Masks off?


Cecilia Cardenas, staff

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently updated its guidelines on masks for vaccinated people, causing more controversial turmoil over opinions on masks.

The CDC’s website last updated its guidelines for fully vaccinated people on May 13th. The update explained how “fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.” These are big changes for the new “normal” that the world has been living by during the last year.

“I honestly don’t understand the guidelines; they change so much,” said AP U.S. Government and Politics teacher Mrs. Miriann Meyeringh. “In the end, you do your best to stay safe on your end and the rest is left in God’s hands.”

The topic on the COVID-19 vaccines has been controversial since the first ones came out. Some claim they are scared to get the vaccine as they don’t know what consequences they will have in our future. Others were the first in line to get the vaccine when it came out. It has almost become a matter of beliefs rather than of safety.

“I still haven’t gotten the COVID-19 vaccine,” said senior Patricia Garcia-Saladrigas. “I’m getting it soon because my college requires it and I also believe that getting it will make my chances of getting the virus slim to none, helping the community stay safe.”

Wearing masks has created a great impact on our world, as we all adapted to placing these coverings over our faces, sometimes during the whole day, to keep ourselves and others safe. It has been a commitment of solidarity and patience to the community, respecting others’ beliefs as we try our best to be healthy. However, the vaccines might finally put an end to this new era of masks, setting the world back to what it used to be.

“I think that now we are way more conscious about each other’s germs,” said Meyeringh. “I myself used to travel a lot, but now I think differently to how close I am to people. I worry not just about me, but also about my parents’ health and w