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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised its guidelines for vaccinated people to wear masks indoors, which is a significant drop from the decision made two months ago due to the rapid spread of the Delta variant.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky announced on Tuesday that public health agencies now recommend that vaccinated people wear masks indoors in areas where the virus is “highly spread”.
Earlier this summer, the CDC relaxed its guidelines, suggesting that fully vaccinated people can take off their masks in all environments. Some experts criticized the move as premature. But because the Delta variant has caused a surge in the number of infections across the United States, the organization said it is urging greater precautions, even for people who have received injections.
After the rapid introduction of the vaccine this spring, Covid-19 infections in the United States began to decline sharply, prompting federal and local officials to relax pandemic-related restrictions and guidance for people who are vaccinated.
But as vaccination rates have slowed, this trend has been reversed in recent weeks. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are now more than 60,000 new cases every day, the highest level since April.
Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Florida, and Alabama reported the states with the highest rates of infection after population adjustments in the past week. According to the CDC, the percentage of fully vaccinated residents in each of these states is lower than the national average.
This rise is attributed to the spread of the highly contagious delta variant, especially in areas where the country has fewer vaccinated people. Valence said earlier this month that the United States is working with “Unvaccinated epidemics“.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said at a briefing on Tuesday: “The reality is that the virus strain we are dealing with is very different from what happened earlier in the spring.”
The US mask regulations are still patchwork. Federal guidelines continue to recommend wearing a face mask in hospitals or public transportation, even if the individual has been fully vaccinated.
In response to the increasing number of Covid-19 cases, several counties and cities have restored the requirement to wear masks in recent weeks, while other jurisdictions recommend that individuals wear masks in public indoor environments regardless of vaccination status.
Los Angeles County becomes the most prominent big city Reinstatement of mask requirements In mid-July, less than a month after the ban was lifted, it coincided with the full reopening of the California economy.After that, St. Louis, Missouri and Savannah, Georgia followed closely. Resume on Monday.
New Orleans, Surrounding counties Las Vegas, Sacramento and Philadelphia It is recommended that residents wear masks in public indoor environments, regardless of the vaccination status. At the state level, leaders or public health officials in Mississippi, Missouri, and Illinois urged people to wear masks again.
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