“I have been vaccinated and stay outdoors. Do I really have to wear a mask?”, “If I run in nature and not close to people, should I wear a mask?”, “I am walking on the sidewalk Another person, should I wear a mask?” As the weather gets warmer, the proportion of citizens who are vaccinated gradually increases, and more and more Americans are asking such questions. CNN.
The doctor said: “If you are vaccinated, I usually say that you generally don’t need to wear a mask outdoors.” Sanjay Gupta in CNN’s New Day program, because it is well known that most virus transmissions do not occur outdoors.
A study published in the November issue of the Journal of Infectious Diseases found that the chance of spreading the virus indoors was 18.7 times that of outdoors, and that less than 10% of the covid-19 infections studied occurred outdoors. One of the authors of the study, Nooshin Razani, associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco, told Slate that the actual number of outdoor transmission cases “may be less than 10%.”
The latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest that you may not need to wear a mask outdoors: “If you are alone outside, away from others, or living with your family, you may not need a mask.” However, there is no target Specific guidelines for vaccinators. Yesterday, the director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Ph.D. Rochelle Walensky said the agency is considering revising the mask guidelines.
Varensky told NBC: “We will consider wearing masks outdoors, but at the same time considering that there are still people dying from covida-19.”
As with most discussions of covid-19, the evidence on whether it is appropriate to wear masks outdoors is not clear and should be based on multiple factors, such as vaccination status and community transmission rates.
Linsi Marr, an airborne virus transmission expert at Virginia Tech, said: “If you are vaccinated and you are not a vulnerable group, then you may not have to wear a mask outdoors.”
For people who have not been vaccinated, Marr recommends wearing masks in crowds and places (such as bars) where people gather. Marr told CNN: “If you haven’t been vaccinated and you keep people close so often that you can touch them with your hands, then you should wear a mask.”
Gupta believes that regardless of the vaccination status, an important factor in deciding whether to discard outdoor masks is the level of transmission and infection rate in the area.
Gupta said: “The real question is how likely I am to breathe other people’s air. That’s it. The number of people, the environment and the prevalence of the virus in the community are the same.”
Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, told CNN that he expects that wearing masks will soon be restricted to indoors.
Jaha said: “I expect that in the next few weeks, the United States will begin to abolish the mandatory wearing of masks outdoors.” He added that most infections occur indoors, so people will have to be in this environment. Wear a mask for a while.
Several states such as Texas and Alabama have lifted the obligation to wear masks, and some states plan to relax their regulations on wearing masks outdoors. Rhode Island Governor Dan McGee announced on Thursday that starting May 7 in his federal state, masks must only be worn indoors or when a distance of at least one meter cannot be maintained outdoors.
The restrictions on covid-19 in Connecticut ended on May 19, and Governor Ned Lamont advised people to stay vigilant and wear masks indoors.
Lamont said: “There is no requirement for outdoor masks. We still warmly recommend that masks be vaccinated indoors unless you have been vaccinated. We will find some balance.”