PITTSBURGH – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tuesday relaxed their guidelines for wearing masks outdoors. Fully vaccinated Americans no longer need to cover their faces unless they are in a large crowd of strangers.
After the guidelines were relaxed, the Pittsburgh doctors told Channel 11 what they think of them – some say this should have happened some time ago.
President Joe Biden still urged Americans to get vaccinated, calling it a “patriotic duty”.
Here are some of the changes:
- You don’t need a mask when you are outside unless you are in a crowded event like a pirate game or graduation.
- You can visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without masks.
- You don’t need to take a COVID-19 test before or after your domestic flight.
- You can also spend time with unvaccinated people from a household who have a low risk of severe COVID-19 indoors without wearing a mask.
Doctor Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease specialist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, explained that the CDC is taking things step by step.
“The CDC is taking cautious little steps forward based on science. I think some states and some communities have exceeded CDC guidelines, and I think it is warranted. “
Community members like Amy Calabrese and Jordan Dennison have different opinions about the guidelines.
“I’m sick of the mask mandate, you know,” stressed Calabrese. “It’s time.”
“I’m not comfortable with people without a mask,” Dennison said. “My grandpa was in and out of the hospital. I don’t feel comfortable trying to give it to him. “
Local doctors say this summer could look more like 2019 than 2020 if more people get vaccinated.