinated individuals have a reduced risk of transmitting the coronavirus to unvaccinated people.
- When is a person considered to be fully vaccinated? Two weeks after receiving the single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine, or receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
- Should I discuss mask-wearing with a licensed healthcare provider? You should do so if you are unclear about what is best for you. The CDC recommends you do so if you are taking immunosuppressive medications or are immunocompromised.
If you have any questions regarding the new CDC recommendations, click here to find answers and access additional information regarding COVID-19.
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