Dr. Anthony Fauci has finally said that fully vaccinated Americans can dump their masks outdoors – more than two weeks after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it was safe.
“ If you’re vaccinated, you don’t have to wear a mask outside, ” said US top infectious disease expert CBS this morning on Thursday.
‘We have to make that transition.
‘It would be a very unusual situation, if you got into a completely busy situation where people are essentially falling over each other, then you wear a mask. But at any other time, if you’ve been vaccinated and you’re outside, put your mask aside. You don’t have to wear it. ‘
Dr. Fauci was reluctant to go outside maskless, despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, updated last month, and says fully vaccinated people can do pretty much anything safely outside – except in a crowd – without mask.
Now he says nearly 118 million Americans can finally reveal their faces while outside. It comes as the U.S. adult population fully vaccinated against COVID-19 rises to 45 percent, with nearly 60 percent having at least their first dose.
And earlier this week, the CDC came under fire for still exaggerating the risk of out-of-home coronavirus transmission, which the agency said was less than 10 percent, but experts argue is actually less than one percent.
“ If you’re vaccinated, you don’t have to wear a mask outside, ” the US top infectious disease expert told CBS This Morning on Thursday – more than two weeks after the CDC said it was safe.
The CDC’s guidance was long-awaited and welcome, but led to confusion as to how to tell who has or has not been vaccinated
Over the holidays, the CDC warned that the main source of dissemination was indoor gatherings.
But now nearly half of adults and more than a third of the total US population are fully vaccinated
When the federal health service released new guidelines on masks for fully vaccinated people last month, director Dr. Rochelle Walensky stated that ‘less than 10 percent’ of the spread of the coronavirus took place outdoors.
Infectious disease epidemiologists and scientists tell DailyMail.com that while the figure is not incorrect, the actual risk is believed to be much lower.
The number of COVID-19 cases associated with outdoor spread is less than one percent, and can be as low as 0.1 percent.
It comes as New York Times critic David Leonhardt criticized the agency on Tuesday using mis-characterized data – from surveys at construction sites in Singapore – to tell Americans to keep their masks out rather than pursue other interventions to lower infections.
Before the CDC released its estimate last month, officials had not provided a concrete number about the risk of outside transmission.
But according to The Times, when the agency settled for “ less than 10 percent, ” the investigation cited that a large proportion of COVID-19 cases contracted from outside occurred at construction sites in Singapore.
For example in one study from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, 95 of the 10,926 documented cases worldwide were classified as outdoors.
All 95 were linked to a cluster at a construction site in Singapore.
The data comes from the Singapore Ministry of Health, but officials there do not classify the cases as ‘out-of-home transmission’.
“We have not classified it outside or inside,” spokesman Yap Wei Qiang told The Times.
“It could have been a workshop transfer where it happens outside on the construction site, or it could also have happened indoors on the construction site.”
The Times found that in many cases the workers had been in close contact with each other and met or eaten in enclosed outdoor areas.
In addition, several of the locations that researchers defined as outdoors for their academic papers were in fact a mix of indoors, outdoors and outdoors, meaning that many of the broadcasts in Singapore could have taken place indoors as well.
But even if all cases in Singapore were classified as outdoor transmission, that still represents less than one percent of the total number of cases.
In another study, in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, researchers conducted a systematic review of the cases in Singapore and others around the world, and state that they found that the proportion of global infections occurring outdoors is less than 10 percent.
“They write in the paper that there is limited data, but certainly less than 10 percent,” Dr. Aaron Richterman, an infectious disease physician at the University of Pennsylvania, told DailyMail.com.
‘You don’t want to exaggerate a claim in scientific journals, so that’s probably where the 10 percent came from.
‘That 10 percent was then translated into the supervision, although if you look at it, that is much less than one percent.’