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Oklahoma health officials react to CDCs decision to relax mask guidelines – KOCO Oklahoma City

NOW ONE STEP CLOSER TO PRE-PANDEMIC LIFE TONIGHT THE CDC UPDATING THEIR GUIDELINES FOR THOSE WHO ARE FULLY VACCINATED SAYING THEY CAN RESUME CERTAIN OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES WITHOUT A MASK. WE KNOW THAT THAT THIS VIRUS IS CARRIED. THROUGH WHEN YOU’RE OUTDOORS, EVEN THE SLIGHTEST BREEZE WILL THOSE DROPLETS AWAY AND MAKE IT A LESS INFECTIOUS SITUATION FOR EVERYONE ON A WEEKLY CALL WITH THE OKLAHOMA HEALTHIER COALITION LOCAL AND STATE HEALTH EXPERTS REACTING TO THE NEW GUIDANCE ON MASKING FROM THE CDC. THE CDC SAID, YOU KNOW, IT’S OKAY TO BE OUTDOORS DINING IN AN OUTDOOR CAFE. IT’S OKAY TO BE BIKING OR RUNNING OR JOGGING OR BEING OUTSIDE WITH YOUR FRIENDS, BUT THEY DO HAVE THE CAVEAT IN THERE EXCEPT IN CERTAIN CROWDED VENUES, WHICH IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW. I MEAN IF YOU’RE IN A MUSIC FESTIVAL, IT MAY STILL NOT BE THE BEST. THE IDEA IF YOU’RE AT A FOOTBALL GAME, IT MAY STILL NOT BE THE BEST IDEA, BUT YOU CAN PROTECT YOURSELF FURTHER WITH VACCINATION ALSO HAPPENING FRIDAY, OKLAHOMA CITY’S MASK MANDATE SET TO EXPIRE HEALTH OFFICIALS. SAY REGARDLESS OF A MANDATE. YOU SHOULD STILL CONTINUE WEARING A MASK SOCIAL DISTANCING IN WASHING YOUR HANDS THOSE THREE THINGS SHOULD KEEP GOING BECAUSE OF THE VARIANCE AND BECAUSE THE FACT THAT WE’RE NOT FULLY VACCINATED HER

Oklahoma health officials react to CDC’s decision to relax mask guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidelines for those who are fully vaccinated, saying they can resume certain outdoor activities without a mask.”We know that this virus is carried through droplets. When you’re outdoors, even the slightest breeze will carry those droplets away and make it a less infectious situation for everyone,” said Dr. Donna Tyungu, a pediatric infectious disease specialist with OU Health.On a weekly call with the Oklahoma Healthier Coalition, local and state health experts reacted to the new guidance on masking from the CDC.”The CDC said it’s OK to be outdoors dining in an outdoor café. It’s OK to be biking or running or jogging or being outside with your friends, but they do have the caveat in there except in certain crowded venues,” said Dr. David Chansolme, the medical director of infection prevention at Integris Health. “If you’re at a music festival, it may still not be the best idea if you’re at a football game. It may not be the best idea, but you can protect yourself further with vaccination, also.”Oklahoma City’s mask mandate is set to expire midnight Friday. Health officials said regardless of a mandate, people should still continue wearing a mask, social distancing and washing their hands.”Those three things should keep going because of the variants and because of the fact we aren’t fully vaccinated here in Oklahoma,” said Dr. Jean Hausheer, the chair of the Healthier Oklahoma Coalition.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidelines for those who are fully vaccinated, saying they can resume certain outdoor activities without a mask.

“We know that this virus is carried through droplets. When you’re outdoors, even the slightest breeze will carry those droplets away and make it a less infectious situation for everyone,” said Dr. Donna Tyungu, a pediatric infectious disease specialist with OU Health.

On a weekly call with the Oklahoma Healthier Coalition, local and state health experts reacted to the new guidance on masking from the CDC.

“The CDC said it’s OK to be outdoors dining in an outdoor café. It’s OK to be biking or running or jogging or being outside with your friends, but they do have the caveat in there except in certain crowded venues,” said Dr. David Chansolme, the medical director of infection prevention at Integris Health. “If you’re at a music festival, it may still not be the best idea if you’re at a football game. It may not be the best idea, but you can protect yourself further with vaccination, also.”

Oklahoma City’s mask mandate is set to expire midnight Friday. Health officials said regardless of a mandate, people should still continue wearing a mask, social distancing and washing their hands.

“Those three things should keep going because of the variants and because of the fact we aren’t fully vaccinated here in Oklahoma,” said Dr. Jean Hausheer, the chair of the Healthier Oklahoma Coalition.

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