Many vaccinated against coronavirus on USA They have stopped wearing a mask on the street after the health authorities stated a week ago that it is no longer necessary for them, although the guideline generates confusion and suspicion in society.

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Meanwhile, companies and institutions are now trying to adapt to this sudden change in the new phase of the pandemic.

After more than a year with face masks as a tool against the pandemic, the new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), released more than a week ago, have caused a social earthquake.

“Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large and small, without having to wear a mask or keep a physical distance. If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things you stopped doing because of the pandemicRochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, said at a press conference to general astonishment.

People without masks pose for photos in Times Square during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, the United States, on May 14, 2021. (REUTERS / Carlo Allegri). (CARLO ALLEGRI /)

Before and after

Walensky’s words wanted to mark a before and after in USA, as well as serving as a motivation for the unvaccinated to take the step of inoculation.

The reality, however, is more complex and has generated an unexpected rejection.

Although a large number of those vaccinated have complied with the regulations, especially outdoors, the problem occurs indoors, where companies and establishments have to face the potential risk of contagion, since not all can or want to demand proof of vaccination to their workers or clients.

On Washington, the American capital, many of the cafes and restaurants have modified their signs on the entrance doors to emphasize that they will continue to require the use of masks inside despite the new regulations.

A customer wearing a protective mask exits a Broadway store in the SoHo retail business district of New York's Manhattan borough, Friday, May 14, 2021. (AP / John Minchillo)

A customer wearing a protective mask exits a Broadway store in the SoHo retail business district of New York’s Manhattan borough, Friday, May 14, 2021. (AP / John Minchillo) (John Minchillo /)

Confusion and anxiety

One of the councilors of the capital, Charles Allen, acknowledged this week that the change in position of the CDC has generated “anxiety”In small businesses.

It puts them in the unenviable position of having to verify vaccination status, which is an impossible thing to ask of them. Their concern is that this will increase conflict“Allen said at a meeting of the Government of the District of Columbia, where Washington is located.

In the parks in Washington, the situation is paradoxical: some vaccinated parents already go without a chinstrap according to the regulations, while children must continue playing with the masks.

Others recognize that it is no longer necessary, but they continue to carry it out of inertia and reinforced security.

New Yorkers, for their part, have been cautious about lifting the obligation. In the streets, shopping centers and neighborhood stores, most people preferred to continue covering their mouth and nose.

“Almost everyone continues to wear it, because they are still worried”, the owner of the Ocean Fish Market, in the Astoria neighborhood, assures EFE, who identifies himself as Nico, equipped with a protective screen on his face

At the other end of the country, in Los Angeles, there is also room for contradictory episodes: people walk with masks on the Santa Monica Pier, but those who are on the sand of the same beach are not wearing them.

A pedestrian passes a storefront sign listing the COVID-19 protection protocols required to enter the SoHo neighborhood retail business district of New York's Manhattan borough, Friday, May 14, 2021. (AP / John Minchillo) .

A pedestrian passes a storefront sign listing the COVID-19 protection protocols required to enter the SoHo neighborhood retail business district of New York’s Manhattan borough, Friday, May 14, 2021. (AP / John Minchillo) . (John Minchillo /)

Mask, political symbol

Added to all this is the political component that distorts the situation since at the beginning of the pandemic, with Donald Trump as president and who showed his skepticism about its effectiveness, he became a partisan symbol.

The Republicans considered the requirement to wear a mask as an imposition of the federal government and something that threatened personal freedom, while the Democrats wielded it as a sign of protest against the suspicion of Trump before the advice of science.

Now, that the health authorities point out the advances in vaccination, citizens admit to being disoriented.

Regarding this controversy and the general confusion, Dr. René Sotelo, professor at the University of Southern California (USC, in its acronym in English), considered that “beyond partisanship“, What there is is”fatigue”By the citizens.

People are absolutely tired of using the mask … My great concern is that as long as we do not have 80% of the population vaccinated, it will be very difficult to identify if people who do not wear protection on the street are inoculated or not”Argued Sotelo, of Venezuelan origin.

For Sotelo, the message, beyond the masks, is this: “People should be vaccinated and try to understand that this vaccine is not an attenuated virus, as it has an absolutely different mechanism of action and is safe”.

People walk in the street without wearing a mask amid the coronavirus pandemic in Miami Beach, Florida (United States), on November 13, 2020 (CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP).

People walk in the street without wearing a mask amid the coronavirus pandemic in Miami Beach, Florida (United States), on November 13, 2020 (CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP). (CHANDAN KHANNA /)

Figures in the United States

The United States reached 33’084,236 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 589’216 deaths from this disease this Friday, according to the independent count from Johns Hopkins University.

This balance collected at 8:00 p.m. (local) was 688 deaths more than on Thursday and 28,622 new infections.

The pandemic again coronavirus has caused at least 3,445,582 deaths in the world since the office of the WHO in China reported the onset of the disease in December 2019.

With information from AFP and EFE.

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