CDC may soon update outdoor face mask wearing guidance


"The risk when you're outdoors - which we have been saying all along - is extremely low". 25 interview with ABC's This Week, Anthony Fauci, MD, White House Chief medical advisor, hinted that we may not need face masks in one scenario in the near future.

Dr. Fauci also indicated this weekend that updated mask guidelines would be coming soon.

Children under the age of two and those who have a disability that disallows them from safely wearing a mask are exempt, the CDC guidance said. The CDC is a science-based organization. "They don't want to make any guidelines unless they look at the data, and the data backs it up", he said. "If you choose to play close-contact or indoor sports, reduce your risk by getting vaccinated when a vaccine is available to you, wearing a mask, playing outside, staying at least 6 feet away from others, and avoiding crowds". "Additionally, check whether any federal mask mandates apply to where you will be going".

Coronavirus is almost 19 more likely to spread indoors compared to outside, and fewer than 10 percent of Covid infections had been contracted indoors as of a November Journal of Infectious Diseases study.

At the onset of the pandemic in March 2020, Dr. Fauci said, "There's no reason to be walking around with a mask", adding that while mask-wearing may "make people feel a little bit better and it might even block a's not providing the flawless protection that people think that it is".

"Nothing's 100%, but it's nearly invariable that it's indoors".

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On Oct. 7, Fauci reiterated that being outside is "much less of a risk, but it is a risk".

It also recommended that programs have an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) in place in the event a camper or staff member becomes ill, and that the EOP should first begin with "strongly encouraging vaccination for all eligible people".

Camps should request that campers, their families and camp staff follow guidance for travelers: "Ask unvaccinated campers and staff members to engage in a 2-week prearrival quarantine that includes physical distancing, mask-wearing when not at home, avoiding unnecessary travel, and refraining from indoor social gatherings with people outside of their households".

And even as evidence that coronavirus rarely spreads outside without close contact, the agency has maintained its guidance about public mask-wearing amid growing impatience and pandemic fatigue. "But when you come out, when you're congregating, put a mask on".

President Joe Biden will address the nation Tuesday, three inside sources told CNN. During his remarks, the president will reportedly announce the new CDC guidance, though exactly what the new guidelines will be remains unclear.