Today’s Infectious Disease News (5/17/21)

States and Businesses Respond to New CDC Mask Guidance

States and businesses are reacting in a variety of ways to the CDC’s surprise change to its guidance on masks. The new guideline states that the majority of people who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear masks in most outdoor and indoor settings. People with conditions or medications that suppress immune systems should talk to their physician about whether it is safe for them to go maskless. Those who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated still need to wear masks. While some states and businesses have welcomed the new guidance, others have expressed concern that it is impractical, unenforceable, and unsafe for employees and customers. Businesses will rely on customers to act responsibly based on their vaccination status. 

Full Story: Associated Press