The news was televised throughout the country: Masks are no longer needed! According to new guidelines issued Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people who are completely vaccinated against Covid-19 no longer need to wear masks inside or outside, nor do they need to stay 6 feet away from others.
Is this to say that all Americans who were vaccinated at least two weeks earlier — and therefore have complete immunity — should throw their Masks in the air and embrace each other in joy? That’s not the case. On public transportation and in areas where laws or regulations require it, such as hospitals, nursing homes, and other health-care facilities, as well as some local businesses and workplaces, you must wear a mask. To go to school, children must also wear Masks.
In the new guidelines, CDC warned, “If you have a condition or are taking medications that weaken your immune system, you may NOT be fully protected even if you are fully vaccinated. Talk to your healthcare provider. Even after vaccination, you may need to continue taking all precautions.”
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday that immunocompromised people should check with their doctors before choosing to avoid wearing a mask, but that others, including those at higher risk for extreme Covid-19, may want to do so as well.
Immunocompromised people or those on drugs that disrupt their immune system, such as those who have had organ transplants or are on chemotherapy, cannot get as much protection from Covid-19 vaccines, according to new research. According to her, at least one study shows that dialysis patients aren’t as well covered.