People with full doses of vaccines can be outdoors without a mask: CDC USA

Apr 27 (Reuters) – People who have received all their coronavirus vaccines can engage in outdoor activities without wearing masks, but should continue to wear face shields in public spaces where required, US health officials said. .

The rule update released Tuesday comes when more than half of U.S. adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). .

“The publication of these new guidelines is a first step in helping vaccinated Americans to resume the activities that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic, while taking into account the potential risk of transmitting the virus to others,” the CDC said.

The use of masks has been considered one of the most effective ways to control the transmission of the virus.

Since most COVID-19 transmission occurs indoors, and vaccination is on the rise, the use of masks outdoors has been the subject of debate for weeks in the United States, as people want to enjoy themselves. of the advantages of being fully vaccinated.

New COVID-19 cases have dropped 16% in the past week as the United States has passed 140 million people who have received at least one injection of licensed Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

This is the largest percentage decline in new weekly cases since February, according to a Reuters analysis of state and county data.

(Report by Manojna Maddipatla in Bengaluru. Edited in Spanish by Javier Leira)