According to the new guide issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, for its acronym in English), all people, regardless of their vaccination status, should wear masks in closed public spaces especially in regions and cities of the country with high levels of virus transmission.
The new guide issued on Tuesday reverses a recommendation that had been issued more than two months ago by which people vaccinated against Covid-19 were not required to use masks in closed spaces.
So in what areas of the country does the CDC recommend that people wear masks indoors?
The agency has created a digital tool or tracker of Covid-19 cases that shows the areas of high contagion or rates of transmission of the virus in counties of each state of the country.
CLICK HERE: To find out if your county is among the places where the mask should be used indoors.
What you should know
- Nearly two-thirds of U.S. counties have high or notable rates of Covid-19 transmission, according to CDC data.
- If a county reports 50-100 cases per 100,000 residents during a seven-day period or has a positivity rate of 8-10%, it will be classified as the orange level of “substantial transmission,” while those with 100 cases or more per 100,000 or have a positivity rate of at least 10% are labeled “high transmission” or red.
- Those are the two groups for which the CDC recommends the use of face masks for everyone in “closed public spaces,” including schools, restaurants, and gyms.
The Arizona Department of Health Services indicated that it is “fully adopting” the updated guide for mask use from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and recommended that fully vaccinated people begin wearing mask indoors again. .
AZDHS will also follow CDC’s new recommendations for indoor mask use in K-12 schools, recommending that it be done universally among teachers, staff, students, and school visitors, regardless of vaccination status.