Professional runner says she was ‘yelled at’ for not wearing a mask while passing someone

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A professional runner shared on Twitter that she was yelled at for not wearing a mask while running past someone outside.

Amelia Boone, who won the Spartan Race World Championship in 2013, shared the incident in a tweet thread on April 25. The race’s obstacle course includes the spartan throw, the barbed wire crawl, and the wall climb.

‘Today I was scolded during my flight for passing someone and not pulling up a buff / mask. If it was April 2020 I’ll be with you, ‘she wrote.

“But now that we have a good idea of ​​how COVID is spreading, I think it is time we normalized without wearing masks outside.”

Boone, who says she’s been fully vaccinated, wrote that she is “ absolutely 100% pro mask ” and likely “ will continue to wear them on planes indefinitely, for example.

Amelia Boone (pictured), a world champion obstacle racer, said she was yelled at on April 25 while not wearing a mask during her run outside

Amelia Boone (pictured), a world champion obstacle racer, said she was yelled at on April 25 while not wearing a mask during her run outside

'Today I was scolded during my flight for passing someone and not pulling up a buff / mask.  If it was April 2020 I'll be with you, 'she wrote.  'But now that we have a good idea of ​​how COVID is spreading, I think it is time we normalize without wearing masks outside'

‘Today I was scolded during my flight for passing someone and not pulling up a buff / mask. If it was April 2020 I’ll be with you, ‘she wrote. ‘But now that we have a good idea of ​​how COVID is spreading, I think it is time we normalized without wearing masks outside’

‘I’m all out of courtesy. But our county has lifted the order for outer masks and science just doesn’t support it, ”she added.

And she is right. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that fully vaccinated Americans can now safely go out without masks.

“When you’re fully vaccinated, it’s much safer for you,” CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said at a White House press conference on Tuesday.

“There are many situations where Americans don’t have to wear masks when fully vaccinated, especially outdoors.”

As long as they are outside, people who have been fully vaccinated can now exercise, go to small gatherings or restaurants with people who have or have not been vaccinated.

It comes amid mounting evidence – finally acknowledged by the CDC on Tuesday – that outdoor coronavirus transmission is extraordinarily rare, accounting for less than 10 percent of cases.

Those risks are mainly related to busy events that can grow into super-spreader events, or people who were in close proximity to each other.

In crowded places like concerts, parades or sporting events, even vaccinated people should still wear masks, the CDC’s new guideline says.

'I'm all out of courtesy.  But our county has lifted the order for outer masks and science just doesn't support it, ”Boone (pictured) added.  And she is right.  Last week, the CDC announced that fully vaccinated Americans can now safely go out without masks

‘I’m all out of courtesy. But our county has lifted the order for outer masks and science just doesn’t support it, ”Boone (pictured) added. And she is right. Last week, the CDC announced that fully vaccinated Americans can now safely go out without masks

The CDC’s recommendations for outdoor activities

The data on outdoor COVID transmission, while somewhat limited, suggests this is rare.

The chances of catching the coronavirus outdoors is about 19 times lower than indoors, according to a large survey of research, and health officials such as Dr. Anthony Fauci and the CDC have recognized that the risk of catching or spreading COVID outdoors, especially after vaccination , is low.

In all, a Journal of Infectious Diseases study found that outdoor transmission makes up only about 10 percent of transmissions. One of five found that only two of the 7,324 cases resulted from outdoor transmission.

A second found that four of the 103 infections had been contracted outdoors, and a third found 95 cases of outdoor spread among 10,926 infections.

However, the risk varies depending on which outdoor activities are involved. One of the studies found that one in seven superspreader events had been outside.

Overall, the outcome of these studies appears to be that if your contact person is close enough, transfer can take place anywhere. But when you’re outside, and not in a tightly packed crowd, the chances of getting coronavirus seem minimal.

Unvaccinated people can also take off their masks when playing sports outside or at small outdoor gatherings with vaccinated friends and families.

CDCs Recommendations for outdoor activities

Fully vaccinated people can participate in many outdoor activities without a mask with a low risk to themselves or others. While it is generally safe for vaccinated people to be outdoors without a mask, CDC continues to recommend requiring masking in crowded environments and locations where the ability to maintain physical distance is diminished until wide vaccination coverage is achieved.

While the risk of COVID-19 spreading is low in outdoor settings, especially among those vaccinated, the following factors can increase the risk:

1. A. moderate, substantial or high level of community transmission

2. Institutions with a higher percentage of unvaccinated people (including children) present or those at risk for severe COVID-19 disease

3. The duration of the visit

4. Busyness or when there is a reduced ability to maintain physical distance

5. Activities involving behavior, such as singing, yelling, physical exertion or heavy breathing, inability to wear a mask, or inability to maintain physical distance

The guidance is just that – advice on what the health authority has considered safe – and is unenforceable. It is up to states, provinces and cities to enact mask mandates and other restrictions.

Several states, including Massachusetts and Kentucky, reversed their guidelines for wearing masks outdoors last week, ahead of the guidelines update.

In Connecticut, COVID restrictions will end on May 19, but Governor Ned Lamont advises people to still wear masks indoors.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week that the Big Apple would reopen in full on July 1. His announcement was followed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who said the state’s bars and restaurants could increase their capacity starting May 7.

In Colorado, where Boone lives, Governor Jared Polis announced on Sunday that the inner mask order will remain in effect for all schools statewide and certain other institutions.

For counties with more than 35 cases per 100,000 people, the indoor mask order applies to groups of ten or more unvaccinated people indoors and no outdoor mask order remains.

The order was also amended to allow indoor areas where more than 10 people are present to go without masks, as long as at least 80 percent of those people are fully vaccinated.

Unvaccinated people can also take off their masks when playing sports outside or at small outdoor gatherings with vaccinated friends and families.

Officials have been scrutinized for claiming the risk of coronavirus transmission outdoors is extremely low, while continuing to tell unvaccinated people to wear their masks outdoors.

“ There is growing data to suggest that most transmission occurs indoors rather than outdoors, less than 10 percent of documented transmissions in many studies have occurred outdoors, we also know that there is nearly a 20-fold increase in transmission in the indoor environment compared to the outdoor environment, ‘Walensky explained.

“That coupled with the fact that we now have 37 percent fully vaccinated over the age of 18 and the fact that the number of cases is now starting to decline, motivated our change.”

As of Monday morning, 44.3 percent of the U.S. population has received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Only 31.6 percent of the population is fully vaccinated.

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