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Because we held our breath, we can breathe again

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We wondered when things would get back to normal. It turns out for the vaccinated, the answer is right now. The federal government has issued new guidelines about masks, saying for those who are fully inoculated from the coronavirus, they no longer need to wear a mask in most places, indoors or out. The CDC still suggests we wear masks in crowded places such as grocery stores, airplanes and hospitals. And stores and businesses are still free to set their own mask policies.  But even if we are around unvaccinated people, the vaccinated no longer need to wear a mask, or even socially distance. This is good news, the day we longed for. It is only possible because so many people followed the advice by taking precautions such as hand washing, mask wearing and social distancing throughout the pandemic, and getting the vaccines when they became available. The new guidelines provide much-needed  clarity on the issue of mask wearing for those who have gotten the vaccine. Of course, not everything is back to normal yet, but this is a big step. It took a long time to get here, a very long 14 months. But we should be proud we followed the advice and did the right thing to allow us to get to this point. We can now breathe deep and exhale, without that mask getting in the way.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. Nicholas R. Berry

    May 14, 2021 at 11:36 am

    The CDC reportedly was under heavy pressure. BY whom? The public should have the right to know who applied the pressure. You cannot count on the so called main stream media since they will hide all they can that would be detrimental to the Democrat’s.
    As for the order, i believe that many will not not get vaccinated and that would be a huge mistake.

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