CDC expected to announce new guidance for outdoor mask wearing

The Biden government is expected to release new guidelines for wearing masks and more as the country hits higher COVID-19 vaccination levels

ST. LOUIS – As more Americans get a COVID-19 vaccine, President Joe Biden is expected to announce updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control on Tuesday when it comes to wearing masks outdoors.

Nobody knows exactly what the changes are, but Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the government’s top coronavirus advisors, hinted on national television that very soon the CDC will be rolling out new guidelines on what vaccinated people and even some who are not vaccinated can do.

“I think it makes sense to revise the current guidelines,” said Dr. Farrin Manian, an in-house specialist at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. “I’m not sure what they’re going to say, but they may have different recommendations for people who are fully vaccinated and fully vaccinated than for those who are not.”

Despite the upcoming announcement, the situation is already taking place in outdoor areas such as community parks.

David Williams took his two young children to Millennium Park in Creve Coeur and he was not wearing a mask. He said that he usually wears a mask indoors and in places where masks are required, but when he is outside and social distancing himself he no longer wants to wear it.

“I’m vaccinated,” said Williams. “I’m taking a risk, but I think I’ll take appropriate action too.”

Across the park, Dan Bostelmann held up his mask while playing with his 8-year-old daughter.

“In general, most of the parents who sit in this park wear a mask,” he said. “I am more than happy to join them.”

Still, Bostelmann said he would welcome new CDC guidelines.

“For outside, in a park, and when you’re not all huddled together, then I’m all for taking it off,” said Bostelmann, who works as a teacher and says he hears his students talking way too much about social gatherings. He likes to feel safe.

A November 2020 review in the Journal of Infectious Diseases found that the likelihood of virus transmission indoors is almost 19 times higher than outdoors. It was also found that less than 10 percent of the Covid-19 infections studied came from the outdoors, although several states are still mandating outdoor masks.

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