The CDC has made new masking guidelines in light of the quickly spreading Delta variant, which accounts for 80 percent of new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. Here’s what you need to know about when to wear a mask:
What to Know About the New CDC Mask Guidelines
- The CDC now recommends that vaccinated Americans wear masks in indoor public spaces in areas with substantial and high COVID-19 transmission rates (red and orange on the map).
- Check this CDC map to see what the transmission rate is like in your county.
- The entire states of Florida, Louisiana, and Arkansas fall within the CDC’s mask advisory. Other states with high transmission rates include Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama, and many other Southern states.
- Even vaccinated individuals can get infected and transmit coronavirus to others.
- Vaccinated people are much less likely to be hospitalized or die from COVID-19.
- Getting vaccinated is still the best way to prevent COVID-19, according to health experts. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said, “I strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated. Getting vaccinated continues to prevent severe illness, hospitalizations, and deaths even with delta. It also helps reduce the spread of the virus in our community.”
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