CDC allows Americans who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 to take off their masks

UMMATIMES - The American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, updated its policy on the use of masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Quoted from CNN, the CDC allows residents who have been fully vaccinated to do activities without masks, both indoors and outdoors.

Those who are fully vaccinated are recipients of two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and have passed two weeks without any side effects.

"If you are fully vaccinated (two doses), then you can start doing things that have been prohibited due to the pandemic (including wearing masks). We have been waiting a long time for the return to normalcy," said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, Thursday, 13 May 2021.

Previously, the CDC regulated the situations and conditions in which masks could be removed. For example, in the past, residents who had been fully vaccinated were only allowed to remove their masks when they held meals together with small groups in outdoor locations. In addition, if you exercise with your own family members.

Walensky said, the decision to allow residents who have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to remove masks was supported by scientific studies. He cited three studies, one from Israel and two from America, which show a successful COVID-19 vaccine provides protection against COVID-19.

A study from Israel, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, for example, says that the vaccine is 97 percent effective against symptoms of COVID-19. In addition, it was 86 percent effective against transmission by asymptomatic people and this was evident in a sample of 5,000 medical workers.

Regarding the news that there are a number of residents who are still infected with COVID-19 even though they have been fully vaccinated, Walensky asked residents not to panic. He said such cases were very small in number. In addition, the infection caused is not as dangerous as before being vaccinated.

"The infection that occurs will be shorter in terms of duration and also less risky to be transmitted to other people," explains Walensky.

So far, the COVID-19 vaccinations in America are taking place at approximately 2.09 million per day. In total, 339 million doses have been distributed and 226 million have been injected. Of these, approximately 117 million people have the status of being fully vaccinated.