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NIAID director Anthony Fauci said Friday that children who have not been vaccinated for the coronavirus will need to wear masks in schools this fall, CNN reports.

What they're saying: Fauci said that children in schools need to wear masks "when they're out there playing with their friends and, you know, particularly in an indoor situation."

  • Fauci added that children younger than 12 will likely not be vaccinated until the end of the calendar year.
  • He also said he can "almost guarantee" that most schools will require students who have not been inoculated to wear masks.

The big picture: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released guidelines earlier this week saying that fully vaccinated people are not required to wear masks or socially distance in or outdoors regardless of crowd size in most cases.

  • The Food and Drug Administration this month authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for emergency use for 12- to 15-year-old adolescents.
  • The CDC website still says that "people age 2 and older should wear masks in public settings and when around people who don’t live in their household.​"

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John Frank, author of Denver
May 14, 2021 - Axios Denver

Colorado ends most COVID-19 limits, lifts mask order

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis adjusts his face mask. Photo: Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Colorado will no longer require face masks in most settings — even for unvaccinated people — and expects to lift all public health guidelines at the end of the month.

Driving the news: The state's move goes beyond the latest CDC guidelines that allow vaccinated people to go maskless because it also applies to those who are not immunized.

May 14, 2021 - Axios Events

Risk tolerance for vaccinated Americans put to test with mask guidance

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The CDC announced Thursday that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks indoors.

Why it matters: The U.S. is entering a new stage in the pandemic where the public — vaccinated or not — will need to assess its own risk tolerance in shared spaces.