To prevent further spread of the variant delta coronavirus, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated their mask guidelines on Tuesday to recommend fully vaccinated individuals to wear masks indoors when in areas with “significant” or “high” transmission of Covid-19, which covers more than half of all US counties.
Almost half – 46% – of US counties currently have high transmission, and 17% have “significant” transmission, according to CDC data from Tuesday morning.
Two states, Arkansas and Louisiana, currently have “high” levels of Covid-19 transmission in the community in each county, according to CDC data. Several other states – including Missouri, Mississippi, and Alabama – also have “high” transmission in almost every county. In Florida, every county was listed with high broadcast on Monday; As of Tuesday morning, one – Glades County – has a significant broadcast
In the meantime, the instructions for those who have not been vaccinated remain the same: keep masking until they are fully vaccinated.
The CDC’s latest guidance also recommends that community leaders encourage vaccinations and the wearing of masks to prevent further outbreaks in areas of significant and high transmission. The agency recommends that local jurisdictions promote universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools regardless of vaccination status.
Some backgrounds: Earlier this month, the CDC’s Covid-19 school guide stated that fully vaccinated people should not wear masks, and about a week later the American Academy of Pediatrics issued stricter guidelines recommending anyone over 2 years of age to have one in schools Wearing mask. their status regardless of vaccination. Now, the updated CDC guidance recommends everyone in schools wear a mask.
The last time the CDC updated their mask guidelines was two months ago to say that most people who are fully vaccinated could do without masks indoors. These guidelines went so quickly that administrators were briefed less than a day earlier – and many health professionals were taken by surprise. This time, the updated guidelines from the CDC are expected for a few days.
With the highly contagious Delta Coronavirus variant continuing to circulate in the United States, senior federal health officials discussed whether new guidelines on masks should be issued and met on Sunday evening to review new data and evidence on the variant’s portability and groundbreaking cases to check vaccinated people, so someone familiar with the meeting.
The CDC stressed Tuesday that while some groundbreaking cases have occurred, vaccination still prevents serious illness, hospitalization and death. The CDC also found that the highest incidence of Covid-19 cases and serious consequences occurs in areas with low vaccination rates and among those who have not been vaccinated.
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