Fully vaccinated people should continue to wear masks in outdoor spaces. You still need to protect yourself and your community. According to the World Health Organization, masks are key measures to reduce viral transmission. So people are required to wear masks even after they are fully vaccinated.
Despite the risks of a spreading delta variant, the CDC hasn’t changed its guidance that fully vaccinated people can skip wearing masks indoors. As per CDC’s guidance, fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or maintain physical distance.
What’s the Delta Variant?
The Delta variant is a version of Sars-CoV-2, a virus that causes Covid-19. At present, the Delta variant has been detected in more than 80 countries.
Mask Guidelines for Delta Variant
The CDC hasn’t changed mask guidelines, even learning about the delta variant which could create the worst scenario in the United States. This variant can be detected in 1 in every 5 new infections in the US.
The CDC Director Rochelle Walensky says that fully vaccinated people are safe from the Delta variants. Americans who had two doses don’t need to wear face masks.
David Michaels, Ph.D., an epidemiologist, and professor at the George Washington School of Public Health told The New York Times that it would be very dangerous if people do not wear masks.
Meanwhile, WHO strictly recommends everybody to wear a mask even though they are fully vaccinated.
People should understand that vaccines alone are not enough to stop community transmission. They should wear masks consistently, stay in ventilated spaces, and keep washing their hands, avoid crowded places and maintain social distance.
Los Angeles Urges Everyone to Mask Up
L.A. county advises all residents to continue to wear masks indoors, in public places, at grocery stores, family entertainment places, and workplaces whether they are fully vaccinated or not.
Barbara Ferrer, Ph.D., director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, stated in a news release, COVID-19 vaccine can provide effective protection against the Delta variant and prevent hospitalization. A mask is also a very effective tool for decreasing transmission, particularly indoors where the virus can be easily transmitted from an infected person.
The Delta variant is spreading all over the world, including California. Hence, local, state, and national governments are taking necessary precautions concerning face masks.
Illinois Governor Says People Should Carry a Mask
While Los Angeles recommends indoor face masking, the California Department of Public Health hasn’t changed its guidance, stating people don’t need to wear masks indoors in most cases.
Most US states haven’t thought to change their guidelines or urge strict face mask rules, though health experts recommend people to stay alert.
In Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker asked people to carry a mask when they go out. When people are going to crowded places they may not know if every person is fully vaccinated or not. Therefore, you should carry your ask and stay safe.