CDC expected to step back, reverse indoor mask guidelines for vaccinated in COVID hotspots

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will reportedly announce on Tuesday that it is changing its mask guidelines to recommend that fully vaccinated individuals wear a mask indoors in certain COVID hotspots due to the spread of the Delta variant.

Previously, the CDC had only recommended unvaccinated Americans wear masks indoors and in close proximity of others. The New York Times was the first to report on the newest mask update. As recently as last week, the CDC contended they had no plans to update their mask recommendations.

The prior guidelines stipulated in May that unvaccinated Americans were not required to mask up indoors or outdoors and no longer had to socially distance themselves. Unvaccinated individuals were still instructed to take all precautions regardless of where they were located. The exceptions for fully vaccinated people included medical facilities, prisons, homeless shelters, and public transportation.

The virulent Delta variant is being used as the reasoning for the new mask mandate. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky is stating that the variant is “spreading with incredible efficiency and now represents more than 83% of the virus circulating in the United States.”

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The claims surrounding the CDC’s mandate and from the Biden administration are confusing. Americans still don’t understand why they must wear a mask indoors if the vaccines work as claimed. The White House is asserting that unvaccinated individuals “should be more fearful” of the Delta variant threat than those who are vaccinated.

Walensky proclaimed during a COVID briefing last week that unvaccinated individuals “need to be wearing a mask to protect yourself and others around you.”

“We need more people to get vaccinated to stop this pandemic,” she proclaimed, noting that the CDC recommendations “haven’t changed.” Walensky warned that if Americans are in an area that is a hotspot with a low rate of vaccination, “you should certainly be wearing a mask.”

“If you are vaccinated, you get exceptional protection from the vaccines, but you have the opportunity to make the personal choice to add extra layers of protection if you so choose,” she remarked.

“If you are not vaccinated, please take the Delta Variant very seriously. This virus has no incentive to let up and it remains in search of the next vulnerable person to infect,” Walensky stated. “Please consider getting vaccinated and take precautions until you do.”

The updated guidelines are taking place just before school begins in the fall. Some schools are requiring that students mask up once again, especially since those 12 and under are not eligible for vaccination yet. The CDC is considering mandating masks for all school children under the age of 12.

Implementation of mask mandates will be left up to local officials who will decide whether the guidelines should be applicable to their states, counties, cities, and towns or not.

Several counties across both California and Nevada are now advising all individuals to wear masks in public indoor settings. It doesn’t matter whether they are vaccinated or not. In Massachusetts, officials in Provincetown are advising all individuals to resume wearing masks indoors after Fourth of July celebrations ostensibly led to an outbreak of new cases. Mask mandates are expected to once again spread across the nation.

Americans are not on board with the revised guidelines:

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