US residents have a reason to rejoice because those who are fully vaccinated will no longer need to wear face masks or maintain social distancing amid the ongoing pandemic, as per the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s new guidelines.
That’s right, according to The New York Times, some states have lifted mask mandates where fully vaccinated Americans can go mask-less, while others are taking a more cautious approach.
The C.D.C’s director, Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky shared, ‘We have all longed for this moment… If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.’
Meanwhile, Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo shared that the state has ‘always relied on the facts and the science to guide us throughout the worst of this pandemic.’ He added that he would go through the new guidelines with the state Health Department and health experts in neighbouring states.
Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City also clarified that the city will consider the new rules ‘as masks will still be important for schools, public transportation, doctors offices and more.’
Additionally, allowing Americans to go mask-less will prompt many to take the vaccine. As it stands, 119 million people are fully vaccinated.
However, this mask-less implementation does not guarantee individuals from transmitting the disease because those who are fully vaccinated are less likely to have asymptomatic COVID-19.