After his first address to Congress on Wednesday, the president will comment on the state of the epidemic on Tuesday. Three people familiar with the expected announcement said Biden would announce new CDC guidance on whether vaccinated people were required to wear masks, although the final language of the expected announcement was still unclear.
One of Biden’s top coronovirus consultants, Drs. Anthony Fauci strongly hinted that the guidance would be updated this week, stating that he did not want CNN’s Jim Acosta Sunday to overtake the CDC, but that they are “bringing their updates” to people who get vaccinated They can also do their guidelines and some people who do not get vaccinated. “
A November review in the Journal of Infectious Diseases found that the chances of viral transmission are 18.7 times higher than outside, and less than 10% of Kovid-19 infections studied outside. Despite this, many states still have outdoor facade mandates.
The CDC currently recommends those, who have been fully vaccinated, must still wear a mask and remain six feet apart from others in public, when gathered together with someone unaware of more than one household Occurs and when traveling with an irresponsible person who is at serious risk of illness or death from Kovid-19 or who lives with the person at risk.
According to the CDC, after about 229 million doses of vaccination in the US, the expected updated guidance will come after more and more Americans have been vaccinated.
Biden began his presidency by asking Americans to wear masks for 100 days and signed an executive order requiring their use on federal property. The order requires masks and physical disturbances on federal buildings, on federal land and by government contractors, and urges state and local governments to do the same.
White House officials and medical experts, including Fauci, have repeatedly asked the public to wear masks and practice social distance to prevent the spread of the virus.
This story has been updated with additional information.