Vaccinated Californians to Continue Wearing Masks Indoors Until June 15

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By edhat staff

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is advising vaccinated Californians to continue wearing face masks indoors until June 15.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released new guidance last week and stated 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. 

California is planning to implement these new CDC guidelines on June 15, the date when Governor Gavin Newsom plans to lift all COVID-19 restrictions for the state. California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly stated this four-week period will give Californians time to prepare for the change while the state continues to focus on delivering vaccines, particularly in underserved communities.

“We urge all Californians to get vaccinated to ensure that infection and hospitalization rates remain low across the state and that we can all return to the activities we love. Until June 15, when California plans to fully reopen the economy, California will keep our existing guidance around masks in place," wrote Dr. Ghaly in a public statement.

Since May 3, face coverings have not been required for outdoor gatherings except at crowded events and for unvaccinated people when physical distancing cannot be maintained. In indoor settings outside of one's home including public transportation and schools, face coverings are required regardless of vaccination status," wrote Dr. Ghaly.

California has administered more than 34 million vaccines and is among the lowest case and positivity rates in the nation.

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sacjon May 17, 2021 03:14 PM
Vaccinated Californians to Continue Wearing Masks Indoors Until June 15

BABY - you'd be surprised. Every business, bank, restaurant, etc I've been to in the last week since the CDC made its announcement STILL requires masks. It will be longer than June 15th for many businesses, as they can't tell who's vaxxed and who isn't. Don't burn your mask just yet.......

sacjon May 17, 2021 03:36 PM
Vaccinated Californians to Continue Wearing Masks Indoors Until June 15

BABY - I'm talking about what I've seen in businesses. They can't tell who is vaxxed or not, so they're erring on the side of caution. I'm fully vaxxed and don't wear a mask anymore anywhere unless required by the business I'm entering. BUT.... I think a lot of businesses are going to continue the rule after June 15, that's all. I can see their point though, with so many refusing to get vaccinated, you never know who is really vaxxed!

Voice of Reason May 17, 2021 03:51 PM
Vaccinated Californians to Continue Wearing Masks Indoors Until June 15

School closures (against CDC recommendations), beach closures, outdoor mask requirements, outdoor dinning bans, reopening tiers based on a communities distance to liquor stores and parks (healthy places index) , cannabis and liquor stores as essential services (while schools aren't), continued mask mandates for the vaccinated (also against CDC recommendations), among many many others, are not based on science or data, even the "science" and data available when these decisions were made.

a-1621292099 May 17, 2021 03:54 PM
Vaccinated Californians to Continue Wearing Masks Indoors Until June 15

3:51 PM - If only you would read the CDC recommendations on the CDC web page instead of getting your views from disinfotainment sources, you would know that the CDC recommends mask wearing for vaccinated people in all kinds of dicey situations.

Voice of Reason May 17, 2021 04:44 PM
Vaccinated Californians to Continue Wearing Masks Indoors Until June 15

@ Sac, misread the *not when first responding, but it still holds as except for limited instances (close proximity for a period of time, indoors, poor ventilation) the science says the mask don't provide much benefit. Well, epidemiologically not much benefit, psychologically is a different story.

a-1621295751 May 17, 2021 04:55 PM
Vaccinated Californians to Continue Wearing Masks Indoors Until June 15

4:41 and 4:44: Since you've made that contrafactual claim about masks before, here is the refutation, for about the fourth time:

https://www.factcheck.org/2021/03/scicheck-posts-distort-cdc-study-supporting-masks-mandates-to-reduce-covid-19/

To quote the relevant part:

How Growth Rate Finding Was Distorted
On March 6, Fox News’ Laura Ingraham tweeted that the study found mask mandates and restaurant restrictions “have a small impact” on COVID-19 cases and deaths. Later that day, an unreliable Twitter account called Breaking911 created a tweet thread about the new study, falsely claiming that it found “mask mandates lower COVID cases by around 1.5% over a two month period.”

But as we already explained, the study is not showing a decrease in the number of cases and deaths but a decrease in the growth rate of the daily cases and deaths.

“Because the growth rate is exponential,” the impact compounds, José Luis Jiménez, an analytical and atmospheric chemist at the University of Colorado Boulder who was not involved in the study, told us. “So, it’s kind of like your mortgage — you change your interest a little bit, and then you save a ton of money. Because the cases compound.”

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/science/science-briefs/masking-science-sars-cov2.html

Data regarding the “real-world” effectiveness of community masking are limited to observational and epidemiological studies.

An investigation of a high-exposure event, in which 2 symptomatically ill hair stylists interacted for an average of 15 minutes with each of 139 clients during an 8-day period, found that none of the 67 clients who subsequently consented to an interview and testing developed infection. The stylists and all clients universally wore masks in the salon as required by local ordinance and company policy at the time.32
In a study of 124 Beijing households with > 1 laboratory-confirmed case of SARS-CoV-2 infection, mask use by the index patient and family contacts before the index patient developed symptoms reduced secondary transmission within the households by 79%.33
A retrospective case-control study from Thailand documented that, among more than 1,000 persons interviewed as part of contact tracing investigations, those who reported having always worn a mask during high-risk exposures experienced a greater than 70% reduced risk of acquiring infection compared with persons who did not wear masks under these circumstances.34
A study of an outbreak aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, an environment notable for congregate living quarters and close working environments, found that use of face coverings on-board was associated with a 70% reduced risk.35
Investigations involving infected passengers aboard flights longer than 10 hours strongly suggest that masking prevented in-flight transmissions, as demonstrated by the absence of infection developing in other passengers and crew in the 14 days following exposure.36,37

There are many more, but they just hammer the same point home. Masks work. At this point, only a complete ignoramus pushing a political agenda would say otherwise.

Ahchooo May 17, 2021 06:34 PM
Vaccinated Californians to Continue Wearing Masks Indoors Until June 15

Just because a vaccinated person decides to continue wearing a mask indoors, does not mean they are being “obedient” or not questioning. They came to a different conclusion than you did. They might want to make others comfortable, at little burden to themselves.

Andrea Smith May 17, 2021 04:40 PM
Vaccinated Californians to Continue Wearing Masks Indoors Until June 15

I cannot WAIT to go out to dinner again! Outside for now, but as time goes on and more ppl are vaccinated and numbers stay steadily low, inside too. I would love to not wear a mask but if a local business wants us too, no problem. People are gross anyway I've learned, coughing their germs all over the place.

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