The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) could be revising its mask guidelines soon because of a recent spike in COVID-19 cases. Since May, guidelines have said that people who are completely vaccinated against COVID no longer need to wear their masks in large or small gatherings, regardless of whether they’re indoor or outdoor.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said to CNN on Sunday that the situation “is under active consideration.”
U.S. COVID cases have increased 171% over the past two weeks, and the death rate, according to Yahoo News, is up 17% as the Delta Variant causes rapid spread, especially in areas with lower vaccination rates. Fauci said: “If we don’t vaccinate people, the model is going to predict that we’re going to be in trouble as we continue to get more and more cases.”
While the vaccine significantly reduces the chance of experiencing severe COVID symptoms, it is still possible for vaccinated individuals to become infected with, or spread, the virus.
Many schools, including New York and Chicago public schools, have announced that students will continue wearing their masks next year, and former U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, confirmed that there would likely be more restrictions making a return in the coming months, saying to CBS “Face the Nation”: “More mitigation is coming. Whether it’s masking, or whether it’s closures or whether it’s your kids having to return to virtual learning, that is coming.”