The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reversed its recommendations about mask usage. In a statement on Tuesday afternoon, the CDC said that vaccinated individuals living in hot spots of the outbreak should resume wearing masks indoors and in crowded settings due to the increase in breakthrough cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant, which now accounts for 83 percent of new cases in the United States. The agency also said that schools should enforce the use of face coverings for all staff, students, teachers, and visitors.
“CDC recommends localities encourage universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with proper prevention strategies are in place,” the CDC said in a summary of its new guidelines.
CDC Director Doctor Rochelle Walensky elaborated further.
“In recent days I have seen new scientific data from recent outbreak investigations showing that that Delta variant behaves uniquely differently from past strains of the virus that cause Covid-19,” Walensky told reporters. “This new science is worrisome and unfortunately warrants an update to our recommendations”
The Delta variant “behaves uniquely when compared to other strains of the coronavirus, Walensky said, adding that on “rare occasions, some vaccinated people with the delta variant … may be contagious and spread the virus to others. This new science is worrisome and unfortunately warrants an update to our recommendations.”
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