CDC Says Vaccinated People Don't Need Masks in Most Cases

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced new guidance Thursday stating masks are not needed in most situations for fully vaccinated Americans.

The updated guidance states fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. 

Additionally, fully vaccinated people can refrain from testing following a known exposure unless they are residents or employees of a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter.

"You can do things you stopped doing because of the pandemic," said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky during a White House Covid-19 briefing.

The updated guidance does not apply to health care settings, which have their own separate guidance. Additionally, public transportation and travel will still require masks and guidance will be updated as science emerges, said Walensky.

The CDC made this decision based on new studies from Israel and the United States that prove the vaccines work. 

However, unvaccinated people "remain at risk" of illness and death and should remain masked and observe physical distancing, said Walensky.

"Today is a great day for America, and our long battle with coronavirus," said President Biden Thursday afternoon. "I think it's a great milestone ... It's been made possible by the extraordinary success we've had in vaccinating so many Americans so quickly."

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a-1621062278 May 15, 2021 12:04 AM
CDC Says Vaccinated People Don't Need Masks in Most Cases

Without getting into the argument, please don't criticize or shame people who wear masks.

There are patients out there. There are people with medical conditions you may never have heard of.

In general, it's not our place to want to know why people are as careful as they are.
Best to all. Let people be.

Shasta Guy May 14, 2021 03:14 PM
CDC Says Vaccinated People Don't Need Masks in Most Cases

Walmart has also just announced the same nationwide policy:

https://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/553645-walmart-will-no-longer-require-customers-to-wear-masks

The Berlin Wall is cracking.

Shasta Guy May 14, 2021 03:57 PM
CDC Says Vaccinated People Don't Need Masks in Most Cases

It was the people of Berlin who tore down the wall. Don't expect Newsom to do so anytime soon, unless he reads a biography of Nicholae Ceausescu who clung onto power a little too long. If he were smart he would adopt the new CDC policy ASAP.

Alexblue May 15, 2021 12:03 PM
CDC Says Vaccinated People Don't Need Masks in Most Cases

VOR—it’s good that you have a rational view on being flexible in the face of the unexpected. However, it’s false for you to claim that everyone voluntarily complied at any point during the pandemic. Many , many people didn’t and made a point of it. I don’t know how you conclude that there was an over abundance of caution—that’s just an opinion.

MountainMan4865 May 14, 2021 11:57 PM
CDC Says Vaccinated People Don't Need Masks in Most Cases

Nah, there will be a week or two of masklessness... joy will abound. There will be another resurgence... even deadlier. Remember, the Moderna and Phizer 'emergency authorization' expires in June... I think the J$J expires a month or so later. If there's no emergency, then there is no reason to extend the emergency authorization. The "clinical trials" for all (which is what you are participating in) are to continue until 2023. They have to finish the clinical trials to be eligible for FDA approval. To quote someone else on the world wide web:
"Normal approval process is 3-5 years of animal trials, followed by 3-5 years of human trials. Every previous mRNa "vaccine" candidate was withdrawn before or during animal trials due to lack of efficacy combined with serious safety concerns. Commercial use of a mRNA "vaccine" in chickens resulted in almost 100% mortality within a few months due to antibody dependent enhancement. (ADE)

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/tthis-chicken-vaccine-makes-virus-dangerous

I fully expect this post to be deleted.
When cases/varients ramp up in the next few months - the unvaccinated will be blamed. How will we tell the vaccinated from the un-vaccinated?! There must be something. A vaccine passport, if you will. Then we will know who is responsible for this terrible outbreak. Then we will see the segregation and the isolation camps show up. They are already being built in Canada. Maybe the housing established for those children being thrown over the wall by... uncaring parents, (for what purpose?)? General Tree - you will get your wish. Those that choose not to participate in the clinical trials will be deemed a public health threat. They will be rounded up as domestic terrorists. There will be isolation facilities for those who are deemed a 'public health threat'. Yellow star? Where are your papers? No, just a 'Green Health Pass'. Nothing to see here. Check back in three months.

Voice of Reason May 14, 2021 10:29 PM
CDC Says Vaccinated People Don't Need Masks in Most Cases

Alex, if that happens we would all voluntarily comply, just like we all voluntarily complied with "15 days to flatten the curve". Our response was better suited for a much more lethal virus like you example. This overabundance of caution that has permeated us the past 14 months has blinded many to the consequences of that excess, a consequence that will have a significant and long-lasting impact on our populations health and well being for years to come.

Alexblue May 14, 2021 07:23 PM
CDC Says Vaccinated People Don't Need Masks in Most Cases

Chip, “never again” allow a mask
mandate? What if a variant crops
up with 50 percent mortality and higher rates of infection? You still
going to cheerlead “never again”? Come on man, this black or white absolutist thinking is frankly infantile.

Voice of Reason May 14, 2021 03:23 PM
CDC Says Vaccinated People Don't Need Masks in Most Cases

Chip, isn't amazing the responses don't contain substance but instead use name calling and even bringing in politicians and the prior President? As if either has anything to do with your comment.

ZeroHawk May 14, 2021 03:18 PM
CDC Says Vaccinated People Don't Need Masks in Most Cases

Chip, putting the word science in quotes only applies to people like you. You are one who believes things Trump says, therefore your credibility is about as good as his. Reclaim our freedoms? We have had our freedoms all along...carry on paranoid republicant

Chip of SB May 14, 2021 03:04 PM
CDC Says Vaccinated People Don't Need Masks in Most Cases

This is great news! Have any other businesses abandoned the mask requirements? If Trader Joe’s has done it, I expect the masks will be gone within days except among those who are truly devoted to “science.” Perhaps people will be able to dance again, gather to listen to live music, or partake in the performing arts. As we finally reclaim our freedoms, we need to put some sort of protections in place to prevent masks and their associated authoritarian restrictions from ever being imposed on us again.

dukemunson May 14, 2021 08:39 PM
CDC Says Vaccinated People Don't Need Masks in Most Cases

There was and is a reason and time to wear a mask... but not in every single situation! But you demanded it in every situation! There were countless situations and places that it did nothing... and was justification for closing schools and business’s. We tangibly made the world a worse place this year... we abandoned science and logic and fully embraced fear and panic. Imagine what we could have done with the 8+ trillion we spent on the various stimulus plans... money to keep people home and for the most part not any safer. It’s pretty clear who the covidiots were... kind of ironic that they came up with the name for themselves...

a-1621046910 May 14, 2021 07:48 PM
CDC Says Vaccinated People Don't Need Masks in Most Cases

As the covidiots here have been insisting for more than a year, there's no reason to wear masks or fear an airborne virus that has killed millions of people. They're still wrong, but at least in California that day is getting closer.

dukemunson May 14, 2021 04:44 PM
CDC Says Vaccinated People Don't Need Masks in Most Cases

You mean the ones who all along championed schools being open and being that outside without a mask was safe in most instances were the idiots while the ones who kept schools closed for a year, closed off beaches and parks ans playgrounds and called people domestic terrorists when they went for a jog were the smart ones...? Huh... so then... the Covidiots now running the CDC?

dukemunson May 14, 2021 04:26 PM
CDC Says Vaccinated People Don't Need Masks in Most Cases

Well... it’s pretty clearly the people who ignore logic and drive alone with a mask... go to the beach with a mask... go on a run with a mask... etc...

Basically it’s the people who deny science... which... well... is a lot of mask wearing outside Santa Barbarians !!!

Shasta Guy May 14, 2021 01:35 PM
CDC Says Vaccinated People Don't Need Masks in Most Cases

I was just at Goleta Trader Joe's, and they had a sign up "If you are fully vaccinated, you are not required to wear a mask while shopping".

I promptly took off my mask and went shopping. Surprisingly, no one glared at me.

The great thaw is beginning.

dukemunson May 14, 2021 03:28 PM
CDC Says Vaccinated People Don't Need Masks in Most Cases

Then keep your kids home...forever if you wish! Preschools have been open without masks since May. Kids are running around and playing without masks all the time outside of school. If you want to stop with life...more power to you...but it's not following science or logic, it's following fear and panic...

Byzantium May 14, 2021 03:14 PM
CDC Says Vaccinated People Don't Need Masks in Most Cases

Your questions are good. But why are we asking these exact same questions now one year later, and all the collective and highly paid "experts" have not yet responded. Why are we not even asking that last question.

Ahchooo May 14, 2021 03:08 PM
CDC Says Vaccinated People Don't Need Masks in Most Cases

I still have concern for the kids who can’t be vaccinated yet. They can’t always avoid being around adults, in stores and such. If we have a lot of unvaccinated adults going around without masks, the kids are at some risk. I do understand that kids are unlikely to die. But there are still things we don’t know about this virus. How long does long covid last? What’s the deal with this inflammatory ailment that some kids get? I’m good with vaccinated people going without masks, but I do not trust that unvaccinated adults will be respectful of kids and others who are still vulnerable. I would have preferred everyone to keep the masks on indoors until we get a greater percentage of the population vaccinated.

Voice of Reason May 14, 2021 02:30 PM
CDC Says Vaccinated People Don't Need Masks in Most Cases

Babycakes, fear, like alcohol, impairs judgement and rational decision making. Due to the fear mongering for-profit media, many peoples fear has been spun up to crazy (irrational) levels this past year. That's why the "follow the science" folk have quickly turned into the "science deniers" who now (finally!) question what's coming from the CDC, etc. now that they're telling them it's okay, and safe, to act normal. It isn't going to be easy for them to relax and let that fear go, it will take some time.

Shasta Guy May 14, 2021 02:28 PM
CDC Says Vaccinated People Don't Need Masks in Most Cases

Nope, none at all that's what the vaccine is for. It will prevent you from getting Covid if exposed to an infectious person, or in the event you do get Covid your symptoms will be mild to non-existent. Would I lick my finger after touching the shopping cart? No, that's plain disgusting.

Your hypothetical situation is highly improbable. I actually was the only maskless person in the store at the time. I took a picture of the sign and I might send it in to Edhat unless someone else beats me to it.

This is your Berlin Wall moment. If you're old enough, be like a 70's Women's Libber and burn your mask instead.

Babycakes May 14, 2021 02:13 PM
CDC Says Vaccinated People Don't Need Masks in Most Cases

Shasta Guy: Did you have any concerns that other maskless individuals in the store were unvaccinated? Hypothetically, if every single person inside Trader Joe's were COVID positive, a vaccinated individual should be A-Okay - correct? If vaccinated, there does not seem to be any reason whatsoever to be concerned if someone else were vaxed or not. Why do some believe that everyone should wear a mask until 100% of the population is vaxed? Seems odd that the folks pushing for everyone to "follow the science" are the ones who want to keep wearing the masks/rubber gloves and cloister with the clams. I guess their new motto will be, "Don't follow the science." Go figure.

PitMix May 14, 2021 08:31 AM
CDC Says Vaccinated People Don't Need Masks in Most Cases

Can anyone tell me how you know the difference between a vaxxed maskless person and an unvaxxed maskless person? Do you think the unvaxxers will adhere to the mask guidance? Seems very unlikely.

sacjon May 14, 2021 01:50 PM
CDC Says Vaccinated People Don't Need Masks in Most Cases

VOR - YOU need to move on, man. You've been repeating the same thing over and over for 3 days now on this. "More like to die in a car accident than from covid." Blah blah blah. Dude, drop it. Let some people live their lives and wear masks if they want to. you don't have to anymore so just give it a rest man.

Also, you actually did change your tune, didn't you? More likely to die in a car accident than from covid IF YOURE VACCINATED. Ok, yeah I can agree with that. Before you were saying just if you had covid, not vaxxed and had covid. Glad you adjusted that. Now........ get outside and enjoy your weekend! No more arguing about something you don't even have to do anymore. Have a good one!

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