The CDC changed course again and now wants even vaccinated people to return to wearing masks indoors in parts of the US where the Delta variant is at least 50 new cases per 100,000 people in the last week, which is equal to about 60% of the US. President Biden blamed the unvaccinated for the surge in case numbers despite the fact that most of those are people who have had the jab. The CDC also now recommends indoor masks for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors at schools nationwide, regardless of vaccination status…
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed course Tuesday on some masking guidelines, recommending that even vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where the delta variant of the coronavirus is fueling infection surges.
Citing new information about the variant’s ability to spread among vaccinated people, the CDC also recommended indoor masks for all teachers, staff, students and visitors at schools nationwide, regardless of vaccination status.
In other developments, President Joe Biden said his administration was considering requiring all federal workers to get vaccinated. His comments came a day after the Department of Veterans Affairs became the first federal agency to require its health care workers receive the vaccine.
Biden dismissed concerns that the new masking guidance could invite confusion, saying Americans who remain unvaccinated are the ones who are “sowing enormous confusion.”
“The more we learn about this virus and the delta variation, the more we have to be worried and concerned. And there’s only one thing we know for sure — if those other 100 million people got vaccinated, we’d be in a very different world,” he said.