The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday that it was lifting mask-wearing requirements for people fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
“Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physically distancing,” said Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC.
“If you are fully immunized, you can start doing the things you stopped because of the pandemic. “
The decision follows the accumulation of data showing the extremely high efficacy of vaccines, not only in preventing symptomatic Covid-19 but also infection.
In the rare event that a fully vaccinated person becomes infected, research has shown that they are unlikely to have a high viral load in their nose and therefore very unlikely to transmit the disease.
According to the CDC website, masks may still be required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling to, within or outside the United States, and in American transportation hubs such as airports and train stations.
Fully vaccinated international travelers arriving in the United States still need to get tested within three days of their flight or show recovery documents from Covid-19 within the past three months.
Walensky said people who are immunocompromised should talk to their doctor before giving up their masks.
People who are immunocompromised have been shown to not respond as well to vaccines.
Finally, she added, the guidelines are likely to change if the situation worsens.
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