Expert: CDC’s looser mask guidelines rely on compliance, personal responsibility


After the CDC announced last week that it is safe for fully vaccinated to go maskless in most situations, it sparked a lot of questions and uncertainty with many saying they feel unsafe going without a mask.

While the CDC says the change in guidelines was based on the latest science, some people have pushed back.

Dr. Bob Wachter, Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco says the guidelines make sense, if people follow them correctly.

“If you are vaccinated, life is awfully safe for you,” he said, because the vaccines are highly effective at preventing people from getting seriously sick, and even provides a high level of protection from less severe symptomatic cases.

New studies have shown that the vaccine is also effective at preventing people from spreading the virus, and this growing body of evidence all supports the CDC’s decision.

“If we could have come up with guidelines and figured out a way of enforcing them so that vaccinated people could be unmasked inside but unvaccinated people wore their masks inside – because they are not protected at all – that would have been fine,