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Why some vaccinated people won't go maskless -- even outdoors

May 4, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Vaccinated Americans are emerging from 14 months of social isolation into a confusing world where key questions remain about where and when to wear a mask.

Americans who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear a mask in some instances outdoors or when they're with people from their own household, according to new guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Even in a post-pandemic world, some people will experience fear, confusion and anxiety, says Dr. Hector Colon-Rivera, president of the American Psychiatric Association's Hispanic caucus.

But even though the self-described "people person" is looking forward to a time when she can see smiles again, she'll continue wearing her mask when she's around crowds and unvaccinated people for a while.

But she also plans to keep wearing her mask in public long after the pandemic is declared over -- partly to protect her four children.

Rivera says she was not a fan of wearing masks at first and found them claustrophobic.

Elle McKenna of Oakland, California, is fully vaccinated but plans to wear a mask in public indoor spaces and outdoor spaces with lots of people.

Even after coronavirus is no longer a risk, McKenna plans to continue wearing a mask to protect against the flu and similar viruses that can be risky to people with weakened immune systems.

After a year of wearing masks, ditching them may feel strange to some people.

Public health authorities have documented a significant decline in flu cases since people began wearing masks in the pandemic, he says.

by summa-bot

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