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CDC to review mask guidance for outdoor activity amid decreasing COVID numbers and increasing vaccines

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Israelis throwing face masks as they celebrating after the Ministry of Health canceled the mandatory wearing of face masks in the open air, in Jerusalem, April 18, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 *** Local Caption *** ירושלים מסיבה זריקת מסיכות אנשים קורונה מסיכות הולכים

The CDC is reviewing their mask guidance for outdoor activity, as more Americans are getting vaccinated.

According to researchers at the University of California, less than 10% of transmissions originate outdoors while the risk of transmission indoors is 19 times more likely. With this review, the CDC is referring to casual walks down the street and activities of that simple manner. Large events, such as sports games, will not be subject to the new guidance. 

Lifting the outdoors mandate will be especially beneficial to those who like to exercise outside, such as joggers. However, some also believe that the idea of lifting the mandate is too soon. It’s believed that wearing a mask in public, during any given time or situation, will set an example to younger children. Younger kids aren’t able to receive the vaccine yet, so the hope is that if they see older people wearing masks, it’ll encourage them to comply with the mandate on their own accord.

The loosening of restrictions may happen at any time if the CDC presents convincing details, it’s just a matter of each city or state’s will and ability. Community transmission must be fully taken into account before enacting the new advice, places with higher risk of transmission may not want to take the risk. However, for those who can afford to lift the outdoors mandate, having a few less masked activities on the board every day will look like a good step forward.

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POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

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