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CDC says fully vaccinated individuals should continue wearing masks in new guidelines

The CDC has released a new set of guidelines for fully vaccinated people since, as of now, 19.9% of the U.S population has taken the vaccine for the COVID-19 virus, NPR reports.

It was made clear that the guidelines would be updated depending on the number of people vaccinated and the evolution of the virus. Fully vaccinated individuals can visit other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing. They can also visit people who have not been vaccinated but are considered low risk for the virus. And they can refrain from quarantine if they’ve been exposed to a carrier (if they are asymptomatic).

However, the Center for Disease Control did specify that fully vaccinated individuals should continue wearing masks and social distancing in public. Individuals have been previously told to wear a mask and physically distance when visiting a person who has not been vaccinated and to also avoid medium-large gatherings and get tested if they experienced any symptoms. However, these guidelines have sparked controversy amongst many.

As pointed out by Peter Hotez, co-director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development: “The sooner we move to telling people if you’re fully vaccinated you don’t have to wear masks, that will be an incentive for people to get vaccinated.” The guidelines of the CDC will most certainly change as the vaccination process goes forward. But as of now, fully vaccinated individuals are encouraged to keep their distance in public spaces and wear masks when interacting with no-vaccinated individuals.

ARTICLE: ISABELLA BALBUENA

POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

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