Monday, September 26, 2022

CDC is expected to support certain mask guidelines

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By MIKE STOBBE

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to respond Tuesday to its guidelines on masking and recommend that even vaccinated people wear masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where the coronavirus is on the rise, a federal official said.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the details of the new policy.

The CDC is expected to make an announcement later that day.

For much of the pandemic, the agency advised Americans to wear masks outdoors if they are within 6 feet of each other.

When vaccination rates rose sharply in April, the CDC eased its guidelines on wearing masks outdoors, saying that fully vaccinated Americans no longer need to cover their faces unless they were in a large crowd of strangers. . In May, the guidance was further facilitated for people who had been fully vaccinated so that they could no longer wear masks in the crowd and in the indoor environment.

The guidelines still called for wearing masks in overcrowded indoor environments, such as buses, planes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters, but it paved the way for the reopening of workplaces and other venues.

Subsequent CDC leadership said people who have been fully vaccinated no longer need to wear masks at summer camps or at schools.

For months, COVID cases, deaths, and hospitalizations gradually declined, but trends began to change at the beginning of summer, as a mutated and more transmissible version of the coronavirus, the delta variant, began to spread widely, especially in areas with lower vaccination rates.

In recent weeks, a growing number of cities and towns have restored indoor masking rules. St. Louis, Savannah, Georgia, and Provincetown, Massachusetts, are one of the places that reintroduced mask mandates this month.

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