Tuesday, July 27, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention It is recommended that vaccinated people wear masks in public indoor spaces in communities where cases of new coronary pneumonia have surged.
With the introduction of the new policy, CDC recommends that children in grades K-12 go to school in person and continue to wear masks indoors.
Why does CDC perform this conversion?
This announcement was made after the increase in the infection rate of the delta variant, which was the first highly contagious new coronavirus strain discovered in India earlier this year.The new policy seems to be retrogressive, but Rochelle VarenskyThe director of the CDC explained that the agency’s decision was not taken lightly.
“Our guidance and recommendations will follow science,” Varensky said at a press conference. “The delta variant is showing that it is smarter than us every day, and is willing to become an opportunist in areas where we do not show an enhanced response to it.”
In May, delta accounted for only 2% of sequenced cases in the United States, but today 82% of samples contain more infectious variants, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Does this change affect me?
Probably (if you live in the US). More than 63% of the United States is experiencing what the CDC calls a “significant transmission rate,” which means that the new policy will apply there. To find out if you live in an area ravaged by the new coronavirus, please visit CDC Covid Data Tracker, Tracking infections by county.
(If you are not fully vaccinated, this may not change much, depending on where you live. SecondLight states, including California, New York and Nevada, People who have not been vaccinated have been asked to wear masks. )
How are delta variants spread?
The CDC believes that unvaccinated individuals are promoting this spread. But in rare cases, people who are vaccinated can also get sick and may spread the infection, although their cases may not be that serious. In the early stages of the pandemic, a person with COVID-19 can infect an average of 2.5 people. But for delta variants, an infection will produce more than 6 times on average.