CDC Says Families Can Be Outside Without Masks — Even Without Vaccine

Lizzy Francis
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On Tuesday, April 27, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated the country’s mask-wearing guidelines, and recommendations for people who are outdoors and are fully vaccinated.This all comes shortly after the CDC officially recommended pregnant people get the vaccine, 52 percent of Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and quite some time after the CDC released general vaccinated guidelines on gathering with others and traveling in early March.The updates reflect the scientific fact that not only are fully vaccinated people far less likely to spread the deadly virus but that the outdoors is not a meaningful vector of transmission of COVID-19. Here’s what you need to know about the update — and if you can start going on outdoor runs without wearing a mask again any time soon.

The Outdoor Mask Guidance Has Been Updated — What to Know

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What Does This Mean for Kids (and Families)?

As of right now, only children as young as 16 are able to receive COVID-19 vaccines, which makes the guidance a bit limited. So, even though you and your unvaccinated kids can gather outdoors maskless, that’s up to you as to whether or not you’re willing to accept the moderate risk that comes with that behavior. All of that being said, fully vaccinated people can enjoy the outdoors without masks starting today, in small groups, when not in large crowds, and safely.On Sunday, Dr. Anthony Fauci told George Stephanopoulos that the risk of outdoor transmission is “really, really quite low… I believe what the country is going to be hearing soon is updated guidelines from the CDC. The data backs it up.”

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