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Are We On Our Way Back To Full-Time Masks Again?

Even though the Center for Disease Control has been saying that anyone who is vaccinated against Covid-19 did not need to get tested for the virus, as with most other Covid information from the federal government, they have changed their mind. Now, anyone who has been potentially exposed to the virus should get tested, even if they are asymptomatic according to the CDC.

“Our updated guidance recommends vaccinated people get tested upon exposure regardless of symptoms,” Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, the agency’s director, said in an interview with The New York Times. “Testing is widely available.”

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While there would be significant pushback if the government reimposed a full mask mandate at once, it seems that they are still doing, but just rolling it out slowly. First, the CDC recommended that everyone (including those who are vaccinated) wear masks indoors in hot spots.

Then they said that fully vaccinated people should wear a mask in public indoor spaces after exposure, and then be tested for the virus three to five days later.

And now the agency is recommending that vaccinated people in close contact with unvaccinated people consider wearing masks in public indoor spaces, including schools, regardless of if they are in a “hot spot” or not.

If the results come back negative, they can stop wearing masks indoors. If results are positive, the infected should isolate at home for 10 days.

Until now, the CDC had not recommended masks for vaccinated people, even as the highly contagious Delta variant spread and the World Health Organization recommended continued mask-wearing.

 

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