USA | CDC updates guidance making mask mandatorily to be worn by even fully vaccinated people

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated the guidelines with respect to wearing of masks in light of COVID-19 on July 27, 2021. According to the new guidance, even fully vaccinated Americans to wear masks indoors in areas of high coronavirus transmission. Since May, most states had removed mask requirements for vaccinated people and some lifted their mask mandates for everyone. A few never had any requirements in the first place.

 

As a result of increase in COVID-19 cases, the CDC has recourse its way back into mandatorily wearing masks. It was also an outcome of analysis of data showing that the highly-transmissible delta variant can be spread by vaccinated people.

 

The CDC has also recommended universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students and visitors inside schools from kindergarten to 12th grade, regardless of vaccination status. That aligns closely with guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, which recommended this month that anyone older than 2 be required to wear a mask in school.

 


*Tanvi Singh, Editorial Assistant has reported this brief.

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