- Multiple sources said discussions are underway between top White House aides and officials in the Biden administration to update the mask guidance
- Officials in several states, including California and Nevada, have begun asking people already vaccinated to return indoors wearing face coverings.
- Joe Biden said Wednesday that the CDC will soon issue guidance to encourage unvaccinated children to wear masks in schools
- The delta variant is spreading rapidly, accounting for 83% of all new US cases
- COVID-19 cases increase by 244% in the last three weeks in the US
According to a report, the Biden administration is urging vaccinated Americans to start wearing face masks again as the highly infectious Delta variant spreads across the US and across the country in vaccine rollout stalls.
many sources told Washington Post That high-level discussions are underway between top White House aides and Biden administration officials about whether the country’s mask guidance should be updated following a spike in COVID-19 cases.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) eased its mask guidance in May, saying that fully vaccinated Americans can go without a mask in nearly all indoor and outdoor settings, with the exception of public transportation.
But since then, the delta version has spread rapidly, now accounting for 83 percent of all new infections on US soil and a 244 percent increase in COVID-19 cases over the past three weeks.
Officials in several states, including California and Nevada, have already begun asking residents – including vaccinated people – to return to wearing face coverings indoors, while Joe Biden said Wednesday that the CDC will soon introduce masks to schools. Will issue guidance to encourage illiterate children to wear
According to a report, the Biden administration is considering urging vaccinated Americans to wear face masks again as the highly contagious Delta variant spreads across the US. Biden photographed at the IBEW/NECA Electrical Training Center in Cincinnati on Wednesday
Top White House aides and Biden administration officials are in talks about whether the nation’s mask guidance should be updated
Sources told the Post that talks about revising mask recommendations for vaccinated Americans are still in the early stages.
Officials are said to be considering the possibility of simply updating the message coming from the White House or changing the CDC’s official guidance.
Two sources said one idea on the table is to ask all Americans to wear masks in public places or indoor settings where vaccinated and unvaccinated people may be mixing.
This would include the likes of malls and movie theaters.
Marcus Plescia, chief medical officer for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers, who joined CDC and state officials on several calls this week, told the Post that several options are being discussed as officials look to overtake the delta version. are looking forward to.
“It is fair to say that they are reconsidering everything.
‘I think everything is on the table’ including revisiting the recommendations for masks and social distancing.
Another source said officials were approaching the issue in terms of ‘what levers can we pull to fight Delta’.
A source said officials are said to be hesitant to introduce any policy that would require people to show proof of their vaccination status.
This comes after several Republican governors signed laws banning vaccine passports in their states.
Sources said any changes to official guidance for wearing masks would come from the CDC rather than the White House, and that members of the country’s health agency have been involved in some of the talks.
The Delta variant now accounts for 83% of all new infections and is sending cases rising across the US
One source said the CDC is also holding its own separate discussion on its mask policies.
The White House has repeatedly said that it will not go beyond the CDC and follow the science when it comes to issuing guidance.
White House Assistant Press Secretary Kevin Munoz Calls Post The White House ‘Follow'[s] Guidance and advice from health and medical experts.
‘The public health guidance is by the CDC, and they continue to recommend that fully vaccinated individuals do not wear masks. If you haven’t been vaccinated, you should wear a mask,’ he said.
CDC spokesman Jason McDonald told the outlet ‘At this time, we have no intention of changing our masking guidance.’
However, Biden signaled a renewed push for mask-wearing on Wednesday when he said the CDC would issue guidance for children under 12 and all uninsured students to wear masks in school.
Joe Biden said Wednesday at the NN town hall (above) that the CDC would soon issue guidance to encourage unvaccinated children to wear masks in schools.
“What the CDC is going to say we should do, everyone under 12 should wear masks to school, that’s probably going to happen,” he said during the CNN town hall.
‘Second, people over the age of 12 who are able to get vaccinated, if you haven’t been vaccinated, you shouldn’t wear a mask, you should wear a mask.’
His remarks came after the American Association of Pediatrics recommended everyone over the age of 2 to wear a mask upon returning to school.
Local officials have already begun to offer support on mask guidance amid a renewed virus outbreak.
At least 17 counties in California – home to 56 percent of the state’s residents – are now asking both vaccinated and unvaccinated people to wear face coverings in places like grocery stores and movie theaters, reported Los Angeles Times.
Just one of those counties, Los Angeles County, requires the wearing of masks in these public settings.
CDC director Dr Rochelle Valensky has warned that the current outbreak is becoming a ‘non-vaccination epidemic’ because the majority of hospitalizations and deaths are among people who have yet to get the shot.
The nation’s vaccination rollout has stalled with only 48.8 percent of Americans fully vaccinated
New Orleans officials issued an advisory ‘strongly recommending’ that people resume wearing masks indoors amid a surge in cases in the city.
Mayor LaToya Cantrell on Wednesday stopped short of making masks mandatory, saying the advisory ‘puts the responsibility on individuals.’
In Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot warned she could do the same as infections grow in the city.
Backpedaling on mask guidance comes as officials are becoming increasingly concerned about the spread of the delta strain which is more contagious than other types.
The delta variant now accounts for about 83 percent of all new cases and is blamed for sending cases rising across the country.
The US on Tuesday reported 42,706 new cases with a seven-day rolling average of 37,056, up 244 percent from the 10,771 average recorded three weeks ago.
According to a DailyMail.com analysis of Johns Hopkins data, every state except Iowa has seen an increase or stagnation in infections over the past week.
Additionally, 298 COVID-19 deaths were recorded on Tuesday with a seven-day rolling average of 274.
CDC director Dr Rochelle Valensky has warned that the current outbreak is becoming a ‘non-vaccination epidemic’ because in most cases, hospitalizations and deaths are among people taking the shot.
With only 48.8 percent of Americans fully vaccinated, the nation’s vaccination rollout has stopped.
States that have low vaccine volumes — such as Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee — are starting to fill hospitals.
Alabama has the lowest percentage of any state in the US, with only 33.7 percent of Alabama residents being fully vaccinated
Cases have risen in recent weeks and 96 percent of those who have died since April 1 were not fully vaccinated.