WASHINGTON, DC – The Centers for Disease Control today updated their previous guidance which said fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a face mask indoors or outdoors. Now, the CDC has told Americans there are some changes that now suggest some vaccinated people should go back to wearing facemasks in indoor settings.
Here’s who should continue wearing masks, according to today’s CDC guidance:
- If you are fully vaccinated, you can participate in many of the activities that you did before the pandemic.
- To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
- Wearing a mask is most important if you have a weakened immune system or if, because of your age or an underlying medical condition, you are at increased risk for severe disease, or if someone in your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated. If this applies to you or your household, you might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission in your area.
- You should continue to wear a mask where required by laws, rules, regulations, or local guidance.
The CDC also now warns people that the vaccine, whose efficacy is touted to be 98% and higher that not everyone is protected by the vaccine.
“If you have a condition or are taking medications that weaken your immune system, you may NOT be protected even if you are fully vaccinated. You should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people until advised otherwise by your healthcare provider,” the CDC said today.
The CDC also recommends people who are fully vaccinated getting tested if they come in contact with a person known to have been tested positive with COVID-19.
“If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you should get tested 3-5 days after your exposure, even if you don’t have symptoms. You should also wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until your test result is negative. You should isolate for 10 days if your test result is positive,” the CDC said.
On Monday, the CDC announced it is phasing out COVID-19 PCR rapid testing.
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