All those who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 no longer need to wear masks or practice social distancing indoors or outdoors, according to updated guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released on Thursday.
The stunning announcement, which signals the country’s first major step toward returning to normalcy since the start of the pandemic, was made by Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the CDC’S Director.
“If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic,” Walensky stated on Thursday.
The move followed the results of three studies, two American and one Israeli, that show the vaccine’s outstanding effectiveness in preventing spread of and serious illness from the coronavirus.
The Israeli trial demonstrated that healthcare workers who had been vaccinated against Covid-19 received 97% protection from symptomatic cases of the virus, and 86% protection from asymptomatic infection.
These results show that vaccinated people, even without a mask, are at extremely low risk for contracting or suffering from serious cases of the virus.
Vaccinated people who are immune compromised, have symptoms should wear mask
However, this new guideline does not apply to everyone who has been inoculated against the coronavirus.
Those who have been vaccinated and have compromised or weak immune systems should continue wearing masks until they consult with their doctor, Walensky noted.
Additionally, If a vaccinated person develops symptoms of the virus, they should put their masks back on and self-isolate until they receive their test results.
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