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CDC: Vaccinated Americans can take off their masks

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Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden takes off his mask before speaking during an event in Dover, Del., Friday, June 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The CDC says that those Americans who are fully vaccinated can return to normal. The science says, vaccines work. If you have not been vaccinated you still must wear a mask.

That means going maskless indoors and outdoors and getting close to people. Even President Biden took off his mask.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday that people who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 no longer need to wear masks or physically distance in most circumstances. Unfortunately masks are still mandatory on planes, trains, buses and in hospitals

“We have all longed for this moment when we can get back to some sense of normalcy,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during a media briefing Thursday afternoon.

“Based on the continuing downward trajectory of cases, the scientific data on the performance of our vaccines, and our understanding of how the virus spreads,” Walensky said, “that moment has come for those who are fully vaccinated.”

President Biden asked that we remain kind to the mask-wearing non-vaccinated, and added that the new mask guidelines will not be strictly enforced. The relaxation of the mask mandate is seen as an incentive to get vaccinated.

The new recommendations come more than a year after the CDC first suggested that Americans should wear masks to protect against spreading or catching the coronavirus. At that time, the U.S. was logging more than 1,000 Covid-19 deaths a day.