World What CDC's New Mask Guidelines Mean for Students, Fully Vaccinated People
America’s Mask Dilemma
Depending on where you live and your risk tolerance, vaccinated people are justified in either masking or unmasking indoors.For some Americans, this is no longer a choice. Buffeted by rising COVID-19 case counts resulting from the hyper-transmissible Delta variant, Los Angeles County re-implemented an indoor mask mandate a few days ago. Unlike mask guidelines elsewhere, the new rule applies to everyone, regardless of vaccination status. Other localities might soon follow.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention () updated its COVID-19 mask recommendations on Tuesday, saying that those who are fully vaccinated should wear masks in public indoor settings in parts of the country where the coronavirus is rapidly spreading.
The agency is also recommending that all K-12 students should wear masks in school, no matter what their vaccination status is.
How CDC mask guidance has changed in recent months
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday recommended that even vaccinated people go back to wearing masks while indoors amid as the coronavirus delta variant sweeps the U.S. The guidance was a seemingly abrupt reversal from guidance the agency issued in April when it eased mask-wearing guidelines for the outdoors. Under those recommendations, Americans who were fully vaccinated did not have to cover their faces unless they were in large crowds.
The recommendations mark a sharp change from a CDC decision in May that said vaccinated Americans would no longer need to wear facial coverings or practice social distancing because they have a significant level of immunity against the virus.
However, that decision was made before the highly contagious Delta variant began sweeping the country. Health experts say the variant is responsible for., largely in areas with lower vaccination rates.
On Tuesday, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky announced the agency's decision to reverse course on indoor mask-wearing in areas with "substantial or high transmission" of the virus, which are now nearly two-thirds of U.S. counties.
The New CDC Mask Guidelines
According to data from the CDC, 46.9 percent of counties are considered areas of "high transmission," while 17 percent are considered areas with "substantial" risk of transmission.
Mask mandates pour in nationwide after CDC revises guidance for vaccinated people
New mask mandates and rules cascaded Tuesday and Wednesay following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance that vaccinated people in high-transmission areas should still wear masks indoors, bringing back pandemic health restrictions for many Americans. "I have stuck with CDC guidance throughout the pandemic and today is no different," Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Quinton Lucas tweeted Tuesday night. "I will return Kansas City to a mask mandate indoors based upon national and regional health guidance and discussion with other Kansas City leaders.
Walensky said Tuesday that the Delta variant is showing an ability to "outsmart us." Studies have shown that some vaccinated people infected with the variant may be contagious and spread the virus to others.
Because of this, the CDC is recommending that Americans who are fully vaccinated should wear masks again when in indoor public settings, particularly in those areas where the virus is spreading.
The agency is also recommending that all teachers, students and staff in K-12 schools should wear masks in in-person settings, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated.
Walensky also said Tuesday that the pandemic "continues to pose a serious threat to the health of all Americans" and urged those who are unvaccinated to get a jab as quickly as possible.
Video: Fully vaccinated students don't need masks -CDC (Reuters)
"We continue to strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated," Walensky said, adding that "unvaccinated individuals should also continue to wear masks" until they get a shot.
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Tucker Carlson reacts to new COVID guidelines and highlights the flip-flops of Democrats and the CDC as they cling to power.The only way we can stop the spread of this virus and return to normal life is by taking the vaccines. If you get the shot, you can have hotdogs on the Fourth of July. Remember when he told you that? So you’d got the shot.
The Bigger Picture
The CDC's new guidance is only a recommendation and leaves room for states and local officials to decide whether to reintroduce mask mandates. However, some regions of the country, including several counties in California and Nevada, have
And while new infections and hospitalizations have primarily affected unvaccinated people, reports of positive cases in vaccinated people have become more frequent with the Delta variant's spread.
Earlier this month, six Texas House, a White House aide and an aide to House Speaker all
Clusters of infections among fully vaccinated people suggest that the Delta variant might be able to break through the vaccine barrier more successfully than previous strains of the virus.have shown that vaccines such as the one produced by Pfizer/BioNTech might be less effective at preventing infection from the Delta variant over other variants but remain highly effective at preventing serious illness or hospitalization.
From Social Distancing to Getting Tested After Vaccination: A Timeline of CDC Guidances
Americans have seen mask mandates, social distancing and self quarantine guidelines implemented and adjusted by the CDC as the pandemic continued. Here is a brief timeline into the guidances issued by the CDC over the course of the pandemic, as well as their changes.February 2020Though the CDC had not yet declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic, the American Journal of Managed Care [AJMC] reported health officials had already suggested the idea of social distancing should the virus begin spreading the U.S.Dr.
On Monday, 88,696 new cases of the virus were reported across the country, compared with just 14,637 cases on June 25, according to The New York Times. The current case count has increased fourfold per day over the past month, with every state now reporting a rise in infections.
However,: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma and Texas.
Walensky said Tuesday that the pandemic largely represents a "pandemic of the unvaccinated" and that the CDC's new guidelines come out of caution, given that those who are vaccinated may still be spreading the virus.
On Tuesday, White House press secretarysaid the CDC's changed guidance was crucial to "battling an ever-evolving virus."
"Their job is to look at evolving information, evolving data, an evolving historic pandemic and provide guidance to the American public," Psaki said during a press briefing.
Why the CDC changed its mask guidance, according to an epidemiologist .
An expert explains why vaccinated people should wear masks in some indoor settings.But the new CDC guidance issued in late July says that vaccinated people should “wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.” Even where transmission rates aren’t as high, immunized people with weakened immune systems, and the people they live with, should also consider it.