Saturday, May 15, 2021

CDC Tells Vaccinated Americans They Can Ditch Masks Indoors; Biden: ‘Great day for America’ as Vaccinated Can Lose Masks, Shake Hands, Hug; WHAT ABOUT KIDS? and other C-Virus Updates

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CDC tells vaccinated Americans they can ditch masks indoors:
People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely stop wearing masks and social distancing in most circumstances, the CDC said Thursday in new guidance
“Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities – large or small — without wearing a mask or physically distancing,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said at a briefing.
“If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.”
Walenksy said the new guidance also applies to crowded outdoor settings, such as at concerts, which the agency was still advising people to mask up for two weeks ago.
“You certainly could wear a mask if you wanted to but we are saying in those settings based on the science that it is safe,” she told reporters.
The agency, however, still encourages wearing masks in crowded indoor settings like prisons, hospitals and homeless shelters — as well as while on transportation such as buses, trains and planes. --->READ MORE HERE
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Biden: ‘Great day for America’ as vaccinated can lose masks, shake hands, hug:
An unmasked President Biden on Thursday said vaccinated people can stop wearing COVID-19 face coverings — and that they can even resume shaking hands.
“Today is a great day for America,” Biden said in the White House Rose Garden after the CDC said vaccinated people can ditch masks indoors.
“If you’ve been vaccinated, you don’t have to wear your mask and you can shake hands. You can even give each other a hug. But if you’ve not been vaccinated, please wear a mask,” Biden said.
Biden’s advice on handshakes appeared to exceed even the CDC’s updated guidance.
But Biden called for people who abandon masks to be pleasant toward those who continue to wear them. Biden has faced ridicule for continuing to wear masks outdoors despite previous CDC guidance saying it was unnecessary. --->READ MORE HERE
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