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Dr. Fauci Has This Good News for All Americans

“If you are vaccinated, you don’t have to wear a mask outside.”

Do I need to wear a mask outside if I am vaccinated? This is one of the biggest questions people are asking, especially since recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wasn't crystal clear. On Wednesday, during an interview with CBS This Morning, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, answered the question once and for all. Read on to find out what Dr. Fauci has to say about whether or not you need to wear a mask outside if you are vaccinated, and for a few other key points that can save your life—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Caught COVID and Maybe Didn't Know It.

If You Are Vaccinated, You Don't Need to Wear a Mask Outdoors, Says Dr. Fauci

According to Dr. Fauci, it isn't necessary for vaccinated people to wear a mask while they are outdoors. "We've got to make that transition," Fauci said. "If you are vaccinated, you don't have to wear a mask outside."

There is only one situation when vaccinated people should mask up. "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," he stated. "But any other time, if you're vaccinated and you're outside, put aside your mask. You don't have to wear it."

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Wear a Mask in Crowds, Vaccinated or Not

After the CDC updated their guidance in late April, advising that while vaccinated people can go unmasked at small outdoor gatherings they should still wear one in crowded settings, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), weighed in. 

"If you are fully vaccinated and want to attend a small outdoor gathering with people who are vaccinated and unvaccinated, or dine at an outdoor restaurant with friends from multiple households, the science shows if you are vaccinated, you can do so safely unmasked," she said during a virtual White House briefing. "Generally, for vaccinated people, outdoor activities without a mask are safe. However, we continue to recommend masking in crowded outdoor settings and venues, such as packed stadiums and concerts where there is decreased ability to maintain physical distance and where many unvaccinated people may also be present. We will continue to recommend this until widespread vaccination is achieved."

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Dr. Fauci Also Said the Vaccine Was Safe for Kids

Also on CBS This Morning, Fauci said: "The information that we have now with literally almost 200 million people having been vaccinated here in the United States and worldwide, I mean, we've administered 264 million doses in the United States: The safety profile is really quite firm and sound…..I mean, it's the perfectly normal thing to be concerned about your children and to question, and that's the reason why you want to get them as much information as you possibly can and be very open and transparent about the information."

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Dr. Fauci Said It's Essential for Kids to Get Vaccinated, for Two Reasons

"It is very important for children to get vaccinated," Fauci said on CBS This Morning, "One, because even though it's quite true that if children get infected, the seriousness of the infection in children is clearly less than the potential in certain adults, particularly the elderly and those with underlying conditions. But we are all starting to see younger people get into serious trouble, again at a very low rate, but serious trouble. But the other aspect of it that they need to understand is that when children get infected, even though they may not in fact get serious illness, they could inadvertently and innocently passing the infection on to someone else, perhaps another member of the family who is vulnerable and could get into trouble."

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How to Stay Safe During the Rest of This Pandemic

So follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered when needed, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Leah Groth
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