New US guidance says fully vaccinated people can meet without masks.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that fully vaccinated Americans can return to some sense of normalcy.
Those who have received the specified jabs can visit with other vaccinated people and a few unvaccinated people, consistent with the new guidelines.
People are considered protected fortnight after they take the ultimate dose of their vaccine, the CDC said.
Over 30 million Americans are fully vaccinated so far .
The recommendations say fully vaccinated Americans can:
Meet indoors with other fully vaccinated people without masks or social distancing
Meet indoors with unvaccinated people from one household, if they’re at low risk for severe illness from the virus
Skip testing or quarantine when exposed to Covid-19, unless symptoms appear
But they ought to continue to:
Avoid non-essential travel and enormous crowds
Continue to wear face coverings and maintain social distancing publicly
The CDC said there was still a risk vaccinated people could spread the disease to the unvaccinated, as data on this remains sparse. The new guidelines especially involve mask wearing and distancing from those that are unvaccinated and should be at an elevated risk of great Covid-related complications.
CDC senior adviser Andy Slavitt told reporters: “We’ve begun to explain what a world seems like as we move beyond Covid-19. As more and more people get vaccinated… the list of activities will still grow.”
The US has seen a recent uptick within the number of inoculations per day. Over 90 million vaccines are administered so far .
The approval of a 3rd vaccine, Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose jab, to hitch the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech versions, has also helped boost supply.
But health officials warn that Covid-19 remains a significant concern.
Coronavirus variants: The science explained
Will vaccines work against the new variants?
“Over 90% of the population still has not been vaccinated,” CDC Director Dr Rochelle Walensky said.
“Our responsibility is to form sure, within the context of 60,000 new cases each day , that we protect those that are vulnerable.”
The US has reported over 29 million virus cases and 525,000 deaths.
Imagining what 500,000 lost lives appear as if
Dr Walensky added that the guidance would still be updated “as more people get vaccinated and science and evidence expands”.
Mr Slavitt said it had been a “very hopeful morning but with continued warning signs for the future”.
However, Dr Leana Wen, a public health expert and therefore the former Baltimore health commissioner, told the Associated Press the new guidance was “far too cautious”.
Dr Wen said the CDC was “missing a serious opportunity to tie vaccination status with reopening guidance”.
“By beginning with such limited guidance, they’re missing the window to influence state and national policy,” she said.
More than 20 travel and aviation groups wrote to the White House on Monday calling for a short lived health documentation system to spice up travel.
The group said it opposed making vaccination “a requirement for domestic or international travel”.
Later on Monday, the White House announced that President Joe Biden would deliver his first primetime address this Thursday to mark one year under Covid-19 lockdown measures.
Last week, Mr Biden said the US would have enough coronavirus vaccines for each adult by the top of May.