Illinois plans to follow CDC hiding guidelines: IDPH – NBC Chicago
As the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to update its guidelines on wearing masks outdoors, what could this mean for Illinois?
The state’s health department said it plans to follow the CDC’s masking guidelines.
“For now, Illinois plans to stay on track with the CDC’s hiding guidelines,” the IDPH said in a statement Monday.
Currently, Illinois remains under a statewide mask mandate that requires the following:
“Anyone over the age of two and able to medically tolerate a face mask (a mask or cloth covering the face) is required to cover their nose and mouth with a face mask when in a public place and unable to maintain at least six. – social distancing at the feet. This requirement applies whether in an indoor space, such as a store, or in an outdoor space. “
President Joe Biden is expected to announce “as early as tomorrow” that the CDC has updated its guidelines for wearing masks outside, a source familiar with the discussions told NBC News.
The advice will likely be for people who are fully vaccinated versus those who are not, the person said, warning that the final recommendations are still being finalized.
Dr Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease specialist, hinted on Sunday that new guidelines on the need to wear outdoor masks would be “soon”.
“I think it’s pretty logical now that the risk in the outdoors is really, really pretty low,” Fauci told ABC’s “This Week,” adding that Americans who have been vaccinated are particularly at reduced risk.
A review paper published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases by researchers at the University of California at San Francisco, found that less than 10% of transmission occurs outdoors and the chances of the virus spreading indoors were 19 times higher, NBC News Reports.
Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., Criticized Dr Anthony Fauci for wearing a face mask after being vaccinated. “You are parading in a mask for the show,” Paul told Fauci on Thursday. “Here we are again with the theater,” replied Fauci. “Let me say for the record that masks are not theater.”
Some medical experts are increasingly calling for restrictions on masks for outdoor activities to be relaxed.
Dr Ashish Jha, Dean of Brown University School of Public Health in Providence, Rhode Island, told NBC News that indoor masks should always be mandatory, but outdoor infections are rare and tend to occur when large groups congregate in confined spaces for long periods of time.
“At this point in the pandemic, with more than half of Americans vaccinated, it’s pretty reasonable to start thinking about removing the outdoor mask warrants,” Jha said.
Dr Paul Sax, clinical director of infectious diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, also agreed, writing in a blog post on the New England Journal of Medicine website that it might be time to lift warrants, especially in places where people can safely distance themselves.
“Transmissions do not take place between solitary individuals walking around, passing each other transiently on the street, on a hiking trail, or on a jogging track,” Sax wrote. “This rider who walks by without a mask poses no danger to us, at least from the point of view of respiratory viruses.”
Sax also stressed that indoor mask regulations should persist, at least until more people are vaccinated.
The CDC has released new guidelines for summer camps.
According to current CDC guidelines, “masks may not be necessary when you are out alone, away from others, or with people who live in your household.”
However, experts at Northwestern University say that keeping the masks on when you are outside – even after being vaccinated – is not only “social courtesy” but also helps “to model behavior. “Children, who can’t yet get the A mask shows” your civic engagement, the fact that you’re engaged, “said Mercedes Carnethon, vice president of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “You are sending the signal that you are behaving in a socially appropriate manner.”
Health experts hope the CDC will more clearly describe high-risk situations when masks are really needed.