Like more than 120 million Americans, Jan Massie is fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and can stop wearing a sanitary mask according to the latest announcement from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But she still wears a mask because it benefits her the most.
The retired teacher has not contracted the Coronavirus, nor has she contracted the flu, which she contracted twice a year until now due to the epidemic. So why stop using masks?
“I used a mask as it wasn’t really necessary,” said Massey, who lives in suburban Birmingham, Alabama. “A lot of people, more than I expected, still use it as well.”
With Covid-19 cases declining after more than 580,000 deaths and with more than a third of the entire US population vaccinated, millions are deciding whether to continue wearing the sanitary masks that have served as a shield against infection and a hotspot of political debate. last year. People have countless reasons to keep using it or not.
Many are ready to give up on the sadness, isolation and warn of the epidemic. Ditching masks, even the brightest ones, is a visual and liberating way to go. However, others remain concerned about the newer variants of the virus and the remote possibility that it will infect and infect others, although the risks of both are greatly reduced for those who have been fully vaccinated.
Dennis Duckworth is one of those people who no longer want to wear a chin strap. “I’ve always been against masks, and I think all their rules were hypocritical and confusing,” said Duckworth, who is from Kansas City, Missouri, and was visiting a French Quarter in New Orleans, where there were jazz musicians and tourists. Back on the streets.
Like many here, Duckworth wasn’t wearing a mask on an upbeat Friday that made the quarter feel more natural than it had been in months. Alex Poodle from Ithaca, New York, stood out from the crowd due to the black mask that covered his nose and mouth, but he was more comfortable that way.
“I certainly feel more comfortable, and I think I enjoy a lot here with being fully vaccinated and I feel that regardless of my conviction, I am protected,” he said.
Medical authorities have recommended that people who have been or have not been vaccinated should continue to wear masks, and that their use remains mandatory in crowded indoor places such as buses, airplanes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters. The measures announced last week pave the way for the reopening of offices, schools, and more.