The CDC now recommends that fully vaccinated people still wear a mask and maintain 6 feet of distance when in public or gathering with people from more than one other household who have not received the vaccine, and when visiting with an unvaccinated person who is considered high risk of severe illness or who lives with a person at such risk. "They don't want to make any guidelines unless they look at the data, and the data backs it up", he said.
The CDC's current guidance advises Americans, even those who have been fully vaccinated, to continue wearing masks and social distancing six feet apart from other people to mitigate spread of the virus.
President Biden, like his predecessor, former President Trump, declined to issue a federal mask mandate.
Coronavirus is almost 19 more likely to spread indoors compared to outside, and fewer than 10 percent of Covid infections had been contracted indoors as of a November Journal of Infectious Diseases study. Read on to find out what it is, and for more on vaccines from Fauci, check out Dr. Fauci Says Your COVID Vaccine Protects You for at Least This Long.
If activities are held indoors, "bring in as much fresh air into camp buildings as possible" by opening windows and using fans. But as time went on and medical researchers learned more about the virus, Fauci changed his position and became a strong proponent of wearing masks at all times, even outdoors.
"Nothing's 100%, but it's nearly invariable that it's indoors".
The CDC said that camps should establish and implement strategies to promote physical distancing, both indoors and outdoors, of "at least three feet" between all campers in a cohort. Vaccinated folks can take off their masks when gathering with fully vaccinated groups indoors, but the agency has yet to address outdoor mask-wearing. But as an increasing number of people in the USA are getting vaccinated against COVID-more than half of adults now have at least one shot-many of us are hoping we'll be able to go mask-free soon. "You could be separated by a fair amount".
And even as evidence that coronavirus rarely spreads outside without close contact, the agency has maintained its guidance about public mask-wearing amid growing impatience and pandemic fatigue. "But when you come out, when you're congregating, put a mask on". During his remarks, the president will reportedly announce the new CDC guidance, though exactly what the new guidelines will be remains unclear.