The CDC is expected to update its guidelines on today to urge people in areas with high or substantial Covid-19 transmission should resume wearing masks.
According to CNN,
Nearly two-thirds of US counties have high or substantial transmission of Covid-19, according to CDC data; 46% of counties have high transmission and 17% have substantial transmission.
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky is expected to announce the decision at a 3 p.m. ET briefing on Tuesday. CNN earlier reported that top officials met on Sunday night to go over the new data and evidence regarding the transmissibility of the variant and breakthrough cases, according to a person familiar with the meeting.
Two months ago, when the CDC updated mask guidance saying most who are fully vaccinated could go without masks indoors, the guidance moved so quickly that administration officials were informed less than a day before. This time, the process is moving in a more methodical way as they decide how to proceed.
White House officials have repeatedly said it would be up to the CDC whether to change official guidance and that they would follow the lead of health and medical experts.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the President’s chief COVID medical adviser and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on Sunday that revising mask guidance for vaccinated Americans was under
Fauci also said the US was “going in the wrong direction” as the number of COVID cases continues to rise, particularly among unvaccinated Americans.
Officials in several places have been forced to return to earlier requirements on masks because of surging COVID cases and hospitalizations among Americans who have refused to get vaccinated.
The White House this week announced it was maintaining existing coronavirus travel restrictions amid surging cases triggered by the Delta variant.
The Biden administration recently extended non-essential travel restrictions for the US northern and southern borders until August 21.
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(Map, Johns Hopkins University)