The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are reportedly all set to reverse their current masking guidelines and recommend that even fully vaccinated individuals go back to wearing masks indoors in spots around the country that might be experiencing surges in COVID cases, according to a new report that was put out by the Associated Press.
The information in this post came from a federal official who was speaking on the condition of anonymity.
In May, the CDC said that fully vaccinated Americans could stop wearing masks altogether while outside and in the vast majority of indoor settings and added that the 6-foot social distancing guideline is no longer necessary for vaccinated Americans.
In the announcement, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said, “Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing. If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic. We have all longed for this moment, when we can get back to some sense of normalcy.”
“Based on the continuing downward trajectory of cases, the scientific data on the performance of our vaccines, and our understanding of how the virus spreads, that moment has come for those who are fully vaccinated,” Walensky went on to say.
“This is an exciting and powerful moment, it could only happen because of the work of so many who made sure we have the rapid administration of three safe and effective vaccines,” she continued.
CNBC reported Tuesday that the CDC is “expected to recommend that fully vaccinated people begin wearing masks indoors again in places with high COVID-19 transmission rates.”
“The updated guidance comes ahead of the fall, when the Delta variant is expected to cause another surge in new coronavirus cases and many large employers plan to bring workers back to the office,” the outlet then reported.
On Tuesday, CNN put out a report saying that a senior member of the administration stated that this decision was “spurred by the more transmissible Delta variant.”
“It’s based on the fact that the Delta variant is clearly more transmissible than the prior ones,” the official said during a conversation with the outlet.
Keep in mind that this guidance from the CDC is just a recommendation.
Using data from the CDC, CNN has reported that two-thirds of counties across America have “high or substantial transmission” of the coronavirus. This data also reveals that 46 percent of U.S. counties have “high transmission,” while 17 percent have “substantial transmission.”
Some folks on this site are overstating what the CDC intends to say today. Here is CNN's reporting: "People in areas with high or substantial Covid-19 transmission should resume wearing masks, the CDC is expected to say." Places with higher vax % tend to have lower transmission.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) July 27, 2021