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Fully vaccinated people can venture outdoors without masks, according to updated guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to the CDC, individuals who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely gather or conduct activities outside without wearing a mask when not in crowded settings.


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The White House is launching a $500,000 competition to find new and effective face masks that eliminate some of the biggest annoyances that come with daily wear, such as irritated skin and fogged eyeglasses.

Through April 21, Americans can submit their ideas on how to get rid of common concerns that come with wearing masks while making sure the coverings effectively protect against COVID-19 to the “Mask Innovation Challenge.”


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Too many Americans are declaring virus victory too early, President Joe Biden and a top health official declared Monday, appealing for mask requirements and other restrictions to be maintained or restored to stave off a “fourth surge” of COVID-19. The head of the CDC said she had a feeling of “impending doom” if people keep easing off.

The double dose of warnings came even as Biden laid out hopeful new steps to expand coronavirus vaccinations, with all adults to become eligible over the next 5 weeks. Biden announced plans to expand the number of retail pharmacies that are administering vaccines, and investments to help Americans get to vaccination sites. But the optimism was tempered by stark warnings about the potential for another wave of cases.


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Chinese electric vehicle maker BYD Co Ltd,, which is backed by billionaire Warren Buffett, on Monday reported a 162% growth in 2020 net profit as it became a major mask maker amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

BYD reported 4.23 billion yuan ($643.75 million) net profit in 2020, up from 1.61 billion yuan in 2019. That compared with a 4.6 billion yuan net profit estimated by 22 analysts, according to Refinitiv data.


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Students can safely sit just 3 feet apart in the classroom as long as they wear masks but should be kept the usual 6 feet away from one another at sporting events, assemblies, lunch or chorus practice, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday in relaxing its COVID-19 guidelines.

The revised recommendations represent a turn away from the 6-foot standard that has sharply limited how many students some schools can accommodate. Some places have had to remove desks, stagger scheduling and take other steps to keep children apart.


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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is indefinitely extending its zero-tolerance policy for bad behavior on flights after airlines reported more than 500 cases since late December.

Most of those incidents stemmed from passengers who refused to wear masks on board, which is a federal requirement during air travel, as well as a policy of all airlines.


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President Joe Biden told U.S. states on Thursday to make all adults eligible for a coronavirus vaccine by May 1 and urged Americans to stay vigilant or face more restrictions, hours after he signed a $1.9 trillion stimulus bill into law.

In a forceful but somber speech from the White House on the first anniversary of the pandemic lockdown, Biden said if Americans pulled together there could be a greater sense of normalcy - and some backyard barbecue parties with small groups - on the U.S. Independence Day holiday on July 4.


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Fully-vaccinated Americans can gather with other vaccinated people indoors without wearing a mask or social distancing, according to long-awaited guidance from federal health officials.

The recommendations also say that vaccinated people can come together in the same way with people considered at low-risk for severe disease, such as in the case of vaccinated grandparents visiting healthy children and grandchildren.


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Despite the mask mandate being lifted in Texas and Mississippi, face masks will remain a requirement at several big businesses in those states.

Target Corporation, Kroger Company, CVS Pharmacy, Walgreen Company, Best Buy Co, Macy’s and JC Penney Company are among the companies that will continue to require masks for both employees and customers.


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Apple Inc is testing new iOS software that will enable iPhone users to unlock their device while wearing a face mask – as long as they are wearing an Apple Watch.

The update released this week, which is part of a beta test expected to be broadly rolled out soon, enables an iPhone to communicate with a synced Apple Watch when the smartphone is raised to use Face ID.