The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its masking guidance, recommending this week that everyone, vaccinated or not, wear a mask indoors in places where Coronavirus is increasing rapidly.
The CDC's new recommendation arrives as a hard-hitting fourth wave of Coronavirus is sweeping the country. Cases are rising in every state, with hospitalizations surging in Louisiana and other states with low vaccination rates, such as Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi and Florida.
While almost all of the outbreaks are occuring to unvaccinated individuals, wearing a mask regardless of your vaccination status can protect the entire community, the CDC said.
The CDC's new recommendation comes only three months after the agency said masks and social distancing aren’t necessary anymore for people who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. The change in guidance was directly influenced by the Delta variant's very high transmissibility and also new evidence that in rare cases fully vaccinated individuals who get infected with the variant can spread the virus just as easily as unvaccinated people.