The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) held a telebriefing (transcript to be uploaded when available) today at 2:00 p.m. CST to provide updated guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic in light of the prevalence of the highly contagious Delta variant. They key points of the CDC’s updated guidance include:
- New data shows that the COVID-19 Delta variant behaves uniquely differently from the original Alpha variant. Therefore, some vaccinated people who contract the variant can be contagious and spread the disease.
- The CDC continues to urge all Americans to get vaccinated, emphasizing that increasing the percentage of the population that is fully vaccinated is key to defeating COVID-19 variants.
- The CDC’s guidance for unvaccinated individuals remains the same: continue masking until you are fully vaccinated.
- The CDC further recommends that fully vaccinated individuals in areas of high or substantial COVID-19 transmission wear masks indoors and in public spaces.
- The CDC notes that some fully vaccinated persons may choose to wear masks regardless of level of transmission in their area if they or members of their household are immunocompromised, at increased risk of severe disease, or not fully vaccinated.
- The CDC recommends that everyone in K-12 school settings (including teachers, staff, students, and visitors) wear masks, regardless of vaccination status. The CDC continues to support in-person learning for all students.
- Leaders in areas of high or substantial COVID-19 transmission should encourage vaccination and universal mask-wearing.
The CDC will continue to update its guidance as necessary in accordance with scientific data or other relevant developments.
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