Vaccinated Joe Biden still wears mask outside ‘out of habit,’ despite CDC saying it’s not necessary

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One of President Joe Biden’s top White House advisers suggested on Sunday that he still wears a mask out of habit outdoors, despite the latest public health guidelines saying he doesn’t need it.

When asked about Biden’s practice, senior adviser Anita Dunn told CNN’s State of the Union she realized she was wearing her mask outdoors too, even after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said fully vaccinated people like her and Biden can stop. wearing masks outside when they are alone or not among strangers.

“I myself found myself still wearing my mask outside this week because it has become such a habit,” said Dunn.

President Joe Biden is seen wearing a face mask despite being outside as he arrives to speak at an event to mark Amtrak's 50th anniversary at Philadelphia's 30th Street Station on Friday

President Joe Biden is seen wearing a face mask despite being outside as he arrives to speak at an event to mark Amtrak’s 50th anniversary at Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station on Friday

I think the president is taking the CDC guidelines very seriously.  And he has always taken his role as sending a signal to follow science very seriously, too, '' Biden's senior adviser Anita Dunn told CNN on Sunday.

I think the president is taking the CDC guidelines very seriously. And he has always taken his role as sending a signal to follow science very seriously, too, ” Biden’s senior adviser Anita Dunn told CNN on Sunday.

I think the president is taking the CDC guidelines very seriously. And he has always understood his role as sending a signal to follow science very seriously. ‘

Biden wore a mask outside several times last week when he approached microphones to make speeches, including a performance on the White House lawn last Tuesday to discuss the CDC’s relaxed mask accompaniment.

Later when asked about the message he sent by wearing a mask outside while standing alone, Biden replied, “By watching me take it off and putting it back on when I’m inside.”

On Thursday, the president spent about 30 seconds searching for his face mask during a performance in Georgia despite having been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

President Biden spent about 30 seconds searching for his face mask on Thursday during a performance in Duluth, Georgia, despite having been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

President Biden spent about 30 seconds searching for his face mask on Thursday during a performance in Duluth, Georgia, despite having been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Biden got some help from his wife, First Lady Jill Biden, who flipped through the folder but couldn't find the elusive face covering

Biden got some help from his wife, First Lady Jill Biden, who flipped through the folder but couldn’t find the elusive face covering

President Joe Biden speaks at a meeting without a face mask in Georgia on Thursday

President Joe Biden speaks at a meeting without a face mask in Georgia on Thursday

“I’m looking for my mask, I’m in trouble,” the president said as he searched the platform in Duluth.

Biden was in the Peach State on Thursday to celebrate his 100th day in office and to tout his $ 4 trillion infrastructure proposal designed to repair the country’s crumbling highways and bridges.

After delivering his speech, he was joined onstage by the state’s two Democratic senators – but the president was seen stumbling through his binder full of notes as he appeared to have misplaced his mask.

Biden got some help from his wife, First Lady Jill Biden, who flipped through the folder but couldn’t find the elusive face covering.

Finally, an assistant walked onto the platform and handed the mask to the president, much to his delight when he held it up.

His persistent urge to keep wearing a mask in clearly safe environments has sparked controversy, with critics claiming Biden’s behavior is meaningless and could even undermine belief in COVID-19 vaccines.

The president – who completed his two-dose Pfizer COVID vaccine in January – says he is sticking to the mask wearing America’s massive vaccination urge, in an effort to lead by example.

Biden was in the Peach State on Thursday to celebrate his 100th day in office and to promote his $ 4 trillion infrastructure proposal designed to repair the country's crumbling highways and bridges.

Biden was in the Peach State on Thursday to celebrate his 100th day in office and to tout his $ 4 trillion infrastructure proposal designed to repair the country’s crumbling highways and bridges.

The CDC recently said that Americans who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to cover their faces unless they are in a large crowd of strangers.

Some public health experts have questioned Biden’s continued wearing of the mask outdoors.

Talk through CNN On Sunday, Dunn said extra precautions have been taken with Biden since he was president.

She urged people to follow CDC guidelines and get fully vaccinated because that means they can go out mask-free as summer approaches.

President Biden removes his face mask when he arrives on stage to speak, where he addressed the new CDC guidelines on mask wearing last week.

President Biden removes his face mask when he arrives on stage to speak, where he addressed the new CDC guidelines on mask wearing last week.

President Joe Biden said he was wearing a face mask so people could watch him take it off and don't put it back on until he was inside

President Joe Biden said he was wearing a face mask so people could watch him take it off and don’t put it back on until he was inside

Last week, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the president will follow the new guidelines, but admitted it will take time to adjust the new custom.

“He follows public health guidelines, so I think you saw him outside today – he took the mask off, he didn’t put the mask back on,” she said at her news conference. “It will take a while for all of us to adjust and adapt.”

The president stressed that vaccination means we can live a normal life again.

‘Vaccines are about saving your life, but also about the lives of the people around you, but they also help us to bring us closer to living our normal life again, getting together with friends, through the park go for a picnic without needing a basket or go back to that place now, as long as you get vaccinated, ”Biden said. So go get the shot. It has never been easier. ‘

President Biden comes to make his remarks wearing a face mask

Biden leaves the open-air stage with his face mask in hand

President Biden was pictured making his remarks Tuesday wearing a face mask, but left with his face mask in hand

President Biden spoke from the North Lawn of the White House, with his podium near the driveway, far from the assembled media

President Biden spoke from the North Lawn of the White House, with his podium near the driveway, far from the assembled media

He also pointed to the new CDC guidelines: “As of today, if you’re fully vaccinated and you’re outside and not in a crowd, you don’t have to wear a mask anymore.”

After his comments, he left the stage, set up next to the driveway outside the White House, with his face mask in hand.

“If you’re fully vaccinated, it’s much safer for you,” CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during a COVID team briefing 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.

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.

US health officials have disclosed a list of outdoor activities that she now considers safe for fully vaccinated Americans to do without masks, including exercising, going to small gatherings, and eating outside.  However, vaccinated people are still required to wear masks in crowds

US health officials have disclosed a list of outdoor activities that she now considers safe for fully vaccinated Americans to do without masks, including exercising, going to small gatherings, and eating outside. However, vaccinated people are still required to wear masks in crowds

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