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It seems the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is about to stiffen the mask policy yet again, with positive COVID-19 test results reportedly back on the rise. So much for the vaccine, huh?
Anyway, per multiple reports, the CDC is expected to recommend the return of indoor mask mandates in areas with reportedly high COVID transmission rates. And yes, the CDC is recommending it even for those who are fully vaccinated.
This updated guidance comes at a time when the so-called delta variant of the virus has created a whole new world of fear, and according to the so-called health experts, another surge in new cases — just when employers were getting ready to bring workers back into the building this fall.
Updated mask guidelines would also be a reversal from May, when the CDC indicated that fully vaccinated individuals no longer needed to shield their faces.
“At the time, the CDC still recommended that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks while in crowded indoor settings, such as riding public transportation and in hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters,” Fox News reported. “The CDC told Fox News last week last week it had ‘no plans’ to update its mask use recommendations.”
President Joe Biden used his campaign to promise the end of the virus, but so far, the opposite seems to be taking place, even with a major push for vaccinations. Instead, the Biden administration has spent the past several weeks ramping up its warnings about the delta variant.
“If you are unvaccinated, if you are vaccinated, you get exceptional protection from the vaccines, but you have the opportunity to make the personal choice to add extra layers of protection if you so choose,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said, via Fox News.
Per the CDC, more than 163 million Americans have been fully vaccinated, and more than 188 million Americans have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine. Yet reports of cases are on the rise, so you have to wonder if it actually makes any difference.