The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended on Tuesday that localities encourage all teachers, staff, students, and visitors in schools to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
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"In areas with substantial and high transmission, CDC recommends fully vaccinated people wear masks in public indoor settings to help prevent the spread of the Delta variants and protect others -- this includes school," CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told a media briefing on Tuesday. "CDC recommends that everyone in K through 12 schools wear a mask indoors, including teachers, staff, students and visitors, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with proper prevention strategies in place," she said."Finally, CDC recommends community leaders encourage vaccination and universal masking to prevent further outbreaks in areas of substantial and high transmission with the Delta various. Vaccinating more Americans now is more urgent than ever."CDC will recommend everyone in K-12 schools wear a mask -- regardless of vaccination status -- in new guidancePreviously, the CDC updated its Covid-19 guidance for schools earlier this month, noting that fully vaccinated people did not have to wear masks, and then about a week later the American Academy of Pediatrics issued stricter guidance recommending that everyone older than 2 wear a mask in schools, regardless of their vaccination status. Now, the agency is updating its mask guidance overall, recommending that fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors when in areas with"substantial" and"high" transmission of Covid-19, which includes more than half of all US counties. Read MoreNearly half -- 46% -- of US counties currently have high transmission and 17% have"substantial" transmission, according to data from the CDC, as of Tuesday morning."When we released our school guidance on July 9, we had less Delta variant in this country, we had fewer cases in this country, and importantly, we were really hopeful that we would have more people vaccinated, especially in the demographic between 12 to 17 years old," Walensky said. "Next week, we have many school systems that are starting around the country, and I think we all agree that children 11 or less are not going to be able to be vaccinated," she said."With only 30% of kids between 12 and 17 fully vaccinated now, more cases in this country, and a real effort to try and make sure that our kids can safely get back to full in person learning in the fall, we're recommending that everybody wear masks right now."The nation's three largest school districts -- New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago -- already require masks in schools. Among the top 12 districts in the country, all are requiring masks except those in Florida and Texas, where the governors have banned mask mandates in schools, prior to Tuesday's updated CDC guidance.For instance, in Texas,"earlier this summer, Governor Abbott issued an executive order banning mask mandates on public school campuses so HISD cannot require them but those who want to wear mask may certainly do so," Dennis Spellman, spokesperson for Houston Independent School District, told CNN in an email on Tuesday.Some other schools, such as Little Rock School District in Arkansas, told CNN on Tuesday that they are reviewing the new CDC recommendations.The 3 largest school districts plan to require masks. But other big districts are banned from issuing mask mandatesBefore the updated CDC guidance, at least 14 of the 30 largest US school districts overall are making masks optional for students in school, while another 13 are requiring masks. As of last week, three districts were undecided. School districts have indicated they may change their guidance according to local public health conditions even after the school year starts.Caitlin Rivers, a senior scholar at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Health Security, told CNN in an email on Tuesday that she thinks the updated CDC guidance will be enough to encourage some schools to issue mask mandates."School districts look to CDC for guidance so having clear recommendations will make it easier for them to set masking policies," Rivers wrote in the email."I encourage indoor masking for children too young to be vaccinated," she added."The delta variant spreads very easily, and classrooms are high risk environments without protective measures. Children are at much lower risk of severe illness than adults, but they can and do get infected and transmit the virus to others."Get CNN Health's weekly newsletter Sign up here to get The Results Are In with Dr. Sanjay Gupta every Tuesday from the CNN Health team.
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CDC Live Updates: CDC to issue new guidelines on masks for COVID vaccinated, students in schoolsAn earlier guidance issued in May by the CDC said that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks when indoors.
Symptomatic breakthrough COVID-19 infections rare, CDC data estimatesNationwide, approximately 153,000 symptomatic breakthrough cases are estimated to have occurred as of last week, representing approximately 0.098% of those fully vaccinated, according to unpublished internal CDC document obtained by ABC News. This is just awful and irresponsible. We have no idea how many vaccinated cases have occurred. The CDC is not having us report them. Notice please, they say “estimated” but give no methodology for their estimation. This is just not true. That’s 0.098% is an amazingly low percentage. Not even Point 1 %!
CDC Urges Vaccinated People to Resume Wearing Masks Indoors in Some AreasThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to recommend that vaccinated people resume masking in public indoor spaces in areas with high or substantial Covid-19 transmission as the highly contagious Delta variant spreads via WSJ thanks The best choice I've made this year was investing in cryptocurrency and bitcoin trading I'm earning from home. With the help of Lindastouff I've been earning weekly I've never regretted this decision.
CDC recommends the vaccinated wear masks in areas with low vaccination ratesThe CDC director said the decision to call a return to mask use wasn't taken lightly, and that she hopes it will be temporary. Just saw all minorities and democratic areas. That would be accurate. The CDC seems to forgot about the millions of people who got COVID & recovered. They don’t seem to be getting sick as the people who got vaccinated. CDC sending bad message that you need to still wear a mask if vaccinated. Key word recommend not require. Our personal choice
The CDC Recommends That Some Vaccinated People Start Wearing Masks Indoors AgainVaccinated people in some areas of the U.S. can expect a reversal of the CDC's previous license to go mask-free in most places.
The CDC Is Reversing Its Mask Policy For Vaccinated People — Here's What It MeansThe CDC's new policy also comes nearly a month after the World Health Organization (WHO) urged vaccinated individuals worldwide to continue wearing masks in the wake of sky-rocketing Delta variant cases.