‘If you are vaccinated, you don’t have to wear a mask outside,’ the top U.S. infectious disease expert told CBS This Morning on Thursday.
‘We’ve got to make that transition.
‘It would be a very unusual situation, if you were going into a completely crowded situation where people are essentially falling all over each other, then you wear a mask. But any other time, if you’re vaccinated and you’re outside, put aside your mask. You don’t have to wear it.’
Dr Fauci has been reluctant to endorse going maskless outdoors, despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines, updated last month, saying that fully vaccinated people can safely do just about anything outdoors – except be in a crowd – without a mask.
Now, he says nearly 118 million Americans can finally uncover their faces while outside. It comes as the U.S. adult population that is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 rises to 45 percent, with nearly 60 percent having had at least their first dose.
And earlier this week, the CDC came under fire for still exaggerating the risk of coronavirus transmission outdoors, which the agency said was less than 10 percent, but experts assert is really less than one percent.
‘If you are vaccinated, you don’t have to wear a mask outside,’ the top U.S. infectious disease expert told CBS This Morning on Thursday – more than two weeks after the CDC said it was safe
The CDC’s guidance was long-awaited and welcome, but led to confusion about how to tell who has been vaccinated or unvaccinated
Over the holidays, the CDC warned that the primary source of spread was indoor gatherings.
But now that nearly half of adults and more than a third of the overall U.S. population have been fully vaccinated
When the federal health agency released new guidelines on masks for fully vaccinated people last month, director Dr Rochelle Walensky stated that ‘less than 10 percent’ of coronavirus spread was occurring outside.
Epidemiologists and infectious disease scientists tell DailyMail.com that although the figure is not incorrect, the true risk is believed to be much lower.
The number of COVID-19 cases linked to outdoor spread is below one percent, and may even be as low as 0.1 percent.