What did the CDC say?
- “If you are fully vaccinated, you are protected, and you can start doing the things that you stopped doing because of the pandemic,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky will say at a White House press briefing, per ABC News.
- Of course, the CDC said that people should still wear face masks indoors in certain settings, including health care settings and public transportation, among other locations.
Do experts agree?
- “They were overly cautious and now I think they are throwing caution to the wind,” Wen said of the CDC’s guidelines.
Similarly, CNN medical analyst Sanjay Gupta said this will reshape the way we see the country. Slowly, the country will shift to being a place where there are people who are infected and those who are not.
- “We keep thinking of this country as a vaccinated and an unvaccinated country,” Gupta said. “What it’s slowly going to turn into is a vaccinated and an infected country.”
Is it too soon?
It might be. A majority of epidemiologists told The New York Times that they expected masks to be part of public life for the next year. Epidemiologists said people would need to wear masks until the end of 2021. That’s why the CDC guidelines came as a shock to many on Thursday.
- “Unless the vaccination rates increase to 80 or 90% over the next few months, we should wear masks in large public indoor settings,” Vivian Towe, a program officer at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, told The New York Times.