CDC director Rochelle Walensky, MD, says the agency can review its guidelines on whether people should wear masks outdoors.
“We will see the issue of outdoor masking, but also in the context of the fact that we still have people dying of COVID-19,” he told NBC. Today show.
The current CDC guide, which was updated on April 9, says, “Masks may not be needed when you’re away, away from home, or with people living in your home. However, some areas may have mask mandates while in public, so please check the rules in your local area (such as your city, county, or state). Also, check for federal mask mandates. ‘apply wherever you go. “
Most health experts say masks are still a good idea when people gather outdoors in large groups. People who attend sporting events still have to wear masks, even in outdoor stadiums, except when eating or drinking.
Texas has already lifted mask restrictions, though companies can still demand them. NBC News said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper expects to lift an outside mask mandate before June 1 and that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is considering a change to the guide to exterior masks. Connecticut will finalize exterior mask requirements in mid-May and will make indoor masks recommended but not mandatory.
Many health experts say that people in general now do not need outdoor masks because there is little virus transmission outdoors.
Sanjay Gupta, MD, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, spoke Thursday about masks New day. If you get vaccinated, “I would say for the most part, you don’t need to wear an outdoor mask,” he said.
Ashish Jha, MD, dean of Brown University School of Public Health, told NBC News:
“At this time of the pandemic, with more than half of Americans vaccinated, it’s quite reasonable to start thinking about unloading warrants from outside masks … Probably not everyone on the street needs to wear one.”
Kristin Nelson, PhD, assistant professor of epidemiology at Emory Rollins University School of Public Health, told NBC News that the rules for outdoor masks made sense during the pandemic’s rise, but no both now that vaccines are on the rise.
“I think these massive mandates in outdoor spaces should probably be the first to leave,” he said. “We really need to focus on places that we know pose a high risk of transmission, such as large meetings and enclosed spaces with little ventilation.”
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