- BBC World News
Health authorities in the United States indicated this Thursday that people who are already fully vaccinated against the coronavirus can stop using masks in closed spaces, with some limitations.
The same applies to the recommendation to maintain “social distance” 2 meters, another of the preventive measures that have been taken in the US and many countries in the world due to the pandemic.
These recommendations do not apply in places such as hospitals, prisons or shelters for the homeless.
Rochelle Walensky, the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told a news conference: “Anyone who is fully vaccinated you can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large and small, without having to wear a mask or keep a physical distance. “
“If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things you stopped doing because of the pandemic,” added Walensky, stressing that “we have all longed for this moment when we can return to some form of normalcy.”
After the announcement, the president Joe Biden said, “Today is a great day for America.”
“Today we have administered 250 million doses in 140 days. And we have seen the results: cases are going down in 49 of the 50 states,” he said.
“Hospitalizations are the lowest since April 2020.”
Some restrictions remain
According to the CDC guide, the complete vaccine provides your protection two weeks after the second dose (or the first, if it is a single dose) was given.
“If you do not meet these requirements, whatever your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated,” the guidelines indicate.
If a vaccinated person has symptoms of COVID-19, they should get tested immediately and use mask again Y keep distanceWalensky emphasized.
Americans should also continue to wear a mask in places where ordered by the authorities federal, local or company regulations.
For example, in airplanes, buses, or trains – including the terminals of those transports – you must continue to wear a mask. And international passengers traveling to the US must still submit a negative covid-19 test.
Still no It has been determined how long the protection of a vaccine lasts, the CDC warns, nor the level of effectiveness against new variants of coronaviruses that have appeared in the world.
Thus iss Recommendations could be updated in the future.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.