A Nova Scotia resident thought they'd spotted someone breaking indoor dining rules during lockdown.
A Nova Scotia resident thought they'd spotted someone breaking indoor dining rules during lockdown.
Vaccinated people must still use face coverings on airplanes and in airports.
The CDC lifted another COVID-19 restriction today, announcing that fully vaccinated people can stop masking and social-distancing in most indoor and outdoor social settings of any size. The news comes as Americans continue to receive the highly effective COVID-19 vaccines, which may reduce transmission of the disease, according to growing data.
As vaccine rollouts expands to all adults and, most recently, younger teens ages 12 to 15, health officials have a better idea of what it means to be safe and move safely through the world post-vaccination. On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their guidelines for fully-vaccinated individuals, stating that they […]
On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an update on its masking guidance. People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear masks or practice social distancing both outside and inside, with some exceptions based on state, local, federal, and tribal regulations. “We have all longed for this moment,” Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, the director of the CDC, said at a White House news conference on Thursday. “If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.” Hours after the announcement, First Lady Jill Biden made a quick appearance without her mask, as she, Senator Joe Manchin, and his wife Gayle disembarked Air Force Once. The following day, on Friday, the First Lady made a visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture to celebrate the reopening of D.C. museums. When she was spotted without her mask and asked to comment on the new CDC guidelines she told reporters, “Isn’t it great? Don’t you feel great without it?” The new guidelines didn’t stop Biden from continuing to wear her mask inside the museum, however, which caused some confusion and (of course) plenty of speculation. But there are a few good reasons for that. While the CDC guidelines state that masks are no longer required for people who are fully vaccinated, there are still exceptions, and businesses can determine their own guidelines. The National Museum of African American History and Culture still requires visitors aged two and older to wear a face mask during their visits even if they have received a vaccine. The First Lady was simply following the rules. Even though we can all breathe a little easier now as Americans continue to get vaccinated and take off our masks, we’re all still in a period of transition after engaging with the world in a highly restricted way for the last year. And while vaccination is underway across the country, only one-third of people in the U.S. are fully vaccinated as the pace of vaccination has slowed, according to The New York Times. With that in mind, there’s no right way to get back to living without a mask, and everyone is encouraged to do what makes them feel safest. Many epidemiologists say people should still wear masks in large outdoor crowds, like a concert or a protest, even if you’re fully vaccinated, unless “the vaccination rates increase to 80 or 90 percent over the next few months,” Vivian Towe, a program officer at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute told The Times. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all plan as the masks come off this summer and guidelines will likely vary by state, as they have throughout the pandemic. Some states have listed mask mandates, while others remain cautious. States led by Democrats said they were inclined to review the guidance before implementing it, for example. Meanwhile, half of the country — mostly Republican states — has already relaxed mask mandates. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?The Biden-Carter Size Photo, ExplainedMajor Biden Promises To Be A Very Good Boy100 Days Later, What Has Biden Actually Done?
Update: There’s been a major change to indoor mask guidelines. On Thursday, May 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that those who are fully vaccinated — meaning it’s been two weeks since they’ve received their final dose of a COVID vaccine — will be able to safely stop wearing masks outdoors and in most indoor locations. “Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities — large or small — without wearing a mask or physically distancing,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the CDC, said during a White House briefing, according to Associated Press. “If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.” Everyone will have to continue wearing masks in some situations, such as on planes and in healthcare settings. This is a momentous change, and one that’s only possible thanks to the millions of Americans getting vaccinated, and the efficacy of the vaccines in general. As of now, around 154 million Americans have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and more than 117 million people are fully vaccinated. With the announcement that those over the age of 12 can start getting vaccinated, that number is expected to climb even higher. This article was originally published on May 10. The original text continues below. DashDividers_1_500x100 At the end of last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced new face mask guidelines that gave people more opportunities to ditch the covering — news that caused many to rejoice (and some to feel a little apprehensive). And yesterday, Anthony Fauci, MD, the Chief Medical Advisor to the President, mentioned that it may be time for officials to start thinking about changing indoor mask wearing guidelines, too. During an interview Dr. Fauci gave on Sunday to ABC News, he was asked if he agreed with others who said that it was time to relax the indoor mask rules. He replied, “I think so, and I think you’re going to probably be seeing that as we go along, and as more people get vaccinated… The CDC will be, you know, almost in real time… updating their recommendations and their guidelines.” For now, though, nothing has changed: The CDC’s guidelines still say that fully vaccinated people should wear masks in indoor public settings. While Dr. Fauci said he agreed that these rules should be relaxed in the future, he also emphasized that continuing to prioritize getting vaccines into arms was key. “As you get more people vaccinated, the number of cases per day will absolutely go down. We’re averaging about 43,000 a day. We’ve got to get it much, much lower than that. When that gets lower, the risk of any infection indoor or outdoor diminishes dramatically,” he said to ABC News. Currently, more than 152 million people in the U.S. have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and over 114 million people have been fully vaccinated, according to the CDC. That means around 58% of adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine, a number that President Joe Biden hopes to increase to 70% by July 4. Even after guidelines begin to relax, we may never be saying a full goodbye to face masks. In a different interview with NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, Dr. Fauci noted that it’s likely that people who have grown used to wearing face masks will continue to do so — if not all the time, then at least seasonally, like during peak cold and flu season to prevent the spread of common illnesses. We know that masks are part of an effective strategy when it comes to fighting infectious diseases. Flu cases have dropped dramatically this year: There were fewer than 2,000 flu cases confirmed in the U.S. while last year, there were around 38 million flu cases. Flu deaths have dropped, too. One child is reported to have died from the flu in the most recent flu season, compared to 195 deaths during the 2019 to 2020 season. “We’ve had practically a nonexistent flu season this year merely because people were doing the kinds of public health things that were directed predominantly against COVID-19,” Dr. Fauci said to NBC. But even those who may opt to wear a mask in the future during cold and flu season are likely looking forward to a loosening of the current face mask guidelines, since that would mean that COVID-19 cases were decreasing and the pandemic was, hopefully, reaching an end. While Dr. Fauci’s words gave us something to look forward to, for now, we must continue to wear masks when we’re around people from outside our household, especially when we’re indoors. And if you haven’t already, get vaccinated. As Dr. Fauci reminded us, as the number of fully vaccinated Americans goes up, the less likely we’ll see a surge in COVID-19 cases in the upcoming fall and winter, which will then lead us closer to normalcy, Dr. Fauci says. His hope? We’ll be back to normal one year from now. “I hope that next Mother’s Day, we’re going to see a dramatic difference than what we’re seeing right now. I believe that we will be about as close to back to normal as we can,” he told ABC, adding, “We’ve got to make sure that we get the overwhelming proportion of the population vaccinated.” Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Why Won't The U.S. Lift COVID Vaccine Patents?Your COVID Vaccine Side Effect Questions, AnsweredClimate Change Helps Disaster Capitalism Thrive
AMERICAN IDOL – “417 (Coldplay Songbook & Mothers Day Dedication)” “American Idol” is back with a live coast-to-coast episode as the top seven contestants perform two songs each on SUNDAY, MAY 9 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) CALEB KENNEDY After he secured a spot as an American Idol finalist on Sunday, 16-year-old Caleb Kennedy exited the show over a resurfaced social media post that appeared to show someone wearing a Ku Klux Klan hat. ABC confirmed that Kennedy would “no longer be moving forward in the competition,” and added that Sunday’s episode will now feature only four finalists with one elimination. Kennedy also announced his departure from the show and apologized in posts on his social media accounts. “I was younger and did not think about the actions, but that’s not an excuse,” he wrote. “I know this has hurt and disappointed a lot of people and made people lose respect for me. I’m so sorry! I pray that I can one day regain your trust in who I am and have your respect! Thank you for supporting me.” Kennedy also added that he would be taking a break from social media. The Snapchat video shows a younger Kennedy sitting against a wall. At first, it looks like he’s alone, but after a moment he turns his camera to show he is sitting next to a person wearing a white hood that looks like a KKK robe, with the caption “oh my.” The three-second video went viral online after YouTube comedian Def Noodles shared it on Twitter on Tuesday night with the caption, “THIS SHOULD’VE STAYED IN YOUR DRAFTS.” As of Thursday morning, the video had been viewed more than 73,000 times. Some fans of the show were outraged over the post, while others thought the show took matters too far by eliminating the contestant over a video he made when he was 12 years old. Following the news that Kennedy would be leaving the show, American Idol removed all signs of the 16-year-old singer from its social media platforms, according to The Washington Post. Videos of Kennedy were taken off the show’s Instagram account, and there is no longer footage featuring him in their story highlights. The show’s official YouTube channel also removed all of Kennedy’s past performances. In a statement to Spartanburg Herald-Journal, Kennedy’s mother Anita Guy said it was an issue of how people perceived the video. “I hate this has happened and how Caleb is being portrayed by people online,” Guy said. “This video was taken after Caleb had watched the movie The Strangers: Prey at Night and they were imitating those characters. It had nothing to do with the Ku Klux Klan, but I know that’s how it looks. Caleb doesn’t have a racist bone in his body. He loves everyone and has friends of all races.” Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Claudia Conway Will Be On American IdolCasual Racism Almost Dimmed Daniel Kaluuya's ShineAmerican Idol Got Off To A Scary Start
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