CDC Changes a Few Mask Rules on Cruises

The CDC updated their mask wearing rules today that is part of the Conditional Sail Order on cruises

Smith said there was "widespread frustration" with the changing CDC guidance, and asked: "Has the CDC lost its sort of lofty perch and if so, how do you plan to get it back?"

To date about 154 million Americans, more than 46% of the population, have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccines and more than 117 million are fully vaccinated.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky detailed the announcement at a White House briefing.

The CDC and the Biden administration faced pressure to ease restrictions on fully vaccinated people - people who are two weeks past their last required vaccine dose - in part to highlight the benefits of getting the shot. She warned that people who are immune compromised should speak with their doctors before giving up their masks. "The idea that people who are fully vaccinated can take off their masks, can go outside, can go inside, be around people and not have to worry about covid anymore, that's absolutely huge", Besser said.

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Australia is sending over ventilators, a "significant" supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) and oxygen concentrators. Failing to comply with the temporary pause may result in a fine of $66,600 or five years' imprisonment, or both, Mr Hunt said.

It's an about-face from guidance issued just 16 days earlier in which the CDC suggested masks should still be used indoors or in crowds even if people are fully immunized, which the CDC defines as two weeks after the final shot.

Federal officials on Thursday announced a sweeping relaxation of face mask guidelines, including allowing fully vaccinated people to safely stop wearing masks in most places. "If you are been vaccinated, you don't have to wear a mask outside". "And that's a big motivation get the unvaccinated to want to to get vaccinated".

Collins, the Republican senior senator from ME, questioned CDC Director Rochelle Walensky on Tuesday during a Senate Health Committee about a New York Times newsletter that said a statistic in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guideline released last month saying "less than 10% " of covid-19 transmission occurred outdoors was "misleading" because some say it's actually much lower than that and closer to below 1%.

At one point, Maine Gov. Janet Mills joked about people in her state responded to the CDC's initially recommended 6-foot social distancing guidance. He added, "We're going to be moving on that in the next little bit".

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