CDC Announces No More Masks for the Fully Vaccinated
With vaccines becoming readily available, many Americans have questioned what that means as a whole. Are we cured? Do I have to wear a mask? Are we finally able to go back to some form of normalcy? While we still have a long way to go to completely stomp out the threat of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions gave us a small glint of hope that we would be rid of the virus sometime in the near future.
The CDC announced that those who were fully vaccinated wouldn’t have to wear masks, with some small exceptions. The use of public transportation still requires all commuters to wear mask—regardless of their vaccination status—for the time being. Additionally, hospitals may request visitors to wear masks in order to protect the patients in their care. This may also apply to certain privately owned workplaces, should they decide otherwise.
Despite these exceptions, it seems that life will go back to normal for those who’ve received the COVID vaccine. They will be able to return to their families, engage in social activities (however small), and travel without the need for getting tested. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky stated, "The science demonstrates that if you are fully vaccinated, you are protected.
It is the people who are not fully vaccinated in those settings, who might not be wearing a mask, who are not protected.” Walensky also urged those who were not yet vaccinated to do so, as well as to continue to wear masks and practice social distancing. Although it is tempting to throw caution to the wind after being fully vaccinated, it’s still advised to get tested and self-quarantine if you suspect you are developing any symptoms of COVID-19.
A full recovery for the nation will be a slow one. Just like those affected by the virus, our economy and lifestyle are slowly healing as we make the transition into a post-COVID world. One can only hope this is the start of us returning to some form of normalcy, and we’ll be able to look back on these years with pride at how much we’ve overcome.