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CDC Announces Vaccinated Americans No Longer Need to Wear Masks In Most Indoor Settings

Headline Roundup May 14th, 2021

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Rochelle Walensky said Thursday that Americans vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus are no longer recommended to wear masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings. “If you are fully vaccinated, you are protected, and you can start doing the things that you stopped doing because of the pandemic," Walensky said. The new guidance still recommends wearing masks in crowded indoor settings like buses, planes and hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters, but wearing masks in schools or offices is not required. This comes as approximately 154 million Americans, or 46% of the population, have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and more than 117 million people are fully vaccinated. On average, the U.S. saw fewer than 40,000 new confirmed virus cases daily over the past week, a 21% improvement compared to the previous week, according to Axios.

The story received coverage from across the political spectrum. Coverage from the right tended to speculate about the loosened restrictions' potential to accelerate reopening workplaces, schools and other businesses. Some coverage from the left tended to highlight the Biden administration's efforts to vaccinate Americans.

CDC Announces Vaccinated Americans No Longer Need to Wear Masks In Most Indoor Settings

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As coronavirus cases and deaths decline across the US amid vaccination efforts, the director of the CDC said Thursday that fully vaccinated Americans could participate in most indoor activities without wearing a mask.

“Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing,” Rochelle Walensky said during a White House briefing. “If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.”

Walensky also said: “We have all longed...

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In a major step toward returning to pre-pandemic life, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people on Thursday, allowing them to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings.

The new guidance still calls for wearing masks in crowded indoor settings like buses, planes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters but it will help clear the way for reopening workplaces, schools, and other venues — even removing the need for social distancing for those who are fully vaccinated.

“We have all...

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From the Right
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Rochelle Walensky announced on Thursday that vaccinated Americans are no longer recommended to wear masks. “Today, CDC is updating our guidance for fully vaccinated people: Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing,” Dr. Walensky told reporters. “If you are fully vaccinated, you are protected, and you can start doing the things that you stopped doing because of the pandemic.” Updated CDC guidance will still call on Americans...

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