HEALTH/FOOD

CDC Director Says — Mask Up!

The viral spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant has forced the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reverse its guidelines.

The reversal now demands that individuals wear masks in certain indoor areas, whether fully vaccinated or not.

Moreover, universal masking is now required in schools regardless of vaccination status. 

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in a call with reporters that the decision to issue new guidance “was not something we took lightly,” but comes amid “worrisome” new science.

“In recent days, I have seen new scientific data from sequenced outbreak investigations showing that the delta variant behaves uniquely differently from past strains of the virus that cause COVID-19,” Walensky told reporters over a call.

She further said, “Information on the delta variant from several states and other countries indicate that in rare occasions, some vaccinated people infected with the delta variant after vaccination may be contagious and spread the virus to others.”

“This new science is worrisome and unfortunately warrants an update to our recommendations,” she added.

Walensky noted that vaccinated individuals represent a small percentage of new virus transmission and that the agency continues “to estimate the risk of a breakthrough infection with symptoms upon exposure to the delta variant is reduced by seven-fold.”

“The reduction is 20-fold for hospitalizations and deaths,” she further posited.

The CDC Director recommends that people take the disease seriously and not only continue to wear the mask but also get vaccinated.

“As CDC has recommended for months, unvaccinated individuals should get vaccinated and continue masking until they are fully vaccinated,” she said.

Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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